Sporting Results: 7 May vs Northwood

Overview Sporting Achievements

Maritzburg College enjoyed a great weekend of sport with most games being played against our friends from Durban, Northwood. Our Table Tennis teams also enjoyed a good weekend of matches and earlier in the week College’s soccer teams secured some very good results.



College won 17 of the total number of 24 rugby games played, losing 6 and drawing 1. Against Northwood, College played 16 games and won 14, losing just 2. It was exciting to see our 1st XV secure a great victory on Goldstones with the final score 29-21.


1st XV March Report (Mr Tim Orchard, 1st XV coach)

This Saturday Goldstones played host to our visitors from Northwood for the first time since 2020. The match itself was a somewhat chaotic affair with both sides attacking from deep with their own half’s. College grabbed the initiative early on and raced away with an early lead with Northwood clinging on for dear life. Northwood, however, did not back down and a late flurry of points from them made the finish a somewhat nerve-wracking affair for Maritzburg College.

College scored their first try of the match after a good passage of play allowed Mufarowashe Chirengende to race away for a try on debut. He followed this up with another try after receiving the final pass after AJ Knoetze made a smart break down the blindside to allow the speedster to score his second try of the match within double quick time. College now had the bit between their teeth and were firmly in front. This ascendency was converted into points after a series of lineout drives put the Northwood side on the back foot and allowed Liam Prinsloo to crash over under the uprights to put the score at 19-0. Northwood did not back down and crashed over the try line to put the score at 19-7 leading into the break.

Maritzburg College started the second half as they did the first, by scoring early on. AJ Knoetze scored a very smart scrumhalf’s try when he darted away from a scrum for a superb solo try. This proved to be College’s final try of the day as they allowed Northwood back into the match. College had to withstand a late flurry of tries from their opposition as Northwood hit back with two converted tries which put the score at 26-21 with minutes left on the clock. A Northwood fight back was prevented by AJ Knoetze slotting over a penalty which proved to be the final kick of the match.

College 29

Tries: Mufarowashe Chirengende x2, Liam Prinsloo, AJ Knoetze
Conversions: AJ Knoetze x3
Penalties: AJ Knoetze x3

Northwood 21


College 1st XV captain AJ Knoetze on his way to the try line to score against Northwood. College won the match 29-21.
Credit: Justin Waldman Sports Photography


Summary of Scores:

Team Opposition Venue Time Win/ Lose Score
1st Northwood Goldstone’s 15:00 Won 29-21
2nd Northwood Goldstone’s 13:45 Won 40-19
3rd Northwood Goldstone’s 11:30 Won 56-7
4th Curro Hillcrest 1st Goldstone’s 10:30 Won 43-14
5th Howick 1st Goldstone’s 09:30 Won 12-10
6th Northwood 4th Goldstone’s 08:30 Won 39-0
7th Linpark 1st Lamond’s 10:30      Drew 7-7
8th Linpark 2nd Lamond’s 09:30 Won 21-20
16A Northwood Goldstone’s 12:30 Won 23-17
16B Northwood Snow’s 09:30 Won 40-19
16C Northwood Lamond’s 11:30 Won 38-0
16D Northwood Nicholson’s 1 09:30 Won 34-7
16E Curro Hillcrest 16A Leach’s 09:30 Lost 0-38
15A Northwood Snow’s 11:30 Lost 24-25
15B Northwood Snow’s 12:30 Won 17-7
15C Northwood Nicholson’s 1 08:30 Won 15-7
15D Northwood Nicholson’s 2 09:30 Won 45-0
15E Curro Hillcrest 15A Nicholson’s 2 08:30 Lost 19-25
15F Howick 15A Nicholson’s 1 10:30 Lost 3-49
14A Northwood Snow’s 10:30 Lost 20-21
14B Northwood Snow’s 08:30 Won 24-17
14C Northwood Nicholson’s 2 10:30 Won 42-0
14D Northwood Leaches 08:30 Won 29-0
14E Curro Hillcrest 14A Leaches 10:30 Lost 5-50




All of the 16 hockey matches played were against Northwood with College winning 9, drawing 1 and losing 6 games. The 2nd and 3rd teams and the U14A all had good wins, although both our 1st XI and U16A team lost narrowly.

Credit: Justin Waldman Sports Photography


1st XI Match Report (Mr Kyle Emerson, 1st XI coach)

The Northwood 1st team arrived with a hunger and expectancy which was not matched by the College 1st XI. College would make too many mistakes and were not clinical enough in a game that did not create a large amount of scoring opportunities.

College created a few chances in the 1st quarter, and three penalty corners were earned. Only two were stopped correctly, which only resulted in one shot on target which the Northwood goalkeeper dealt with easily.

Northwood scored the opening goal just before half time in what was a debatable goal. There was a tussle just outside the circle which should have seen College earn a free hit out. The error by the College defenders was that they stopped playing and expected the whistle to blow. The Northwood striker took advantage and beat a few defenders before pushing it at goal. The first shot was saved well by Roan Marais, but another Northwood striker managed to tap the ball over the line. Glenton Winlock hit a backhand shot at goal moments before the half time hooted sounded, but it only managed to find the side netting of the goal.

College struggled to remain patient and build phases and this meant they did not create enough meaningful opportunities. The best chance of the game fell to Connor Fulton who received the ball in the circle and managed to get a forehand shot off at goal, but it was saved. In the fourth quarter Northwood scored the second goal with a good drag flick after a penalty corner was conceded.

Northwood were deserved winners as they made the most of the opportunities they had and emerged the winners with the final score at 2-0.


Summary of Scores: 

Opponents Venue Time Win/Lose Score
1st Northwood Pape’s Astro 10:20 Lost 0-2
2nd Northwood Pape’s Astro 12:00 Won 2-0
3rd Northwood ABJ Astro 11:00 Won 3-1
4th Northwood ABJ Astro 12:00 Won 3-1
5th Northwood ABJ Astro 13:00 Lost 0-1
6th Northwood Papes FRI 16:10 Won 1-0
16A Northwood Pape’s Astro 09:00 Lost 3-4
16B Northwood Pape’s Astro 13:00 Lost 0-3
16C Northwood ABJ Astro 10:00 Won 1-0
16D Northwood GHS 10:00 Lost 0-4
16E Northwood GHS 11:00 Won 3-1
16F Northwood GHS FRI 16:10 Won 3-0
14A Northwood Pape’s Astro 08:00 Won 5-0
14B Northwood Pape’s Astro 14:00 Drew 0-0
14C Northwood ABJ Astro 08:00 Won 1-0
14D Northwood ABJ Astro 09:00 Lost 1-3




A great set of results for our soccer teams this week as they continue to climb the KZNHSFA League tables. There were particularly impressive wins for the u16A and 1st team over Glenwood and Michaelhouse respectively.

This week’s results:
U14B vs MCS won 1 – 0
U14A vs Scottburgh won 3-1
U16A vs Glenwood won 4-2
2nds vs Linpark drew 1-1
1sts vs Michaelhouse won 5-0



Table Tennis

College has a strong group of boys committed to Table Tennis whoo all took part in the A, B and C leagues this weekend posting the following scores:

A League
Played  9
Won      5
Lost        4

B League
Played  14
Won      6
Lost        8

C League
Played  28
Won      16
Lost        12