Soccer at Maritzburg College

For a growing number of boys at Maritzburg College, soccer is their winter sport of choice. Our young players are filled with passion and drive and benefit, as individuals, from the camaraderie and values of sportsmanship that are inherent in the beautiful game.

Soccer achieved prominence at Maritzburg College in the early 1880s when the introduction of the Association Cup made the sport arguably even more popular than rugby at the time. At a stage in College’s sporting history, sometimes both codes would be played on the same day, with the soccer kick-off at 2pm and then the rugby at 4pm (with 4 players added for the latter match). There were fewer boys at College in those days. In more recent years, soccer has grown in popularity at the school and has risen to be the second most popular sport.

The reintroduction of the Raw Cup in 2008 has led to the annual match between DHS and Maritzburg College becoming one of the most anticipated in the soccer calendar. The Cup was first played for in 1889, when College beat DHS in the inaugural match, however the Cup seemingly fell into obscurity in 1951, until it reappeared after 54 years in 2005 when it was discovered at a flea market. Its new owner, Robert Buck, was persuaded by the DHS archivist, JJ Oddy, to donate it to DHS.

Maritzburg College has produced a number of professionals, with the following currently playing:

  • C Petersen (2008) – University Of Pretoria FC
  • B Shandu (2013) – Maritzburg United
  • B Petersen (2015) – Kaizer Chiefs
  • L Ntshangase (2015) – Maritzburg United and South Africa U20
  • R Moon (2015) – Kaizer Chiefs
  • R Moon (2017) – Bafana Bafana