Weekend Sport vs Kearsney: 25-26 January
College vs Kearnsey
Maritzburg College’s cricket, basketball and waterpolo teams were in action this weekend with most of our fixtures being played against Kearsney at home. There were some very good results across the age groups. Our U16 basketball team played exceptionally well winning the Michaelhouse festival. Our first team cricket player, Andile Simelane, made his debut for the KZN Inland men’s cricket team over the weekend against Northwest taking 3/30. Our Director of Cricket Mr Kyle Nipper also flew the redblackwhite banner making 118 not out.
College performed well on the Athletics field at the KZN 2nd league, and posted excellent results for Squash, Canoeing at the Lions River race, Swimming and Golf.
Our College boys posted some excellent results at the 2nd KZN league event
This weekend our basketball teams played most of their matches against Kearsney, with some excellent results particularly for our 1st team who won 75-56, their first win against Kearsney for a few years and the result of some exciting play. College won 15 of their 19 matches against Kearsney.
1st team report (Jenny Orchard)
Maritzburg College played host to Kearsney on Saturday, 25th January and there was a great sense of anticipation surrounding this encounter it being the first home game in quite some time. Due to the forecast of rain the fixture was split between the two schools in order to ensure that all teams played their scheduled matches.
The first team game started at a cracking pace with both teams wanting to be first to put points on the board. College won the jump ball and also opened the scoring with a converted free throw. College managed to keep ahead of Kearsney throughout the first half ending the half 29 to 26 to the good. It was during the second half that College gained ascendency in the game with the two coaches’ strategy being key. The pace of the game was frenetic with Nhlakanipho Ngcobo executed many steals resulting in fast breaks to the hoop. The game can be characterised by a high fouling and high scoring one with the players displaying tenacity and commitment to their team. College managed to sink 9 three-point baskets to Kearsney’s 1 with Thapelo Mthombeni converting 5 of the 9 three-point shots. The College supporters provided not only encouragement to the team but also entertainment for the packed Alan Paton Hall. At the final whistle the College 1st team secured a victory over Kearsney 75-56, something they have not done over the past few years. Nhlakanipho Ngcobo top scored for College with 24 points followed closely by Thapelo Mthombeni.
U16 Michaelhouse Festival
The U16A side travelled to Michaelhouse on Sunday to participate in the annual basketball festival hosted by Michaelhouse. There was enormous pressure on the team as they were defending the trophy. The team had a fair easy run in the pool section beating Clifton 26 -14, DHS 48 – 12 and Hilton 45 – 13. They then faced tough opposition in the knockout games. They met the host school in the semi-finals and had to dig deep to ensure their spot in the finals. They overcame MHS to win the game 24 – 17 and faced Hilton in the finals. Hilton came out ready to revenge their defeat in the Round Robin game. They took the lead within seconds and maintained a slender one until the final 30 seconds of the game when the game was tied 30 -30. With a mere 10 seconds remaining Caleb Janse van Rensburg received a pass on the 3-point line and a coolness sank the ball into the basket ensuring College a 33 – 30 victory. The trophy returned to College to the delight of the players and the coaches.
Our canoeists had some good results in the Lion’s River race.
|6th – J Maher|
|9th – T Ross|
|10th – B Tarr|
|12th – J Cumming|
|6th – J Goble|
|8th – R Finne|
|14th – C Adam|
Our cricketers played 20 matches, 14 of which were against Kearsney, and the RedBlackWhite teams had 8 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses.
1st team Report (Mr Robbie Coutts – 1st XI Coach)
The Maritzburg College First Team Captain, Kent Goedeke, won the toss and put Kearsney in to bat in bowling friendly conditions. This was a decision that paid off almost immediately, with a wicket in the first over. The innings continued well for College with the bowling attack restricting Kearsney to 105 runs in 33 overs. This measured approach from Kearsney allowed them to keep wickets in hand and gave them the freedom to launch a more aggressive attack towards the end of the innings. It was only from over 34 overs that the Kearsney batting attack gained traction and they doubled their score in the final 12 overs, putting on another 103 runs to end on 208. The College innings started slowly. The fall of a few early wickets saw opener Daniel Bruyns top scoring with 31 runs. Too many soft dismissals and no partnership of substance compounded this and College never gained the momentum needed to reach the required 209 runs to win. The side was all out for 111 runs. Kearsney won by 97 runs.
Scores in brief:
Kearsney 208/4; Simelane 2 for 56, King 1 for 19
College 111 all out; Bruyns 31,
Kearsney won by 97 runs
Ethan Gough won the school championship played at Maritzburg Golf Course over the weekend over 36 holes. He beat fellow College golfer Stefan Delport by one shot. Our Seniors played Michaelhouse, with 1st team winning 6.5-1.5 and 2nd team 6.5-1.5.
College’s top 8 played matches against Kearsney on Wednesday winning 7 of their 8 matches.
Our boys took part in the Hilton Gala this week, placing 2nd in the B Gala and 3rd in the A Gala.
Our College water polo teams played Kearsney over the weekend winning 4 of their 8 matches. Our 1st team had a fantastic win 9-8, coming from behind and holding on, showing courage and determination.
1st team report (Darren Sherriff)
Saturday saw College 1st waterpolo team take on Kearsney at home. In a game that was bound to be a tough encounter, College managed to get on the score she first. This lead was short lived as Kearsney managed to pull two goals back and lead 1-2 at the end of the first chukka. College was now trying to play catch up as Kearsney made their lead bigger. At halftime the score was 3-6 to Kearsney. After a gruelling third chukka, College trailed 5-8 at the start of the forth. College managed to pull the score level to 8-8. With 1 minute left to play, after a timeout was called College managed to take lead, 9-8. This is how the score stayed as College managed to defend Kearsney’s last attack.