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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 18:50

Maritzburg College Reunion Day: Will Glenwood Spoil the Party?

This Saturday one of the most distinguished schools in KwaZulu-Natal celebrate their Reunion Day in what promises to be a grand event. Glenwood High School will be their guests but expect some bitterly contested matches on the rugby and hockey fields as the Green Machine look to spoil the party.

College_v_glenwood_copyFounded in 1863, College waited a full seven years before playing their first rugby match in 1870, against Hermannsburg. Playing under Winchester rules, College won by two goals to nil. Rugby quickly became the game of choice at College and, apart from a short period of time in the 1880s and 1890s, when soccer enjoyed a considerable following, has remained the most popular winter sport at College.


In the 1920s and 1930s College rugby took a downturn, in terms of both popularity and results. This was soon rectified after the Second World War, when, under the guidance of the legendary Skonk Nicholson, College re-established itself as the premier rugby school in Natal.

This Saturday the school fields up to 25 teams and participates in the foremost rugby festivals in the country. Five overseas tours have been undertaken, most recently to New Zealand in 2007. College boys have won 21 South African Schools caps. The following College Old Boys have played international rugby:


For South Africa: EH Shum (1912-13), Wally Clarkson (1921-24), Bill Payn (1924), BE Vanderplank (1924), Philip Nel (1928-37), George van Reenen (1937), Keith Oxlee (1960-65), Ormond Taylor (1962), Andy van der Watt (1969-71), Joel Stransky (1993-96), Jeremy Thomson (1996), Pieter Dixon (2000), Butch James (2001-08), Peter Grant (2008).

For England: Hubert Freakes (1938-39), Geoff Appleford (2002)

For Zimbabwe: Brenton Catterall (1991)

For United States: Juan Grobler (1997-01), Chad Erskine (2005-07)

For Italy: Wim Visser (1999-2002)

For Cyprus: Andrew Binikos (2009)


 

College’s opponent on their Reunion day this years is Glenwood High School. The long rivalry between the two schools started  in 1921, making Glenwood one of our oldest and most respected rivals. At that stage, the normal practice was to play opponents twice each season, home and away. This practice has lapsed with every one of our opponents in KwaZulu-Natal, except Glenwood. There have been occasions when, for various reasons, only one game was played in a season, but the basis on which the two schools meet on the rugby field has returned to two matches a season.

 


 

Glenwood, together with Westville, are the only schools in the province that can provide matches for all their teams' and this makes a Saturday's rugby match against them a particularly eagerly awaited prospect.


Last year it was Glenwood who looked the favorites going into the match only to find themselves greeted by a motivated College team who were passionately driven on by the home crowd.

"I think we werent as prepared as we should have been and we relied a lot on the fact that we had won the last 3 years' games against College and that the win was in the bag before we got there.College were very good last year and we wont under estimate them again," says the Glenwood Coach Sean Erasmus.

So what type of match can we expect? The advantage on paper seems to be with Glenwood who boast more Craven Week players but the home ground advantage cannot be discounted and College will be a very difficult team to beat.

Coach Erasmus admits as much adding, "...Its their home fixture and their Old Boys day and the support will be huge for them.College will always be a physical and tough team.[Glenwood] is a very young team and we are still building and discovering strengths. When we play together we are a great team and play an exciting brand of rugby."

Over many years, College has had the better of exchanges at First XV level and this is reflected in the statistics below. However, Glenwood's rugby has improved dramatically in recent years and we look forward to a close encounter on Goldstone's on Saturday in front of a large gathering of College Old Boys.

 

 

 

Before this weekend’s match, the following is the record between the First XVs:

 

Played

158

College Won

109

Glenwood Won

34

Drawn

15

 

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