The Big question; Can Dale College create history make it 100 First XV Rugby wins against ‘Old” arch rivals Selborne College at the Reunion rugby match on Saturday. 9 May 2015 and will the Heron fly high?
Not every player regardless of how good and talented they may be can become a coach. In the sport of rugby you can survey all the great players and count on one hand how many have became successful coaches. All too often they fall by the wayside and tarnish a career that looked so bright when they were players.
The Eastern Cape has for decades produced some of South Africa's most talented rugby players who have gone on to represent the Springboks with distinction. Recenlty however allegations have been made that schools from other parts of the country have been draining the traditionally strong rugby schools in the EC of their talent by offering them opportunities and bursaries some simply cannot refuse.
Dale College and Dale Junior are in mourning! Dale has lost one of her distinguished, popular and renowned sons. Jack Rosenberg, has passed away in Bloemfontein on the 2 June 2014. He parted this world in the company of his long standing friend and fiancé of 6 years – Ms Ray Kibur.
Jack served the Old Dalian Union, established in 1893, for two terms as National President and served the ODU as Public Relations Officer from 1998. A position at the ODU and the Schools that made of him the face of Dale College. He travelled widely to watch Dale sports games and that includes the Ten’s tournament in Cape Town to support the Old Dalian team.
Kingswood met Dale on Saturday the 31st of May, 2014, in a hotly contested derby fixture. Despite the final score of 40-23 to Dale, the majority of the game was closely contested, and both sides created enough chances to win sway the initiative. The overall story of the game is that Dale managed to seize their moments better than Kingswood.
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Some students of English may remember the ‘Faust Legend’ in which Mephistopheles sold his soul to the devil for the mortal life gains of immense wealth, unbounded knowledge and skills, and success in all pursuits on earth. The short-term gain during this worldly life clearly came to an abrupt end when the realities of the price to pay for all eternity inevitably saw Satan claim payback. One may wonder how this legend may have any relevance to education in general, and sport in particular, in South Africa now and in recent years. Let the rest of the article paint the picture for the reader to be the judge.
In a first of its kind, two UK schools, Tonbridge School and Kirkham Grammar School, will play a benefit rugby match with the proceeds of the match donated to the Graeme College Scholarship Foundation which supports rugby players in difficult circumstances at the school. The match will be played on Wednesday 16 October at Ribby Road Kirkham Grammar School kick off at 14h30 (UK time) with live scores available on Twitter (@KGSrugby). This is also the first time the schools will meet on the field in a rugby match.
Dale College schools will go PINK for the FNB Classic Clash rugby game against Queen’s College on the 17th August 2013. Dale will again be playing in their Pink Strip for this annual fund raiser for CANSA and to highlight cancer and the effects that this disease has on every one!
In addition to the Dale First XV playing in Pink Strip, The Dale First Hockey team as well as Dale Junior U/13 rugby and hockey sides will also be turning out in pink strip.
There is a refreshing new force sweeping South African schoolboy rugby. An unfashionable region that gives very little thought to the reputations of the traditional powers in Bloemfontein, Paarl and Pretoria.
It is a feat that has probably been rarely achieved but when he was selected to play for the Eastern Province Craven Week side that starts shorthly, scrumhalf Matthew Alborough achieved the exceptional accomplishment of having been selected for every provincial age-group team since he played under-12.
St Andrew’s College faced their second long away trip in as many weeks as they travelled to East London to face Selborne College. East London has not been a happy hunting ground for St Andrew’s College and it was good to see the other sides step up to the plate and set the tone early.
As the first team were about to kick off the wind suddenly picked up and was swirling around the ground making conditions difficult for rugby. Selborne hit the ground running and applied early pressure through good pick and goes by their forwards and some clever kicks. They converted this pressure after their scrumhalf tapped a quick penalty and dived over next to the uprights, 7-0 to Selborne. St Andrew’s College playing into the wind battled for field position, but once they achieved this they applied some pressure of their own. This eventually resulted in a try for winger Ben Dovey after a good break by scrumhalf Jason Baggott. Ryan Horne converted the difficult kick and the scores were tied up again at 7 all. A St Andrew’s College indiscretion would hand the lead back to Selborne after their flyhalf converted the penalty, but St Andrew’s College went back on the attack and after a number of efforts at the Selborne line fell just short St Andrew’s College were awarded a penalty, Horne converted and the teams went into the break at 10 all.
The second half started much the same as the first with Selborne launching attack after attack on the St Andrew’s College line, but the defence held firm and so did the discipline as St Andrews did not concede. Finally College got off their line and began to play some good rugby as they passed the ball around and began to counter attack off stray Selborne kicks. One of these counter attacks led to a great break by captain Sintu Manjezi and the quick ruck allowed Lelo Mama a mismatch as he stepped the prop and finished brilliantly in the corner. Ryan Horne converted again and St Andrew’s College took the lead for the first time 17-10. Although St Andrew’s College played some brilliant rugby in this period they failed to convert it into more points and found themselves defending as the game drew to a close. Selborne attacked the St Andrew’s College line mercilessly and eventually the pressure paid off a the left winger dived over 15m in from touch. Time was up and the resultant conversion would mean that the match ended in a draw.
A brave effort by the 1st XV and great to see them back to their old style of play.
On Saturday St Andrew’s College travelled to Uitenhage for matches against Die Brandwag. The fixture had not taken place for a while due to certain scheduling problems and it was good to see the schools compete again.
What a Game
The first team game at Pearson High School turned out to be a cracker as expected with both schools being ranked in the top 40 in South Africa , The game started and Pearson Dominated most of the first half with great carries by a powerhouse pack .
Having been established in Queenstown in 1858, Queen’s College Boys’ High School celebrated its 150th anniversary in April 2008. Queenstown is situated in the Eastern Cape, some 200 kilometres from East London.