Maritzburg College’s Matthew Ponter makes an attempt at goal in the weekend’s encounter with Hilton College.
The weekend saw a celebration of sporting and other activities across the Maritzburg College campus for “Reunion 2022” staged by the school.
Our Old Boys’ Association celebrated its 125th reunion, and the teams of the #RedBlackWhite played a full round of sporting fixtures.
Rugby: Overall, Maritzburg College played 24 rugby matches on Saturday, winning 19 and losing five.
1st XV coach Tim Orchard said the main game between Maritzburg College and Hilton College provided a fitting end to the 125th reunion celebrations. After a minute’s silence for the Hilton pupil who died last week, the much-anticipated match began.
Maritzburg College drew first blood with a penalty from the boot of AJ Knoetze after a good defensive read by Liam Prinsloo forced an error by a Hilton back who had been adjudged to have impeded Prinsloo with the try-line beckoning. Hilton soon hit back with a penalty of their own, and College found themselves pinned deep in their half with Hilton on the charge looking for the first try of the match. The match continued to be very competitive, albeit with Hilton building a strong lead and taking the score to 33-11.
Hockey: Maritzburg College’s red army hockey teams fought hard in all of their 15 matches against the strong opposition from Hilton College, and no game was better than the clash between the two strong 1st XI teams. College won nine of their hockey games, losing five and drawing one, with goals for being 35, and goals against just 17. In the 1st XI match, Kyle Emerson, 1st XI coach, said the game did not disappoint. It was going to be a tough encounter against a good Hilton team, and a solid performance was needed.
Such was the strong defence by both teams, there were very few clear chances in the game, except for the penalty corners.
Five minutes from time there was one moment which separated the two teams — a deflected goal in favour of Hilton on Pape’s.
Soccer: All of Maritzburg College’s age-group football teams are well placed in their respective league tables as the season heads towards the knock-out stages. The 1st team beat St Nic’s 3-0.
Squash: Maritzburg College had a number of their squash players involved in the final KZN Qualifying Tournament of the season over the past weekend. Positions achieved:
U/19: S. Maharaj 1st, N. Moodley 4th, T. Pratt 5th, M. Mason 8th.
U/16: W. Galliers 3rd.
U/14: T. Nana 1st, T. Kufal 2nd.
• Sally Upfold is the marketing manager at Maritzburg College.