Fri. Jan 24th, 2020

Maritzburg College Summer Sporting Weekend Results

For a number of nervous U14 players, this was their first weekend of playing basketball matches proudly wearing the red black white as College took on Westville over the weekend. Photo Credit: Sphephelo Mbonambi

Maritzburg College’s cricket, basketball and water polo teams were in action this weekend with most of our fixtures being played against Westville Boys’ High School.

ATHLETICS

Our College boys posted some excellent results at the 1st KZN league event at Kings Park.

  Brett Pepworth U19 3000m 1st
  Ryan Will U19 Javelin 1st
  Joseph Kayembe U15 100m 1st
  Luyanda Kunene U15 100m 2nd
  Njabulo Zuma U19 100m 2nd
  Chris van Selm U19 100m 4th
  Kyle Tedder U19 100m 5th
  Jack Pope U15 1500m 4th
  Connor Baldrey U17 1500m 7th
  Brett Pepworth U19 1500m 7th
  Timothy Woodburn U19 1500m 8th
  Willian Pretorius U17 400m 3rd
  Campbell van Rooyen U19 400m 3rd

BASKETBALL

Basketball’s games were mostly against Westville with College winning 12 of the games with great support, especially of the 1st team game, which was a nailbiting match that saw College win in the last two minutes 47-44. A summary against Westville shows the RedBlackWhite prevailed in 10 of the 16 matches played and lost 6.

1st TEAM REPORT (JENNY ORCHARD)
Basketball got into full swing on Saturday, 18th January with Westville hosting 16 College teams. There always has been a healthy rivalry between the two schools, with great anticipation for this fixture. At the end of a very long day, College won 10 of the 16 games played with the U14A side recording a convincing win of 52-3 for their first match in the red, black and white.

The match of the day, however, has to be the first team game. College had won the game in the fourth term of 2019 and Westville were out to revenge this defeat. The home side won the jump ball and also put the first points on the board. They maintained a lead throughout the first quarter and ended this period with a three-point advantage. The accuracy of the Westville’s shots on the hoop resulted in them being 26-19 to the good at the end of the half. The third quarter was a drought period for College with them only adding 2 points to their total in this period. The Westville supporters could taste victory at the start of the final period and thus became very loud and enthusiastic. But it was not to be.

The turning point in College’s favour came when the Captain Liam Janse van Rensberg sank a three-point shot and soon after that Nhlakanipho Ngcobo was awarded a “basket good” and also converted the “and one” in basketball terms. The spirit of the players and the College supporters went up to another level as it was evident that they could attain a victory. It was due to sheer determination and grit that the College side came within the Westville and during this final period College outscored Westville 26 points to 7 points. With both sides on team fouls discipline was crucial in the final minute of the game. There were heart-stopping moments for both coaches as the lead changed hands often and victory could go either way. It was the ability to remain focussed while under enormous pressure that ensured a 47-44 victory to College at the final whistle, much to the delight of the vociferous crowd. Nhlakanipho Ngcobo, who gave it his all, top-scored with 17 points. A beautiful game of basketball was witnessed by all who were present.

  TEAM OPPONENT VENUE SCORE RESULT
  1st Westville  MPC  47-44 won
  2nd Westville  MPC  19-21 lost
  3rd Westville  MPC  20-29 lost
  4th Westville  MPC  41-14 won
  5th  Hilton 4th Hilton 17-23 lost
  6th Hilton 5th Hilton 13-14 lost
  7th Hilton 6th  Hilton Outdoor 14-4 won
         
  16A Westville  MPC  29-20 won
  16B Westville  MPC 15-26 lost
  16C Westville  MPC 10-19 lost
  16D Westville  MPC 29-22 won
         
  15A Westville  MPC 24-27 lost
  15B Westville  MPC 59-29 won
  15C Westville  MPC 12-5 won
  15D Westville  MPC 8-14 lost
         
  14A Westville  MPC 52-3 won
  14B Westville  MPC 13-8 won
  14C Westville  MPC 22-3 won
  14D Westville  MPC 18-8 won
  14E Bisley  APH 4-24 lost
  14F Bisley  APH 12-4 won
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CANOEING

Our canoeists started their season taking part in the Flat Water Marathon at Camps Drift with some good early results.

 U18 TEAM  
 6th Place   J Maher
 9th Place   T Ross
 10th Place   B Tarr
 12th Place   J Cumming
   
 U16 TEAM  
 6th Place   J Goble
 8th Place   R Finne
 14th Place   C Adam

CRICKET

College’s cricket teams won 9 of the 19 matches played over the weekend most of which were against Westville, although 3 of the games were abandoned due to lightning.

1st TEAM REPORT (MR ROBBIE COUTTS – 1st XI COACH)
The College First XI brought home a comfortable victory this past weekend, despite a troubling start.

The College 1st XI traveled down to Durban to take on Westville, on a hot and muggy Durban morning. Westville won the toss and had no hesitation in sending College into field in perfect batting conditions, on the Bowdens Oval.

At the start of the bowling innings, Westville seemed to dominate against a College attack littered with too many extras and a below-par fielding display. Despite  College’s slow start,  they never allowed Westville to take the game away and with the introduction of leg spinner Mark Laithwaite and seamers, Carrick McKean and Daniel Bruyns created pressure after the first drinks break. McKean, in particular, bowled an impressive spell and although he didn’t take a wicket his 7 overs only went for 12 runs. Tight bowling and smart field placing’s, by College captain Kent Goedeke, ensured Westville were always under pressure in the middle overs, the College fielding also improved and two impressive run-outs ensured Westville were never able to dominate the game and set up the final 10 overs of the batting innings. Although Westville fought back in the closing overs, College captain and off-spin bowler Goedeke bowled a tidy spell in the final power play overs and restricted Westville to 207 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs.

The College run chase started with some precise bowling from the Westville side, losing two wickets to a bowled and LBW in the first over.  As the College reply started to gain momentum, an unnecessary run output the pressure back onto College. Fortuitously, the fall of that wicket brought together the Klusener and Goedeke partnership, the pair put on 132 runs at a very good rate. The partnership was severed when Klusener was caught down the legside for a well-played 63. Goedeke almost got his team home but was out for an excellent 94.  Despite Westville taking another wicket, the damage was done and College won comfortably by 4 wickets with 46 balls to spare. 

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

  TEAM   RESULTS
  1st    won by 4 wickets (Goedeke 94, Klusener 63)
  2nd   Match Abandoned
  3rd   won by 9 wickets (O. Beauclerk 6/14, M Smith 32)
  4th   lost by 30 runs
  5th   lost by 6 runs
   
  16A   won by 2 wickets (Bharath 4/19, Currie 38)
  16B   won by 9 wickets
  16C   Match abandoned
   
  15A   lost by 6 wickets
  15B   won by 2 wickets (Sithole 5/15)
  15C   Match abandoned
  15D   No result 
  15E   No result
   
  14A   lost by 5 wickets
  14B   won by 5 wickets 
  14C   won by 65 runs( Samuels 47, Botha 58)
  14D   won by 51 runs (Haasbroek 43, Marais 3/12, Mbatha 3/17)
  14E   won by 5 wickets (Ferguson 46*)
  14F   lost by 4 wickets

SQUASH

College’s top 8 played matches against Westville on Friday winning 5 of their matches.

   M Darch Won 3-0
   C White Won 3-0
   S Strydom Won 3-0
   N Mcfarlan Won 3-0
   S Maharaj Won 3-0
   T Pratt Lost 0-3
   M Mason Lost 1-3
   J Gobel Lost 1-3

WATER POLO

Our College water polo teams played Westville and Hilton over the weekend with some very close games and two excellent draws for our 1st and 2nd teams.

1st TEAM REPORT (DARREN SHERRIFF)
Saturday saw the Maritzburg College waterpolo 1st side take on Westville down at Westville. It was a great day for polo. The match started with great hype from both teams and College was able to take the lead first in the game. With some great saves from College’s Steven Pretorius, they were able to only concede one goal in the first chukka as it ended 3-1. Westville were able to convert a couple of goals to close the gap. Both teams seem to be evenly matched in the pool. Westville at one stage were able to take the lead and put pressure on the College team. With determination and good team work College were able to bring the scores level to 7-7 and then gain a 9-7 lead half way through the last chukka. Westville fought back hard and with two late penalties brought the score to 9-9. In a frantic last minute, both teams were working hard to score the winning goal but neither were successful.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

TEAM OPPONENT VENUE SCORE RESULT FORMAT
1st Westville WBHS – Long Course  9-9 Drew 4 x 8 playing 
2nd Westville WBHS – Pool 1 3-3 Drew 4 x 6 running 
3rd Westville WBHS – Pool 1 2-4 Lost 4  x 6 running
4th Westville WBHS – Pool 1 6-2 Won 4 x 6 running 
           
15A   WBHS – Short Course 4-5 Lost 4 x 5 playing 
15B   WBHS – Pool 2 3-4 Lost 4 x 5 playing 
           
14A   WBHS – Pool 2 4-9 Lost 4 x 5 playing 
14B   WBHS – Pool 2   No Result 4 x 5 running
14C   WBHS – Pool 2   No Result 4 x 5 running
It was a weekend of fierce rivalry and tough competition for the College water polo teams playing Westville on the weekend, with our 1st and 2nd team games ending in draws.
Photo: Sphephelo Mbonambi
Maritzburg College’s Head Prefect and Swimming captain Chris van Heerden together with Quinn Lupton-Smith, our Waterpolo Captain, were on hand to mentor and support our U14 team playing for their first time on the weekend against Westville.
Photo: Nic Croeser

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