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.
Our College boys posted some excellent results at the 1st KZN league event at Kings Park.
|Chris van Selm||U19||100m||4th|
|Campbell van Rooyen||U19||400m||3rd|
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.
|7th||Hilton 6th||Hilton Outdoor||14-4||won|
Our canoeists started their season taking part in the Flat Water Marathon at Camps Drift with some good early results.
|6th Place||J Maher|
|9th Place||T Ross|
|10th Place||B Tarr|
|12th Place||J Cumming|
|6th Place||J Goble|
|8th Place||R Finne|
|14th Place||C Adam|
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
|1st||won by 4 wickets (Goedeke 94, Klusener 63)|
|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|
|15A||lost by 6 wickets|
|15B||won by 2 wickets (Sithole 5/15)|
|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|
College’s top 8 played matches against Westville on Friday winning 5 of their matches.
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
|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|