Michaelhouse’s sportsmen enjoyed a fantastic weekend of results to wrap up the summer sports programme.
Despite a throwing caution to the wind and a strong final day of the Dusi, Michaelhouse paddlers Sam Butcher and Matt Millward were only able to claw back six minutes on the eventual U18 winners, clubmates Ross Leslie and Chase Leisegang who finished in 19th position overall. Michaelhouse continued to dominate the U18 podium in major canoeing events with Jack Edmonds and his partner cruising into third place and 23rd overall. Reuben Baldry and Jack Shuter relished their first ever Dusi taking the spoils in the U16 event and placing 61st overall.
Further afield, Michaelhouse’s first basketball team were crowned champions of the National Independent Schools Basketball Festival which was staged in Gauteng. Despite memories of a loss in the 2019 final and a narrow 26-29 loss to St John’s College (JHB) in the pool stages of the competition, the boys from Balgowan never relinquished the lead which they cemented late in the second quarter to come out eventual 48-40 winners over St John’s in the final on Sunday. In regular fixtures back home against Hilton College, the second team went down 29-32, while the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th teams all enjoyed solid wins over their old rivals. Michaelhouse also dominated the grandstand events in the age groups, winning the U14A (27-19) and U16A (41-34) clashes, while the U15A side met their match on tour, also in Gauteng, going down for the first time in 2020, winning two and losing three of their encounters.
Weather had the final say in all of the open cricket matches, also against Hilton College, where not a ball was bowled in any of the local fixtures. The first XI clash took place at St Alban’s in Pretoria, but the result was a drawn stalemate. House’s U16A boys clinched a memorable one wicket win over Hilton College in the only U16 match not affected by weather. Michaelhouse skipper Josh Heath won the toss and opted to put pressure on Hilton’s batsmen. His bowlers delivered with Kamo Rathepe (3/24) and Feroz Amod (4/29) instrumental in skittling Hilton for 129 on the Hart-Davis Oval. Michaelhouse constructed their chase around Jeremy Foss’ 63* and despite Hilton managing to bag wickets regularly, they reached the target with a wicket to spare. Hilton were too good in the U15A clash, winning by 9 wickets, while the U15B game developed into an interesting spectacle of cricket with balls only being bowled from one end of the pitch due to the soggy conditions underfoot. Hilton came away with an interesting two wicket win while the other two matches in the age group were cancelled. Hilton’s 14A lads came away with a 14 run win and House’s U14C boys relished their 5 wicket victory. Again, the other two fixtures in the age category were scuppered by the weather.
Hilton were dominant in the waterpolo pool, allowing just one result (U15B) to go the wrong way.
At home on Sunday, Michaelhouse boys across the age groups were privileged to go toe-to-toe in hockey, squash, and touch rugby fixtures against star-studded Old Boy teams. While Michelhouses first hockey XI came away with a 3-1 win over the Old Boys in the inaugural match on the school’s second water-based astro, the Durban Old Boys touch rugby team featuring Pat Lambie (Springboks), Guy Cronje (Sharks and Lions), Nick Jackson (Free State 7s), and Robbie Diack (Ireland) romped home in the final against the school’s U17 lads.