@oldschool: Yeah I haven’t got their fixtures. Scott M is overseas at the moment and I still need to ask Northwood.
I don’t have Hilton’s complete list either. Hoping that Greg M will reply to my mail.
Looking at the list you do have…looks like Northwood vs Michaelhouse for Old Boys Day perhaps in June. Another tough assignment. No easy games when you trying to play catch up.
I worry still for 2017…Most of the team from 2016 will be gone for next year, and the u16 team was very weak if I recall! Still another 2 years before we maybe see a team with more depth and talent like in 2014.
@Skywalker: Conversely Westville will have every position filled by a person that has 1ST team experience.( Based on last years performances I do not know if that is good or bad ) There will also be obvious challenges from the current U16 ranks eg Slabbert at lock.
I also prefer to be playing Kearsney at the end of the season while GW up front always springs a surprise.
@star: haha I am sure they will come right next year. You have good depth and the 1st team wont allow a repeat of last year. Also depends on the strength of the other teams. Any thoughts on how the other schools are looking for next year at 1st team level?
@Skywalker: As follows
GW- should be set up for a cracking year
DHS- on paper they should be the 2nd best team. I am always worried about their depth and form though
Hilton- could be the surprize package. Next years Grade 12s was one of the few teams that used to beat Westville on a consistent basis.
Westville/College- have all the ammunition but just need to get it to fire. If they do they will challenge for 2nd spot.
Kearsney- have several players returning including superstars like Richardson. They will knock anyone off their perch on their day.
House- always difficult to predict as their form through the age groups is never really strong. They do somehow seem to rise to the occasion usually against expectations
@star: I agree, some teams are very well placed for next year with a decent returning group and some great u16 players.
From a Northwood perspective, we need to be careful of St Charles (especially with Braam there now), and even Clifton are starting to challenge further up the ranks.
Still a long way to go to compete again with the likes of College, Westville etc let alone Glenwood! DHS will be set for a great year again…after that though we will have to see. They built this team with purpose for the 150th, but the younger teams seemed to be no where near the same level.
That’s something Northwood have tried to focus on I can see – you have to build the depth from Grade 8!
@Skywalker: Glenwood should be competitive again building the team around regular 1st & 2nd team players this year in Brendon Schwulst (hooker), Edward Laubscher (lock), JJ Van der Mescht (lock/No8), Ettiene Terblanche (Lock), Jonathan O’Niell (flank), Morne Van Rensburg (flyhalf), Conan Le Fleur (centre), JC Conradie (centre/wing) & Dylan Kruger (Fullback). Throw in a good under16 bunch and we should be up there. However, I think Glenwood have the hardest fixture list in KZN by far.
Jordan Clarke – prop
Jacques Thyssen – hooker
Lunga Ncube – lock
Leonard Barnard – flank
Jaden Hendrickse – scrumhalf
Dylan Pretorius – flyhalf
Siyanda Cele – wing
Rynhardt Jonker – centre
Aaron Larue – wing
The depth in the backs seems great. Front row must be a little concerning.
KES – College now playing a double header? Did KES fill in for Glenwood?
@Roger: Could be, remember College vs Glenwood has not always been a double header, it’s gone through periods of only one game per year. Glenwood used to play DHS double header, no longer. Maybe it was a joint decision or Glenwood wanting to mix it up more. It will certainly be a bit of an easier fixture for College down the line
@Grasshopper: Glenwood are ducking Hopper – admit it. I see they are ducking Affies too – hehehe
Playing Waterkloof, Paarl Boys High, Monnas, Garsfontein, Grey Bloem, Menlopark & 3 Top 20 opponents at KERF ain’t ducking anything boet. That is 3 schools in the top 5 plus another 6 in the top 20. Framesby have had a tough past few years but usually top 20 too. Compare that to the very light KES fixture list, only really with Affies, Monnas and Jeppe as tough encounters…
Verdict still out there! Why did Affies cancel against Glenwood. It would have been a great game as Glenwood, through the age groups, were very competitive and close games. I am also not sure that all Affes supporers are in agreement with the decision. However, it is Edward’s cradle to do as he pleases. I am sure the truth, as to why, will be revealed in good time.
@Roger: I am sad that the double against PBHS has been dropped. My favourite derby by a million miles.