The Glenwood fixture list as published here Glenwood fixtures link on their website makes for interesting reading.
Amongst the big pluses is the return of the Affies game. In 2017 the plug was pulled on this fixture. No one from either side seemed prepared to comment on exactly what went wrong to result in the termination.
Over the years for some or other reason both Glenwood and Affies seemed to find the level of respect they willingly showed towards just about all other opponents on the rugby field much harder to come by when the two met. As a result there has been plenty of feeling in the matches between the two schools and a bit on the sidelines as well. Even though the annual fixture hadn’t yet evolved to a stage where it was recognised as one of the so-called traditional rivalries, there was little doubt that the eventfulness of the interschools weekend was building it up to eventually become a special clash, one from which many of the boys participating would take away fond memories and plenty of good stories to share when they were older and their rugby days were over.
Anyway the bottom-line is given the number of teams they field and the difficulties they are having finding suitable opponents to cater for this, Glenwood and Affies need each other right now and although the lower team outcomes are bound to be tilted in Affies’ favour, the compo amongst the A and B teams should be much tighter and of great benefit to both schools.
Affies put a halt to their fixture against KZN’s Westville to free up the slot in their second term programme, so a major change to this Glenwood-Affies derby is that it is not a third term fixture like it was for so many years.
Also making a (welcomed) return to Glenwood’s fixture list is the return match against Maritzburg College. This second match per season was scrapped a few years back due to popular College’s congested third term fixture list. However with College calling it quits on their annual interschools against Grey College (which had moved to March), it freed up a slot for Glenwood to step in. So like the Glenwood-Affies game, this return College derby match is not a third term game. Possibly unlike the Affies game too, this is definitely a match day for some serious competitive games amongst the lower teams and both schools are once again expected to field plenty of teams for the occasion.
On the downside missing for a second year is the Michaelhouse game. It looks like this may become a permanent arrangement, meaning House joins Hilton and Northwood as KZN schools no longer willing to play Glenwood. Not much hype has been made of the decision but indications are that it was communicated with explanations by House.
Perhaps the most distracting feature is the number of trips Glenwood are set to go on in 2018. Wildeklawer in Kimberley is an annual event. In addition to this the Green Machine has lined up a visit to Paarl in the Western Cape to join Boishaai in their 150th birthday celebration international festival. Then there are no fewer than three trips to the Noordvaal to play Affies, Monument and HTS Middelburg. The first two of those trips are in May, known for being the KZN Schools youth week trials month, and a period where Glenwood has slowed down their interschools activities over the past few seasons. Travel is both time consuming and costly, so it’s expected to either take quite a chunk out of the budget or the costs will have to be picked up by the parents or maybe both.