Dale gets off to a decent start

A tweet yesterday from Dale College read as follows:

Dale played De Vos Malan today in their opener beating them 28-8 the unbeaten streak at home continues!!

Dale did not have things entirely their own way but managed to add respectability to the score after leading just 13-8 at the break.

The winning streak mentioned in the tweet stretches back to August 2011 when they were beaten by Selborne. The two Border powerhouse schools are set to meet in King Williams Town on 18 May.

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  1. @GCollege86: Selbornian who admires a Queenian, Josh must have some really good thing :mrgreen: , always good to see boys who admire from the opposition, it’s 1 of the many reasons we have these fixture. Build a mutual respect :)

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  2. @Queenian: yeah, recently spoke to him, very keen to get back into it. His head is in a good place, he was gutted last year. He’s on the bench for the Vodacom Cup side this week, says a lot about his ability, considering he only played for the Sharks u19 in 1 game last season. This will be is his 3rd appearance in the black and white after a warm up 2 weeks ago. It’s gonna be really good to see him play again.

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  3. @Queenian: There will also be some changes to the Selborne u14 team (last years u13’s). Lost two boys to St Andrews, 1 to injury and 1 playing hockey. Can also be up to 7 changes to the 1st 22.

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  4. @Ludz: Sorry to hear about josh. I rate that boy. He is my youngest son’s schoolboy idol.

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  5. @Ludz: Thats a pity, good to see Johan Meyer up and going again dont be surprised if you see him playing Super Rugby within 2 years, he is big strong and quick.

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  6. @Playa: Lets hope things dont get that bad i think we can use maybe the Queens Under 13 team from last year under 14,s this year. They have lost 2 boys from that team let us see how many are left by 1st team stage.

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  7. @GCollege86: Yeah Josh is out for 6 months, he had an op on his last week, he reckons if rehab goes well, it could be 5 months, which means he could be in action by mid July which is just after the u19 season starts

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  8. @Playa: Ye i hope something happens Border rugby will die if either Dale or Queens become has beens.

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  9. @GCollege86: @Queenian: @rugbyfan: Pretty sad isn’t it.I can honestly say that I do not blame kids who decide to move to other schools from Dale.I just wish that those of us who care about the school, and those, like me, who have aspirations of sending their boys there actually did something about getting to the root of the problems and roll up our sleeves.I remember how,in the 90s everyone was convinced that Dale and Queens would not see the new century. Both schools have survived,but Queens have actually done something to up,not only the quality of boys that go there,but the quality of staff.Dale sadly went sideways.

    Now I am sure there are a number of individuals that take the bulk of the blame for this, but this is not the platform to name and shame.I just hope that there are Old Dalians and parents who browse through these blogs and realise that this problem is not a figment of people’s imagination.There are a few rotten apples in the basket that are rotting the rest.

    Dale College has one of the greatest platforms in the country in Dale Junior.A lot of old boys still send their kids to DJ, then move them in Grade 8/9.And I wouldnt blame QC if they started accepting a lot of these boys in future.I dont blame Selborne for doing it now.

    But I do believe things will turn around as soon as “someone” retires.Hopefully it wont be too late.

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  10. @GCollege86: I also personelly know at least 20 QC old boys who,s kids are at Selborne Jnr and Snr.

    Current Grey Bloem 1st Captain father was a member of the great 1979 Queens team.

    I think what Dale needs to do is baiscally what Queens have realized they will never be a big white boy school again and concentrate on there future must say Dale is in alot worse position than Queens which still has about 35% of there core boys coming there were Dale might have 1%.

    For example currently at Queens 29% of the boys there are Old Boys Kids ( In 1983 it was 79%) at Dale currently it stands at about 1,2% of the boys there are Old Boys Kids ( In 1983 it was 78%)

    So the issue how do you motivate Old Boys who know there kids will not be going to that school to contribute finacially.

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  11. @GCollege86: Matter of interest at Grey PE Jnr this year there are 51 QC 36 Dale 31 Muir 11 Union High Old boy kids there at present.

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  12. @Playa: According to a teacher at Selborne, the most applications for the 2013 Grade 8 intake, excluding Selborne Primary, came from Dale gr7 boys last year. My son told me yesterday that he has 3 Dale boys (only one plays rugby)in his Gr8 class. It is my opinion that it will only benefit Selborne and QC if Dale stays strong and keep up their numbers. Hope the old boys can sort something out.

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  13. @Playa: Ye i hope Dale get it together the thing that worries me at present is that the so called agreement between Dale and Queens will come back to haunt Queens as i think if boys want to leave Dale they will and by Queens trying to do the right thing will just put those kids at schools like Grey PE/Kingswood/Selborne and so on.

    Dont be surprised if you see one of the Dale boys pop up at Kingswood.

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  14. @Playa: Ye agree there must be some issue at Dale at the moment and yes i do not think there was anything funny from Grey PE side with that boy joining them as much as would like to rip Grey off. I also think the handling of the two kids that tried to go to Queens by the 2 Headmasters was job well done and have it on good authority that Somali Jho is still at Dale.

    I do believe that maybe Dale has pulled all busaries which might be the course of current problems although that is just my gut feeling but it would not surprise me.

    Hopefully all is sorted and no more kids leave.

    Lastly i think Dale Old Boys will have to step up to the stage now and actually raise some money and stop talking. I know two Dale Old boys very well and they recon that the final nail in the coffin is not far away they say all that is left is for them to fill the grave with soil and only drastic action by the Old Boys will save this.

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  15. I go off to the bundus for a couple of days and I come back to such tragedy???WOW!

    But as a matter of clarity, I have it on good authority that Mgugudo was in Grade 11 last year.This failing matric story is news to me.What I do not have are the facts behind his move.It does not make sense that Grey PE would accept a kid who has failed matric to come and repeat matric at their school.But then again, I am far from that action.

    But what is clear, if these desperate attempts to move by current Dalians is true, something is wrong at our school, and we old boys are in a far deeper coma than we thought.If there was ever an indication that we need to act, it is now.

    P.S. Griffy’s move was not a money thing.Yes, he is earning more money in CT no doubt.He had coaching aspirations which Border simply didnt give a stuff about.The vice-chairman and main funder of Hamiltons is an old Dalian himself.He just provided that opportunity to him.

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  16. @beet: Are the fixtures for the Bizsports Festival out yet? I have some minor interest there as well.

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  17. @QC86: Rudi, I just confirmed with one of my reliable (edited) friends who works at Border Rugby that QC will play Grens @ 13:00. There is still not a fixtures list out. He is going to phone Andre Matthee who is in charge of Border Schools now to try and get a fixture list and email it to me.

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  18. @GCollege86: @QC86: Tian tells me that Josh Stander (QC nr10 2012) is out for 6 months with an injury. Wonder if his brother “Skillie” will be playing for Hangklip 1st team. Played Cravenweek u13 with Tian. Good loose forward.

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  19. @QC86: Rudi, didn’t QC play Grens last year or was it Port Rex? Cant actually remember. Who did Grens play?

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  20. for the last 5 years or so dale have played hangklip and QC have played port rex on border schools day,so i am expecting the same,with selborne playing stirling

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  21. @spilly: i am going to watch the selborne u16’s play at 11.00 on saturday and then move on to the BRU to watch hopefully dale and QC and then selborne firsts at 15.30,can’t wait :-D

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  22. @spilly: QC86 and I will be at the game starting 15:30. There is still not an official fixtures list out. Apparently fixtures changed twice yesterday, but Selborne vs Stirling back to 15:30 slot. Everybody waiting for Border to circulate a fixture list.

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  23. @gcollege86 are the fixtures out for Border Schools day i see Selborne play Stirling at 330 is anybody going, would be great to have score updates, and a report on the teams,

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  24. @Queenian: Sorry, still trying to get one. It was a hell of an effort just to get confirmation of fixture and venue for Selborne. With Border Rugby everything can still change before Saturday. I am going to see Cassie vd Merwe this afternoon, so I will asked him and post the fixtures if I should get them.

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  25. @Queenian: Spoke to Mr Dale yesterday and he said there is no truth in that boy going to Queens so looks like it was just a rumour.

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  26. As of Monday morning there is no Somali Jho at Queens so i think that was just a story.

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  27. It has been confirmed that Border Schools Tournament will take place in East London @ the Buffalo City Stadium. Selborne vs Stirling at 15:30

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  28. Could it be a possibility that its not Dale’s fault (or any other school for that matter) , and the problem lies in the Border Rugby Union, and that the boys don’t see a future in Border rugby ? Just a question. What do you guys think ?

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  29. Jho I don’t think will go to Queen’s. The major concern is why all these boys are leaving, something wrong there and the old boys need to intervene and find out what is wrong and take drastic measures to fix things

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  30. @DC ARMY: You right there this would be a double blow but i think the issue here as Queenian said is that the kids themselves are playing the cards here and not the schools i would really be depressed if this kid lands up at Grey PE.

    I do know that there is a Headmaster agreement between Dale and Queens so i doubt you will see him at Queens unless some agreement is reached.

    It would be a disaster if Dale/Queens in 1 year have lost there 3 main play makers.

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  31. As an outsider who has always supported Dale what on earth is going on as they say were there is smoke there is fire. Please Dale Old Boys find out was is going on here.

    @Queenian: Ye i suppose the less of the 2 evils if this is true is that Jho lands up at Queens would hate to see him at Grey PE.

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  32. I think these kids are trying to play mind games with the schools like the two that pitched at Queens said if Queens did not accept them they would go to Grey PE.

    This is not a healthy position for Border schools to be in.

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  33. I do know that 2 Dale boys did apply to go to Queens about a week ago the same time the boy left for Grey PE but as far as i know Queens did not take any of them will be interesting to see what has happened.

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  34. Dale have never lost to Nico Malan and I doubt thats going to happen this year. Idoubt somila has left for queens, don’t think his father would agree with that

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  35. @Rockspider, you can not possibly be serious, if this true well to me it has reached a point where one can’t help but laugh becuase it is comical. This would be a double low blow for Dale, their two potential game breakers and match winners gone is similar fashion.

    So i suppose if true, that Queens will play the Grey card, he went knocking on Queens doors begging them to take him because he was unhappy at the level of education he was receiving at Dale or did he fail grade 11

    Dale might as well as close shop and become a rugby academy, because how are they going compete with the top tier teams. :-x

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  36. Hope its just a case of being off sick from school. Lets wait and see.
    looks like schoolboy movement in the Border is increasing just before the rugby season. :roll:

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  37. Can Queenian or QC 86 please find out or confirm.

    Is it true that the Dale College Centre Somila Jho.
    (Border under 12 and 13 at Jnr School, Border under 16 Flank, Border under 18 Centre in 2012.)
    has left Dale and will start at Queens.

    Somila was at Dale since grade R like his brother Andile Jho. Classy centre.
    He still played for Dale vs De Vos Malan on Tuesday.

    It will be u huge loss for Dale and great gain for Queens.

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  38. Looking at everybodies predictions it seems the only 2 the people are not sure of are the games between Dale/Nico Malan and Queens/Brandwag.

    Will be interesti to see what happens

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  39. Anyway it seems that Kingswood are doing everything to be competitive this year which is good for them.

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  40. @Rockspider: The bursaries were firm but it was up to the kids to decide. I think Wion from Paarl Gim along with 4 other of his teammates joined the Sharks Academy, Mxoli opted to take up an offer by the Bulls, which the Sharks Academy did not even know about until I told them and Siyabonga Tom was discovered to be well over 20 years old during an age audit.

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  41. @Mike: He was outstanding at KERF in 2011 as well. I think he scored 5 of Nico Malan’s tries in 3 games.

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  42. Was probably Sergeal??? I can’t remember. Game was not televised. Got my info from my favourite one of your dad’s sons :mrgreen:

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  43. @QC86: a few weeks ago KCMan told me that Mitchell was an advisor on a once a week basis and even De Wet Barry was helping out but if I’m not mistaken Gareth Shaw is still first team coach.

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  44. @ beet -who was the kid that scored the winning try for EP in the dying minutes to beat KZN at last years CW.

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  45. @beet: Completely agree with you about Selwyn Davids. Incredible 7s player. Watched him play in the 7s regional final in Uitenhaige against Grey High. Nico Malan lost by 6 points but Davids really stood out, pretty much scored all his sides tries.

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  46. @beet: hot off the press,it sounds like John Mitchell the ex lions coach has been appointed as the coach of Kingswood,maybe KCMAN could confirm

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  47. Selwyn Davids just seems like the kind of player Paul Treu should have a serious look at. He could easily be developed to fill the role of Cecil Afrika or Branco du Preez

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  48. At the conclusion of the successful Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival 2012, Sharks Academy, presented Glenwood captain Siyabonga Tom , Paarl Gym’s Wion Robertse and Westville’s Nqoba Mxoli with Sharks Academy contracts and Varsity College scholarships. Paarl Gymnasium captain Handre Pollard and RG Snyman from Affies were announced the festival’s best back-line and forward respectively.

    Who got it in the end I wonder?

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  49. @Rockspider: The HMA in KZN is strict on u19 players eligibility. If a player is still u18, there is no issue with a player moving, even in his matric year.

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  50. Cambridge vs Port Alfred / Cambridge by 20
    Hudson Park vs Muir / Hudson by 10
    Dale vs Nico Malan / Nico by 5
    Queens vs Brandwag / Queens by 5
    Grey PE vs Westville / Grey by 10
    Kingswood vs Marlow / Marlo by 10
    St Andrews vs Pearson / St Andrews by 30
    Graeme vs Selborne / Selborne by 30
    I do think that both Brandwag and Nico Malan are going to compete well this year. Anyone know if Nico Malan still have Selwyn Davids ?

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  51. Cambridge vs Port Alfred / Cambridge by 25
    Hudson Park vs Muir / Hudson by 15
    Dale vs Nico Malan / Dale by 5
    Queens vs Brandwag / Queens by 10
    Grey PE vs Westville / Grey by 15
    Kingswood vs Marlow / Marlo by 25
    St Andrews vs Pearson / St Andrews by 25
    Graeme vs Selborne / Selborne by 35

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  52. Sorry Im late on this topic ,but need to mention the following.

    Wen boys move schools in KZN during the grade 12 year the Head Masters Agreement is in place. If Dale and Grey was in KZN Thabani would not be allowed to play rugby for the first team in 2013.

    Why do boys move schools. Sometimes it’s for academic reasons as put forward in this case. If it’s important to look at the facts.

    Where does the boy come from ?. What did the school do to develop him in academics and sports?. His academic and sporting achievements to date?. The support given to the boy and his family down the years?. How many offers the boy received to move to other schools?. How many time coaches were informed that moving is under consideration?.

    If I have a look it’s clear that some boys loyalty is questionable. I would never chop of the hand that has always fed me.

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  53. @Queenian:
    Cambridge vs Port Alfred / Cambridge by 30
    Hudson Park vs Muir / Hudson by 15
    Dale vs Nico Malan / Nico Malan 20
    Queens vs Brandwag / Brandwag by 10
    Grey PE vs Westville / Grey by 25
    Kingswood vs Marlow / Marlo by 10
    St Andrews vs Pearson / St Andrews by 30
    Graeme vs Selborne / Selborne by 20

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  54. @spilly: Visited Cassie (Team Physio) yesterday with my youngest son. According to him the team is looking good but one will never know until they start playing matches. Big front row, big and mobile locks and loose forwards and a good back line. They have lost (out for year) a 1st team player (loose forward) from last year due to an injury he carried over from last year. What helps is that they will have a lot of depth in the 2nd and 3rd teams with last years u16 team.

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  55. @kcman: Ye do agree have seen many a ordinary Queens side do well so lets hope so. Kingswood should be quite good this year watched them a few times last year had some good players. Muir might just be a lot better than last year as well 10 boys back a few very good Grade 10/11 if they get coached well will surprise a few teams.

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  56. @Queenian: I have seen what people perceive as weak Dale and Queens sides always doing better than what we think. This Kingswood side has pace to burn and might not be the biggest side around but they have exceptional skills. 11 of the Kingswood side played First XV last year and many of them were Grade 10’s. Graeme College are definitely not to be underestimated this year, I know they are going to shock a few sides. Pearson will be poor compared to SAC, that is the worst match-up of the day in my mind and that score line could even get bigger than my prediction.

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  57. @kcman: Cool now we have two predictions.

    I had Nico Malan over Dale i think they might just be to good for Dale and i do not see Queens over coming the Brandwag pack. And Kingswood will have a tough time with Marlow also big and strong.

    But interesting

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  58. @Queenian: Let try this.

    Cambridge vs Port Alfred / Cambridge by 25
    Hudson Park vs Muir / Hudson by 15
    Dale vs Nico Malan / Dale by 5
    Queens vs Brandwag / Queens by 5
    Grey PE vs Westville / Grey by 10
    Kingswood vs Marlow / Kingswood by 5
    St Andrews vs Pearson / St Andrews by 25
    Graeme vs Selborne / Selborne by 5

    Graeme have not got a bad side this year, majority of their First XV from last year are back this year.

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  59. Okay lets start some predictions for the Graeme Day.

    Cambridge vs Port Alfred / Cambridge by 15
    Hudson Park vs Muir / Hudson by 10
    Dale vs Nico Malan / Nico Malan by 5
    Queens vs Brandwag / Brandwag by 5
    Grey PE vs Westville / Grey by 10
    Kingswood vs Marlow / Marlow by 5
    St Andrews vs Pearson / St Andrews by 10
    Graeme vs Selborne / Selborne by 20

    Who is brave enough to predict

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  60. @spilly: Selborne will have a decent team this year maybe not a world beater but alot better than last year. Expect a big pack and should be competive all round.

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  61. @GCollege86 Thanks for the info ,any idea how the Selborne 1XV is looking this season, hope stronger than 2012.

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  62. @Queenian: Ye when this type of thing happens you never get the whole truth.

    @Mike: According to Playa a month or so ago that kid was in Grade 11 last year.

    When i was at Grey two weeks ago i did not see him there then unless he only arrived last week and last years Under 16 full back was in the training group.

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  63. @Umtata: Well, the last time I went past there, it looked terrible. And everytime before that. So, my information was first hand-visual. It would seem then that its like the Transkei roads- Occasionally OK, but more often than not, terrible.

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  64. Firstly i think i must state that i am and never will be a Grey PE fan and if anything would prefer Dale to any school beside Queens and yes i did ask the Loest boy today who played for Grey PE last year and he says there fullbacks for last year was himself for some games and another kid for the rest of the games who have both left.

    And secondly Thabani was in Grade 11 last year and i doubt we will know excatly what his story is but this time i doubt Grey are the culprits, not saying they have not been or in actual fact they have.

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  65. @DC ARMY: Ya I guess debating it wont get us anywhere. And there is no first team fullback returning this year. The fullback position at Grey 1st XV will be filled by either Thabani or the 16A fullback from 2012. One thing I know for sure is that Thbani is a day scholar at Grey.

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  66. @BOG: I don’t know where u got your information about umtata high but its not correct. The school does have paint and there are no broken windows. Yes they no longer play with the big border schools but they stillhave rugby and other sports. These days they only play schools like elliot high, ugie high, dordrecth high.

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  67. @Mike: I guess we can let bygons be bygons because we can go back and forth on this, because two different angles are coming from you and @Queenian on this. To my knowledge Thabani is from the surronding areas in King unless his parents recently moved to PE or he was living with his grand parents here. Secondly if he did fail matric, unless things have changed Dale never took kids back to repeat matric if they failed and he was playing first team cricket thsi year and was on the rugby fileds the day before he was spotted practicing with the Grey First Team.

    Why would Grey PE take a kid in the middle of the first term calender who had failed matric at his previous school, especially if they have thier fullback from last year returning.

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  68. @Queenian, that sounds far fetched to me, just a whole lot of bull really, just an attempt to sugar coat this and spin doc this by Grey. School politics exist everywhere in some way or another, i remember too twice i wanted to leave Dale because i was over-looked for my rightful position in the u15 A team and again year’s later in the First Team. I remember pupils arriving at Dale whilst i was there from Grey PE , Selborne, Queens, St Andrews stating that they had left for some reason or another. So please give me a break Grey some come up with a better excuse than that.

    Who decides mid way through the first term of his last year at school, hey i want to change schools, he could have done that last year. Also his financial background strongly disputes that his parents could afford to pay his boarding and schooling fees at Grey.

    Yes, Dale has not had a 100 percent pass rate as far as i know since 2001, but its no schools fault if there are kids who just can’t cut it.

    As for this De Vos Malan issue, don’t know why its such a big deal, it was a first outing under a new coach, new combinations, new ideas and a pre-seasom game, for De Vos that was their test match the big game of the season. They put a decent fight last year too before being thrashed by Hudson Park the following week at Border schools and Dale weren’t on to bigger greater heights.

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  69. @rugbyfan: Hi guys. Regarding the ex Dale boy at Grey High this year, Thabani Mgugudo. The story I got from one of the boys at school is that Thabani failed matric last year and is repeating at Grey this year. He is a day boy and his parents live in PE. Just thought I’d clear that up.

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  70. @Queenian: @rugbyfan: Im sure that Im your senior by a “few” years, but can you chaps remember Umtata High? Situated on the main rd through Umtata(Mandela Drive) on the left, traveling towards Durban? The one with no paint and most windows broken? It may be before your time, but that school had a proud and rich tradition and held its own against most schools on the Border. And today? Not a shadow of its former glory. Is there any reason whatsoever that Dale first, and others later, will not follow the same fate. I reackon, one thing only- the old boys.I ask this question as someone who is genuinely concerned and not as devils advocate. Whenever I had to travel past Umtata High, I actually truly became heart sore and sad because I could remember it for what it was. If you cannot remember, ask your dads/ older family- they will confirm what I am saying. :cry:

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  71. @rugbyfan: They got Grey out for 139 in the 45 over he took 3 catches behind the stumps so the wicket keeping is flourishing he is has now taken 17 catches/7 stumpings/8 run outs for the year in only 7 games so going like a bomb. They bat next Wednesday and have a good chance of winning.

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  72. @Queenian: Interesting about the Dale boy pitching up at Grey PE i thought it was a bit strange as the fullback from last year is also back so there was know need for them to go out and head hunt him.

    People have got to remember a school like Dale needs financing and if nobody realizes this, this was the biggest reason that the last coach left and took a coaching post in Cape Town. Also go and look at how many kids there are in a class at Dale (No fault of there own) and you will see why academics is going down the tubes.

    Only the Old Boys can help them out this situation simple as that but will they or are they willing to help.

    As for some of those boys piching up at Queens to try and get in there, Queens i would suspect as much as they would like to take them would not because of there close history and relationship with Dale.

    I might be wrong but i am sure thats whats happening.

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  73. @Playa: Was at Grey PE yesterday watching my son play cricket against Grey and saw both Headmasters Jnr/Snr had along chat about the Dale boy who has arrived there, they recon the parents approached them saying they were unhappy with the boys boys current education he had also applied to another school in PE. They did not in anyway intice the boy to come to Grey PE.(Parents are paying all fees.) They did tell me that they have had 4 requests since the begining of term from boys from Dale all stating they were unhappy there, they also told me that some of these boys had also being to Queens to try to get in there, i did last night make a call to some one at Queens who stated this was the case but they had told the parents that Queens was not in a position to consider it would not give any more to me than that.

    Both the Headmasters of Grey i know personelly and do not have any reason to mislead me.

    So the question i think is why are boys trying to get out of Dale so quickly.

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  74. @Rockspider: De Vos should stay well clear of Selborne,i saw some de vos boys play against dale that were’nt 65 kgs,and at least 5 of them,they did well last year but please lets not get excited

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  75. Well De Vos Malan will be playing all the 1st tier school expt. QC. herd game with Selborne is also on. Remember they beat Grens and Hangklip last year. Lots of talent. had a look at the under 15 group. some tall boys in that side. Dale vs. Hangklip and De Vos vs Hudson on Border Schools day. Well people at Dale was informed that Dale is hosting this year. would love to get all the fixtures. 8-O

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  76. @spilly: Border Schools will take place in East London according to Max Norman. Venue and fixtures unknown. They are waiting for Border Rugby with info.

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  77. @spilly: I am trying to get a fixture list. I will be going to the school this morning for a meeting so I will try to get one. Still confusion where tournament will take place. Some say KWT others EL.

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  78. Looking forward to Border Schools day , does anybody have a fixture list. are any of the bloggers going to be at the games, would be great to have an assessment of the teams especially Queens ,Dale and Selborne.

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  79. @BOG: Ha ha we have good long jumpers at least. Know De Vos Malan is not a 1st tier school.

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  80. @rugbyfan: I heard that they filled up the pool at Queens and using it as a sand pit to play in- for their matrics. Is De Vos Malan a “1st tier school”? The score looks surprisingly close.

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  81. @rugbyfan: I see a boy at Grey Bloem eventually broke the Free State under17 50 m Freestyle record he did it in a new time of 5min 2 seconds and had to use arm bands to keep him afloat. The time keeper fell asleep waiting for him. :lol:

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  82. @Queenian: I hear they need life gaurds at the Queens gala two boys nearly drowned because of the rip current in the pool or do you folks still have your gala in the dam. :mrgreen:

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  83. Dale haven’t lost at reunion in 2 years, I’m sure the boys will play to the best of their ability and rise to the occasion. A big forward pack does not guarantee success. Dale didn’t have a big pack last year but they still managed to beat teams with BIGGER packs.

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  84. @beet: Not sure i will send you the fixture list just got it from Clinton Loest this morning he is Dir in charge of rugby.

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  85. Hope Dale build on this win we need Dale and Queens to show the other school what they made of.

    On another note Noordkaap has apologised to Queens for the canceling there fixture this year stating that they were forced into a fixture but said the fixture will be up and running from next year.

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  86. @beet: Just had a chat to Francois de Ridder, the De Vos coach and he says it was 23 – 8. I wasn’t at the game, so don’t really know.

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  87. @beet: Last home game Dale lost was against Selborne in August 2011.The winning streak is merely last year’s 8 home games.Whoever said that was sensationalising a bit :mrgreen:

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  88. @Rockspider: The 2010 game was cancelled due to the heat wave. 46-6 was the 2011 score. The 2012 score was 45-3. Judging from this results…we could be in for a tough, tough season.At least we’re off to a winning start.

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  89. @ Beet Could have been. missed one try then. Remember the score board was not up and running at De Vos Fields.

    @GCollege 86. would love to hear what Nokka ( FDR) has to say. his realy doing wonders with the De Vos side. Can see he played for Hangklip Firsts .

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  90. Rugby season really starts in summer nowday, the 1st XV first game is in Feb, must be a tiring season at the end of it all.

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  91. @QC86: I am going to phone the coach of De Vos in 10min to listen to what he has to say about the game.

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  92. @ Queenian. Dale vs Hangklip. Is Josh Standers brother playing first for Hangklip this year.

    Year P W L D Dale de Vos
    2008 1 1 0 0 58 5
    2009 1 1 0 0 36 3
    2010 1 1 0 0 46 6
    2013 1 1 0 0 23 3

    don’t have the 2011 and 2012 scores. De Vos however lost in both games.

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  93. @Rockspider: Do you know what is a joke last year Grey PE used Queenians to beat Dale this year it looks like they using Dalains to beat Queens wonder when this will stop.

    Maybe a extra fixture should be drawn up were a combined Dale/Queens team play Grey PE as they are already a combined Grey/Dale/Queens/Muir team.

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  94. Final score was 23- 8. Score Board at De Vos was not up and running. A clear practice run. Seemingly Dale used it as another trial game. De Vos played as if they were playing for life and death. All round a good performance by them. Dale outscored them 4 tries to 1. missed 3 conversions, 1 penalty and had the chances of scoring at least 2 more tries. Combinations on the day wasn’t clicking. the game will give the selectors a better idea who and what is needed to compete in 2013. looking forward to an interesting 2013. :wink: Well done to De Vos competing very well on the day. A run away would not have helped the couse. :idea:

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  95. What was the final score Dale vs De Vos anybody watch the game ,how does the Dale team look this season.

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  96. @Playa: 13-8 to Dale at half time,playa you are going to go thru what us Selborne oke’s went thru last year,take it on the chin and move on,and remember you are playing with the best you got and there is no shame in that.

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