Grey PE Festival 2020

From Grey High:

I am sure this does not come a surprise to anyone, but the Standard Bank Grey Rugby Festival has been cancelled for 2020.

I would like to thank you for the support and I assure you that you will all be invited to next year’s Festival and hopefully we will then have the opportunity to allow you to experience some good East Cape hospitality, partnered with high class schoolboy rugby.

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Day 1 : Sat 21-Mar-2020
08h00 Parktown Kingswood
09h10 Framesby Westville
10h20 Queen’s Muir
11h40 Selborne Jeppe
12h50 Dale Glenwood
14h00 St Andrew’s Bishops
15h20 Grey HS SACS
B11h40 Clifton Nico Malan
B12h50 Hudson Park Graeme
B15h20 Woodridge Ithembelihle
Day 2 : Mon 23-Mar-2020
08h00 Muir Hudson Park
09h10 Grey Unicorns Ithembelihle
10h20 St Andrew’s Glenwood
11h40 Queen’s Westville
12h50 Dale Bishops
14h00 Framesby Selborne
15h20 Grey HS Jeppe
B12h50 Nico Malan Parktown
B14h00 Kingswood Clifton
B15h20 Graeme Woodridge

Fascinating mix of fixtures lined up for Grey Festival  by Neale Emslie

The Eastern Cape’s top rugby schools will square off against a powerful group of opponents from outside its borders in a fascinating mix of fixtures in the Standard Bank Grey High Rugby Festival on March 21 and 23.

As teams like Selborne, St Andrew’s and Framesby join the hosts in defending local honour, formidable visiting schools such as Glenwood, Jeppe, Westville and Bishops will ensure there is no easy passage to victory.

In particular, Durban school Glenwood should provide some of the highlights of the festival as they have perennially been one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top teams and will have blockbuster matches against Dale College and St Andrew’s.

Grey will also have their work cut out for them over the two days. They will finish off the first day’s programme against Cape Town rivals SACS and will bring the curtain down on the festival with Monday’s encounter against the dangerous Jeppe outfit from Johannesburg.

Another extremely interesting match-up will take place when Grahamstown team St Andrew’s take on their Cape Town rivals, Bishops.

This long-standing contest began way back in 1896, won by Bishops, and has regularly produced thrilling rugby between teams who both place their emphasis on the running game.

Bishops enjoyed a winning streak from 2014 to 2018 before the Andreans won 42-22 last year in a typically exciting encounter.

They play the main curtain-raiser on the opening day and it should attract a capacity crowd.

Besides their match against Grey, Jeppe will be preparing themselves for a pair testing fixtures as their first game is against another Eastern Cape powerhouse in Selborne.

This will be a repeat of last year’s festival when the Johannesburg boys snatched a 19-15 victory by scoring a try in the last moments of the match.

Framesby, one of PE’s top sides, will also face a challenge of considerable proportions as they play Westville in the second match on day one. This will be followed by a Monday encounter against the Selbornians.

Dale are another team who will have their credentials tested. Capable of playing entertaining rugby they will need to show their mettle when they conclude their festival with a Monday clash against Bishops after the opening game with Glenwood.

With age-group teams included in the festival, a total of 67 matches at five fields will be played during the course of the two days.

17 Comments

  1. Stoked to see Glenwood playing St Andrews, something different. Also, extending playing Dale as they have played them regularly at KERF

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  2. 3rd year in a row playing Jeppe. The two schools might as well consider starting a derby.

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  3. @Palma: Last years game was a good one for a neutral like me. Jeppe were persistent and their determination won the day in the end against a good Selborne team.

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  4. @Beet:Yes and the results from A teams were quite competitive:
    16a: Selborne 22-14 Jeppe
    15a: Selborne 12-24 Jeppe
    14a: Selborne 32-5 Jeppe

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  5. It will be interesting to see what the two school have to offer in 2020.

    The u16A score in 2018 was Selborne 22 – 10 Jeppe

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  6. @Palma: not sure who Grey u16a are playing at the fest this year but if they carry on where they left off last year they gonna be very hard to beat….

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  7. @Dion: Grey’s 16a team will definitely be playing here. They are hands down the most dominant team in the eastern cape. It is both impressive and embarrassing considering Selborne, Dale, Queens and St Andrews look like an u16b team compared to them.

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  8. @Dion: In recent years the 16a teams would play the same team that the 1sts would. But I cannot seem to find the fixtures for the A teams.

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  9. @Dion: Nothing is official yet but Grey u16A might be up against SACS and Jeppe, which would make it as Palma says – “same as 1st XV”

    @Palma: Selborne u16A matched with Jeppe and Bishops but also a TBC at this stage.

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  10. @Palma: yes if memory serves me u correct … the Jeppe game last year as 15a …got very ‘tense on the touchlnes with some of their supporters very vocal ….all in good spirit!!!!

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  11. @slummieschap: Selborne should be competitive in domestically this year but they might struggle at the Kearsney festival, playing some really strong schools there this year.

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