Monnas Centenary Festival back on track after drama

DigiTV are in a fight against time to fix technical issues ahead of the festival kickoff on 23/04/2021

New Fixtures – updated 21/04/2021

As new information came to light, it turned out that Monnas had been let down. Promises of a sponsor being onboard never materialised. There was no sponsor!  With little over a week to go until kickoff, a third party initially responsible for organising the festival announced it was off.  100 years of history was not about to be buried and forgotten though. For those who care about Monnas, it presented an opportunity to show what could be achieved by working hard together in the face of adversity.

Paragraph from document confirming the inability to obtain a sponsor
It is important that we are transparent with all stakeholders and in this respect, we must inform you that due to some major obstacles experienced over the course of preparations we have been unable to secure a title sponsor for the tournament. This ultimately placed immeasurable pressure on us and the organizers of this event. Regrettably, we have been unable to overcome this hurdle to date, despite fighting to the bitter end

Monnas are all set to host a near perfect 100th birthday celebration rugby festival on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 April 2021.

The fixture of the Monnas 100 festival are expected to be released in the coming days.  It is a guarantee that the mouthwatering line-up of schools will not disappoint.

All matches are expected to be live-streamed.

SLOT SCHOOL SCHOOL BROADCAST
DAY 1 : Fri 23-Apr-2021
11h30 Monument 2nd XV 21 24 Affies 2nd XV DigiTV VOD
13h00 EG Jansen 31 15 Ben Vorster DigiTV VOD
14h30 Menlopark 41 24 St John’s DigiTV VOD
16h00 Garsfontein 33 17 Nelspruit DigiTV VOD
17h30 Affies 19 07 Noord-Kaap DigiTV VOD
DAY 2 : Sat 24-Apr-2021
08h30 Grey College Cherries 35 33 Paarl Gim 2nd XV DigiTV VOD
10h00 Milnerton 66 19 Northcliff DigiTV VOD
11h30 Rustenburg 41 15 Pretoria BH DigiTV VOD
13h00 Outeniqua 19 07 Noordheuwel DigiTV VOD
14h30 Stellenberg 34 12 Helpmekaar DigiTV VOD
16h00 HJS Paarl BH 59 21 Welkom Gim DigiTV VOD
17h30 Paarl Gim 18 16 Grey College DigiTV VOD
19h00 Monument 28 26 Drostdy DigiTV VOD
DAY 3 : Mon 26-Apr-2021
08h30 Elandspark 22 17 Goudwes DigiTV VOD
10h00 St John’s 45 24 Milnerton DigiTV VOD
11h30 Noord-Kaap 24 40 Nelspruit DigiTV VOD
14h30 Drostdy 34 20 Ben Vorster DigiTV VOD

 

 

51 Comments

  1. Na wat ek laas verneem het, speel Paarl Gim se 0/19 A en B spanne teen Grey Bloem. As dit so bly, gaan dit iets wees om na uit te sien. Volgens @Murrayfield sal ons die wedstryde op SSL kan sien.

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  2. Ek sien ook uit na skolerugby. Hierdie jaar gaan ‘n jaar van dieptes wees. Sterkte aan al die skole hul afrigters en die belangrikste, die spelers. Mag daar nie erngstige beserings wees en die skeidsregters nie rugby liefhebbers van verskillende spanne laat baklei. Van hulle het die vermoë om dit te doen.
    Sterkte Monnas, dankie vir die geleentheid wat julle so baie spanne bied.

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  3. SA Schools challenge trust messed up the first project they put their hands on. Great way to blow up Monnas 100. Maybe the guys should talk less and criticise less people on their talk show and start doing more.

    Kids were looking forward in playing.

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  4. Eish hectic times. I was thinking about all the adversity Monnas has gone through with the storm damage a few months ago. Add to this that the overseas teams were never going to be able to attend the celebration. Then it all seemed to turn around for the best with the first games of the new season being their festival. This isn’t about individuals and characters now. Its about showing support for a 100 year old school that has made a significant contribution to SA rugby. Hopefully everything still works out and Monnas get to host a memorable event next week.

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  5. Many (perhaps all) the Western Cape schools had booked their air tickets already.

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  6. Well done Wynies, Tjaart en alle partye agter die skerms om haas uit hoed te pluk om hulle fees te red. Vir Monnas en die afskop van skolerugby 2021 in geheel is dit ‘n groot oorwinning.

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  7. @groen bosveld. Ek verstaan nie mooi nie help my asb, is Wynand en Tjaart nou helde omdat hulle die festival gered het ? Moes hulle nie van die begin af dit gereel het nie, dis immers die hoof van rugby en die hoof van bemarking en beurse, is dit nie waarvoor hulle aangestel en betaal word nie. Veral op jou 100ste ? Die skool het mos n paar trofee en selfs bokke al opgelewer.

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  8. Good luck Monnas . Hope this weekend will go well. You deserve to have a great tournament . Congratulations on your special birthday!

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  9. Very good second half for the Affies Tiere against Monnas Kwaggas. They were 5-21 down at HT but won 24-21 in a close finish.

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  10. Ben Vorster took a 15-14 lead just over midway into the 2nd half but Jansies finished very strongly to win 31-15. PRG were excellent at linking today and EG could probably have grown the scoreboard a bit more if they had better success in that department.

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  11. Menlo with a relatively comfortable win 41-24 but some good things for SJC to take out of the match as well.

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  12. @beet: I was initially surprised to hear this relatively narrow scoreline, as Menlo are the reigning Beeld champs and St John’s have been on school holidays since late March. However, I had a quick look at St John’s u16A results from 2019 and see that the 2021 matrics are one of their stronger years.

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  13. Garsies 33 Nelspruit 17. Not a bad effort by Nellies. The Rhinos made the 5m rolling maul look like an art form in the 1st half. Praise to Garsies Bere for working them out in the 2nd half and producing very good defence against the lineout/maul. Two big turnover mistakes cost Nelspruit dearly. The Garsies opening try was “puik” Execution at full speed with precision to turn it into a classic try.

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  14. Affies 19 Noord-Kaap 7. A match that did not really get going. Full-marks to NK for putting up such good resistance against one of the powerhouses of SA SBR.

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  15. All-in-all a good first day back for schoolboy rugby at Monnas. The underdogs in every match fronted up to keep the interest there to the final whistle. I can just image if this was the original format where SA based schools would have come up against overseas schools and clubs and invitation XV. There would have been a few boring cricket scores put up. Instead we got to see an entertaining day of rugby.

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  16. If anyone is watching tomorrow watch the GCB /14’s.

    They were brilliant against Garsfontein as /13’s last year – the centre Ethan Adams comes from Paul Sauer and captained the EP CW side as an /12 player. He is a powerhouse.

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  17. @beet: I must add that a few of the St John’s boys (who shall remain nameless) were having a big party at my holiday home until a few weeks ago, so they put up a good performance all considering…as much as it pains me to say it. 😂

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  18. I grossly underrated Rustenburg, thinking they would be the underdogs against PBHS. Of the matches I watched, this is the first one where the team I expected to win did not and the margin of defeat was quite significant at 41-15 in favour of the Leopards region match. With Ben Vorster, Nelspuit and now Rustenburg giving good accounts of themselves, things are looking good for the level of competitiveness of the Virsekerbeker Plate this year.

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  19. Stellenberg capitalised on a lacklustre performance by Helpmekaar. There was quite a bit of untidy play during the match. The wind wasn’t a friend to any today. But when push came to shove the Stellies backs were able to up the ante and deliver killer blows via the speed of their attacks. Helpies did not enjoy anything near that level of cohesion out wide and looked impatient at times when it looked like with a little more focus they could gain a bit of ascendancy in the tight loose. Final score 34-12.

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  20. The Noordheuwel/Outeniqua game was nice to watch, Outeniqua loosing the ball 4 times in first half within 5m and also at the end on the siren, could have easily put on a lot more points……. Noordheuwel on the other hand had a few good chances to actually win the game. In the end maybe a fair result.

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  21. Outeniqua had a huge pack and looked like they were going to steamroll Noordheuwel. The Krugersdorp boys showed a lot of character and eventually the Kwaggas ran out of energy plus surprised by not having the dynamic backline play to back up the forwards. In the end a respectable 19-7 result for Nories with the Kwaggas feeling they have lots of work to do.

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  22. Boishaai started like a house on fire. They were physical and fast. Quickly built a big lead. Shell-shocked Welkom Gimmies looked like they were in totally mismatched. Then the Griffons top rugby school got it together and competed well at the breakdown, capitalised on Boishaai errors and in next to no time it was 22-21 at halftime. Boishaai returned to structured play, slotted a couple of penalties, wore down their opponents and finished very strongly as testimony to their conditioning. They ran out comfortable winners in the end and sent out a clear message of intent for the season. Two HJS players could easily be the players of the festival. Campion von Ludwig at 10 and Ruan Venter at 4 were both outstanding. 59-21

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  23. Paarl Gim vs Grey College was an intense match to be remembered for the whole season. There was a great deal of physicality but perhaps the stand out feature was the organisation and commitment on defence. Boys putting their bodies on the line and making sure every metre was one that their opponents were going to have to work extra hard to dominate. For the backlines where there is so often opportunities to use speed and find holes, the linespeed was in line with the stuff one would expect from seniors. In the end a tight win for Gim 18.16

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  24. @kantako: Kantoka, weet nie hoe lank jy op die blog is nie, maar ons handhaaf ‘n etos om nie spelers by naam of identifikasie te beledig, of negatiewe opmerkings te maak nie.

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  25. Unfortunately my DigiTV broadcast froze towards the latter part of the Monnas-Donkeys game when Monnas seemed to have the match under control and although not convincing seemed to be able to power their way into scoring opportunities. So it came as a bit of a surprise that the end score was 28-26 to the hosts. Drostdy have a reasonable sized team and could enjoy a degree of success if they can improve from here. Monument are often about the big power game. They have the pack to continue along those lines, so their success might be better measured by the work they can put in to improve the designs for their backs.

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  26. In the end a great festival. Good entertainment. Personally I thought the commentators were good and kept it real. Richard Bands was the celebrity and he was cool because he kept it real by just being himself. Pietie Meyer was also interesting. He brought a different touch.

    Well done to Monnas. After all the difficulties, everything worked out very well in the end. Under the circumstances a festival to be proud of.

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  27. @jan Kriel I think you are reading something wrong 😉. I am new.

    Great day full of good rugby. Good commentary and chats in between games. Standout game Gim/Grey with a lot of history in that win for Gim. Booishaai also very good, well coached and well balanced, 10 minutes kept Welkom in game but Booishaai just kept going.

    Noord/Suid now has my full attention.

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  28. Well done Paarl Gym . What a performance! Smart coaching and outstanding defence! You are an excellent team . Grey also well done with your game , it was not your day but you will get stronger .

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  29. Goeie naand manne ,long time no chat,eerste dinge eerste Well done Gimmies wel verdiende wen gewees .
    Punt nr 2 ek vemoed die Paarl interskole gaan die jaar bepaal wie nr1 in die land gaan wees
    Nr 3 As jy vir die Donkies gaan onderskat gaan dit jou duur te staan kom

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  30. Lekker om van die groothonde so mooi te sien perform het. Die rugby was lekker die naweek, daar is egter nog baie werk oor vir sekere skole. Ek is erg teleurgesteld in van hulle. Ek glo die wat my so teleurgestel het sal defnetief terug wees, seisoen is nog lank.

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  31. @beet – I would say a very dissapointing result for PBHS. I know this was a first outing but the margin of defeat is way too big. Grey PE on Saturday and then Jeppe the following week will not be easy for the Candies.

    Probably going to take many years for Boys High to be considered a decent rugby shcool again.

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