Graeme College 150th Festival 2023

To celebrate 150 years, Graeme College will grow their very popular rugby day into a full-fledged festival consisting of three 1st XV match days.

Graeme rugby event set to soar in school’s 150th year by Neale Emslie In celebration of the school’s 150th anniversary, Graeme College have brought in a fresh dimension to their annual rugby day by extending it to a festival over three days in March next year.And adding the cherry on the top will be the appearance of crack rugby schools such as Grey College from Bloemfontein, Hilton from KwaZulu-Natal and SACS from Cape Town, all of whom will provide fascinating opposition for their Eastern Cape opponents.Naturally, Graeme have not forgotten the loyal support they have annually received from the local teams and the cream of Eastern Cape’s schools will again be in action in this traditional pipe-opener to the season.The festival will take place from March 23 to 25, but not all teams will be in action for the full three days. The fixtures have been arranged so that those schools who play on Thursday will only be in action again on Saturday, while the programme on Friday will see those teams play only once.Tournament director Nico van der Meulen said they had wanted to do something special to celebrate a significant year in the school’s history.“We have enjoyed huge success with our traditional Graeme Rugby Day over the years, but we felt we just wanted to take it to the next level on the occasion of our 150th celebrations,” he said.“We are extremely excited to welcome Grey College, who have appeared once before, SACS and Hilton to our event, and are also grateful for the outstanding support we have received from our Eastern Cape colleagues.“It should be an excellent three days of rugby and an ideal opportunity for coaches to continue fine-tuning their sides for the season.”As one of the perennially top teams in the country, Grey College will add a sharp edge to the competition when they take on Marlow Agricultural in Thursday’s feature match and then face Makhanda outfit St Andrew’s in the main curtain-raiser on Saturday.Although these are daunting prospects for the local outfits, it will be a great opportunity for them to embrace the challenge of taking on one of the best rugby schools in the land.Hilton face two massive examinations against Brandwag and Framesby, while the festival looks destined for a cracking start when SACS take on St Andrew’s in Thursday’s opening fixture.The hosts have not shied away from giving themselves two tough encounters, with a Thursday showdown against Framesby, followed by a clash with SACS on Saturday in what should be a fitting finale to the festival.Grey High will be in action only on the Friday, playing the feature match against Hudson Park, while East London powerhouse Selborne also play only once, facing Nico Malan in the main curtain-raiser on the same day.Besides the first team fixtures, Graeme will also be arranging age-group games on the Marais Field, with this line-up still to be confirmed. The U14 and U16 sections will play on Thursday and Friday, while Saturday will see an U13 festival taking place.

Day 1 : Thu 23-Mar-2023
10h00 St Andrew’s 13 12 SACS
11h20 Brandwag (Uitenhage) 03 48 Hilton
12h40 Kingswood 21 12 Queen’s
14h00 Graeme 18 14 Framesby
15h20 Grey College 52 12 Marlow
Day 2 : Fri 24-Mar-2023
08h00 Port Alfred 00 32 Woodridge
09h15 Mary Waters 07 27 Union
10h30 Cambridge 07 24 Daniel Pienaar
11h45 Muir 21 10 Stirling
13h00 Dale 22 20 Pearson
14h15 Selborne 34 17 Nico Malan
15h30 Hudson Park 07 27 Grey HS
Day 3 : Sat 25-Mar-2023
10h00 Brandwag (Uitenhage) 00 22 Queen’s
11h20 Marlow 05 34 Kingswood
12h40 Hilton 19 03 Framesby
14h00 St Andrew’s 00 48 Grey College
15h20 Graeme 05 19 SACS

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  1. avatar
    #21 Smallies

    @The Beast: Agree but still way less than Boishaai ,PRG ,Affies and Grey

    25 March, 2023 at 21:39
  2. avatar
    #20 Kantman

    @The Beast: Thanks

    25 March, 2023 at 21:12
  3. avatar
    #19 The Beast

    @Kantman: I dont really have an affiliation to those schools but I spoke to a friend and he says those numbers have been like that forever. He says St Andrews and Kingswood are full, not so sure about Graeme and Marlow as they are state schools.

    25 March, 2023 at 20:11
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    #18 Kantman

    @The Beast: Have those numbers stayed the same for many years? Just asking because some schools have increased intake the last few years. ANd how strong is demand for those limited 60-80 places for Grade 8?

    25 March, 2023 at 20:06
  5. avatar
    #17 Djou

    @The Beast: Elke graad 8 leerder word gekeur by PG.

    25 March, 2023 at 19:44
  6. avatar
    #16 The Beast

    @Smallies: 600 is quite a lot compared to some of those EC Schools

    25 March, 2023 at 19:42
  7. avatar
    #15 Smallies

    @The Beast: Paarl gim also less than 600 boys

    25 March, 2023 at 18:10
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    #14 Smallies

    @Gimnasias: 48 0

    25 March, 2023 at 16:18
  9. avatar
    #13 The Beast

    @Strepie: Maybe some schools are not of the same size as these macro schools.
    St Andrews have 480 boys
    Marlow about 260
    Kingswood about 220
    Graeme about 400

    I think they do pretty well with their numbers.

    25 March, 2023 at 16:17
  10. avatar
    #12 Gimnasias

    Hoe ver het GC toe vir St Andrews gewen?

    25 March, 2023 at 15:29
  11. avatar
    #11 Strepie

    @Palma: Watching these games, it is as clear as daylight the massive gap between your macro rugby entities and the balance.

    24 March, 2023 at 15:54
  12. avatar
    #10 Palma

    Selborne 34-17 Nico Malan. Selborne their own worst enemy. Way too many discipline issues. A win is a win. Good luck Nico Malan for the rest of the season.

    24 March, 2023 at 15:39
  13. avatar
    #9 Arend

    @Rainier: ek neem aan jy het bedoel vir Marlow!

    24 March, 2023 at 08:44
  14. avatar
    #8 Wyvern



    A lot harder to do for Saturday :-|

    24 March, 2023 at 07:23
  15. avatar
    #7 Palma

    I don’t know about Brandwag and Framesby, but Nico Malan are quite decent this year. They will give Selborne a good run tomorrow. Brandwag vs Queens on Sat should be interesting.

    23 March, 2023 at 19:58
  16. avatar
    #6 Jakkals

    Greytness…..damn this team is good. Have seen better Framesby teams over the years though

    23 March, 2023 at 15:56
  17. avatar
    #5 Rainier

    Kingswood gee vir Queens pak.

    23 March, 2023 at 14:19
  18. avatar
    #4 Rainier

    Hilton gee vir Brandwag pak. Nat dag hier in Grahamstad.

    23 March, 2023 at 12:23
  19. avatar
    #3 Jakkals

    Rainier & Palma do you gents know how strong Framesby and Brandwag are this year? And Nico Malan?

    23 March, 2023 at 09:58
  20. avatar
    #2 Rainier

    I will travel down for the GCB/Marlow game – that is going to be a titanic battle.

    15 December, 2022 at 12:19
  21. avatar
    #1 Palma

    Absolutely fantastic festival from Graeme, sure to be a cracker.

    14 December, 2022 at 15:59

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