For the first time in many years, SuperSport will not be live broadcasting a day of Wildeklawer rugby. DigiTV have been offered that opportunity to fill this void. The online streaming company will livestream both match days of 02 and 04 May 2019. However if the current Kingswood Jubilee Festival is anything to go by, then some serious work is needed to improve reliability.
The Kingswood 125th Festival may not be classified as a mainstream event with a big following but it’s an important to the school and to those who were led to believe it would be available to them in other parts of the country and around the world. All that DigiTV was able to provide was 35-seconds of footage from four matches on the first day being Saturday, 06 April 2019.
It was a let down of note!
Possibly more upsetting to the Kingswood community was that Grey High School in nearby PE hosted another ordinary festival with no special occasion attached a couple of weeks back and their streaming was top notch as a result of SchoolSportLive’s Youtube based platform. The broadcasts even contained a constant thread of messages from pleased supporters watching matches from abroad.
DigiTV wins in the market where it offers viewers the opportunity to see something they might otherwise not have had access to but a mainstream festival like Wildeklawer is a whole new kettle of fish. There is a substantial investment. For viewers it attracts some of the most passionate schoolboy rugby fans around and as a result of SuperSport’s world class coverage over the years, there are high expectations of quality.
Certainly the fallout will be huge if there was to be a reoccurrence of what’s just happened at Kingswood and particularly since DigiTV are marketing the event to promote their product.
Wildeklawer which is heading into its eleventh edition, was set up to present an opportunity for top non-traditional rivals to play each other. As the premier schoolboy rugby festival in South Africa, it has stood the test of time so far. Other festivals such as Kearsney and St John’s have briefly risen up over the years to rival it in terms of the attractiveness of the highly ranked list of schools but neither have been able to sustain that VIP invitation list for more than a few years. However the new kid on the block, Noord-Suid Toernooi in Pretoria, which has grown so quickly in stature is such a short space of time, has upped their game once again in 2019. Based on how far Noord-Suid has come in such a short space of time coupled with the numerous advantages its able to offer schools over rival festivals, it not far off dethroning Wildeklawer as number one.
Noord-Suid’s value has also been enhanced by their decision to partner with SchoolSportLive.
In terms of accessibility, reliability and ease of use, SchoolSportLive proving to be a winner all-round. DigiTV needs to find a way to at the very least mimic this success even if its only for two days in May 2019 out of 365 for the year.
Wildeklawer, thanks to the generosity of business owner Louis de Kock has brought much joy to the school rugby community and his efforts probably do not get the recognition they deserve. With yet another top line-up ready to battle it out on the field in 2019, hopefully everything works out well for all parties involved including DigiTV.
|PROLOGUE : Wed 01-May-2019|
|DAY 1 : Thu 02-May-2019|
|16h00||HJS Paarl BH||–||–||Glenwood|
|DAY 2 : Sat 04-May-2019|
|15h00||HJS Paarl BH||–||–||Affies|
|16h10||Grey College||–||–||Paarl Gim|