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Friday, 29 March 2013 15:47

Hockey: Maritizburg College's History & Team of 2013

Hockey made a brief appearance at College in 1927 before disappearing off the scene. Years later in 1961, the school gained considerable prestige when D Ryder and E Eckstein were both selected for Natal and SA Schools’, Ryder being chosen as the captain of the latter side while only in Fifth Form.

MC hock

Prior to 1974, the school had produced 10 Springboks (and two captains, B Edwards and Daryl Bestall) – it was only in that year that the sport gained “official” status at Maritzburg College. Prior to this, boys in the school had in a clandestine way arranged games for themselves against local school and club opposition, with the game being frowned upon from within the school!

The 1980s saw College hockey grow into a formidable force, not only in Natal but in South Africa as well. A total of 28 boys were to gain Natal Schools A colours, with a further eight being chosen for the SA Schools’ team.

Mike Béchet,who arrived at College in July 1981 to teach Physical Education and was a current Natal player at the time, took over the reigns as 1st XI coach in July of the following year, and held the post until March 2013. During his long reign of over 660 games at the helm, the school enjoyed considerable success at the sport – six 1st XIs were unbeaten (1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2011) and many lost only a handful of matches, despite year in and year out pitting themselves against the best sides in the country.

In 2009, Mike was appointed as convenor of the national men’s selection panel, in addition to his role as convenor of the SA U18 selection panel.


Maritzburg College Team of 2013

1. S Nolutshungu

2. B Kunene

3. T Dlungwana

4. P Zanone

5. B van der Merwe

6. T Halle

7. N Lembethe

8. J Wikstrom (captain)

9. A Letuka

10. T Kok

11. P Reinstorff

12. C Brown

13. D Small

14. B Tullis


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