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Friday, 30 March 2012 09:24

The Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival

It may be the Easter weekend, but Kearsney College will be preparing for the arrival of several hundred of the country’s top schoolboy rugby players, their coaches and families, as well as several thousand supporters of schoolboy rugby as they flock to the fifth anniversary of the prestigious Kearsney Easter Schools Rugby festival which is set to kick off on April 5, 2012 on Stott Field.

 

Rugby field picFor many decades these rugby festivals were held in Gauteng, at St Johns, St Stithians and KES. This festival at Kearsney has now become an important fixture on the calendars of supporters of outstanding schoolboy rugby in KZN, one which provides an exciting weekend of competitive, top class running rugby, bringing some of the country’s best rugby talent to the province.

 

Following a very successful rugby season last year, which saw Kearsney College place in the South African Top 20 (11) as well as the latest World Sports News which headline Kearsney’s latest 6 Nations superstars Brad Barritt and Matt Stevens, many KwaZulu-Natal locals are predicting that their high school will build on those achievements and field an even stronger first XV in 2012 which will see the return of the Du Preez Twins and the like, however this may prove a grueling task as this year’s attendants are the strongest since the festival’s inception in 2008.

 

This year’s field boasts perennial powerhouses Affies from Pretoria, Monument from Krugersdorp, Selbourne College from the Eastern Cape and Grey College from Bloemfontein. These 4 teams represent 4 of the Top 5 rugby playing schools in the country last year. Then of course the mighty KZN teams with the likes of Glenwood (14) and Westville, who will prove tough old rivals with Paul Roos (16) and Paarl Gymnasium from the Western Cape (15), Dale (10) and Queens Colleges (8) from the Eastern Cape and Hoerskool Dr. EG Jansen from Boksburg completing this hugely competitive field which spans 5 of the 9 provinces.

 

The Festival officially began, however on Tuesday 21 February 2012 as Kearsney College played host to schools, special guests and sponsors at their 'Opening Ceremony' at Mr. Price King’s Park Stadium. This event was an overwhelming success and showcased the Festival in the high esteem it is now held by participating schools and visiting spectators and showed the high level of involvement of the Festival sponsors and level of professionalism

 

“In five years, the festival at Kearsney College has grown in stature and is now seen as the country’s top schools rugby festival played over Easter.” said Hans Scriba, head of the Sharks Academy, at the festival’s launch. He went on to add that the country’s best young rugby players would enjoy the wonderful opportunity of testing their skill against the best in the game.

 

“Once again the Sharks Academy will be watching every game with the view to recruiting the top players for 2013 and onwards”, said Scriba.

 

 

 Taff Green, festival organiser said, “Rugby has become a realistic career opportunity for many and a festival such as this is an ideal springboard for players to show their skill and flair for the game.” And in that light, this year will make that dream of being a professional sportsman a realty for the stars of this brad barritt playing forfestival for where there is talent, there are also talent scouts and this year will see members from the KZN Rugby Union on the lookout for future Sharks as well as, the awarding of 3 Scholarships comprising of a contract with the Sharks Academy and tuition bursary with Varsity College.

 

 Kearsney Headmaster, Alwyn Van Den Aardweg said that the school was delighted to again host so many of the country’s most promising young rugby stars.

 

“Once again, the festival promises quality, entertaining schoolboy rugby for supporters and spectators; and a memorable weekend to participants from 12 high schools and six primary schools across the country.” He went on to say that this year’s co-sponsors Illovo Sugar South Africa and Mr. Price Sport would add dynamic new flavor and energy to the event, together with on-going festival partners The Sharks, Sharks Academy and the KZN Rugby Union.

 

So many of the players taking part in this festival are hoping to emulate the careers of top international stars who have featured at these type of festivals. In light of this we thought it appropriate to get some words of wisdom from a Kearsney old boy, former Shark and current England Center, Brad Barritt, who started his career on the very field that will see these young showcasing their talents.

 "It is with great pleasure that I send on my best wishes to all the players, coaches and teams participating. What an exciting week, you have to look forward to at Kearsney College. I fondly remember playing in Easter festival rugby, and have many great memories of my schoolboy rugby days. These moments are priceless, make it count and use the opportunity to play the game with passion and forge new friendships. These are special days, as your time as a team doesn't last forever. Seize the day!"

 

So with the Easter weekend looming, get yourselves and your families to Kearsney College and enjoy a wealth of talented school sportsmen, an exciting brand of rugby, a well organised event and no doubt some interesting upsets, as this year's festival promises to ensure an exciting weekend.

 

2012 FIXTURES

DAY 1

THURSDAY 5 APRIL

08h30

Kearsney College

v

Selborne College

09h45

EG Jansen

v

Affies

11h00

Grey College Bloem

v

Paarl Gymnasium

12h15

Penzance Primary

v

Umhlali Preparatory

13h15

Dale College

v

Westville Boys'

14h30

Paul Roos

v

Queen's College

15h45

Glenwood

v

Monument

DAY 2

SATURDAY 7 APRIL

08h30

Monument

v

Paul Roos

09h45

Dale College

v

Glenwood

11h00

Grey College Bloem

v

Westville Boys'

12h15

Highbury Preparatory

v

Westville Senior Primary

13h15

Affies

v

Paarl Gymnasium

14h30

Selborne College

v

EG Jansen

15h45

Kearsney College

v

Queen's College

DAY 3

MONDAY 9 APRIL

08h30

Dale College

v

Paul Roos

09h45

Queen's College

v

Glenwood

11h00

Westville Boys'

v

EG Jansen

12h15

Glenwood Preparatory

v

Merchiston Preparatory

13h15

Selborne College

v

Paarl Gymnasium

14h30

Kearsney College

v

Affies

15h45

Grey College Bloem

v

Monument

17h00

Awarding of Sharks Academy & Varsity College bursaries

 

Kearsney Easter Schools Rugby Festival by Kyle Connolly

 

It may be the Easter weekend, but Kearsney College will be preparing for the arrival of several hundred of the country’s top schoolboy rugby players, their coaches and families, as well as several thousand supporters of schoolboy rugby as they flock to the fifth anniversary of the prestigious Kearsney Easter Schools Rugby festival which is set to kick off on April 5, 2012 on Stott Field.

For many decades these rugby festivals were held in Gauteng, at St Johns, St Stithians and KES. This festival at Kearsney has now become an important fixture on the calendars of supporters of outstanding schoolboy rugby in KZN, one which provides an exciting weekend of competitive, top class running rugby, bringing some of the country’s best rugby talent to the province.

Following a very successful rugby season last year, which saw Kearsney College place in the South African Top 20 (11) as well as the latest World Sports News which headline Kearsney’s latest 6 Nations superstars Brad Barritt and Matt Stevens, many KwaZulu-Natal locals are predicting that their high school will build on those achievements and field an even stronger first XV in 2012 which will see the return of the Du Preez Twins and the like, however this may prove a grueling task as this year’s attendants are the strongest since the festival’s inception in 2008.

This year’s field boasts perennial powerhouses Affies from Pretoria, Monument from Krugersdorp, Selbourne College from the Eastern Cape and Grey College from Bloemfontein. These 4 teams represent 4 of the Top 5 rugby playing schools in the country last year. Then of course the mighty KZN teams with the likes of Glenwood (14) and Westville, who will prove tough old rivals with Paul Roos (16) and Paarl Gymnasium from the Western Cape (15), Dale (10) and Queens Colleges (8) from the Eastern Cape and Hoerskool Dr. EG Jansen from Boksburg completing this hugely competitive field which spans 5 of the 9 provinces.

The Festival officially began, however on Tuesday 21 February 2012 as Kearsney College played host to schools, special guests and sponsors at their 'Opening Ceremony' at Mr. Price King’s Park Stadium. This event was an overwhelming success and showcased the Festival in the high esteem it is now held by participating schools and visiting spectators and showed the high level of involvement of the Festival sponsors and level of professionalism

“In five years, the festival at Kearsney College has grown in stature and is now seen as the country’s top schools rugby festival played over Easter.” said Hans Scriba, head of the Sharks Academy, at the festival’s launch. He went on to add that the country’s best young rugby players would enjoy the wonderful opportunity of testing their skill against the best in the game.

“Once again the Sharks Academy will be watching every game with the view to recruiting the top players for 2013 and onwards”, said Scriba.

 

Taff Green, festival organiser said, “Rugby has become a realistic career opportunity for many and a festival such as this is an ideal springboard for players to show their skill and flair for the game.” And in that light, this year will make that dream of being a professional sportsman a realty for the stars of this festival for where there is talent, there are also talent scouts and this year will see members from the KZN Rugby Union on the lookout for future Sharks as well as, the awarding of 3 Scholarships comprising of a contract with the Sharks Academy and tuition bursary with Varsity College.

 

Kearsney Headmaster, Alwyn Van Den Aardweg said that the school was delighted to again host so many of the country’s most promising young rugby stars.

“Once again, the festival promises quality, entertaining schoolboy rugby for supporters and spectators; and a memorable weekend to participants from 12 high schools and six primary schools across the country.” He went on to say that this year’s co-sponsors Illovo Sugar South Africa and Mr. Price Sport would add dynamic new flavor and energy to the event, together with on-going festival partners The Sharks, Sharks Academy and the KZN Rugby Union.

So many of the players taking part in this festival are hoping to emulate the careers of top international stars who have featured at these type of festivals. In light of this we thought it appropriate to get some words of wisdom from a Kearsney old boy, former Shark and current England Center, Brad Barritt, who started his career on the very field that will see these young showcasing their talents.

"It is with great pleasure that I send on my best wishes to all the players, coaches and teams participating. What an exciting week, you have to look forward to at Kearsney College. I fondly remember playing in Easter festival rugby, and have many great memories of my schoolboy rugby days. These moments are priceless, make it count and use the opportunity to play the game with passion and forge new friendships. These are special days, as your time as a team doesn't last forever. Seize the day!"

So with the Easter weekend looming, get yourselves and your families to Kearsney College and enjoy a wealth of talented school sportsmen, an exciting brand of rugby, a well organised event and no doubt some interesting upsets, as this year's festival promises to ensure an exciting weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 FIXTURES

 

DAY 1

THURSDAY 5 APRIL

08h30

Kearsney College

v

Selborne College

09h45

EG Jansen

v

Affies

11h00

Grey College Bloem

v

Paarl Gymnasium

12h15

Penzance Primary

v

Umhlali Preparatory

13h15

Dale College

v

Westville Boys'

14h30

Paul Roos

v

Queen's College

15h45

Glenwood

v

Monument

DAY 2

SATURDAY 7 APRIL

08h30

Monument

v

Paul Roos

09h45

Dale College

v

Glenwood

11h00

Grey College Bloem

v

Westville Boys'

12h15

Highbury Preparatory

v

Westville Senior Primary

13h15

Affies

v

Paarl Gymnasium

14h30

Selborne College

v

EG Jansen

15h45

Kearsney College

v

Queen's College

DAY 3

MONDAY 9 APRIL

08h30

Dale College

v

Paul Roos

09h45

Queen's College

v

Glenwood

11h00

Westville Boys'

v

EG Jansen

12h15

Glenwood Preparatory

v

Merchiston Preparatory

13h15

Selborne College

v

Paarl Gymnasium

14h30

Kearsney College

v

Affies

15h45

Grey College Bloem

v

Monument

17h00

Awarding of Sharks Academy & Varsity College bursaries

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