Superb sporting weekend at KHS

Hoërskool Bekker's speedster from their first team, Thabo Ndaba, kept his eye on the ball while the defender from Pretoria Boys High pushed him off the ball, resulting in a penalty try. Photo: Marius Nortje.

The past Easter weekend was definitely one for the books at Krugersdorp High School (KHS), which held one of the most successful sporting weekends that the school has showcased over the years.

With 20 rugby sides and 12 hockey sides being a part of the Best of the West event, there was no shortage of superb results.

For the first time in the history of the festival, four Zimbabwean schools participated in the event. Two of these were hockey sides – adding a new vibrancy to the hockey fixtures.

Luhandre le Roux from Hoërskool Monument’s Kwaggas (second team) makes sure that Barend van Wyk from the Golden Lions Rugby Union’s Invitational team does not go ahead to score. Photo: Marius Nortje.

The rugby game of the tournament has to have been the final game of the festival, between Hillcrest College and hosts, KHS, which ended in a 26-all draw. Hillcrest College also won the Esprit de Corps Trophy for Rugby as they showed excellence both on and off the field.

Generally, the standard of hockey at the festival was the most competitive it has been to date. The game between Potch Gimnasium and KHS was a superb showcase of hockey. Even though the game ended in a 2-all draw, a phenomenal showcase of skills was exhibited by both sides in a tough tussle.

Potch Gimmies was involved in a superb hockey match against Hoërskool Pietersburg on Monday, 17 April. The game could have gone either way – but Pietersburg ended up the victors by 1–0. The Esprit de Corps trophy for hockey went to the Zimbabwean touring side, Prince Edward. The boys from the side entertained the crowds with great hockey and an even better spirit over the three days.

A KHS player on the brink of being tackled by a Hillcrest College player. Photo: Marius Nortje.

The overall feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive, as both the teams involved and the spectators had a fantastic time at the festival.

No doubt this event will continue to grow from strength to strength and bring evenly balanced competition into Southern Africa.

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