GREAT EXPECTATIONS OR MISSION(S) IMPOSSIBLE ?
The latter part festive season means lots of parties with loud music and lots of time for serious thought concerning both the twelve months past and those to come.read full post
SWD FANS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A TITANIC TUSSLE
Blue whales in a splash pool they may be, but, such is the way the wheel of fortune turns, very few schools rugby followers would deny the Garden Route giants...read full post
COACHING INTRIGUE CAPTIVATES THE CAPE
The silly season referred to in the last article has been ratcheted up several levels to become the crazy season as speculation mounts about the impending coaching appointments at two...read full post
FEW SURPRISES IN 2014 WP TOP TIER FIXTURES
Ever wonder why this time of year is referred to as the silly season ? Just consider the maddening gap between schools rugby seasons, a period which seems to drag...read full post
TO FEST OR NOT TO FEST Pt III: YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO….
Here is an exhaustive (and exhausting) list of the 1st XVs attending the various festivals between the end of March and the first weekend in May 2014. All Western Cape...read full post
TO FEST OR NOT TO FEST Pt II: THE ANATOMY OF A FESTIVAL
It’s probably fair to say that there are three different types of schools rugby festivals in South Africa: Wildeklawer (the crème de la crème face-off), the “Easter” festivals (including Bizsport,...read full post
TO FEST OR NOT TO FEST Pt I: WHAT A QUESTION !
The 2013 schools rugby season is little over a month behind us and there are already some intriguing problems rearing their ugly heads ahead of the 2014 campaign.read full post
THE 2013 SEASON : THE FINAL CURTAIN
As the title suggests, this article is intended to close the lid on a wonderful season in which very little went wrong in terms of organization, unless you count the...read full post
2013 IN REVIEW PART V : THE BIG FIVE ! (WHAT ELSE ?)
Given a list of the eleven heavyweights in the Western Cape, just about everybody would have come up with four of the top five teams. But the fifth ? It...read full post
PIKETBERG’S FLAG FLIES PROUDLY ON THE WHITE SHIP
Schoolboy rugby is enjoying a massive surge in popularity throughout the country, but this is hardly something new in the picturesque Boland town of Piketbergread full post
2013 IN REVIEW PART IV : NOT AS BIG AS THEY’D LIKE TO BE
The really big guns of Western Cape rugby number eleven teams: the eight WP Premier A division sides plus Boland’s HTS Drostdy and Outeniqua and Oakdale of the South Western Districts.read full post
WP UNDER 18 ELITE GROUP FOR 2014 ANNOUNCED
The names of the players chosen for the Western Province Under 18 Elite group, which will practice regularly throughout the close season, were announced on Wednesday 11 September 2013.read full post
2013 IN REVIEW PART III : AND WE’RE GETTING BIGGER BY THE DAY !
This article takes a critical look at the fortunes of the WP Premier B sides in what must surely be one of the most varied groupings of first teams anywhere...read full post
2013 IN REVIEW: PART II : OH, BUT IT DOES TO SOME OF US !
This episode covers the medium-sized schools from outside the Western Province, in other words two from Oudtshoorn, one from Mossel Bay and three from the inner Boland.read full post
2013 IN REVIEW: PART I : SIZE DOESN’T COUNT…
The first part of the review of the year’s performances is devoted to the small schools – categorized as such because of the level of competition at which they compete,...read full post
GYM SLITHER HOME IN BURGER FINAL AGAINST OUTENIQUA
After trailing 6-10 at the change-over, hosts Paarl Gym beat Outeniqua 16-10 to take the coveted Burger Trophy for Large Schools before a fairly large crowd on Saturday 31 August 2013.read full post
GYM AND QUAGGAS NAME TEAMS FOR THE FINAL
THe Paarl Gym and Outeniqua teams which will contest the Burger Trophy Large Schools final at Paarl Gym on Saturday 31 August 2013 have been released. The match is scheduled...read full post
BILTONG ? CHECK. SEDATIVES ? CHECK. OK, IT'S GAME ON !
Back in April Paarl Gym did the virtually unthinkable. They traveled to George and beat an Outeniqua side that was already being vaunted as the finished article 37-25, thus establishing...read full post
GYM PUT DONKEYS OUT TO PASTURE
In a display of consummate efficiency Paarl Gym converted most of their opportunities into points as they crushed visitors HTS Drostdy 41-3 on the Jan Kriel field on Saturday 24...read full post
DURBIES LOOK GOOD FOR THE DERBY
Paarl Gym might be hosting HTS Drostdy in a crucial match and the southern suburbs merry-go-round does have its climax on Saturday 24 August 2013, but the pick of the...read full post