View from the Dugout - Sports News 23 March 2018
Thandi House is an orphanage that looks after abandoned and disabled children, many of whom arrive at the orphanage from the time they are born. Our U15A and U15B teams have partnered with them in a very exciting outreach project, Tries for Lives, that will not only transform the way these boys play their matches this season but who they are as people. The basic enterprise of the project is that the U15A and U15B aim to raise money to feed the children at Thandi House by finding sponsorship for every try they score this season. The hope is to raise just over R62 000 this season which will provide funding to feed 10 children for a year.
Chris Kingsley, our U15A coach who initiated the project, says this about the project and transformative effect the initiative can have,
“There is always a risk when pioneering something, but after reading several of the Headmaster’s newsletters, listening to him address the boys and enjoying the past few guest speakers - there has been a similar message that has been coming across quite strongly to our boys. The message has been about appreciating our privilege, not feeling guilty about it, but rather doing something to make a difference - taking action even in some small way to make the lives of those around us better.
Research suggests that teams/ individuals improve their performance (sporting, business or other) if they learn to become less focused solely on themselves and more focused on others in the team and on those outside. Playing for a higher cause or purpose has proven to deliver superior results. Players tend to put in more effort because they now attach meaning to what they are doing (This has been evident during practice and the warm-up matches already), which ultimately increases the chance of success. Therefore, having greater meaning for practice and matches should increase performance. As you might agree, this holds true for all of our lives in our various contexts.
At Hilton, we really want your boys to become the best young men they can possibly be. Therefore, growing empathy for others, displaying acts of kindness, being appreciative, showing respect for all people are just a few of the things we would love our boys to grow in while at school and using rugby as a catalyst for this growth is even more powerful. Our vision is to change lives through playing entertaining rugby by scoring tries, with the greater vision to inspire other teams and sports codes at Hilton and other schools to do the same in the future.
It is a really exciting journey and the start of leaving a lasting legacy; in the process changing the lives of our boys for the better forever.
Thandi House will be bringing some orphans to watch both teams at every home game we play and our players will certainly go and visit their home during the season. We also encourage you to meet them when you see them supporting us on Etheridge and to visit Thandi House when you are down for a weekend as well.
There is absolutely no pressure for the wider Hilton community to contribute but they would really value your support. If you are keen to know more about the project and would like to get behind the U15 rugby boys, please see the details on the flier (on D6). A very big well done to the staff and boys of the U15A and U15B rugby teams - you have made all of Hilton College super proud!! (to read more about Thandi House go to www.thandihouse.com).
Our 1st XI cricketers travelled to Pretoria for the Cricket South Africa Schools T20 finals that were held at TUKS University from 16 - 19 March. The participating schools included all of the provincial T20 champions - the very best cricketing schools in the country. The format included pool matches followed by cross pool play offs and then the finals. Our boys played a consistently high level of cricket, displaying wonderful skill with bat and ball. As a result we absolutely dominated all of their opponents in the pool and cross pool stages sweeping aside Rondebosch (won by 9 wickets), St. Andrews (won by 47 runs ), Prestige College (won by 8 wickets), KES (won by 64 runs) and St. Albans (won by 9 wickets) to qualify for the final. In this match we were pitted against St. Andrews, the same team we had beaten on the first day’s play. In this match, in which we won the toss and batted first, we came across a very determined outfit who did well to restrict our scoring options to the short boundary with accurate bowling and incredible fielding. In the end we posted 123/7, a target that all felt could be short on an even but slowing surface. Early on in their innings we had St. Andrews on the rack and at 3/3 after 3 overs, it looked as though we were on course for the trophy. Sadly, it was not to be. The St Andrews middle order batsmen played chanceless cricket and shifted the momentum firmly in their favour. A late fightback by our boys was not enough and with two balls remaining St. Andrews crossed the line for the victory. We are immensely proud of our boys for playing so exceptionally at this prestigious tournament and for being wonderful ambassadors for our school. Besides the accomplishment of finishing 2nd overall, two of our boys, James Ritchie (3rd highest wicket taker with 9 wickets and 3rd highest run scorer with 148 runs) and Robbie McGaw (leading run scorer 193 runs), were honoured with the Player of the Tournament and Batsman of the Tournament awards. Well done boys and well done to our cricket club!
Dreary weather did nothing to dampen the season opener against DHS and KZN Development. The day delivered some exceptional rugby and despite the wet conditions, many tries were scored. Going into the fixture it was difficult to know how things would turn out with DHS being an ‘unknown’ in terms of their strength and with us missing a number of players throughout the age groups for various reasons. In the 1st XV encounter the Durban school, coming off a successful preseason, had an air of confidence about them. Our boys, however, were equally determined and, as has become customary of the White, they were in no mood to back down on our home turf. It was our burly pack who stamped their authority on the match from early on and our lower error count soon saw DHS struggling to get any territorial gain. The pressure mounted until eventually a double strike by Niaan Taljaard and a superb team try out wide to Robbie Mattison thrust the 1st XV into a commanding lead, 19 - 0 at the half. The second half saw more enterprising play by by the 1st XV with very little opportunity given to the boys from Durban. A line out set up deep in the DHS 22 set up the next tally from a rolling maul, Patrick McVeigh the scorer. After this Lorenzo Palacio and Grant Cousins crossed the whitewash to take the score to 38 - 0 to all but seal the game. There was some cause for celebration for the visitors, when, in the last 5 minutes of play, two exceptional tries from deep within their half were scored. Unfortunately for DHS, the comeback was a little too late; the final whistle concluding a resounding 38 - 14 victory to Hilton College. This incredible win was somewhat unexpected by all and is wonderful testament to the depth of ability of our boys and the expertise of our coaching staff. To this end, special mention must be made of Matthew ten Hope who, having not played higher than the 4th XV prior to the match, grasped the opportunity to play for the 1st XV with both hands, showing unparalleled bravery and determination. He was, undoubtedly, my man of the match. The rest of our teams also put in exceptional performances with only two losses out of the 16 games played on the day. All-in-all it was a great start to the season for the rugby club.
Our hockey club started its season in a midweek fixture against DHS and a Saturday fixture against Glenwood. In order to get a match for all of our teams, numerous filler matches were also played. Despite two solid victories for the 1st XI (5 - 0 vs DHS and 2 - 0 vs Glenwood) the team has battled to find its stride and this has made for scrappy encounters thus far. The fact that they have been on the winning side of their matches, however, does indicate their ability and I am looking forward to seeing them ‘click’ in the coming weeks. The U16A, U16C, U14A, U14B and U14C have been our top performing teams. The U16A (4 - 0 vs DHS and 5 - 1 vs Glenwood) have played with synergy, breaking down their opponents with good inter-play between the backs, mid-field and forwards. In our U14 age group the boys have displayed great depth of skill and were therefore too strong for DHS and Glenwood.
Following the Inter-Regional Tennis Tournament held on 2 - 4 March, Joe Hill was selected for the KZN U15B team and Sam Black as a reserve for KZN U19 team. Congratulations to these boys on this achievement.
Tim Mundell and TJ Joubert represented SA U17 and SA U16 at the CANA tournament held from 8 - 11 March in Durban. This triangular event involved international matches against Egypt and Zimbabwe. SA U17 and SA U16 made the finals with our U17 side (gold) overcoming the brave SA U16 outfit (silver). Congratulations to both of these boys and to Mr Duncan who coached the SA U17 team.
Earlier in the term a small group of athletes represented our school at the Puma Championships in Durban. The boys did exceptionally well against a large field of athletes. Shingai Mushonga finished as our top placed athlete with a silver medal in the U16 100m whilst Tristan McKenzie also did well to earn a bronze medal in the U19 400m final. The results were as follows:
- Shingai Mushonga U16 100m - 2nd in Final in time of 11.47
- Viwe Moloto U19 100m - 4th in Final in time of 11.56
- Tristan McKenzie U19 400m - 3rd in his heat in time of 56.17
Congratulations to Chad Uys who won the SA U15 Triathlon Championship this past weekend. The race, held in Bloemfontein, took place in cold and windy conditions. After the swim Chad exited the water in the front bunch lying 4th overall. He then maintained his position on the bike. After a fast transition he started the run leg in 1st place and proceeded to dominate the field in this last discipline. In the end he won by a comfortable margin. Well done Chad!
The Inter-House swimming gala took place in the rain on Wednesday night. The weather, however, did not stop the school coming out in force to support their House teams. The atmosphere was electric and the boys had a great deal of fun. Congratulations to Ellis House for winning the gala and to Falcon House for winning the spirit trophy. Congratulations also to all the boys who excelled and came away with trophies in their races.
- D Lewis Inter-House Cup - Ellis
- EP Chapman Relay Cup - Ellis
- Spirit Cup - Falcon
- Truter Family Trophy U19 50 breaststroke - W Hoole
- CH Brown Open 50 Butterfly - B Kriel
- Vlok Family Trophy Open 50 Freestyle - B Mason
- Ford Family Trophy Open 50 Backstroke - B Mason
- The Middelhoven Trophy U16 50 Backstroke - TJ Joubert
- McKenzie Hathorn Cup U14 100m Freestyle - HJ Pienaar
- U19 Championship - Victor Ludorum Trophy - B Kriel
- U17 Championship - Daly Family Trophy Top U17 - J Roberts
- U16 Championship - Emerton Trophy Top U16 - TJ Joubert
- U15 Championship - The Ferris Trophy U15 Champion - C Uys
- U14 Championship - Massey Trophy Top U14 - HJ Pienaar
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