Easter Rugby Festival time is here again

Pass the ball … backwards???

South Africans are rugby mad and this is no exception when it comes to school boy rugby.  I’m a philistine as far as this game is concerned, and I horrified my sons when I said, after 2 years of watching them play rugby, that I had only just realized that in order to move forward you had to pass the ball backwards.  As an ex hockey-player, I thought this was very illogical and really quite peculiar. They did not speak to me for weeks and I am not sure have forgiven me fully yet!

2018 Easter Rugby Festival in Joburg

St John’s College north facade with rugby fields below. Source: St. John’s College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So it’s with great excitement that schools around South Africa and Jozi rugby fans are looking forward to the Easter Rugby Festival hosted by Saints, St Johns and KES.

We have a very high standard of schoolboy rugby and the annual Festival is a highlight on the schoolboy rugby calendar. So best get started on planning your stay in Joburg now and book at Liz at Lancaster. We are from 9km from St Johns and KES and under 8km from St Stithians. 

Schools country-wide take part

The Easter Rugby Festival always draws large crowds. Source: Sandton Chronicle

The festival takes place over 3 days: Thursday 28th March, Saturday 30th March and Monday 1st April and the programmes below show that all the major boys’ schools are included. In addition to the top rugby schools in Gauteng, there are schools from Cape Town, Eastern Cape, KZN, and Namibia. And there are 2 rugby academies taking part: Eye of the Tiger and Lions. The Eye of the Tiger Rugby Academy (EOTT) is a South African, Non Profit Organization (NPO) focusing on previously excluded communities and schools, especially from rural and townships areas. The 2018 intake include nine SA Schools players and a host of talented youngsters from mostly Gauteng based schools.  The Lions, or Lions Master Coach Rugby Factory, to give it its proper title was launched at Laerskool Kenmare in Krugersdorp inJanuary 2018.   

Sadly, some of the ‘old faces’ will be missing this year: Pretoria Boys High, Wynberg, Westville, DHS, and St Benedict’s are not taking part.  

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St Stithian’s College host its 35th Sports Festival

Over 1 400 players participated in the 2017 Saints Festival players over the Easter weekend Source: St Stithian’s College

The Saints Rugby Festival is part of the Saints Sports Festival which grew from a rugby festival in 1984 to include cross country, football, hockey, netball, squash, and tennis. In 2017, over 50 000 people attended the events which were covered on SuperSport Blitz.   

Due to the addition of the Prep schools’ festival St Stithians now refers to it is as the Saints Sports Festival to include both the Prep and College festivals. Sports include cross country, football, hockey, netball, squash, tennis, and of course, rugby. As with St. John’s the sponsor is Standard Bank. 

And families are catered for as there are food stalls, entertainment as well a children’s play area, a youth chill area, and a hospitality tent for over 18s.  Tickets are available from St Stithians College or at the gate on #SaintsFest2018 days. They cost R40.

St John’s host their 23rd Easter Rugby Festival  

Tickets are R40 per person and R10 per car. Tickets are available at the gates. It costs  R120 per person for access to The Deck or R300 for deck access for all three days of the festival (although it is still necessary to purchase a festival ticket at the gate). Tickets to the The Deck are available to purchase from The School Shop. Email shop@stjohnscollege.co.za. Tickets are valid for entry into the St John’s College and King Edward VII School festivals on Thursday and Monday only. Saturday tickets are valid for entry into the St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival only.  The parking entry is at Rice Field in Elm St and there is wheelchair access in St Patrick Road.

KES Easter Rugby and Hockey Festival

KES or King Edward VII High School in Houghton hosted their first rugby festival in 2002 to celebrate the school’s centenary and it was such a success that it’s become part of the School’s annual calendar. 

Timetable for rubgy matches

St. Stithian’s match programme

Date

Time

School

Vs

School

29/03

9.45

Parktown

 

Rondebosch

 

11.00

Graeme College

 

Clifton School

 

12.15

Bishops

 

Grey, P.E.

 

13.30

Kingswood College

 

St. Stithians

 

14.45

St. Andrew’s College

 

Michaelhouse

 

16.00

Maritzburg Colleges

 

SACS

 

31/03

9.45

Graeme College

 

Parktown

 

11.00

Clifton School

 

St. Andrew’s College

 

12.15

Rondebosch

 

Kingswood College

 

13.30

Grey, P.E.

 

Maritzburg College

 

14.45

SACS

 

Michaelhouse

 

16.30

St. Stithians

 

Bishops

 

02/04

8.45

Graeme College

 

Northcliff High School

 

10.00

Rondebosch

 

Maritzburg College

 

11.15

Grey, P.E.

 

Parktown

 

12.30

Clifton School

 

St. Stithians

 

13.45

Kingswood College

 

SACS

 

15.00

Bishops

 

Michaelhouse

 

St. John’s match programme

Date

Time

School

Vs

School

29/03

12.15

St. David’s Marist, Inanda

 

Eye of the Tiger

 

13.30

Paul Roos Gym

 

Lions

 

14.45

HTS Daniel Pienaar

 

Hoërskool Florida

 

16.45

Windhoek Gym

 

St. Alban’s College

 

18.00

Hilton College

 

Hoërskool, Nelspruit

 

19.15

St. John’s College

 

Helpmekaar Kollege

 

31/03

8.45

Lions

 

St. Alban’s College

 

10.00

Eye of the Tiger

 

Hoërskool Florida

 

11.15

Hoërskool, Nelspruit

 

St. David’s Marist, Inanda

 

13.30

Helpmekaar Kollege

 

Windhoek Gym

 

14.45

HTS Daniel Pienaar

 

Paul Roos Gym

 

16.00

St. John’s College

 

Hilton College

 

02/04

9.00

St. David’s Marist, Inanda

 

Hilton College

 

10.15

Windhoek Gym

 

HTS Daniel Pienaar

 

11.30

Lions

 

St. John’s College

 

13.30

St. Alban’s College

 

Eye of the Tiger

 

14.45

Hoërskool Florida

 

Helpmekaar Kollege

 

16.00

Paul Roos Gym

 

Hoërskool, Nelspruit

  

KES  match programme

Date

Time

School

Vs

School

29/03

9.00

HS Marais Viljoen

 

Höer Landbouskool Marlow

 

10.15

Muir College

 

Northwood School

 

11.30

HS Noordheuwel

 

Wynberg BHS

 

12.45

HS Eldoraigne

 

Hudson Park High School

 

14.00

King Edward VII School

 

Westville Boys’ High School

 

15.15

Jeppe High School for Boys

 

HS Ben Vorster

 

31/03

9.00

Muir College

 

HS Noordheuwel

 

10.15

HS Ben Vorster

 

Northwood School

 

11.30

HS Marais Viljoen

 

Hudson Park High School

 

12.45

HS Eldoraigne

 

Westville Boys’ High School

 

14.00

Jeppe High School for Boys

 

Höer Landbouskool Marlow

 

15.15

King Edward VII School

 

Wynberg BHS

 

02/04

8.30

HS Eldoraigne

 

HS Marais Viljoen

 

9.45

HS Noordheuwel

 

Westville Boys’ High School

 

11.00

Wynberg BHS

 

Muir College

 

12.15

Hudson Park High School

 

Jeppe High School for Boys

 

13.30

Höer Landbouskool Marlow

 

HS Ben Vorster

 

14.45

King Edward VII School

 

Northwood School

Sport’s enthusiasts enjoy the rugby; families have a great week-end of fun; and old boys please behave. 

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