JOHANNESBURG, 28 May 2013: Monument High (Monnas) will play Glenwood on
Saturday 1st June, which will be televised DELAYED on SuperSport 1 and HD on Channel
211 at 21h30. The match will be played at Glenwood. Repeat Broadcast is on SS7 on 2
June from 07:00 – 08:25.
Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools, broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.
Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its second year, is expected to grow even stronger.
The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories is further captured in 12 magazine shows which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.
Herewith, the Magazine Show times as per Supersport schedule online:
|Mutual & Federal Premier||29-May-|
|InterschoolsMutual & Federal Premier||2013||Episode 6||
|Mutual & Federal Premier||31-May-|
|InterschoolsMutual & Federal Premier||2013||Episode 6||
|Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools||2013||Episode 6||1-Jun-13||14:10||14:25||SS1/SS1A||Repeat|
Notes and background – Historic overview of the upcoming teams
History of Interschools
This encounter is relatively new on the calendar as both schools saw the need to exchange pleasantries over a weekend of competition to the benefit of all learners. They previously only met on festivals and on the rare occasion at the Easter Tournaments. Since 2010 however they have played each other regularly and it is Glenwood who is slightly ahead with 2 wins to 1 in the current era.
Results last 3 years
|Loosehead||Frans van Wyk|
|Tighthead||Gunther Janse van Vuuren|
|4 Lock||James Mocke|
|5 Lock||Ryno Herbst|
|6 Flank||Dwayne Pienaar|
|7 Flank||Dillon Vlok|
|8th man||Wiehan Jacobs|
|Left Wing||Armandt Grobler|
|Inside Centre||Gerdus van der Walt|
|Outside Centre||Rohan de Clerck|
|Right Wing||Willem Cloete|
|20||C Van Greunen|
Monnas Results for 2013
|2013/03/09||AN School Gauteng||Win||36||16|
Glenwood 2013 Squad:
|4||Seth||van den Heever|
Glenwood Results for 2013
|2013/04/13||AN School KZN||Win||82||
Monument High School was established in January 1921. The monument in question is the Paardeberg Monument in Krugersdorp, built to commemorate the decision of the South African Republic in 1880 to resist Britain’s decision to annex their country. Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, is named after President Paul Kruger and was founded in 1887 by Abner Cohen and others.
The schools motto is “It’s better to wear out than rust out”.
Rugby at Monnas
When the school opened in 1921 ML Brink held a meeting of boys to find out what games they wanted to play. They all opted for soccer, as was the custom on the bare fields of the Highveld at the time, and he then democratically decided that they would play rugby! The school played its first match on 1 April 1921 and drew 3-3 with Krugersdorp High School.
Since then the school has had many great sides – as in 1924, 1953, 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1993 when the team scored 143 tries in 28 matches.
Monument first won the Administrator’s Cup in 1953. It won again in 1973 and then again in 1992 and for the seven years which followed. In 2003 they were Media 24
National Schools champions. These are all huge achievements given the number and
quality of the competing schools.
After Brink famous coaches have been Jan Lange (1936-53), Pa Pelser, the famous Transvaal loose forward and coach, and Hans Coetzee who still has a finger in many of rugby’s pies. Hans says nobody is compelled to play rugby but the players live for the game.
In 1993 the 1st XV toured France and Britain and went unbeaten.
Monnas, as the school is usually known, has by far the largest representation of any school north of the Vaal River at Craven Week and in SA Schools.
1st TEAM RUGBY HISTORY
- Winner of Administrator – , Directors – and Beeld trophy 7 times: (1953, 1979, 1980,1984, 2005, 2009 en 2010)
- Won National Media 24 competition in 2003
- Transvaal / Golden Lions 1st team Macro Schools Competition champs for 25 years
- Nupower/ Tuks University 1st team winners in 2009 en 2010
NuPower Tuks Winners – 2009
Monnas winning Beeld Trophy in 2010 against Waterkloof
401 Transvaal High School Provincial players / Golden Lions High school provincial players since 1964 – 2012
|Heinke van der Merwe||2007|
Heinke van der Merwe
SA U/21, U/20 and U/19
SA Schools & SA Schools Academy
SUPER 12/14/15 PLAYERS
CURRIE CUP PLAYERS
+/- 80 PLAYERS
VARSITYCUP PLAYERS SINCE 2008
28 Players since the competition started in 2008
INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS: ITALIË
Quinton Geldenhuys (2010) and Gert Peens (2002)
Monnas U/14, U/15 & U/16 A teams won the 2012 NuPower / Tuks Super 16
Competition and all three teams won the Golden Lions Macro Schools Beeld
- Monnas celebrated their 90th Birthday in 2011
- Monnas represented RSA in the Sanix Youth Rugby International Tournament in
Fukuoko, Japan in 2012
- Paul Willemse and Marais Schmidt were part of the victorious 2012 SA Under 20 team that won the Under 20 World Cup
- FW De Klerk was a pupil at Monnas
- PA Pelser and Hans Coetzee are prominent coaches that were teachers at Monnas
- Jaco Taute was head boy in 2009 at Monnas
- In 2011 both the SA Schools and SA Academy u/18 teams captains came from
Monnas: Ruan Steenkamp (SA Schools) and Christopher Newman (SA Academy)
- Biggest recent achievement was when three old boys – Willem Alberts, Jaco Taute and Heinke van der Merwe – represented South Africa against Ireland on the end-of- year tour in 2012.
- In April 2013 Ruan Steenkamp was appointed captain of SA u/20 World Cup squad.
Glenwood High School profile
Formed in 1910 and originally known as the Day Continuation School, the name was changed to the Durban Technical High School in 1916 by which time the school had 150 pupils. Student numbers continued to grow during the First World War and by 1918 there were 267 scholars. In the same year the Natal Provincial Council appointed a commission to investigate the feasibility of expanding the school and the subsequent Coleman-Dukes Report stated that, “… a large increase in the numbers for which it is exceedingly difficult to find accommodation,” and recommended the allotment of 10 acres of land on the corner of Alan Paton and Bulwer Roads in Glenwood. After much wrangling, the actual occupation of the allotted land and the construction of the school buildings eventually took place and by 1934 the current premises were ready for occupation. On occupying the new premises in Glenwood, the name was changed to Glenwood High School.
In 1939, at the start of World War II there were 490 pupils in the school and during the six years of war, 457 Old Boys served in East Africa, the Western Desert and Italy. Of these, 109 were in the South African or Royal Airforce. Out of the 457 who served,120 old-boys lost their lives during this war. There is a very poignant picture of the school’s 1st Rugby Team of 1935 (Pictured Below) where at least 15 of the 18 boys in the photograph volunteered for service in the war and six of those in the photograph were killed. These included Roy Gibson, son of Durban’s Lady in White (Perla Siedle Gibson), and Clement (Neville) McGarr, who was one of the prisoners of war to escape from Stalag Luft III as part of the “Great Escape”.
Rugby at Glenwood
Rugby at Glenwood is the major sporting code. It is a sport that instills values such as integrity, sportsmanship, loyalty, discipline and hard work. Glenwood’s policy of participation in extra mural activities as well as the passion shown by the boys enables almost five hundred youngsters the opportunity of experiencing the ultimate team sport.
Glenwood fields thirty teams on a regular basis. This allows boys from all levels and ability to be part of this wonderful game. The sports department endeavors to provide games for all teams, this has allowed Glenwood to embark on tours out the province to play fixtures against some major rugby playing schools in South Africa such as Affies from Pretoria and Grey College from Bloemfontein.
The player base at other schools is diminishing at an alarming rate. Schools, educators and parents owe it to our children to provide them with an environment that will foster a healthy life style and the opportunity to experience a real childhood. Perhaps instead of instilling a win at all cost attitude we should rather emphasize the fun part of playing rugby.
The School represented South Africa at the Sanix Youth tournament in Japan in 2008 and won top honours by winning the finals.
The 2008 Sanix Team
The first 90 years (1910 to 2000)
Glenwood has produced some really good sides and players over the years, particularly1954, 1957, 1965, 1972, 1978, 1979, the late 90s and in the past decade. The 1965 side is still considered by most Old Boys and KZN pundits as the best ever produced by Glenwood, playing 14 and winning 14, scoring 283 points while only 50 points were scored against. Seven players represented Natal Schools that year and included great names like Kevin Sclanders (capped 3 times for Natal Schools), Hylton Aylward (capped three times for Natal Schools & Captain in 1964 & 1965), Dennis Morrissey (capped 2 times for Natal Schools), R.D Shaw, E Sclanders, A.J Delport, A.R Wallace, D.M Lawson and C.R Chambers.
1979 saw Glenwood produce their best side since 1965. Although 2 games were lost by the narrowest of margins, there was little doubt that they were the best side in Natal. They played magnificent rugby, combining superb forward power with intelligent backline play. Their margins of victory over some of the best sides in Natal say it all, College 33-6, DHS 32-4, Westville 44-9 and Hilton 53-12. Derek La Marque was simply superb. Probably the only schoolboy to represent South Africa at waterpolo while still at school and captain both SA Schools rugby and waterpolo in one year. He was capped 3 times for KZN Schools in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He went on to have a good career with Natal and helped Natal make the 1984 Currie Cup final, playing with greats like Wynand Claasen, Craig Jamieson and Hugh Reece-Edwards.
The next great side came in 1984 where Glenwood had three boys picked for Natal Schools of which one was probably the best backline player ever to play for Glenwood, Dennis Baronet. Seldom has a schoolboy caused so much panic in an opposition backline, carving them to pieces with his speed and guile. He was rewarded in 1985 with an SA Schools cap, Glenwood’s second. From 1985 to 1997 Glenwood produced some average sides who had some great individuals like T. Labuschange and P.Senekal.
The 1992 side could have been Glenwood’s biggest pack of all time with Leyton Pardey the 120kg loose head prop making KZN Schools along with David Terblanche (No8). 1997 was probably the turnaround after the ‘darker’ early to mid 90’s where Glenwood lost more than they won. It heralded the rising of a rugby beast. Victor Tsewu, Nicholas Strauss and Cedric Mzolo kick started a new generation and one that continues today.
Since 2000, Glenwood has produced 47 KZN Schools Craven Week A team representatives, including 5 SA Schools players (Petros Methula, Shaun Malton, Jayden Hill, Ricky Schnetler & Siyabonga Tom) and 2 SA Academy players (Nteta & Makhabela). This is probably the biggest contribution by any school in KZN with Westville and Maritzburg College 2nd and 3rd respectively. The 2000 side played 37 and only lost 2! Unfortunately Glenwood’s rise has seen a decline in the rugby standard of their biggest rival, DHS or Horseflies from the across the Berea! In the past Glenwood have battled to beat this great Durban school but in the last decade it’s been pretty one sided. Glenwood have created a great rivalry with Westville and College in the past 5 years and always seem to be fighting out with them for top honours in KZN. Glenwood have won the best performing rugby school award in KZN for the past 4 years. Many an envious parent from opposition schools has claimed Glenwood ‘buying’ players and recruiting players with bursaries. Glenwood have been clever and promoted the school at primary school level and by having a winning 1st team has attracted the best players in the province. Having a Boarding Establishment that can house over 200 boys helps here too.
With success brings demand for other provinces schools to play Glenwood. Since five years back, Glenwood has set up home and away traditional fixtures with Affies and Grey Bloem, two of the country’s best rugby schools without doubt. Glenwood’s finest rugby hour came in 2006 when they beat the mighty Grey Bloem for the first time on fortress Dixons, 14-10! A great achievement and something that will be remembered for generations to come. Other recent big scalps are wins over Affies, 24-7 at home and 24-10 at Affies, Paul Roos 13-8 & 26-7, Pretoria Boys High 26-9, Bishops 19-11, Boland Landbou 29-10, Maritzburg College 47-10 (on Goldstones), KES 38-3, Waterkloof 14-12 and their latest biog scalp in 2013 is Paarl Boys winning 17-15. Since 2000, here are the Glenwood results against local opposition;
- Vs College – Played (22) – Won (11) – Lost (11) – 50% win rate
- Vs DHS – Played (16) – Won (10) – Lost (5) – Drawn (1) – 63% win rate
- Vs Westville – Played (10) – Won (8) – Lost (2) – 80% win rate
- Vs Michaelhouse – Played (8) – Won (4) – Lost (3) – Drawn (1) – 50% win rate
- Vs Kearsney – Played (11) – Won (7) – Lost (3) – Drawn (1) – 64% win rate
- Vs Hilton – Played (7) – Won (4) – Lost (3) – 57% win rate
- Vs. Northwood – Played (6) – Won (5) – Lost (1) – 83% win rate
- Total: Played (80) – Won (49) – Lost (28) – Drawn (3) – 61% win rate
List of Glenwood Springboks (Test Caps Only)
|1937||Mauritz van den Berg|
The 1938 Springbok team vs Great Britain. Roger Sherrif is third from the left in back row. In this team were legendary Boks like Danie Craven, Boy Louw, Fanie Louw, Flappie Lochner, Gerrie Brand and Ebbo Bastard.
John Allan (Left) and Rodney Gould (Far Right) together at a function at Glenwood in 2002.