Premier Inter-Schools Grey College vs Grey High School (PE) Overview

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VIDEO Overview of Grey College – Match Build up 27 July 2013 Grey College vs Grey High School (PE)


VIDEO Overview of Grey High School (PE) – Match Build up 27 July 2013 Grey College vs Grey High School (PE)

Grey College vs Grey High School (PE) – Supreme Schools Rivalry

Grey High School will play Grey College in  Bloemfontein on Saturday 27 July 2013, in the next Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools match that will be televised LIVE on SuperSport 1 HD at 12:55 – 14:30

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 are 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 Interschools 2013 Episode 9 24-Jul-13 17:45 18:00 SS1/SS1A/CSN Premier
Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools 2013 Episode 9 25-Jul-13 5:15 5:30 SS1/SS1A Repeat
Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools 2013 Episode 9 25-Jul-13 12:45 13:00 SS8 Repeat
Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools 2013 Episode 9 26-Jul-13 12:30 12:45 SS8 Repeat
Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools 2013 Episode 9 27-Jul-13 11:00 11:15 SS8 Repeat
Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools 2013 Episode 9A 27-Jul-13 12:45 12:55 SS8 Premier
M&F Premier Interschools Rugby 2013 Grey Bloem vs Grey PE 27-Jul-13 12:55 14:30 SS8 Live
M&F Premier Interschools Rugby 2013 Grey Bloem vs Grey PE 27-Jul-13 20:00 21:30 SS8 Repeat



Notes and background – Historic overview of the upcoming teams

Grey College vs Grey High School (PE) – Background Info

Two schools who are not even in the same neighborhood because of the distance apart but very close in brotherhood will once again take to the rugby field on Saturday 27 July 2013 to continue a rivalry that started in 1929. Grey High and Grey College both have the same benefactor in Sir George Grey, Governor of the Cape Colony from 5 December 1854 to 15 August 1861. He founded Grey College, Bloemfontein in 1855 and Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 1856. During Grey’s first tenure as Governor of New Zealand, he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (1848). Grey gave land for the establishment of Auckland Grammar School in Newmarket, Auckland in 1850. The school was officially recognised as an educational establishment in 1868 through the Auckland Grammar School Appropriation Act of the Provincial Government. Auckland Grammar school also became the school in New Zealand that produced the most All Black rugby players, much in the same mould as Grey College has become the rugby factory for Springbok rugby players in South Africa.


Grey High School from Port Elizabeth first took the initiative with an inland tour in 1929 that started off with them playing St Andrews in Grahamstown and working their way up north to Bloemfontein. There they played their brother school for the first time and lost 0 -16. They invited Grey College to come down to PE the following year and the Bloemfontein Boys dually accepted and in 1930 they undertook their first tour to Port Elizabeth. In a closely fought match the Freestaters again triumphed with 9-7. For some unknown reason lost in the midst of time, the two schools took another 23 years before they played each other again. Grey PE toured to Bloemfontein again and lost 13-3 in 1953. It took another 10 years for the two Greys to square up again and the 1963 game was a drawn match of eight all while the 1968 game was also a draw. The 1972 match introduced the first unbroken sequence of matches that continues until this day. In all that time there was only another two draws in 1973 and 1990. Grey PE won their first match against their Bloemfontein Brothers in 1976 at the anniversary of the tenth meeting between the two teams. On a day of high drama on the Philip Field at Grey PE, Robbie Logan slotted a last minute penalty for Grey High to emerge as 13-12 winners. Since then, Grey High has only been on the winning side a further six times showing the dominance that their counterparts from Bloemfontein have in the Derbies.


In the early days and up to a few years ago the boys always travelled by train between Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein and this in itself was a great event for every schoolboy involved.





Unfortunately due to the lack of available rolling stock, this great tradition was shelved and nowadays the boys travel with busses when on tour.



2013 Season 

This current season sees the two Grey’s not at their best judged against their own high standards , but still two very formidable rugby teams indeed. Their results against common opponents are very much alike with both teams having lost against Affies and Outeniqua and won against Boland Landbou.

Grey College however, did get the prized scalp of Paarl Boys’ in Bloemfontein earlier this season as well as good wins over powerhouses like Selborne and Monument. Having lost only two games thus far, they would like to up that winning ratio so don’t expect them to loose anymore games this season.

Their Port Elizabeth counterparts can boast wins against perennial powerhouse Paul Roos as well as against a very good St Andrews team, but 5 losses in-between good wins has halted their momentum so far. They had a very good showing at the annual Cape Schools week held at Paarl Gymnasium this year, only narrowly losing to the hosts 27-25 and winning against WP premier schools Boland Landbou and SACS.


Some results for the teams in 2013.

 Opponents Result For Against
Voortrekker (Bethlehem) Win 46 5
Hentie Cilliers Win 50 24
AHS Kroonstad (Rooiskool) Win 73 10
Duineveld Win 52 13
Boland Landbou Win 50 13
Outeniqua Lose 20 22
Jim Fouche Win 62 10
HTS Louis Botha Win 43 0
Selborne Win 41 5
Oakdale Win 42 20
Monument Win 13 8
AHS (Affies) Lose 31 37
Sentraal Win 57 5
Fichardpark Win 56 3
HJS Paarl Win 35 28


Opponents Result For Against
Kingswood Win 32 12
Maritzburg College Lose 10 18
AHS (Affies) Lose 3 31
Nico Malan Win 29 24
Paul Roos Win 23 18
Wynberg BHS Lose 15 19
Diamantveld Win 51 10
Outeniqua Lose 15 48
Queens College Win 20 13
Graeme College Win 33 24
St Andrews Win 39 14
Dale College Win 38 3
Paarl Gim Lose 25 27
Boland Landbou Win 20 8
SACS Win 10 8


Looking at the common results it is hard to pick a winner, but general form throughout the season again suggests that the Port Elizabeth lads will have a tough time getting their 7th win against the Bloemfontein boys.  Grey College might not have the fearsome forwards of a few seasons ago, but the 2013 pack is good enough to hold their own against any opposition. Fullback EW Viljoen together with center Stephan Rautenbach are the key players in the Grey backline and Viljoen’s decisive runs from the back can cause headaches for Grey High if they don’t have a counter for it.

Grey High’s success recipe contains two main ingredients. Flanker and Captain CJ Velleman and 8th man Martin Groenewald.  Velleman got injured during Cravenweek and is a doubtful started for the interschool’s match thus Grey High could have a vital cog in their engine room missing come Saturday.  They depend a lot on their solid pack of forwards and speedy backs. Another question is whether Grey High can play talented young u/16 Flyhalf Curwin Bosch. Boksmart rules state that if your opponents field an all u/18 side, you may play a u/16 player, only if there is a u/19 player on the field, u/16 players are not allowed to play. Bosch is such an exciting young talent that the Grey College coaches might just be wise enough to include a u/19 player in their starting team to make sure they eliminate his threat!


Grey Boks Siya Kolisi and Jan Serfontein

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Historic Results between the two teams

Played: 44 (1930-2012)

Won: Grey (Bfn) 35 vs Grey (PE) 7

Drew: 2

Total Points since 1930-2012: GREY (Bfn) 1123 vs Grey (PE) 477

Average Score since 1930-2012: Grey (Bfn) 28 vs Grey (PE) 12


2012 Grey College 22 vs Grey High School (PE) 3

2011 Grey College 69 vs Grey High School (PE) 21

2010 Grey College 38 vs Grey High School (PE) 8

2009 Grey College 16 vs Grey High School (PE) 0

2008 Grey College 22 vs Grey High School (PE) 17

2007 Grey College 44 vs Grey High School (PE) 26

2006 Grey College 34 vs Grey High School (PE) 21

2005 Grey College 22 vs Grey High School (PE) 16

2004 Grey College 14 vs Grey High School (PE) 17

2003 Grey College 51 vs Grey High School (PE) 16

2002 Grey College 41 vs Grey High School (PE) 3

2001 Grey College 18 vs Grey High School (PE) 15

2000 Grey College 31 vs Grey High School (PE) 6

1999 Grey College 39 vs Grey High School (PE) 6

1998 Grey College 10 vs Grey High School (PE) 3

1997 Grey College 23 vs Grey High School (PE) 13

1996 Grey College 3 vs Grey High School (PE) 13

1995 Grey College 38 vs Grey High School (PE) 10

1994 Grey College 10 vs Grey High School (PE) 18

1993 Grey College 38 vs Grey High School (PE) 3

1992 Grey College 16 vs Grey High School (PE) 20

1991 Grey College 32 vs Grey High School (PE) 7

1990 Grey College 6 vs Grey High School (PE) 6*

1989 Grey College 39 vs Grey High School (PE) 17

1988 Grey College 16 vs Grey High School (PE) 9

1987 Grey College 57 vs Grey High School (PE) 0

1986 Grey College 26 vs Grey High School (PE) 6

1985 Grey College 41 vs Grey High School PE 12

1984 Grey College 10 vs Grey High School (PE) 18

1982 Grey College 27 vs Grey High School (PE) 9

1981 Grey College 50 vs Grey High School (PE) 7

1980 Grey College 24 vs Grey High School (PE) 12

(Results by Nelio de Sa of RUGBY15)


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The school was founded by John Paterson, and named after Sir George Edward Grey, Governor of Cape Colony for the period 5 December 1854 to 15 August 1861. The motto of Grey High School is Tria Juncta in Uno meaning ‘three joined in one — mind, body and spirit’, from the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, of which Sir George Grey was created a Knight Commander in 1848.


Soon after the landing of the British Settlers in 1820, a small but flourishing settlement existed on the shores of Algoa Bay. Any form of organised education, however, was sadly lacking until the arrival of a Scottish graduate named John Paterson, who must be given most of the credit for establishing a small state-aided school in Chapel Street shortly after his arrival in 1839.  He got Sir George Grey interested, and Sir George, being the Governor of the Cape Colony, made land available for endowment and set up a Board of Enquiry in 1855.


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From left to right: Grey Institute, Building of the school commences,  An oblique view of the school


John Paterson was a remarkably active man.  In addition to his own business interests, he became a Member of Parliament and was responsible for the establishment of the Standard Bank of South Africa.  His big effort in getting Sir George Grey to take an interest in education led to the growth of the school to which Sir George gave his name, and the first headmaster was a Mr J. R. Macleish.


In 1862, after the death of Mr Macleish, the school committee decided to advertise overseas for a Rector, a status to which the school was entitled because the Institute had revenue for Crown Lands.  The Rev. H. I. Johnson became the first Rector and held the position from 1863 to 1872.  He was followed by Rev. J. Thurlow, Mr J. Vipan and Mr E. Noaks. The arrival of Mr W. Chubb Meredith in 1892 was to be significant.  It was he who started the Old Greys’ Union, established a Cadet Corps, introduced school colours and encouraged sport.  He actually started the Grey magazine and wrote the words of the School Song.


Mr. Meredith died in 1910 and was succeeded by Mr. William Archer Way, who during his 17 years undertook the colossal task of moving to and firmly establishing the School on its present site.  He also encouraged the establishment of the boarding school.  Coming from Graaff-Reinet, where he had been a headmaster, Mr. Way, who had obviously made a major impact in the Karoo, found several boys following him to Port Elizabeth and helping to make the boarding school a viable proposition.  In the 1920’s, the number of pupils increased to such an extent that plans had to be made for the erection of a new and separate Junior School on the estate.


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From left to right: Wagons at the entrance, The front of the school, A view from Wares Road


Mr. Way’s successor in 1928 was Mr. James Lang who introduced the school house system to Grey, naming the houses after the six Rectors mentioned above – Johnson, Thurlow, Vipan, Noaks, Meredith and Way.  In 1930, the Grey Junior School came into being under its first Headmaster, Mr. E.G. Draycott.   From this time, the name Grey Institute disappeared and the titles Grey High School and Grey Junior School came into existence.  Mr. Lang gave unsparingly of his time and energy for 14 years (1928-1942), the last three of which were the early and dark years of World War II.  He left to his successor, Mr. Bruce Gordon, a well-organised school, rich in tradition and highly respected throughout the land.  When Mr. Draycott died in 1945, he was succeeded as headmaster of the Junior School by Mr. S.F. Edwards who had previously served on the staff of the High School since 1929.

In the post-war years, steady progress and development continued and in 1956, the Grey celebrated its centenary.  Its first 100 years have been faithfully recorded in “Neath the Tower”, authored by J. Redgrave, A Pollock and J. Hattle.  After a highly successful term of office, Mr. Gordon was succeeded in 1958 by Mr O.B. Taylor whose term of office was cut short by illness.  Since 1962 under Stan Edkins (1963-1976), Dieter Pakendorf (1977-1992) and Roy Simpson (1993-2001), tremendous development and growth in stature has continued and has been recorded in “Neath the Tower – Part II” authored by J. Hattle.


The Grey Shield

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Tria Juncta in Uno. Every student at Grey knows what his school motto means. But how many know how it came to be chosen? And how many know how the Grey High School shield worn on blazer lapel badges came to take its present familiar form?

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The school Arms are similar to those of Sir George Grey, Governor of the Cape from 1854 to 1861, and founder of the school. The Grey family is a very ancient one and there are records that Lord Grey of Wilton, who was summoned to Parliament in 1295 bore a shield which was described as “Barry of six argent and azure, a label argent in chief.” This means that the shield had six bars (Barry of six) alternately silver (argent) and blue (azure). And that near the top of the shield (in chief) there was a thin horizontal bar with three short vertical tabs (points) hanging downwards (a label). This makes the Grey shield among the oldest in the world. There still exists a signet ring owned by Richard, Lord Grey of Condor, and engraved in 1392 which shows the family shield with three silver bars and three blue bars. Also engraved on the ring, below the shield, was a gray, i.e. a badger.


The meaning of the parts 

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  1. The Shield of plain silver field would be blazoned “Argent” (silver).
  2. The Ordinaries – here three azure (blue) bars – were added to strengthen and decorate the shield now blazoned “Barry of six argent and azure”
  3. The Sub-Ordinaries – here three torteaux (ie. three red roundels) – further decorate and may distinguish one family branch from another.
  4. The Label – another sub-ordinary – stretching right across the field decorates and would be classed as a “charge”.

5   A Label couped (cut short) is a cadency mark indicating that the bearer of the    Shield is a First Son. A Label may be any color except white (silver) which is reserved for labels of the Royal Family.


Founder of the Grey Institute Patron of the Grey Institute and Old Greys’ Union

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John Paterson         Sir George Grey



Current View of Grey High School Grounds

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Grey has a proud rugby tradition and record which dates back to the 19th century.  Traditional schools they compete against, on an annual basis, are Dale College, Graeme College, Grey College, Queen’s College, Selborne College, St. Andrew’s College, Wynberg High and of late Paul Roos Gymnasium.

The first rugby match was played on the 16 September 1893 against Muir College of Uitenhage. During the years 1919 to 1923 Grey played four internationals against Dale, Gill, Kingswood and St Andrew’s. Money for the main field was donated by an Old Grey, Arthur Phillip in 1938 and thus the main field is “The Phillip Field”.

Players who represented the Springboks through the years, Fred Smollan, Fred Turner, Bunny Reid, Peter Allen, Giepie Wentzel (Master), Roy Dryburgh, Mickey Gerber, Wilf Rosenberg, Iain Kirkpatrick, Sean Povey, Luke Watson and most recently Siya Kolisi and JJ Engebrecht.


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JJ Engelbrecht scoring for Springboks


Luke Watson and Mpho Mbiyozo also represented the South African Seven’s side. Mike Willemse represented South Africa at the 2013 Junior World Cup in France. But for injury, Sergeal Peterson would also have been in France with Mike, but his time will come sooner than later. Well known television commentators and outstanding players, like Gavin Cowley and Andrew Patterson also graced the Phillip field.


Special mention must be made of Michael Catt, Rory Duncan and Luke Watson who captained the England, Free State and Western Province Currie Cup sides respectively in 2007.




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Grey College was founded on 13 October 1855 when Sir George Grey, the then Governor of the Cape Colony, paid a visit to the Orange Free State Republic and donated a sum of money towards the establishment of an institution for higher education. The foundation stone was laid by Jacobus Nicolaas Boshoff, the second President of the Orange Free State Republic, on 13 October 1856.

The school was officially opened on 17 January 1859 and the first headmaster was the Reverend Andrew Murray. It is the third-oldest school in South Africa and the oldest north of the Orange River. 


Main Building

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Afrikaans and English-speaking pupils study under one roof, but each language group is educated in separate classrooms and in its own mother tongue. The school grounds consist of a number of historic buildings, of which five have been declared national monuments. Extensive sport facilities includes a recently upgraded Olympic-sized swimming pool, a field hockey astro, a shooting range, a new squash court and several hockey, soccer, cricket and rugby fields. The school also has 16 all-weather tennis courts.

The school celebrated its 150th jubilee during October 2005, when numerous alumni visited their alma mater.

Reunion Hall

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The unique Grey Handshake



Grey College has served Bloemfontein, the Free State, South Africa and the world well over the past 150 years. Grey College has been able to make adjustments and remain relevant in a changing environment in which it has developed, grown and excelled. The brand is known and revered throughout South Africa and even internationally and the products of the school make a positive difference wherever they are. Parallel medium education, tolerance, respect for others and loyalty to the school are not only traditions, but firm foundations in a global village. Grey College is structured on these foundations and it is constantly adapting to new developments. The wave of change washing over our country confirms the value of Grey College’s traditions.

Grey College has produced 42 capped Springbok rugby players and 44 in total. Since WW II it has produced more Springbok players than any other school in SA.

List of Grey College Springboks:

First date is Year of Bok Cap & in (brackets Year Capped), players with* hasn’t been capped yet.


Grey College

  1. Broekie van Broekhuizen (1896)
  2. Boetie McHardy (1912)
  3. Sarel Strauss (1921)
  4. Kalfie Martin (1937)
  5. Louis Babrow (1937)
  6. Piet de Wet (1938)
  7. Popeye Strydom (1955)
  8. John Wessels (1965)
  9. Johan Spies (1970)
  10. Dawie Snyman (1971)
  11. Morné du Plessis (1971)
  12. Jackie Snyman (1974)
  13. Theuns Stofberg (1976)
  14. Robbie Blair (1977)
  15. Jaco Reinach (1986)
  16. Helgard Muller (1986)
  17. Johan Styger (1992)
  18. Andries Truscott (1992)
  19. Pieter Muller (1992)
  20. Heinrich Füls (1992)
  21. Ruben Kruger (1993)
  22. Ollie le Roux (1993)
  23. Naka Drotské (1993)
  24. Werner Swanepoel (1997)
  25. Charl Marais (1999)
  26. CJ van der Linde (2002)
  27. Gerrie Britz (2004)
  28. Ruan Pienaar (2006)
  29. Francois Steyn (2006)
  30. Wian du Preez (2007)
  31. Jannie du Plessis (2007)
  32. Bismarck du Plessis (2007)
  33. Tiaan Liebenberg (2007 – capped 2012)
  34. Heinrich Brüssow (2008)
  35. Adriaan Strauss (2008)
  36. Flip van der Merwe (2010)
  37. Deon Stegmann (2011)
  38. Coenie Oosthuizen (2011)
  39. Andries Strauss (2011)
  40. Johan Goosen (2012)
  41. Jan Serfontein (2013)
  42. Piet van Zyl (2013)
  43. *Pieter Labuschagne (*2013)
  44. *Robert Ebersohn (*2013)


There were five Old Grey College’s in the 1999 World Cup squad, Ollie le Roux, Naka Drotské, Ruben Kruger, Werner “Smiley” Swanepoel and Pieter Müller.

In the 2007 winning World Cup team there were again five Old Grey College’s, CJ van der Linde, Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis, Ruan Pienaar and Francois Steyn.

In 2010 season they had eight representatives in the Springbok squad, Deon Stegmann, Adriaan Strauss, CJ van Niekerk, Jannie Du Plessis, Bismarck Du Plessis, Flip vd Merwe, Ruan Pienaar en Franscois Steyn.



Grey College had six representatives in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Springbok team in New Zealand – Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Heinrich Brussow, and CJ van der Linde.

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A new record was established in 2013 when Grey College had 10 representatives in the bigger Springbok squad.  They were, Jannie Du Plessis, Bismarck Du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Flip vd Merwe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Ruan Pienaar, Jan Serfontein, Pieter Labuschagne, Robert Ebersohn and Piet van Zyl. A record that will surely not be broken by any other school except perhaps Grey itself!

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