South clash against north at Wynberg

The seventh Wynberg Festival will host some interesting north-south schoolboy rivalries this weekend.

The Wynberg festival first kicked off in 2005, and has grown into one of the top annual schoolboy events in Cape Town. Over 800 players will take the field for their respective teams this year as there are 1st XV, U16, U15 and U14 matches scheduled.

Tournament director Peter van Schalkwyk is delighted with the growth of the festival and believes that there will be plenty of action to follow.

‘Back in 2005, we just had a few matches between a couple of 1st XVs. Now we have schools from all over the country taking part, and they bring their junior sides along,’ Van Schalkwyk told Schoolboy Derby. ‘The special thing about our event is our south versus north concept. We plan for the Western Cape schools and the Gauteng schools to face each other. The matches are played in good spirit of course, but the natural rivalry is intense.’

Van Schalkwyk added that the same schools are invited every year, and replacements are called up if a regular teams are unavailable.

‘Grey PE usually compete at our festival, but they couldn’t make it this time. We have invited Helpmekaar in their place, who are the only newcomers in 2012.’

WYNBERG FESTIVAL 1st XV FIXTURES:

DAY ONE (28 APRIL, SATURDAY):
Hawthornden Field
Wynberg Blues vs Reddam (10:10)
Rondebosch vs Helpmekaar (11:30)
Drostdy vs St Benedict’s (12:50)
SACS vs St Stithians (14:10)
Wynberg vs St John’s (15:30)

DAY TWO (30 APRIL MONDAY):
Hawthornden Field
Wynberg Blues vs Fish Hoek (09:50)
Wynberg vs St Benedict’s (11:00)
SACS vs St John’s (12:20)
Drostdy vs Helpmekaar (13:40)
Rondebosch vs St Stithians (15:00)

By Gareth Duncan