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Another EPIC performance from our 1st XV!

Jun 11, 2018
Another EPIC performance from our 1st XV!

The Graeme junior school headed off to Westering Primary for their annual fixture and started the day perfectly. Graeme won 5 of the 7 matches before Westering struck back winning the u11A and u13A matches. The u13A game was a tight battle with Westering sneaking home with a 24-21 win.

The derby against Queens started on Friday evening, with three hockey games. The 1st XI managed to hold Queens at bay, but struggled to create too many chances of their own. The Graeme keeper, Liyabona Nkombisa, was pivotal in his team staying in the hunt, and Chris Gleaves came within whiskers of putting Graeme ahead just before half time. Queens eventually broke through the Graeme defence late in the second half, and then struck again a few minutes later to secure a deserved 2-0 victory.

The rugby squads travelled to Queenstown, with the 1st XV hoping to reproduce their home win in 2017. The last time Graeme travelled to Queens, many questioned the fixture with Graeme taking some heavy defeats at the hands of their hosts; especially playing at one of the toughest venues to play schoolboy rugby in South Africa. 2018, though would show how far Graeme has developed the culture of belief and ability against the toughest of opposition. The u14A side started the fixture off with a unconvincing first half performance, going into the break at 7-7. They hit their straps and switched to a clinical mode in the second half, and seemed unstoppable winning 56-12. The Graeme U16A side showed brilliant determination in defence the week before, and managed to carry that over to the Queens fixture. Their brilliant effort meant that they managed to hold on to a spectacular 17-10 win. With Queens winning most of the matches on the day and especially dominating the senior games, the 1st XV knew that they had a tough encounter ahead of them.

Graeme looked threatening at times early in the game but struggled to look after possession at crucial times in the first half. Queens managed two tries from deep in their own half, with their deadly backline punishing Graeme errors. When they scored a third try to lead 19-0 at the break, all seemed lost for Graeme. The team still felt they had something to prove after many unforced errors earlier in the game, but they knew that the score line was not really reflective of the possession and territory statistics. Graeme had actually played far better than being 19-0 down at half time.

Graeme struck early in the second half through a well worked series of phases, which sparked the side into action. They ended up scoring four tries in the second half and defended with epic tenacity. Queens only managed a penalty in the second half, which came at the end of the game and that meant that they snuck back into the lead 22-21, with 45 seconds left on the clock. With the penalty cruelly converted, Graeme had one last chance to fight back. Somehow, Thuso Mokhele regained possession from the kick-off and then Graeme put together countless phases of possession, going well beyond the end of time. Two penalties out wide, were ran as Graeme gave everything in search of the points that they needed for the win. The pressure eventually took its toll on the Queens defence as Sixolile Lamani crossed over in the corner, securing the unbelievable win for Graeme. To come back from 19-0 and then to show the character that they did to find the last try, was simply incredible. That try sealed a historical 26-22 victory for Graeme College.

Graeme Junior rugby results vs Westering:

GC U9A won 47-10
GC U11C won 17-12
GC U11B won 28-21
GC U11A lost 0-15
GC U13C won 53 - 0
GC U13B won 12-5
GC U13A lost 21-24

Hockey Results:

U13A vs SAP u13C lost 2-0
U15A vs Queens u14A lost 2-1
2nds vs Queens lost 5-1
1st XI vs Queens lost 2-0

Graeme Junior rugby results vs Queens:

 U14B lost 30-19
U14A won 56-12
U15B lost 62-10
U15A lost 31-17
U16B drew 10-10
U16A won 17-10
4th lost 36-12
3rd lost 41-7
2nd lost 29-0
1st XV won 26-22