This Saturday evening (4th March), as part of some fundraising for this summer’s New Zealand and Australia rugby and netball tour, Seaford College are holding Continue reading
As long as rugby is played, the argument will never be settled over which was the superior of the two classic Lions vintages of 1971 and 1974.
But whether the ’71 side had the better backs and the heroes of ’74 the finer forwards, one thing is certain – both teams had the best scrum-half of their age in Gareth Edwards, of Cardiff and Wales.
Capped at 19 and his country’s youngest captain at 20 years, seven months, Edwards turned 21 on his first Lions tour, to South Africa in 1968. There, he showed the potential of his partnership with Barry John that would burst into full bloom in New Zealand three years later.
In South Africa, though, potential it remained. John was injured in the first Test and Edwards tore a hamstring before the third vital third international.
By 1971, Edwards was well into his record run of 53 Wales caps in a row and played a pivotal role in the Lions’ first series victory in New Zealand.
Seaford’s cricket team went on tour to sunny Barbados over February half term. The cricket tour stayed at the Butterfly Beach Hotel, and played several matches against local teams. Tony Phillips, who accompanied the tour, sent us the following tour diary with all the highlights from the team’s visit.
We bring you news of a tremendous victory in our first match. Batting first on a difficult wicket, Seaford posted a respectable 141 against Lester Vaughan School. The innings was held together by significant contributions from James White and Alex Hodgson. In reply our opposition struggled against some impressive Seaford bowling. Captain Ronny Harrison destroyed the upper order by taking 3 wickets in his second over. They never really recovered from the Harrison spell and were eventually dismissed for 100 giving Seaford a victory by 41 runs. In the evening the team went to Oistens to help Mr Nick Harrison (Ronn’ys father) celebrate his 50th birthday.
Our second match of the tour provided us with a much sterner test. Batting first, the Barbados Select XI were well on the way to posting an imposing score at 95-0 after 15 overs. However, despite the intense heat of the Barbados sun Seaford fought back to restrict the opposition to 212 all out. In reply Continue reading
The netball teams from the Senior School have displayed great improvement so far this term. The U15s A Team and U14s A Team have put on good displays, with wins over St John’s Southsea and The Royal. The 2nd Team have also had a particularly good season so far, winning 3 out of 4 matches, with a strong 29-19 victory against Worth.
Georgie Sims, PE Teacher, Netball Coach and Head of Girls in the Middle School, said: ‘There’s been huge improvement in the time I’ve been here. The 1st Team are getting close to beating teams like Christ’s Hospital, who they have struggled against in the past. The senior teams are showing a lot of growth, and on our tour to Gibraltar the 1st Team won a netball tournament there. Holly Graham was picked out by the Gibraltar Netball Association as Player of the Tournament Continue reading
One of the top skiers, Cameron Mitten, narrowly missed the flight after tripping on steps after the carol service. Cameron Mitten, a ski racer, managed to lead the way with some awesome skiing despite having visited A&E only hours before the flight took off. Dan Joseph, Head of Cricket, said: “Cameron, as ungainly and uncoordinated as he proved to be on the fateful night with his visit to A&E, proved to be a pro on skis.”
This year’s ski trip proved to be a huge success with 30 children spending an amazing week skiing in the beautiful Alpe d’Huez. Years 9-13 took part in a week full of fun and adventure both on the slopes and après ski. Abilities ranged from beginners through to expert skiers that weren’t shy of a few black runs.
Oscar Strasman, a beginner at the start of the week, proved to be a danger to all fence panels, parked objects and houses. By midway through the week’s holiday he was enjoying the challenges that Alpe d’Huez has to offer. Onesie Wednesday was a big hit with Declan Thompson wearing his squirrel onesie described as “a flying squirrel, very true to his nature.” Continue reading
Wednesday 10th July
A lie in was definitely in order after the efforts of each boy yesterday, climbing Table Mountain. After the standard large portions at breakfast, the boys were ready to train at FC Fratelli once more before their fixture v Tygerburg RFC later in the day.
The U16s came across an extremely physical game with resulted in an 18-18 draw to be followed by a tough battle for the U18s as well which unfortunately ended in a 20 -17 loss. Full match reports will follow tomorrow. Our best wishes go to Matt Langmead who has unfortunately spent the afternoon in hospital due to damage to his knee. He is safely back at the hotel and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Returning to the hotel, the boys tucked into tomato soup, chicken risotto with a marmalade sponge to finish, not bad at all!
The U18s enjoyed some time at the Waterfront with Mr Bowden and Jodie while the younger age group relaxed at the hotel.
Tomorrow, the boys will visit Fisantakraal Informal Settlement followed by a beach training session.
I’m sure today is one that the boys will never forget…
After some chose to follow Mr Bowden, Miss Teague and Jodie on a beach run, the boys tucked into their standard large portions at breakfast of cooked or continental.
They were now set for what was sure to be a very memorable day of this tour.
Andre, our loyal as ever coach driver, dropped the squad at the V&A Waterfront to set off for on their journey to Robben Island. After a short boat journey across a rather choppy Table Bay, the team disembarked to the Maximum Security Prison to learn and appreciate more of the unique history of the country that they have enjoyed so far. Seaford were greeted by an ex political prisoner who had been jailed on the island for seven years. He gave the boys a detailed description of the living conditions that they each had to endure, showed them various sections of the prison including the infamous Cell 7 which was home to Nelson Mandela for all those years.
Following the tour of the prison, the squad were guided around the island on a short bus journey to see the wildlife and other poignant landmarks of the island such as the Lime Quarry that Mandela and his companions spent so much of their time.
After a packed lunch of baguettes, crisps, an apple and fruit juice, they were back on board the boat. Some of the boys were lucky enough to grab the sought after seats on top to catch a few rays before returning to the waterfront.
Next stop…Table Mountain.
Andre dropped the squad by the Cable Car that led directly to the breathtaking sights that can be viewed from the top of the mountain. But, that would be the easy route…
The Seaford squad gave a mammoth effort, helping each other along as they trekked to the top with Harry Leleu reaching the summit in a fantastic 37 minutes. It was a huge achievement for the team and something that will remain with them for a very long time. The views as the sun was coming down over the city were incredible and the boys had the chance to sit and really take it all in before returning on the cable car to the bottom.
The squad were very ready for their meal at the Thai restaurant this evening. It was just a short walk from the hotel and included various dishes. Chicken green curry, beef basil, mussels and jasmine rice were chosen and the plates were soon empty.
All that was left for the evening’s proceedings was the presentation of the pink hat and there was only ever going to be one winner on this Tuesday evening and that was Hugo Dean following his effort to follow simple signs in the restaurant!
Tomorrow will see the boys training at FC Fratelli once again before a tough fixture v Tygerburg RFC in the afternoon. Let’s go boys! Continue reading
We follow the latest few days of the tour over this weekend and individual player blogs from both the U18 and U16 squads so thanks to them for blogging and telling us about their progress. Three cheers for Andy Murray ! Hip hip hooray, Hip hip….
Friday 5th July
The squad had a 9am breakfast this morning before they were put to work with Alan and his 2 v 1 attacking zone drills. Focusing on the contact zone, Alan concentrated on support lines and keeping the ball alive which would be reflected later in the day.
After a short, sharp burst in the swimming pool to loosen some muscles, the boys headed straight to the restaurant for a healthy portion of lasagne and salad to get them set for their practice match against Folkestone Academy, another touring side from the UK.
Following match preparation with Mr Cook and Mr Bowden, the teams were set to hit the pitch for their matches.
U16 Match Report v Folkestone Academy by Harry Collins
In our first training match of the tour we as a team played very well. We were playing an academy side from Kent, called Folkestone. Our structure and communication were our strong points leading to an early try from our winger Zach Jermyn. Zach continued to have a positive game scoring a further two tries.
We also played with a high tempo, which put the opposition under pressure. This resulted in numerous handling errors from them. We would then convert these opportunities into points. This included three tries from Zach Jermyn, two from Matt Langmead and then one from Oscar, AJ and Goo. We have taken lots of confidence from the game and will look to build on this performance as we continue on the tour.
U18 Match Report v Folkestone Academy by Will Norton
Today we had our first training match against an academy from Kent. It was to prepare us for our games against South African clubs and schools. We were ready to go from kick off and had the adrenalin rushing through us. Throughout the game we had very aggressive opposition who were ready to play hard and fast. No matter what, we didn’t let them through our defence and kept them back from our try line.
We had a number of rolling subs for the new players and the injured. Unfortunately, we lost our captain (Lee) for a while down to a raking on the back of his head which he dismissed as a scratch. This didn’t put us down though; it got us ready to go back and encouraged us to play harder.
Even though our end result was 0-0, it was definitely a game we can look back and see where we could improve. We have a couple of days to train and improve our performance ready for our next match against Springbok opposition!
An evening braai was definitely in order and definitely well deserved. Pork spare ribs filled each boy’s plate which were demolished within seconds before the boys parked themselves in front of Murray’s semi final.
Roll on the series victory for the Lions tomorrow!
Saturday 6th July
Lions! Lions! Lions!
Despite Callum winning it, the handbag award for moaning definitely goes to the entire U18 squad for their performance in the pool recovery session this morning. Loosening muscles from yesterday’s physical fixture, the boys “enjoyed” a short, sharp burst before a match analysis in the seminar room.
It was then Lions time, 41-16…what a result for the boys in red against the old rivals Australia.
After another great lunch from Marius, the two age groups split for the afternoon sessions. Mr Bowden and Miss Teague took the U16 contingent for a short trek around the foot hills surrounding RPC while Alan worked on recycling the ball from breakdown with the senior side before heading off for a team run.
The U16s returned for a short session of touch while a 5-a-side football tournament the other side of the road was turning rather competitive until bad light stopped play. The true winners were obviously the staff…
A great braai for the last evening was followed by a presentation of the Seaford shirt to Alan for his hard work and great efforts with both the sides. After the presentation of gifts to the rest of RPC staff and MAN OF THE MATCH shirts from yesterday were awarded to Zack Jermyn and Will Hunter, the group continued the competitive tone of the evening with a closely fought sports quiz! The captain and coach’s team took the top prize.
Tomorrow, the squad will return to Cape Town, stopping at the West Coast Ostrich Farm and a Game Reserve before arriving at the hotel that they will stay at for the rest of the trip!
Thursday 4th July
Hello Cape Town!
After a long overnight flight from Heathrow and a good luck message from the BA captain, the Seaford rugby squad touched down in South Africa and were safely through security to see the amazing view of Table Mountain before boarding their coach journey to the Rugby Performance Centre in Riebeeck West.
After a welcome from Alan Zondaugh, the Performance Director of RPC and his wife, the team unloaded their bags into their rooms before an orientation of the facilities. It wouldn’t be long before the majority of the squad were diving into the rather cool swimming pool!
With wholesome portions of spaghetti bolognaise inside them and a good period of recovery from the long flight, the squad were soon put to work by Alan in a spectacular venue with a mountainous backdrop.
Ball handling drills were the main focus of the session which definitely woke the boys up! The drills were based around supporting team mates and carrying the ball at pace. It was a great start for the touring party, which has got them raring to go for the following two weeks.
Tennis, swimming, ping pong and pool were the chosen activities by the boys between rugby, dinner and bed. Early nights for all; bring on the rest of tour!
There has been a change to the fixtures for the tour:
- Practice Match 1 v Folkestone Academy (England)
- Match 2 v Durbell RFC, Monday 8th July
- Match 3 v Tygerberg RFC, Wednesday 10th July
- Match 4 v Bergvliet High School, Friday 12th July
- Match 5 v Fairmont High School, Monday 15th July
An excited group of young men gathered on the lawns below the Mansion before embarking on the Seaford rugby tour of South Africa today.
Mr Anthony Cooke tells us he is happy with the tour preparations and the players (and coaches) are focused. They are all really looking forward to the journey after several weeks of hard training and for many, key exams.
We wish them every success on their trip .
More details to follow on the community project that the players will be involved in at Fisantekraal.
We have caught up with Will Norton a member of the rugby squad travelling to South Africa. Will blogs….
….’Before the tour our team has been preparing every Monday and Thursday with training. We have worked on our fitness and tactics to prepare us for the tour. All of the team have been giving their all to make sure their fitness is up and that they are prepared for the tour. Our captain Lee Reilly has been a good motivator making sure we are all there for training, this has also been enforced by the vice captain Callum Monks. The coaches have helped us all with good support before we set off giving us use of equipment to help us with our fitness and ideas for us to raise money for the tour.
We have been raising money in many different ways. We have sold ties and created two raffles that have been offered to anyone who knows people going on the tour. Everyone has been pulling their weight to make sure they raise the money needed for us to have the best experience possible.
We have a couple more weeks of training before we leave for Cape Town and we will be receiving our tour kit soon. The whole team is excited about final preparations and we are all going to make the best use out of the opportunity. I’m sure it will be an experience none of us will forget’.
Seaford Rugby is finalising preparations for the tour of a lifetime to Cape Town in July. We will follow various aspects of the tour planning over the coming weeks in our blog. We hope to publish news from the camp, comments from the coaches and, as they reach us, match details and photos from the beautiful lands of South Africa. It will be a fun and exciting trip but also a hard and challenging experience. The team will be playing against extremely competitive players from the region on firm pitches. Sports Director Anthony Cooke who leads the group reports that squad training is now stepping up. ‘We will be travelling to Cape Town on 3rd July-16th July with 45 pupils and 5 staff. The tour will include 4 matches per squad, two squads travelling and many additional attractions such as Robben Island, Table Mountain and a Game Drive. We will be in a hotel throughout, located right on the beach and will also be taking part in a Community Project based in the Fisnatekraal region’
Fundraising is also on-going with the boys being issued tour ties, 100 club forms and raffle tickets to sell for the tour and Fisantekraal project. The ties are royal blue with a very contemporary design of a Springbok embroidered into the stripes; these have been highlighted with the South African gold creating an eye-catching piece of neck wear.
The 100 club entrants will be put into 5 prize draws and could win up to £200. There are some great raffle prizes including a £200 worth experience of the winner’s choice, a 5 course taster menu at Gordon Ramsey’s Petrus, a helicopter flying lesson and a signed and framed photo of Lawrence Dallaglio. More details to follow on the community project and if you would like to be involved with this or fundraising, please contact the college directly. Participating in the fundraising activities as well as being totally committed to the training schedule is creating a real buzz amongst the students as the tour gets closer.