K-Day sports wrap - St Andrew's College

K-Day sports wrap

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K-Day sports wrap

St Andrew's College team, after the K-Day 1st rugby match between St Andrew's College and Kingswood College at St Andrew's Lower Field in Grahamstown, Saturday 16 June.

This past week has seen Grahamstown abuzz with activity as the vibe around K-Day 2018 was ramped up. Dozens of out-of-town cars were seen around town and I am sure that accommodation establishments and food outlets were run off their feet. Ultimately K-Day is all about the boys and girls from Kingswood College and Junior School, the DSG Senior and Junior School, St Andrew’s Prep and St Andrew’s College, having the opportunity to take part in a wonderful week of inter-school rivalry and camaraderie. The action started early in the week when Squash formed part of the K-Day event for the first time. The girls kicked off the evening, watched by the boys and then the action moved to the Dave Hodgson Complex where a good vibe prevailed as the boys took to the courts. Although the games were well-contested, Kingswood walked away with the spoils.

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The focus on Thursday afternoon was the senior boys hockey, with games being played on all three artificial surfaces in town and on Baxter Field. All these games were keenly contested and the hockey boys from both schools got their chance to be a part of this special event. It was good to see the level of enjoyment and the spirit in which these games were played. The focus then turned to Webster Field where a big and vocal crowd provided a wonderful atmosphere for a good quality game of schoolboy hockey. After soaking up early pressure it was Kingswood who went ahead through a well-worked short corner and they carried this lead into the break. Shortly after half-time the St Andrew’s College attack struck twice in quick succession to go 2-1 up before a late goal sealed the matter for them.
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Peter Jarvis of St Andrew's College, during the K-Day boys 1st hockey match between St Andrew's and Kingswood College at St Andrew's Webster Field in Grahamstown, Saturday 16 June.

Peter Jarvis of St Andrew’s College, during the K-Day boys 1st hockey match between St Andrew’s and Kingswood College at St Andrew’s Webster Field in Grahamstown, Saturday 16 June.

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After the balmy conditions on  Thursday, Friday dawned blustery and cold. The intrepid golfers from the two schools met up at The Belmont mid-morning and took on the elements with enthusiasm but with some trepidation. The tight Belmont made scoring tough and it was perhaps fitting that the match ended all square, with golf being the ultimate winner and the boys enjoying the challenge. That evening the Old Boys from the two schools played a rugby and hockey match up at City Lords. Both games were played in fine spirit and were watched by a well-muffled group of supporters.

 

 

 

 

Saturday started out in chilly conditions more suited to rugby and the fields were soon ringing with the shouts of encouragement from team-mates, parents and Old Boys. The campus was awash with people and the festive atmosphere was clearly evident everywhere you looked. As the day progressed and most all of the boys had played their matches, Lower Field started really filling up and by the time the 1st XV game was about to start, the atmosphere was electric. The pupils from both schools formed their traditional tunnels through which the 1st XV’s ran on and then headed back to the stands to give their all in support. With Kingswood opening the scoring with a try out wide early in the match, the St Andrew’s backs threw everything into trying to get the ball going out wide. Errors by both sides in the windy conditions meant that the game never really reached the heights that one might of hoped for but the pressure of playing K-Day often leads to a test match atmosphere with margins being really small. Whilst much of the game was played in the midfield, it was St Andrew’s who ultimately were able to convert pressure into points and come away with a well-deserved 24-5 win.

 

 

 

 

Charles Fleming of St Andrew's College, during the K-Day 1st rugby match between St Andrew's College and Kingswood College at St Andrew's Lower Field in Grahamstown, Saturday 16 June.

Charles Fleming of St Andrew’s College, during the K-Day 1st rugby match between St Andrew’s College and Kingswood College at St Andrew’s Lower Field in Grahamstown, Saturday 16 June.

Matthew Royle of St Andrew's College, during the K-Day 1st rugby match between St Andrew's College and Kingswood College at St Andrew's Lower Field in Grahamstown, Saturday 16 June.

Matthew Royle of St Andrew’s College, during the K-Day 1st rugby match between St Andrew’s College and Kingswood College at St Andrew’s Lower Field in Grahamstown, Saturday 16 June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, the week of K-Day was a resounding success with heaps of activity, tremendous support and loads of fun. It has been a privilege to host this event consecutively over the last two years and we look forward to K-Day 2019 at Kingswood College as they celebrate their 125th year in style. Thank you to all those boys and girls, coaches, staff, parents and Old Boys and Girls from both schools who made this past week so special.

 

Pete Andrew

Director of Sport

St Andrew’s College