News from St. Dunstan’s Easter Festival

Sport

Rugby

The 1st XV rugby team had a very successful tour to Johannesburg from 17 to 22nd April. The tour kicked off with an opening dinner and ceremony before the games on Thursday the 18th, where ‘The Badgers’ went up against Redham House. The team started poorly, conceding three early tries. However, after a moment of individual brilliance from fullback Musa Mathebula, the boys began to play great rugby, and fought their way back into the game. Unfortunately, they lost 33-26. The second game was against St. Peters College and, despite being the far smaller team on the field, the boys played a great strategic game in a very tight and hard fought contest.

Winger Mada Buliani lead the team with a great work ethic both on and off the ball, and made some big tackles and runs down the touchline. After dominating the scrums and playing an attractive brand of running rugby, the team unfortunately conceded a penalty in the last few minutes to lose 22-21, which was a tough pill to swallow.

The Badgers were desperate for a win as they went up against an extremely physical St. Benedicts in their final game of the tour. This was a great demonstration of tenacity and grit from both teams, as all players threw absolutely everything at one another. The Stanford 1sts scored 4 brilliant team tries and lead for the majority of the game. A standout performance from flanker Frank Dyason saw the backs receiving plenty of front foot ball. Through pure grit the lads managed to hold on to their lead until the final whistle and won the game 26-24.

Thank you to our team sponsors, Paint Pot and Lanaheil, for their support, as well as to the parents who travelled to support the team. Thank you to the staff who gave up their holidays to go on tour, and well done to all Badgers for a fine effort.

Netball

The 1st team netball girls had an excellent start to the Easter Sports Festival at St Dunstan’s College. They played in Pool B against Sacred Heart College, Unity Secondary and St Dunstan’s College on the first day. They had two excellent results in their first two games winning 20-5 and 21-10 but unfortunately were rattled during their St Dunstan’s College match and lost the game.

On day two, the girls started with a ‘bang’ and fought back to get into the final play-offs. They played good netball and worked together on court defending the opposition. They had two hard days of netball and finished 2nd in their pool. They were then left to play quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals on the last day. The girls were tired and had sore muscles from the previous two days of hard work and commitment on the court.

The Stanford girls unfortunately lost their first game against Cornwall Hill by only 3 points and then played Reddam House in the semi-final for position 4th -8th, where the girls pulled through with an excellent win. They then faced Benoni High in the finals. The girls gave all that was left in them but unfortunately they were out-played and Stanford finished 5th in the festival. The girls, having learnt a lot, are ready for the season ahead. Well done girls.