It has been a busy month for St Benedict’s as teams competed in, amongst others, rugby, rowing, and music events.
Congratulations to the St Benedict’s Juvenile Pipe Band who took first place at the South Coast Highland Gathering held on the 28 April 2018 in Amanzimtoti.
A Highland Gathering is an event held, in order to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. While centered on competitions in piping and drumming and highland dancing, the gathering also includes entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.
The U14 St Benedict’s Rugby team left for the relatively long trip to Nelspruit in high spirits in the April school holidays.
“The first match was against local opposition Penryn were we were the 38-7 winners. Mandisi Ndlovu was the standout performer on the day with some huge wrecking ball runs,” said Chantelle Burgin, Head of Marketing at the school.
“The second match saw us up against Durban’s Clifton College. A strong Clifton side came up against an eager Bennies side looking to make it two from two. In the first 15 minutes, Clifton started like a house on fire, but thanks to some good defending Bennies forced a mistake and capitalized going 7-0 up. It then turned into a game of errors as the Bennies team missed too many tackles and lacked conviction on the attack. Clifton eventually ran out 26-17 winners,” she continued.
The final match of the tour was against St Andrew’s Bloemfontein.
The first half saw the under 14 team allow the opposition too many opportunities. However in the second period their handling, tackling and execution were far better. Bennies managed to exploit the spaces behind an unstructured defense and ran in some long-range tries. Bennies eventually ran out 40-10 victors.
The boys got to know each other better and the coaches also got to know the boys better both as individuals and as rugby players. The boys had good opportunities to learn more about rugby and develop an understanding of how to play.
St Benedict’s U16 Rowers departed on their Eton Rowing Tour to the UK. They will be accompanied by Mr. Page and will compete in the Wallingford Regatta (6 May 2018) and Bedford Regatta (12 May 2018).
“We wish them all the best and know that they will fly the Bennies Flag high! Race well boys!” Burgin concluded.