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Diamantveld out to take Classic revenge

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The two schools will be taking each other’s teams in the Under-14 to Under-19 age groups in rugby and netball, along with a tasty serving of boys’ and girls’ hockey

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It is once again time for FNB Classic Clashes where Hoërskool Diamantveld (DHS) will be hosting the annual battle of the titans against their perennial arch rivals, Northern Cape High (NCH).

The two schools will be taking each other’s teams in the Under-14 to Under-19 age groups in rugby and netball, along with a tasty serving of boys’ and girls’ hockey – which technically does not form part of the actual Classic Clashes competition.

DHS rugby coach Jaco Dames said that the competition is always tough and he’s expecting nothing different this year.

“Although we lost by a converted try, 26-19 in last year’s clash, it will still be a tough battle like it is every year; there will be no favourites. Both teams this year are very well balanced and are playing good rugby,” Dames told the DFA.

“I am however looking forward to the battle, my players are well prepared and must go out and have fun on the field,” he added.

Meanwhile NCH first team rugby coach Deon Carney said that this year’s match would be a challenge for his young team. “We are looking forward to the game against Diamantveld very much as it always one of the highlights of our rugby season.

“This year we have a very young team, and we’re dealing with a few long term injuries. We will hopefully see a great test of character from our players. Diamantveld has a good side this year and we will have to be up for the challenge.”

Carney added that despite a see-saw start to the season the team is keen to get back to winning ways. “We started off well this season, but lost some momentum after a few losses, but we hope to gain back some of the momentum and once again get ourselves back into a winning culture. This Saturday (tomorrow) is the perfect opportunity to do so, I feel,” he said.

The NCH coach said that last season had been one to remember, and hopefully repeat.

“Last season we beat Diamantveld twice in one season. However, on the day of the Classic Clashes, we started the game off poorly and found ourselves behind by 14-0 after 10 minutes. Then Diamantveld stepped up their pressure and tried to beat us on our home ground.

“I feel we made too many basic errors and gave Diamantveld far too many opportunities to stay ahead.

“They did, however, miss a few vital kicks and with our ‘never say die’ attitude we stayed in the game. The team pulled together and we started playing well leading to a late try by Cameron Hufke that ensured us the win,” Carney said.

It’s no doubt that with NCH keen to lift themselves after an ordinary start to the season, and DHS eager to exact revenge for last year’s defeat, tomorrow’s game will be something to witness.

The hockey, meanwhile, started on Tuesday with matches taking place at the Astro in Cassandra, and to wrap things up the boys Under-19 fixture takes place at 3.40pm this afternoon.

Hockey Results:

Under-19 Girls DHS 3-0 NCH

Under-16 Boys DHS 1-3 NCH

Weekend Fixtures:

Netball

Friday 2.25pm

Court 1 Under-14B DHS vs NCH;

Court 2 Under-15B DHS vs NCH

3pm

Court 1 Under-14A DHS vs NCH

Court 2 Under-16B DHS vs NCH

3.40pm

Court 1 Under-16A DHS vs NCH

Court 2 Under-15B DHS vs NCH

4.20pm

Court 1 Under-15A DHS vs NCH

Court 2 Under-14B DHS vs NCH

5pm

Court 1 Under-19A DHS vs NCH

Rugby

Saturday

A Field

8.30am: Under-14A DHS vs NCH

9.30am: Under-15A DHS vs NCH

10.30am: Under-19B DHS vs NCH

11.45am: Under-16A DHS vs NCH

1pm: Introduction of the two Under-19A teams to the two school principals.

1.15pm: Under-19A DHS vs NCH

B Field

8am: Under-15B DHS vs Grey Under-15D

9am: Under-17A Wildeklawer vs Danielskuil

10.10am: DHS Under-14B vs Grey Under-14D

11.10am: Under-15A Wildeklawer vs Danielskuil

12.10pm: Under-19A Wildeklawer vs Danielskuil