Graeme end winter season with Muir derby

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Graeme College brought their winter sporting season to a close in spectacular fashion on Saturday 18 August, when they hosted Muir College from Uitenhage in an age-old derby day. A full set of hockey and rugby fixtures were played, with Graeme getting the run of the majority of the fixtures.

The Graeme hockey team kicked the derby off with an emphatic 10-0 win, but far more important than that, was the development of this group of players. This squad has established a positive hockey culture and left a legacy for others to follow. It has been a great season for them, playing against the very best teams, and have ended the season ranked 35th in the country.

The Graeme College rugby community would have been equally delighted to have a clean sweep over their rivals from Uitenhage. The senior school dominated the derby winning all ten matches. There were some intense encounters, culminating with a 41-12 win for the First team.

That meant Graeme held on to the Buco trophy between the schools for the sixth consecutive year. The first half was a tight affair as Graeme were made to work for their points from the visitors Muir College. Graeme scored three tries in the first half whilst Muir College managed three penalties to make the half time score 19-9. Even though Graeme dominated most of possession they struggled to capitalize as they made unforced errors and therefore at halftime one felt the game was still in the balance.

Muir converted another penalty early in the second half to make the score 19-12. With 20 minutes to play, the game was still on, however, Graeme was at their best in the last quarter as they started to capitalize on the pressure they had created. They managed to run in another four tries to make the final score 41-12 to the hosts.

The junior school fixtures were far more tightly contested with results evenly shared and Muir grabbing the bragging rights with five wins. Probably the highlight for Graeme, was that the impressive U13 C side ended their season unbeaten, after their victory on Saturday.

The Graeme College matric rugby players after their last match for Graeme against Muir College.
Photo: Supplied

Junior School Rugby vs Muir:

U11D 21-27 Muir

U11C 10-14 Muir

U11B 15-7 Muir

U11A 10-14 Muir

U13D 29-12 Muir

U13C 36-5 Muir

U13B 0-15 Muir

U13A 12-19 Muir

Senior Hockey vs Muir:

2nds 2-2 Muir

1sts 10-0 Muir

Senior School Rugby vs Muir:

U14 B 26-7 Muir

U14 A 29-12 Muir

U15 B 34-20 Muir

U15 A 12-10 Muir

U16 B 17-7 Muir

U16 A 20-3 Muir

4ths 48-10 Muir

3rds 34-5 Muir

2nds 43-10 Muir

1sts 41-12 Muir

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