PARTICIPATING schools at the 2018 Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival were announced at the launch of the 11th festival last week.
Three local KwaZulu-Natal teams will participate this year including Glenwood High School, Durban High School and hosts Kearsney College. They will join HTS Middelburg, Welkom Gimnasium, Pretoria Boys High and Hoërskool Noord-Kaap (Kimberley), the Eastern Cape’s Dale College (King William’s Town), Queen’s College (Queenstown), Selborne College (East London) and Hoërskool Framesby (Port Elizabeth), together with HTS Drostdy from Worcester.
The festival takes place over three play days, Thursday, 29 and Saturday 31 March and Monday, 2 April on the Kearsney College campus at Botha’s Hill.
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Etienne Fynn, head of the Sharks Academy, said the festival played an important role in exposing the quality of available young talent from around the country.
“The Sharks Academy is proud to be associated with the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival. The length of our involvement is testament to its on-going high standards and continued focus on the camaraderie and ethos of the game. Only at these festivals is the weekly grind of school derbies removed, and players can be allowed the freedom to play the game without that very obvious pressure. Once again, we will be offering three bursaries for 2019 which we hope will serve as motivation for these young men to play to the best of their abilities at the festival,” he said.
Kearsney headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said the event had emerged as a highlight on the sporting calendars of lovers of top-class schoolboy rugby.
“Thousands of supporters from KZN and further afield flock to Kearsney’s beautiful campus over the Easter weekend to savour the spectacle of running rugby, to enjoy the special family atmosphere on our beautiful campus and to experience the fun and excitement of the festival,” he said.
Kicking off play each day will be a match between primary school teams, invited to showcase their skills and to enjoy the opportunity of playing in front of large crowds.
Numerous food outlets, a refreshment tent and KidZone will ensure spectators can enjoy a fun-filled family-orientated Easter weekend. Entry is R25 per person with ample parking available. Fixtures and festival information available on www.kearsney.com.
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