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Battle of the school giants

SPOTLIGHT: Get ready to witness unparalleled skills, fierce competition, and unforgettable moments in the 11th edition of the Premier Interschools competition.

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With a mouthwatering line-up of 24 matches, the 2024 season will kick-off on April 6 and conclude on August 17.

Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming fixtures:

Glenwood High School v Maritzburg College
(April 6 – Durban)

Marking the explosive start of the 2024 Premier Interschools circuit, we head to the vibrant east coast of Durban for an epic clash as Glenwood hosts archrivals Maritzburg College. Taking a look at the last 10 showdowns, Glenwood dominated with a staggering 8 victories, while Maritzburg College only managed to grab two.

Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool v Paarl Gimnasium
(April 13 – Pretoria)

Celebrating the 8th year of this rivalry – all roads will lead to Pretoria for the clash between Paarl Gim and Affies. With the Paarl team being the firm favourites on paper, Affies would need to dig deep for a comeback as their track record speaks 3 victories, 6 defeats and a draw out of 10 matches against their Cape rivals.

Paul Roos Gymnasium v Paarl Boys’ High
(April 20 – Stellenbosch)

Get ready for an exciting clash as the tournament’s 3rd round lands in Stellenbosch where Paul Roos and Paarl Boys’ High will battle it out for local bragging rights. Paul Roos will head into the match with their backs against the wall as Paarl Boys’ clinched six out of their last 10 matches.

Paarl Gimnasium v Grey College
(April 20 – Paarl)

Prepare for an epic showdown on April 20th as the Premier Interschools delivers a dynamic double-header. History will also be made as the Paarl Gim and Grey College clash is set to become an annual fixture on the calendar with all teams competing. Since 2010 Grey College’s track record seems to put them in a favourable position as they claimed 6 victories out of the last 9, being played on rare occasions during festivals with Paarl Gim only having won three.

Grey High School v Paul Roos Gymnasium
(April 27 – Port Elizabeth)

Travelling to the Eastern Cape a week later, the Paul Roos team will meet forces with Grey High School. With 10 closely contested battles played between these two teams – Paul Roos has clinched six victories, but Grey High isn’t far behind with four wins of their own.

Grey College v Paarl Boys’ High
(May 11 – Bloemfontein)

The sixth clash of the Premier Interschools will lead us to Bloemfontein awaiting a titanic clash between Grey College and Paarl Boys’. The hosts have ruled the roost when looking at the last 10 matches, having won 7 leaving the Paarl side trailing behind with only three wins under the belt.

Bishops v Rondebosch
(June 1 – Cape Town)

Gear up for one of the most historic derbies on the South African calendar before the midterm break as Bishops will play host to Rondebosch. With both teams firing on all cylinders, Rondebosch holds a slim lead, winning five matches to four with one draw in the last 10 encounters between these two schools.

Waterkloof v Affies
(July 20 – Pretoria)

After the June break, the games will commence with Waterkloof going head-to-head with longtime adversaries Affies in an all-Pretoria showdown. Affies has been dominating the field, emerging victorious in seven of the last 10 encounters between the two teams, while Waterkloof has managed to secure only three wins, with their last triumph dating back to 2017.

Durban High School v Jeppe
(July 27 – Durban)

The 9th game of the Premier Interschools heads to the scenic KZN coast for an exciting clash between DHS and Jeppe. These two schools rarely cross paths, having squared off only six times since 2009. Jeppe has been dominant in these encounters securing victory in five out of six matches, while DHS managed to secure their lone win in 2017.

Paarl Boys’ High v Paarl Gimnasium
(August 3 – Paarl)

Considered as the biggest school sports derby in the world – on August 3rd Paarl will be overflowing with visitors as we head to Faure Street Stadium to see defending titleholders Paarl Gim taking on Paarl Boys’ High. With both teams locked in a fierce rivalry, the last 10 encounters have been neck and neck with the two teams holding five victories each. This historic derby, spanning over a century, is guaranteed to deliver yet another battle of the titans.

Boland Landbou v Oakdale Landbou
(August 10 – Paarl)

The Premier Interschools action will remain in Paarl for yet another week! This time, the spotlight will shine on the two agricultural powerhouses from Paarl and Riversdale: Boland Landbou versus Oakdale. Taking their last 10 battles into consideration – Boland Landbou holds a narrow lead with six wins over Oakdale’s four.

Paul Roos v Grey College
(August 17 – Stellenbosh)

The final whistle of the Premier Interschools will go off in Stellenbosch as the 2024 season draws to an end when Paul Roos host Grey College in what could potentially be a decider when it comes to earning that top spot in the 2024 schools’ rankings. The last 10 matches have Grey College leading with eight wins to two but knowing the side of Stellenbosch – Paul Roos will want to even it out.

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