Graeme Win at Muir
The Graeme and Muir derby is always a keenly contested fixture, with a similar type of school meeting for the fixture. There were two hockey matches played on the Friday, with Graeme winning the 1st XI match 5-0. On the Saturday, Graeme sent more than 250 boys to Uitenhage to play in the 17 rugby matches.
The rugby was of good quality throughout the day with a number of close encounters; however Graeme did have the upper hand winning 12 and drawing 1 of the 17 matches.
Special mention was made about the Under-11A season which ended unbeaten. They scored 453 points this season and conceded only 27. But it is the way they have played the game and carried themselves as young sportsmen, which has been even more pleasing. Process ahead of result! Iviwe Mshubeki scored an incredible 25 tries during the course of the season.
Interestingly the Graeme Under-9A side also finished their season unbeaten.
Under-11A Season Summary of Results:
vs Gill won 12-0
vs Ntaba Maria won 55-0
vs St Mary’s won 53-0
vs St Andrew’s won 54-0
vs Lorraine won 33-5
vs Grey won 19-7
vs Westering won 15-5
vs Union High won 54-0
vs Summerwood won 50-0
vs Port Alfred won 48-0
vs Kingswood won 31-5
vs Muir won 26-5
The Graeme College 1st XV also came out on top winning 42-22 in an eagerly anticipated encounter. The opening minutes of the encounter were tightly contested with neither team giving much away. Although the Muir side had the majority of the territory, it was Graeme who scored a converted try first. Muir replied with a penalty after a period of sustained pressure on the Graeme try-line. Graeme did well to soak up the pressure in the early exchanges and then started to play some good attacking rugby which culminated in another two tries before half-time, to lead 17-3 at the break.
The Graeme team started the second half like they ended the first with another two tries extending their lead to 29-3. Muir, however were determined to not go away as they scored a try of their own and converted a penalty to make it 29-11. Graeme hit straight back with two more tries, before the hosts once again hit back with a try. Muir scored another try in the closing minutes to make the final score 41-25 to Graeme.