The DHS 2nd XV celebrated a successful 2018 season with a 20-10 win over their Kearsney counterparts in their final match on Van Heerdens for 2018.
The tight contest was only settled just before the final whistle when a breakaway gave the DHS boys a two-score cushion and allowed their supporters to relax a bit. Kearsney kept up the pressure until the final whistle but made too many basic mistakes to deserve victory.
DHS won their last home game of 2018 when they eased to a 41-34 win over Kearsney in a match that saw the leads change numerous times. DHS raced to a 15-0 lead before inexplicably switching off and allowing Kearsney to charge to a 28-15 lead with four well-worked tries by their outside backs.
DHS replied just before halftime to leave the scores 28-22 at the break, but three-second half tries shared between the backs and forwards allowed the hosts to end their season unbeaten at home.
The strong DHS team dominated most facets of play in the return encounter against Westville and were deserved 24-14 winners.
But the hosts were hard hit by yellow cards which meant playing 20 minutes with 14 men while players were in the bin, and then the final 20 minutes of the match without a first-choice hooker following a second yellow and resultant red card, which meant DHS probably played half the match with a man short.
The strong old boy contingent at the ground on Founders Day were incensed by the refereeing and the over-riding feeling was that she was doing her best to level the playing field (she probably should not have offered her whistle to the crowd and was maybe a bit lucky nobody tried to take her up on the offer).
While the DHS supporters were scratching their head at some of the decisions, it is clear the DHS players need to learn that the ref is always right and even if she is wrong they cannot argue.
The DHS 2nd XV held on for a tense 20-16 win over Westville on Founders Day at DHS. The win was doubly sweet after the match between the same teams saw Westville edge to a narrow win a few weeks before at Westville.
Gallery of pictures from March 7 & 8 of the FINA African Qualifier & CANA Zone IV Water Polo Championships in Durban on March 7-11.
The FINA U18 African Qualifiers and CANA Zone IV Water Polo Championships were held at Durban’s King’s Park Pool from March 7-11.
In the men’s event, Egypt, with four wins and two draws were the top team, but they were pushed by a never-say-day South African squad who ended with three wins, two draws and the vital 11-3 loss to the Egyptians in their opening game. The other two matches between Egypt and the hosts were 4-4 and 6-6 draws. Zimbabwe ended the tournament with six losses. Both Egypt and South Africa have qualified for the World Championships in Hungary later this year, but Egypt will go into that as Africa’s top seeded team.
In the women’s event, South Africa enjoyed three wins over Zimbabwe to qualify for the World Championships in Serbia later this year.
This is a selection of some of the better photos taken at the tournament, but galleries of other photos taken each day will also be posted over the next couple of days.
Other pics from Days 1 & 2