19 March 2018 Read: 94
The mighty Elephants echoed their triumphant roar through the sleepy mining town of Phalaborwa again this weekend when they locked tusks with the visiting Tommie guns from Polokwane. Tom Naude made the trip up north to face Frans du Toit on their home ground in another round of schools rugby and netball league matches.
The Fransies were set to continue their winning streak after they sent the Mbombela teams from Lowveld High back to their province in defeat. The Tommie guns have long since been fierce rivals of the Phalaborwa Blues and this weekend’s matches showcased that rivalry in dramatic fashion.
On the rugby field, the Fransies were caught off guard for a brief moment which resulted in a narrow 15-19 defeat of their U/14 team. The U/15’s regained redemption moments later when they won their match by one converted try with a score of 28-21. It was the U/16 game however, which showed the promise of the Frans Du Toit spirit when the hosts crippled the visitors’ aspiration of glory with a 47-7 victory. The two senior sides delivered reasonable performances with the Second team losing 10-24 and the First Team clinching a 19-5 victory.
The fairer Fransies held their own in the scorching heat on the netball courts when they hosted the Tommies to no less than ten games on the day. Of these, the girls in blue lost four and won six. The U/14A and B-teams won by 16-13 and lost 9-14 respectively while the three U/15 teams won all their matches 7-4 (C-Team), 31-3 (B-Team) and 14-3 (A-Team). The U/16B-team lost their game by 3 goals to 13 with the U/16A-team winning by a single net with a score of 10-9. Both the Second teams suffered defeat while the flagship First Ladies brought home the win with a spectacular 27-12 display.
Frans du Toit will need to build on the positive momentum of their two-week long victory streak, and learn from their mistakes if they want to end this year on a high note. They will face Bergvlam, one of the dominant schools in Mbombela, in their next league round this weekend in Phalaborwa and everyone is invited to support the Blue and Gold.
— Joe Dreyer