Northwood Indoor Hockey 1st Team Crowned KZN Champs for 2015

The Northwood 1st Hockey Team were crowned champions of the KZN Coastals indoor league on Wednesday night when they put in a dominant performance to beat a young Clifton team 9 – 5. Captain Shane Bradbury lead the way with a hat trick with Sacha de Marigny and Joshua Cowell getting a brace whilst Liam McIlroy and Bradley McNally got one each.

The result means that Northwood have won the title three times in the last four years.

Congratulations to the team and coach Mike Wiggett on an outstanding achievement.


Top Row (Left to Right): Mike Wiggett (Coach), Liam McIlroy, Joshua Cowell, Cody van Breemen, Garick Goldman, Darryn Gallagher (Assistant Coach)

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Ighsaan Manuel, Shane Bradbury (Captain), Sacha de Marigny, Bradley McNally.

2015 KZN Indoor League Winners

Shaun Pollock Cricket Festival

On Friday afternoon we welcome eleven teams from around the country for our 3rd annual Shaun Pollock Cricket Festival. With a number of matches and different formats of the game to be played over the festival, it definitely means that some exciting cricket awaits us. A warm and early welcome to our invitational side, consisting of boys from around the province that will be joining us in Grade 8 in 2016. This festival, has been for many, a great introduction to the Northwood schooling experience, so enjoy it. To our sponsors, PhotoNote, Flya, Barcelos, Kookaburra, Growthpoint and Ola, thank you for your contribution to this festival and to Northwood cricket as a whole.  Our appreciation for your involvement in the sport at Northwood is difficult to do justice in a few short words, but THANK YOU. I wish safe travels to all the teams coming from afar. To all boys representing their school at this festival, enjoy it, play hard but in good spirit, make friends and create great memories.

Northwood U14B Indoor Hockey Team Crowned Champs of KZN Schools U14B Division

Congratulations to the U14B Indoor Hockey Team who were crowned champions of the KZN Schools U14B Indoor division.

The team had a fantastic season where they went unbeaten in eight matches to gain promotion into the A section for 2016. The most notable fact was that of the eight matches, seven were against school A teams.

Well done to the team for an outstanding achievement.


2015 U14 Indoor1

From right to left:

Mr Glenn Jones (Coach) Matthew von Blerk Hano de Beer Michael Taylor Yasteel Nandlal Ross Shedlock James McIlwraith Kriyen Naidoo Kieran Schutte Emcee Olivier

Team Results:

Opposition Result
Umhlanga College U14A Won 8 – 2
Durban North College U14A Won 5 – 3
Ashton U14A Drew 0 – 0
Amanzimtoti U14A Won 5 – 3
Clifton U14B Won 4 – 3
Kingsway U14A Won 4 – 3
Hillcrest U14A Won 4 – 2
Crawford La Lucia U14A Won 4 – 2

Northwood Soccer Evenly Matched Vs Hilton

After an excellent game last week against Kearsney, much was expected from Northwood. After 5 minutes the expectations rose as Northwood calmly put the ball into the net through Goodwin Khuzwayo . After this the game was played in midfield and neither keeper was tested due to a lot of wayward passing. The 1st half ended with Northwood leading 1-0 which was a true reflection of the half. One expected the 2nd half to move up a gear but it was like the first half with aimless passing and both teams battling to get their game going. The match really looked like it was heading for a victory for Northwood with 5 minutes left, but Hilton did not give up as they put pressure on Northwood defence and forced a corner. This was Hilton’s last chance which they took with a great header from no.10 that left the Northwood keeper stranded. The game never rose to any great heights and in the end a 1-1 draw was a true reflection as Hilton had the better of the second half.

Northwood Chess Team Place 1st in KZN at Top Schools Chess Tournament

Northwood represented the Umlazi district at Top Schools Chess in the U18 division this weekend.  We were placed 1st – out of 12 districts in KZN, beating previous winners, Crawford North Coast and Old Mill School.

The Team

1.  Kyran Appanna

2.  Ananta Reddy

3.  Sachin Reddy

4.  Ukyle Bezuidenhout

5.  James Meadows

6.  Shivan Govender

7.  Charles Lin

The above team will also represent KZN at School’s Nationals in December.  Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!




Dale Carnegie Course at Northwood

For the sixth consecutive year, the Dale Carnegie ‘Generation.Next’ course was attended by Grade 11 students from Northwood School, Northlands Girls High and Lady Fatima. This year Northwood hosted two courses and 60 students graduated with the internationally recognized and respected Dale Carnegie Certificate. The ‘Generation.Next’ programme comprises 8 weekly 3 hour sessions. On this world famous EQ course people skills, self-confidence, communication and leadership skills are honed, and public speaking abilities soar. As famous Dale Carnegie graduate, Warren Buffett says : ‘Leadership usually gravitates towards the person who can stand up and say what he means.’

Congratulations to Northwood Grade 11 Students Reece Loeve and Jean-Luc De Rosnay who were both the recipients of the Highest Award for Achievement.

Northwood Hosts Breakfast with John Plumtree and Friends


Northwood recently hosted a school rugby fundraising breakfast at the Durban Country Club with John Plumtree and Friends. The event was well attended with no room to spare.  John Allen was MC of the event, and kept the rugby banter flowing with many laughs and insights into the beautiful game.  Ex Sharks coach and current Hurricane’s coach, John Plumtree headed up a panel discussion which also included John Mitchell (Former All Blacks Coach and current SuperSport Presenter) and Grant Bashford, current Northwood 1st Team Coach and ex Sharks coaching assistant.  Funds raised from this event will go towards developing rugby at Northwood.  Thank you to all those that supported this fun and informative breakfast.

Pictured left to right:  Paul McAvoy (Headmaster at Northwood School) Jenni-lyn van Niekerk (Marketing Manager at Northwood School), John Plumtree, John Allan, Grant Bashford and John Mitchell


Northwood Prefect Tie Ceremony

The Prefect Tie Ceremony is a Northwood tradition where parents are invited to present their son with their prefect tie, and in doing so, sharing in their son’s achievement and also acknowledging their part in raising their son’s to be leaders and role models at Northwood and within the community.  We look forward to our new 2016 prefects taking up their leadership roles, and wish them all the best for the year ahead.

Northwood Soccer Take The Win vs Kearsney

Northwood took their A game to Kearsney and right from the first whistle they dominated the game. Northwood’s passing game was very accurate and put Kearsney’s defence under pressure. Kearsney tried to play high up in their half and in the beginning they managed to catch Northwood off side on a number of occasions. Kearsney was playing a dangerous game and it was only a matter of time before Northwood caught Kearsney out.

Twice in a matter of minutes Northwood played the ball over the top for captain Nto Sibisi who calmly placed the ball past the stranded Kearsney goal keeper. Northwood did not relax and kept the pressure on and 5 minutes later Sibisi once again was in the clear and completed his hat-trick with another well placed shot.

Towards the end of the 1st half Kearsney were awarded a penalty which their captain put wide of the goal. At half time Northwood held a very comfortable 3-0 after dominating the half. Not much changed in the second half with Northwood continuing to dominate. It wasn’t long before Northwood added a 4th goal after a corner and Nkanyiso Ntombela headed the ball into the top of the net.

It was Kearsney who scored next when they were awarded a second penalty which they managed to score. The rest of the half saw Northwood having a number of shots but did not manage to score again.

The 4-1 score was a true reflection of the game as Northwood played exceptionally well.

Northwood 1st Team Soccer Victorious Vs Michaelhouse

Northwood hosted Michaelhouse and going by the results so far this season the game was going to be tight. The first 10 minutes both sides we feeling each other out and finding their feet. Northwood slowly but surely started to take control of the game with the higher percentage of possession. Northwood had numerous chances but just could not score. Northwood defended really well keeping the Michaelhouse forwards very quiet and they hardly got a shot on target. With 5 minutes to go Byron Melville had a great break down the right wing and crossed a beautiful ball across the goal month. Basler Mushangazhike nipped in between the defenders and side footed the ball into the net to give Northwood a well-deserved lead at half time. The second half was full of action but lead to no further goals and Northwood continued to defend high up the field with Michaelhouse only getting one good shot on goal which was brilliantly saved by Weston Roelofsza . Northwood had numerous chances to finish the game off but did not put the Michaelhouse keeper under enough pressure. Northwood came away with a well-deserved victory.