Northwood 1st XV Rugby Take the Win vs Traditional Rivals DHS

On Saturday the 13th of April the Northwood Knights travelled to DHS to take on the Horseflies on their home turf.

Coming off an extra time narrow loss to Selborne, Northwood knew they would have to dig deep to get one over DHS who had beaten Westville the weekend before.

Northwood got off to the perfect start with an early try inside the first 5 minutes of the game. From there DHS kept fighting back, they were extremely dominant at scrum time to start with but the young Northwood pack found their rhythm and outlasted the tiring DHS front row.

With Northwood on the front foot it was always going to equal some great running from the back line. With a missed penalty kick far out by fullback Ntokozo Makhaza it seemed scrumhalf Luke Cornelius was in the mood to attack, thereafter tapping and going many quick penalties in kickable positions. The score could have been a bit better at half time if one was a Northwood supporter but at 17-5 up the Knights definitely had their tails up.

Northwood managed to add some more points in the 2nd half. DHS were again strong in broken play as one expects, and they capitalised well on little opportunity.

Both teams fighting hard came to an end when a final blow came in the form of Sali Mlenzana scoring in the corner off a failed kick and chase from the horseflies. This seemed to deflate the hope of the home side and made for a smoother finish to the end of the game for the Knights. Final score 34-19 in favour of Northwood.

Photo Credit:  Khawulami Thwala – Northwood Press Club

Northwood 1st Team Hockey Victorious vs Fighting DHS

On Saturday, the Northwood 1st XI took on the DHS 1st XI at Riverside. The match started with the Knights moving the ball exceptionally well but not threatening the DHS circle enough to take advantage of all their possession. However it was midway through the first half when Finn Whittle cleverly played a 5 yard free hit to his advantage and put Brent Van Der Linde in on the far post to take the lead into half time, 1-0.

The second half the Northwood boys were given a more direct game plan that seemed to pay off and it wasn’t long before captain Tyronne Laaks produced some sublime individual skill to eliminate several DHS defenders and roll the ball passed the despairing DHS keeper to double the lead. The last chukka saw Tyler Tomsett’s diving turn over put Dylan Ferreira who sent a rocket home. However, well done to DHS who kept fighting and with one of their only chances snuck in a last minute goal to leave the score 3-1 at the end of the match.

Man of the match – Tyler Tomsett.

Picture Credit:  Kashan Pillay, Northwood Press Club

Toastmasters 2019

Toastmasters 2019

The annual Toastmasters graduation dinner was held on Thursday 14th March in the Jubilee room.

21 grade 11 learners qualified for their internationally recognized Toastmaster’s certificate.

21 graduates- Toastmasters 2019

The winners in the Evaluation section: L to R : Yasheel Pillay; Azhar Khatib; Thomas Buckle (runner up) and category winner Teague Ciaglia (winner).

The winners in the Impromptu speech category are as follows:

L to R: Priyavrata Tolmen; Nikhil Govindsamy; Shaun Roux (winner) and Bradley Bester (runner up).

The winners in the prepared speech category are as follows:

L to R- Caleb Kozlowski  (winner); Leonard Bailey; Aditya Raghunandan (runner up); Evan Teague.

Congratulations to all graduates who put up a sterling performance on the evening. Congratulations to the winners and runner up in the respective categories who go through to the semi-finals.