Senior School Rugby and Hockey Tour to South Africa

On the afternoon of Wednesday 10th August Grosvenor’s seventy person-strong Rugby and Hockey tour party returned from their seventeen day tour of South Africa following two-and-a-half weeks of wide-ranging experiences that will long remain in the memories of each and every party member.

Throughout the duration of the tour both the rugby and girls’ hockey teams participated in four good-spirited but keenly-contested matches; on the boys’ side the tour proved a particular success with both the 1st and 2nd XVs finishing with an unbeaten tour record: the firsts winning all four of their matches (48-0 vs Kempton Park, 17-0 vs Cape Recife School, 47-0 vs Knynsa High School and 17-12 vs Bergvliet) and the 2nds drawing one (15-15 vs Kempton Park) and winning their other three matches (32-0 vs Cape Recife, 22-5 vs Knynsa High School and 38-0 vs Bergvliet) .

On the hockey field, meanwhile, the girls performed admirably and benefitted hugely from the experiences drawn from their four matches, during which they were victorious against Bergvliet (3-1) and Bergsig High School (3-0) whilst suffering defeats against Oakhill High School (3-1) and Kempton Park High School (4-0).

Away from the sports field, however, the tour was as much designed to broaden the horizons of its participants as to develop their sporting prowess. To this end all sixty-two travelling GGS pupils were treated to a wide range of experiences during their trip, which took in some of the most popular and educational sites across Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Amongst the highlights of the trip were visits to the Apartheid Museum and Dinokeng Game Reserve in Johannesburg, the SA Marine and Rehabilitation Centre, the Featherbed Nature Reserve and Sports Academy George in Port Elizabeth, and Robben Island, Cape Point and Table Mountain in Cape Town.

The tour represents the third time that the School has travelled to R.S.A. during the past decade, although this summer’s trip, the first to feature a hockey contingent as well as rugby, is easily the largest in scale that the school has organised.

A huge debt of gratitude is due to GGS teachers and Group Leaders Mr Andrew Gibson and Mr Gary Hunter, each of whom shared the duties of planning, organizing and fundraising for the trip over the past three years. In addition, thanks is also extended to coaches Mr Alan Cowan, Miss Linda Knox, Miss Caroline Adams and Miss Joanne Wilson who also participated in the tour, along with physiotherapist Mr Jamie Wilson and Doctor Mrs Alison Cowan, without whose services the successful running of the tour would not have been possible.

Finally, the school is also indebted to tour sponsors ‘Denman International Ltd.’, ‘AMPM Property Management’, ‘Desk Warehouse’. ‘Chaka Travel’, ‘Makula 5’ and ‘Minprint’, without whose financial support the running of the tour simply would not have been possible.

Well done to all involved in putting together such an impressive trip and we hope that the experience translates into positive results on the rugby and hockey pitches over the coming season.

 

 

Grosvenor's South Africa tour contingent during their visit to Cape Point as part of their two-and-a half week trip in July and August.

Grosvenor's rugby and girls' hockey leavers pose for the camera following their final match on tour.

Grosvenor's second XV rugby team prior to their encounter with Kempton Park High School.