So keen are the two powerhouses to reconcile their differences that a full week of interschool activities is planned for the second week of the second term
The 2013 season holds several exciting challenges for Noord-Kaap, one of the pillars of Griqualand West high schools rugby.
The most imposing of these will be their keenly-anticipated debut at the prestigious Wildeklawer festival, hosted by Maritzburg College early in May. Significantly, this will already be their third festival appearance of the year as they are due to attend the Pukke Skouspel in Potchefstroom, followed by the Maritzburg College 150-year celebratory event a week later.
The white-and-greens are used to having to travel in order to supplement their fairly meagre domestic roster, but there is good news on the local front as well.
Firstly, a long overdue attempt is being made to restore an amicable sporting relationship with Kimberley archrivals Diamantveld. So keen are the two powerhouses to reconcile their differences that a full week of interschool activities is planned for the second week of the second term.
Secondly, the Griqualand West schools body has put its collective foot down and insisted that all of the province’s Big 5 (Diamantveld, Duineveld, Landboudal, Noord-Kaap and Upington) play each other each season with immediate effect. This rivalry gets under way as early as Saturday 16 March 2013 when Noord-Kaap meet Landboudal from Jacobsdal at the Diamantveld Sportsday.
All three of the aforementioned initiatives are long overdue, with the last two set to revitalise the competition for Craven Week selection.
Noord-Kaap’s fixture list for 2013
2 March: Fichardtpark Sportsday (opponents to be confirmed, in Bloemfontein)
9 March: Noord-Kaap vs Marlow (in Cradock)
16 March: Noord-Kaap vs Landboudal (at Diamantveld)
21-25 March : Pukke Skouspel (in Potchefstroom)
30 March-3 April: Maritzburg College 150 Festival
13 April: Noord-Kaap vs Duineveld (in Upington)
20 April: Noord-Kaap vs Diamantveld (at home)
2-4 May: Wildeklawer Festival (at Maritzburg College)
11 May: Noord-Kaap vs Waterkloof (at home)
18 May: Noord-Kaap vs Helpmekaar (in Johannesburg)
20 July: Noord-Kaap vs Upington (at home)
27 July: Noord-Kaap vs HTS Daniel Pienaar (at home)
10 August: Noord-Kaap vs Outeniqua (in George)