One of the highly anticipated schools derby takes place this Saturday at the Phillip Field in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) where Grey High School hosts Selborne College.
The rivalry between the two boys schools dates back as early as 1926, in the past 43 years Grey High has enjoyed 25 wins over Selborne’s 19. Selborne College has a lot of ground to cover. In the last eight years Grey and Selborne have each won four.
Grit Sports took some time out to chat with Allan Miles, Grey High School head coach and Phiwe Nomlomo, Selborne College head coach.
“There’s a lot of excitement amongst the team. We always want to test ourselves against the top teams and players in the country. We definitely the clear underdogs for Saturdays fixture as Selborne boasts 13 craven Week players and we only have 2.” – said Allan Miles
Q: What does this fixture mean to Grey?
“It means a lot to the team. A lot of history between the two schools, Selborne are a well organized team that are playing an exciting game”
Q: Your team is playing at home this year, how important is home ground advantage for the derby, considering last years result?
AM: Last year we ran out of steam, we started really well but allowed Selborne back into the match. Selborne showed a lot of maturity in their game.
Home advantage will always make a difference, especially with it being both sides last fixtures for the season. Emotions will be high, sometimes this can get to the players even more with it being a home game.
.Q: How are things looking at the Grey camp?
The team has had a good weeks preparation, its always difficult to pick oneself up again after a defeat like we had against Grey Kollege. Only good teams can do that.
Phiwe Nomlomo shared his thoughts with Grit sports about the mood in the Selborne camp.
“Its been an unbelievable season for us thus far, we always knew that we weren’t going to be measured by results but by how much we grew as a group and as individuals and this fixture against grey has the boys really excited as it is their last game of the season. – Phiwe Nomlomo
Q: What does this derby mean to you and the boys?
“Its a massive fixture because Grey and Selborne have always been a like for like in terms of strength and its also our last game game so it brings great excitement.”
Q: How were the preparations leading to this game?
‘The preparations have been good this week, we had half of our side leave early so they could be part of the band today (Thursday) and tomorrow. Its the back-end of the season so we are pretty satisfied where we are currently.
Q: Last year you enjoyed home ground advantage in East London, how will you cope in PE?
.No mate, we traveling with the whole school to Port Elizabeth this will give us the gees we would enjoy back at home, we want to send everyone off on a massive note. I cant wait to see how we perform and i know how excited everyone else in our camp is about this fixture.
Grey High School vs Selborne College
Other big games this weekend:
Paarl Gim vs Paarl Boys High
Bishops vs St Andrews College
Glenwood vs Maritsburg College
Boland Landbou vs Paul Roos
Monument vs Menlopark