Dale College were named the 2016 School Team of the Year at the Eastern Cape Sports Awards ceremony in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.
The award comes as reward for Dale’s remarkable season last year when the 1st team won 16 of 19 games played, with only two defeats and a draw in between.
Three of the team’s most significant achievements in 2016 saw them beat Grey High away from home for the first time in 22 years; stun Selborne to notch up their 100th victory over their arch-rivals; and they were the only unbeaten team at the Grey High Rugby festival.
Another landmark for the school from King Williams Town was when they became the first schools rugby team with a set of triplets in their ranks. Brothers Sinesipho, Siphosoxolo and Siphosethu Dlongodlongo all turned out for the 1st team.
Headmaster Mike Eddy attended the gala event and accepted the award on behalf of the team.
‘We are very proud of the team, they had a truly remarkable season. All their hard work and effort paid off,’ said Eddy.
Dale 1st XV (2016) – Lunathi Fonte, Mzingisi Bisholo, Hennie Otto, VIwe Ntontela, Mhlanganiseli Nqxolwana, Lukhanyiso Tosholwana, Kwanda Dimaza, Siyanda Am (c), Sinesipho Dlongodlongo, Siphosoxolo Dlongodlongo, Siphosethu Dlongodlongo (vc), Litha Nkulam, Sibulele Mbana, Siphamandla Matsinya, Aphelele Fassi, Bulela Magopeni, Mbasa Magagamela, Thandile Mpangeva, Lathitha Lukasi, Luyolo Ndabambi, Malwande Zamo, Luzuko Mtotywa, Sikhokele Buhlungu, Bamanye Xenxe.
Coach: Mr Grant Griffiths.
Photo: Dale College