LIVE | Schoolboy derby: Paarl Boys’ High v Paarl Gimnasium [watch]

LIVE | Schoolboy derby: Paarl Boys’ High v Paarl Gimnasium [watch]

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic the biggest interschools rugby derby in South Africa is back!

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Paarl Gimnasium (Gim) and Paarl Boys’ High resume their rivalry on Saturday, 3src July in a Premier Interschools clash.

The Bloedworse against the Galpille, North v South. The 1src4th match between the two schools is set to kick-off at 16:srcsrc and take place at the Faure Street Stadium in Paarl.

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The first match was played in 1915 when masters, schoolboys and old boys all played together. This was the format until 1927 after which it was decided that the interschools matches should only comprise of schoolboys. The current format as we know it today started officially in 1929.

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Before the forced two-year break, the interschools was only interrupted for one year in 1928 when for some reason lost in the midst of time, the derby did not take place.

The competitive nature of the derby is reflected in the average winning margin between the two schools which is only 5 points in over 1srcsrc games played. There have been 11 draws between them and three of those ended src-src, the last one came in 1986. Both teams will have to fight for victory and the bragging rights of Paarl.

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During the week there will be functions and reunion get togethers’ where old friends and foes will reflect on the glory days gone by.

The first battle on the rugby field will take place on Wednesday evening as the two Old Boy teams lock horns in what can only be described as a friendly but fierce game.

Thursday afternoon sees the “Goffels” and “Hommels” (G and H teams) play their own unique brand of rugby. Friday morning brings atmosphere and anticipation as the business end of the weekend kicks off. Both schools will fill their halls with war cry’s and the “Big Brag” will be in full voice. This is when the rugby and hockey players that have been chosen to represent their respective first teams on Saturday, are introduced and get capped.

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Friday afternoon is highlighted by the U14A match and the “main” match of the day, the third team game, known among locals as the “Chiefs vs Chippies”. There are only four matches played on the Saturday. The matches start at around 12:srcsrc with the U15A match, followed by the U16A’s, Seccies (Second team) and then the First XV.

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Paarl Boys’ High v Paarl Gimnasium results through the years

1915: PBHS won 1src-src
1916: Gim won 7-5
1917: Gim won 3-src
1918: Gim won 3-src
1919: Gim won 9-src
192src: Gim won 2src-src
1921: Draw 6-6
1922: Draw 3-3
1923: PBHS won 3-src
1924: PBHS won 13-5
1925: PBHS won 7-3
1926: PBHS won 6-5
1927: Gim won 5-3
1928: No match
1929: Draw 3-3
193src: PBHS won 5-3
1931: Gim won 6-src
1932: Gim won 7-3
1933: PBHS won 3-src
1934: PBHS won 5-4
1935: Draw src-src
1936: Gim won 11-6
1937: Gim won 5-3
1938: Gim won 5-3
1939: Gim won 9-8
194src: Draw 3-3
1941: Gim won 6-src
1942: Draw src-src
1943: Gim won 9-6
1944: PBHS won 6-src
1945: PBHS won 14-6
1946: Draw 3-3
1947: PBHS won 8-3
1948: Draw 3-3
1949: Gim won 9-3
195src: PBHS won 6-3
1951: PBHS won 6-src
1952: PBHS won 11-src
1953: PBHS won 6-5
1956: Gim won 6-3
1957: Gim won 5-3
1958: Gim won 11-src
1959: PBHS won 11-3
196src: Gim won 9-3
1961: PBHS won 6-src
1962: PBHS won 6-src
1963: PBHS won 8-src
1964: Gim won 9-8
1965: Gim won 11-src
1966: Gim won 8-src
1967: Gim won 8-6
1968: Gim won 3-src
1969: PBHS won 8-5
197src: Gim won 19-8
1971: PBHS won 11-6
1972: PBHS won 6-3
1973: PBHS won 19-6
1974: Gim won 9-3
1975: PBHS won 3-src
1976: Gim won 8-6
1977: PBHS won 15-6
1978: Gim won 13-1src
1979: Gim won 12-6
198src: Gim won 9-3
1981: Gim won 12-src
1982: PBHS won 16-15
1983: Gim won 15-6
1984: Gim won 1src-4
1985: PBHS won 16-6
1986: Draw src-src
1987: PBHS won 15-7
1988: Draw 6-6
1989: Gim won 15-4
199src: PBHS won 1src-6
1991: PBHS won 8-4
1992: Gim won 2src-15
1993: PBHS won 19-17
1994: PBHS won 11-6
1995: PBHS won 17-3
1996: Gim won 18-16
1997: Gim won 13-1src
1998: PBHS won 16-5
1999: Gim won 13-6
2srcsrcsrc: PBHS won 15-7
2srcsrc1: PBHS won12-3
2srcsrc2: Gim won 15-src
2srcsrc3: PBHS won 25-6
2srcsrc4: Gim won 13-3
2srcsrc5: Gim won 22-1src
2srcsrc6: Gim won 23-17
2srcsrc7: Gim won 1src-src
2srcsrc8: Gim won 3

…. to be continued
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