DSG K-Day hockey and netball vs Kingswood College

DSG hosted Kingswood for this year’s annual derby, commonly known as K-Day.

DSG players (in white and green) Kirsty Mclean and Kendal Rose in the 1st team netball clash against Kingswood last Friday

This much anticipated interschool event has developed into more than sports fixtures and now includes music and debating as well as combined staff functions during the few days that comprise K-Day.

The girls’ netball was played on Friday afternoon with the hockey on Saturday morning, and from U8 to U18 over 60 matches took place across the two codes. As could be expected in a derby of this size, there was a mixed bag of results: in some games, one team dominated, while in others, spectators were kept on the edge of their seats until the final whistle. The latter are understandably the more difficult for the losing team. However, without doubt, the winner on the day was the camaraderie, the sportsmanship shown and the fun had by all involved.

Going into the much-anticipated 1st team netball game, played in front of a huge crowd of spectators, Kingswood were the favourites, having recorded two narrow victories over DSG earlier in the year. However DSG came out firing on all cylinders and took an early advantage which they didn’t relinquish until the final whistle, running out 32-17 winners.

Katy Lane drives forward with the ball for DSG during the annual K-Day fixture played on Saturday in Grahamstown. The game played out to a 1-1 draw

In the hockey played on Saturday morning, the matches were all well contested across the age groups. When the final match of the day got underway, the thousands of spectators were treated to some wonderful hockey from two highly successful teams with scintillating skills on display from both sides.

DSG edged the chances in the first half but could not break through a resolute Kingswood defence, and it was only at the end of the half that the ball dropped to DSG skipper, Julie Jevon, who found the roof of the net to give DSG the lead going into the break.

In the second half Kingswood put together some great passages of play putting the DSG goal under pressure. Finally, the Kingswood captain, Emma Fraser (who had shown immense bravery playing in this game, as she had fractured her jaw in training just five days before), made no mistake in dispatching the winner with just four minutes remaining on the clock. Kingswood defended for the last few moments to see out the 1-1 draw – a good reflection of a game played with commitment and intensity by both teams but with admirable sportsmanship.

Certainly, it offered a fitting conclusion to a wonderful week of sport and collegiality between the two schools. Without doubt, K-Day 2017 lived up to its reputation of being a highlight of the calendar.