Dale finally end 22 year drought in PE!
On the 3rd ar 4th of June Dale travelled to Grey PE to face Fierce rivals Grey PE. This was a massive game for both the 1st XV sides and the winner would take bragging rights as the kings of the province. In addition a victory would see Dale beat Grey at Grey for the 1st time in 22 years.
The game started off slowly as both sides tested their oppostion. Grey was first to cross the whiteline scoring and coverting after 6 minutes to take a 0-7 lead. It took Dale 20 minutes to get on the scoreboard with Dale scoring a well worked try to bring the score to 5-7. Seconds before the half-time whistle, Dale showed great hands and composure and scored a converted try right under the posts to take a 12-7 lead into half time. Grey came out all guns blazing in the second half and were duely rewarded by scoring 2 tries in the 1st 15 minutes of the 2nd half to take a 12-21 lead. Things went from bad to worse for Dale as dangerman and setpiece threat Kwanda Dimaza was sent off for collapsing the maul. However 2 minutes later the game was brought to 14 men a side as Grey was given a yellow card for dangerous play. Moments after Kwanda returned Dale used the extra man advantage to score two converted tries to take a 26-21 lead. Dale slowed down the game and ended the game winning 26-21.
Another piece of history achieved by this years first team. Well done boys! #Amadoda
From the 12th to the 14th of May saw Dale celebrate its 155th birthday.
The first function took place on Thursday with a brilliantly hosted build-a-burger function by Dale Junior and the Annual ODU AGM took place.
Friday was the beginning of the sport matches as Dale took on Queens in chess; squash, debating, and hockey with the soccer side taking on Hudson.
the results are as follows.
1sts drew 3-3
2nds won 2-1
3rds lost 0-3
U16A won 1-0
U16B lost 1-2
U14A lost 0-4
U14B drew 1-1
Soccer vs Hudson
Dale 1sts won 2-0
The squash team lost 1-5 to Queens. The chess team lost 2 and a half- 3 and a half, while in debating the seniors lost and the juniors won.
On Saturday was rugby's turn to throw everything they had at Queens. After a mixed bag of results and several showpieces such as the DALE showpiece, the first teams ran on to the field to get their match underway. This was not just an ordinary match but a war between two fierce rivals. After defending on their tryline for most of the 1st half, Dale managed to turn Queens over in their 22m and in a brilliant display of running rugby and counter-attacking flair saw Dale run almost 90m to score a try under Queens poles. Soon after the Dale and Queens flyhalf traded 1 penalty apiece to leave the scores at 10-3 with moments before half-time. In the last play of the half, Dale captain Siyanda Am picked up a grubber from deep in Dale's 22m and showed immense pace to run all the way to score a try in the corner. This left Dale 17-3 up at half-time.
The second half saw Queens throw everything they had at Dale but Dale's brickwall defense could just not be broken. Dale put every last breath into defense and put their bodies on the line to ensure Queens could not come back. All this hardwork saw Dale win the game 17-3. Seeing the passion of all Dalians, Old Dalians and friends of Dale, brought tears to many viewers eyes.
The rugby results were
1st WON 17 - 3
2nd Won 26 - 24
3rds won 19 - 13
4th lost 19 - 31
5th lost 0 - 63
U16A lost 24 - 29
U16B lost 17 - 31
U16C lost 5 - 36
U15A won 45 - 5
U15B won 17 - 5
U15C won 24 - 10
U14A lost 27 - 32
U14B lost 5 - 26
U14C lost 10 - 12
Dale make history against Selborne!
Last week the Dale first team rugby side made history by beating Selborne for the 100th time. To make things even sweeter, Dale managed to pull this off at Selborne.
This was a highly anticipated fixture as both sides had just lost one game in the build up to the fixture, with Selborne's loss coming the week before against Queens.
Selborne started of the stronger of the two sides, using their strong forwards to score 2 quick tries to take an early 0-14 lead. Dale managed to get on the scoreboard moments before half time with a well worked try, leaving the score 7-14 at half time.
The second half was a truly remarkable spectacle of running rugby and passion for which the border region is renowned for. It was an all out war with both sides putting their bodies on the line. Dale managed to cross the whiteline after 41 minutes with a great individual effort from flyhalf Siphosethu Dlongodlongo darting his way through several players to score under the posts. This left the score at 14-14. Selborne managed to score a try in the corner after good build up play and after 52 minutes this left the score at 14-19. With 13 minutes left Dale were rewarded a penalty and great composure saw Dale go for the 3 points taking the score to 17-19. Selborne threw everything they had at Dale in an attempt to seal the victory but a quick turnover and great counter-attack saw Dale run from inside their 22m to score a try giving them a 24-19 lead. Great defense thereafter saw Dale win the fixture and record a record 100th win vs Selborne!!
Well done boys! great effort. #Amadoda