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The Bishops v St Andrew's annual rugby derby

On 23 June we look forward to another Bishops v St Andrew's derby in Makhanda, Eastern Cape
The photograph shows an OD/OA rugby encounter at Kimberley played on 02 May 1907.
The photograph shows an OD/OA rugby encounter at Kimberley played on 02 May 1907.


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The historic photograph above, from the school archives, reflects the players at a rugby encounter between ODs and OAs in Kimberley, Northern Cape, played on 02 May 1907.  It shows that not just the schools historically play each other, but its Old Boys as well.  It is great to know that ODs and OAs have been connecting with each other for over a hundred years. 

The match between the two schools has a great history. It dates back to 1896 when St Andrew’s came to play Bishops. However, the fixture gained momentum after the World War I, despite the travel difficulties of the time. Since 1921, the two schools have played against each other every year except during the World War II, and a few rare exceptions.

It is the third oldest match that Bishops plays against education establishments and the second oldest that St Andrew’s plays.

It really is one of the happiest rivalries.

Details of this year's event in Makhanda / Grahamstown, are available HERE on our events page.  If you are in the area on 23 June, please save the date and come and meet our OD Ambassador on the day for a chat and a drink.

We hope to see you many ODs there!

For further information please contact Paul Murray the OD Ambassador who is greatly looking forward to connecting with ODs there, at [email protected]




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