This page features some personal memories about playing the game. To find out how I think about football, go here.
Playing for Stellenbosch University in the South African University (SAU) tournaments was the absolute highlight of a playing career that spanned 30 years.
These were tough-looking students – SAU 1977 Pretoria
SAU (joint) champions 1978 Durban – this was the first and only time that an SU team (Maties) won any HE tournament
On our home turf in 1979, with a stronger team, we were expecting to win, but came 4th. Over-confident, over-prepared…
A photo of the 1978 team with SAU trophy that appeared in the local newspaper
When Paul suggested a lockdown escape to Cascades in Du Toitskloof, with a little abseiling involved, I thought it a decent idea. I knew that the MCSA often scrambled up it and abseiled down the next day. My conclusion was that if you can scramble up it, it can't be...read more
Almost by accident I was nominated to lead a MCSA Stellenbosch section kloofing trip down the Visgat canyon. Visgat is a highlight of the MCSA Cape Town section's summer calendar and they kindly allocate a few dates to Stellenbosch. The fact that I could have easily...read more
My recent post, The Whale Trail in the Pandemic, has attracted enormous traffic, by the standards of my site at least. In it I opine that biological control of Acacia cyclops (rooikrans) in De Hoop Nature Reserve is failing because my - admittedly unscientific and...read more
As South Africa emerged from the hard lockdown in mid-2020, I became desperate to escape to the outdoors. On the off-chance that the Whale Trail was open, I contacted Cape Nature and easily obtained a booking for the trail in January 2021. The hugely popular trail was...read more