The transformation that transpires in the town tucked between the transcendent Paarl Rock and the Du Toits Kloof mountain range can only be understood by those who experience the Boys’ High vs Gim Interschools firsthand. Since 1929, each first week of August that passes, the competition has intensified, and the 2012 Interschool’s was no different.  For many years now this Interschools event has been classed as one of the greatest Interschools rugby events in the world.

In the week of interschool’s between Paarl Boys’ (Boishaai), their sister school Paarl Girls’ High and Paarl Gimnasium (Gimmies), the town becomes divided, yet they all stand together. Overnight the streets of Paarl are lined with the colours of the teams, schoolwork is forgotten and sing songs, Big Brag’s and sporting matches take over the days leading up to the main event. Not only are the Boishaaiers in their blue and white and Gimmies in their green, gold and red, everyone, from the youngest ‘oaks’ to the oldest ‘oaks’, get involved.

Although the week is crammed to its capacity with competition, from chess to cricket, the pinnacle of the week is and will always be the Saturday afternoon when the Rugby first teams clash on the neutral grounds of Faure street stadium. It was a rugby match of high standard, with both teams playing their very best. The match was kicked off by the boys’ in blue, led by Craig Corbett (c). The first points on the board came off the boot of Tiaan Mouton, Boishaai’s right wing. But it was the Gimmies, led by Baby Bok’s Handré Pollard (c), who walked away as the winner’s of Interschools 2012, with the final score of 16-9. A well deserved win boys.

Irrespective of the outcome of this clash, when the final score has been recorded and the thousands of supporters, families and friends depart from the lovely town of Paarl, they are already planning to return to support their team in the next clash and reunite with the ‘old boys’. Because the best team will always be your team, win or lose.

Supporters go head-to-head

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