February 21, 2013 in Rugby
On Saturday the Lions will be playing the Mpumalanga Pumas in Barberton, the small little Lowveld town in Mpumalanga, famous for being one of the richest in gold resources in South Africa. It is also the home of the Barberton Daisy, and emblem of the Northern Transvaal and Blue Bulls.
Barberton was established in the 1880’s, when the Barber brothers discovered gold in the mountains. I won’t bore you with the history of gold diggers,first gold mining in South Africa, illustrious hotels, horse racing, famous “bar ladies”, the first South African Stock Exchange, concentration camp, one of the largest prisons in South Africa, the oldest rocks in the world and the home of Jock of the Bushveld, all part of the rich history of my home town.
But want to elaborate a little bit on the history attached the Coronation Park, the field where the Lions will be taking on the Pumas.
To my knowledge, this will be the first time in history that a match of this caliber will be played on this unique Rugby field. Today the home of Barberton Rugby Club, Coronation Park is steeped in History as much as the historic town itself. Read the rest of this entry →