Grey coach lured back by tradition

Thulani Gqirana

LOVE of tradition, history and missing the Saturday games at an all-boys school are just some of the reasons teacher and coach Andrewe Hayaidakis is returning to Grey High School, after months at St George’s Preparatory School.

The 40-year-old coach has been instrumental in discovering rugby players including national and provincial players Siya Kolisi, Sergeal Petersen, Jan Serfontein and Siviwe Bisset.

Hayaidakis said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at St George’s but teaching at Grey was a calling. “I missed those traditional Saturdays, the hype and the build-up to the traditional events.”

He said he had missed the excitement of working at a boys’ school and the historic background and had decided to come back.

“My grandfather, Henry Martin, started his teaching career at Grey in 1940, and taught there for 38 years. The main junior school rugby field is named after him, and his ashes are buried there. He had a heart attack under a tree on the grounds, so he never really left.

 

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