Cape Town - The Piley Rees field at Bishops in Cape Town has been voted as the best school sports arena for 2014.
A month long voting session on the SA Schools Sports website garnered more than 30 000 votes.
More than 50% of the vote was the Piley Rees field at Bishops in the Western Cape.
In what became a two horse race between the 2013 winners, The Rec at Queen’s College, the votes poured in to finally push Piley Rees into first place.
It is perhaps fitting that Bishops, who was the first school in South Africa and in the southern hemisphere to start playing rugby, get recognised as having one of, if not the best sporting arena in school sports.
The main rugby field at Bishops, Piley Rees is the oldest rugby field in South Africa and beginning in 1892 hosted the annual Bishops v SACS rugby match which is regarded as the oldest in Africa.
The Piley Rees Field is named for the legendary schoolmaster and rugby coach who had been a master at Bishops from 1922 to 1967. He died in 1975 and the field was named after him in 1983.