Classy Varsity tame Durban North at ABJ

2008-06-02 00:00

IN a tempestuous KZN Super League club hockey match between Maritzburg Varsity and Durban North at the AB Jackson GreenFields Turf on Sunday, the 6-1 final scoreline did not reflect the competitiveness of the clash.

With two inexperienced umpires thrown to the wolves, a high-quality match was marred by disputed decisions — rightly so in the case of the visitors. A match-changing blow came when they were robbed of a certain goal to flicker Brian Gravett, from a penalty corner that would have drawn the scores level 2-2.

Though Varsity then drew away with some superb hockey, the Durban side were in disarray and concentrated more on the umpires from that point.

Yet the Riverside men were diplomatic and gracious in defeat: “I had doubts about lots of decisions, but Varsity played with a lot more pace and excellent running off the ball and we couldn’t match them,” said Durban North coach Hans Verheij.

The Dutchman was echoed by senior player Stew Dunbar: “We were our own worst enemies, but Varsity were the better side on the day, although at critical times the whistle went against us.”

“Everyone in the team really turned it on, and [right half] Justin Domleo was exceptional,” said Varsity player/coach Darryn Gallagher.

A strangely underrated player, who offers everything on the practise pitch and during game time, Domleo was nigh unstoppable on attack as he rounded the defence on the overlap to create chances for team-mates from field play and by earning penalty corners.

Dalan Philips and Gallagher got a brace apiece, with the rest going to Matt Coombes and PG Geldenhuys, while another Durban North Dutchman, Erik Hoetink, scored the gripping match’s first goal.

In the late game, PMB Collegians went down 5-1 to Pinetown, Rhys Blackbeard levelling the score at 1-1 before the visitors pulled away with a Quintin Waddell hat-trick from field play particularly noticeable.

SCORES

KZN Men’s Super League: PMB Varsity (2) 6 Durban North (1) 1; PMB Collegians (0) 1 Pinetown (1) 5; Durban Varsity 7 DUT Rovers 1.

Midlands Women’s Premier: Collegians A 10 Varsity B 1; Country Districts 3 (Mariska Roberts 2) GHS OG A 1.

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