Hard-fought, tight encounters

2012-06-12 00:00

MOST of the matches on this penultimate Saturday of the school term were hard-fought, tight encounters. The match at Kearsney was high-scoring game that thrilled the spectators.

Kearsney 5 Westville 3

Both midfields were guilty of giving the ball away too easily so there was plenty of counter-attacking. In an open game, both sides threw everything into attacking moves. Westville were first on the board from their first penalty corner. Kearsney hit back almost immediately, when Craig Kirsten scored from a counter-attack.

Kearsney then went ahead when Ryan Wallace scored from the top of the circle. Westville bounced back to equalise. Wallace showed some good individual skill on the baseline and he squeezed in a goal from an acute angle. Play continued from end to end, but no further goals were scored leaving Kearsney 3-2 in front at the break.

The second half continued as the first had with play also being stretched across the field. A deflection by Billi Ntuli from a penalty corner increased Kearsney’s lead to 4-2. To their credit Westville did not give up and came back strongly scoring from their second penalty corner to close the gap to 3-4.

Ryan Hawke put the game beyond Westville when he scored a late field goal to give Kearsney a hard-fought 5-3 win in an excellent game of hockey enjoyed by the spectators.

Glenwood 0

Maritzburg College 1

The home side were confident that they would be able to disrupt College and win the game, probably the best chance that they have had in a long while. The first half was evenly matched with neither side gaining an ascendency. Daniel Sibbald had marshalled his fellow midfielders well so they shaded College in this area. Only one penalty corner was awarded and this was to College, but they failed to convert leaving the scoreboard clean at the break.

College started to take control in the second half and they won more possession and then made some threatening circle entries. They won two more penalty corners, but one missed the target and the other was well kept out by the Glenwood post man. Glenwood had won just one penalty corner which had been comfortably defended.

With just five minutes remaining, College built up down the left channel and a ball from Philip Smerdon found Tevan Kok, who unleashed a backhand shot that gave Michael Labuschagne in the Glenwood goal no chance, as it ended in the roof of the net. This gave College a deserved 1-0 win.

Northwood 4 St Charles 2

This being Northwood’s final match of the season, they were determined to finish off on a high. They moved the ball around with pace, creating a number of scoring opportunities. Stuart Armstrong in the St Charles goals put in some excellent saves which kept St Charles in the game.

A perfectly timed pass turned defence into attack and against the run of play, St Charles opened the scoring. Blake Mingay made sure once he had entered the circle and beat the Northwood keeper with a solid strike. St Charles were the unlikely leaders at the break.

Saints lost focus early in the second half and in the space of five minutes Northwood scored three goals. Nkenyezi Msomi, Duncan Home and Dale van der Merwe all smacked in field goals to make it 3-1. It looked as if the floodgates were about to open when Van der Merwe scored his second and Northwood their fourth goal with 15 minutes remaining. St Charles dug deep and Warwick Dukes found the back board from a penalty corner. The game continued to move from end to end, but neither side could add to their score, leaving the home side worthy 4-2 victors.

DHS 1 Michaelhouse 2

The visitors were expected to win easily, but DHS upped their game in front of a large number of old boys and made it difficult for the visitors. DHS kept their slate clean frustrating the visiting strikers.

In the second half, Michaelhouse players were quicker to the ball and started dominating. Richard Ashforth scored a good field goal to put his side 1-0 up. DHS pulled one back in dubious circumstances to equalise. With five minutes remaining, Ashforth was on target again to put Michaelhouse back in the lead.

This was a good competitive game, with the home side producing arguably their most competitive hockey this season.

Other results: Clifton 0 Hilton 3; Kingsway 3 Hillcrest 0

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