Hockey: 4 top games today

2012-04-21 00:00

THERE are four major school hockey matches today; two in the Durban area and two in the Midlands. With the Independent schools back in the classroom this week, some more meaningful comparisons in KwaZulu-Natal can be made following the various Easter Festivals, where all eight schools were involved.

The two matches in the Midlands will be very interesting as the sides playing, Michaelhouse and Hilton, are the two schools that appear to have made most progress in the last year.

Westville will travel to Michaelhouse and Glenwood will be hosted by Hilton. The two Independent schools have normally held the advantage against these two schools, but today could be different.

Michaelhouse did not travel away, but held their own festival which was attended by other Independent schools. At the festival Bishops beat Michaelhouse 3-1, but Michaelhouse won the others comfortably. Both Michaelhouse and Westville have played Glenwood, which they both lost to — Westville by one goal and Michaelhouse by two.

The match at Hilton against Glenwood will be closely contested.

The latter has beaten both Affies (by four goals) and Westville and drawn with Queens, the three teams that they have both played. Hilton also beat Affies (by three goals), beat Queens and drew with Westville.

Maritzburg College travel to Durban and will be determined to rectify their play that led to a loss against Pretoria BHS last week. DHS could suffer from the backlash. The home side results have not been very convincing and although College has lost twice they have played good hockey to beat some of the top sides in the country.

Kearsney is hosting St Charles. The latter has lost against the two recognised hockey schools that they have played. Kearsney has played eight matches, losing one against Dale. They will likely be too strong against the team from the capital.

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