Hockey festivals in full swing

2012-04-03 00:00

THE Nomads U18 Boy’s Hockey Festival hosted by Selborne in East London played to a close on Sunday after five games in three days. Maritzburg College and Hilton were the two KZN schools involved.

The two KZN sides did reasonably well. College lost their first match and then won the next four. Hilton won two matches, drew one and lost two.

The first match at the festival found College wanting as opposition Wynberg beat them 2-1, and it was some heroic saves by goalkeeper Lihle Mafilika­ that kept them in the game. This gave them a wake-up call and against Jeppe that afternoon they were far more determined. It took them 17 minutes to score the first goal, but then they were into their stride, scoring another six before the end. David Robertson scored a hat-trick of goals.

The second day started well for College as they scored three goals in the first 11 minutes against the top Eastern Cape school Grey High. No further goals were scored by either side with Mafilika again making some good saves. College could have scored again but shots went wide.

The afternoon’s match against host’s Selborne was the game of the festival despite consistent rain. Selborne went into an early lead which they held until the break, before College equalised from a penalty corner by Tim Guise-Brown early in the second half. Selborne retaliated almost immediately going back into the lead. It was a field goal by Jordan Turnbull that brought the sides level again with 10 minutes remaining. Guise-Brown scored his second with a powerful drag-flick with 90 seconds left on the clock to give College a 3-2 victory in a pulsating game.

On Sunday College played their last match against Grey College and after a close-fought first half, where both sides had chances, had to be content with 0-0 at the break. After four minutes of the second half, both teams had scored, College from a Guise-Brown hit at a penalty corner and Grey from a field goal. Guise-Brown then scored three more goals without reply from Grey to give College a 4-1 win.

Hilton played KES in their first game and found themselves 0-3 down at half time. The KES penalty corner exponent, Daniel Bell, had scored a brace to go with a field goal, which came after some clinical finishing. KES played with pace and their passing was accurate which did not allow Hilton much of the attacking play. Hilton fought hard in the second half, but the KES defence prevented any goals against them.

The afternoon’s match against Pretoria BHS saw Hilton again starting slowly. The Pretoria boys went up 1-0 and scored again early in the second half to be 2-0 up with 15 minutes remaining. Hilton kept plugging away and reward came after they were awarded a penalty corner from which they scored. A few minutes later Hilton drew level after the second penalty corner to give them a 2-0 draw.

On Saturday Hilton scored three goals, one in the first half to beat South African College Schools (Sacs) from Cape Town 3-1, with Richard Rooney scoring a brace.

In the afternoon the match against Grey College was another hard-fought battle with the sides locked at 1-1 at the break. Early in the second half Grey scored again and although Hilton put everything into the game they could not score again.

The last match on Sunday was against the physical Jeppe side. Hilton probably had the better of the game in the first half and they prevented Jeppe from getting close. The second half was also tough but Luke Pannell managed to score which gave Hilton the win.

FRIDAY RESULTS

Grey College 4 Jeppe 1; Wynberg 2 M College 1 (T Guise-Brown); Grey HS 5 SACS 0; KES 3 Hilton 0; Selborne 0 Pretoria BHS 0; Wynberg 6 Grey College 1; M College 7 Jeppe 1 (T Guise-Brown, J Wikstrom, H Griffiths, D Robertson 3, M-J Murray); KES 2 Grey HS 1

Saturday results: Wynberg 2 Pretoria BHS 1; KES 2 Grey College 0; Hilton 3 (R Rooney 2, L Pannell) SACS 1; Selborne 3 Jeppe 1; M College 3 (T Guise-Brown, J Wikstrom, J Turnbull) Grey HS 0; Wynberg 2 KES 1; SACS 2 Pretoria BHS 1; Grey College 2 Hilton 1 (L Pannell); M College 3 (T Guise-Brown 2 J Turnbull) Selborne 2; Grey HS 3 Jeppe 0.

SUNDAY RESULTS

KES 1 SACS 0; Grey HS 3 Pretoria BHS 1; M College 4 (T Guise-Brown 4) Grey College 1; Selborne 1 Wynberg 1; Hilton 1 (L Pannell) Jeppe 0.

The Easter festivals this coming weekend see St Charles and Clifton both playing at the St Stithians Festival together with the hosts, Bishops, Windhoek and Scotch College from Australia.

Going to the KES Festival are Hilton, DHS and Westville where they join with the hosts, St Albans, St Johns, Rondebosch, St Benedicts, St Davids, Grey College, Affies, Queens and Noordheuwel.

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