KZN school hockey drawing to a close

2013-06-11 00:00

SCHOOL hockey is fast drawing to a close, and those fortunate enough to have been selected for either KZN Coastals or Inland will be looking ahead to the IPT during the winter holiday.

Northwood kept their position at the top of KZN hockey with a close win over Glenwood, while Hilton again missed opportunities, but got through to win comfortably.

Northwood 1 Glenwood 0

This was a hard-fought, but absorbing contest between two skilled teams, which was won by Northwood on their Founders day.

Northwood dominated the opening phases of the game, creating a number of good scoring opportunities. Glenwood ’keeper Michael Labuschagne was in outstanding form for the visitors and kept Northwood out with some great saves in field play. Northwood hit the post with their second penalty corner of the game and the rebound was scrambled away.

Northwood eventually made the dominance count when their top-class finisher, Dale van der Merwe, scored a powerful drag flick into the bottom corner, to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. After the goal, Glenwood threw everything into attack and created some good scoring chances, but it was Northwood’s goalkeeper, Kyle Pillay, who made some equally good saves of his own, to ensure the home team took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The second half was an even contest, with both teams creating good chances. Northwood had a goal disallowed when the umpire judged the build-up to be dangerous.

Michaelhouse 2 St Charles 2

The cliché, a game of two halves, definitely described this match. Michaelhouse dominated the first half and went into half time 2-0 up. The second half saw St Charles doing most of the attacking and dominating the midfield contest.

After 10 minutes, Mike McDonald deflected the ball into the St Charles net for the lead. Guy Tatham doubled the lead when he scored with a drag flick from a penalty corner.

Credit must go to St Charles, who came back with fortitude, as they have done so often this season. The home side went into a defensive mode trying to defend their lead rather than attack. Andrew Darroch scored from a penalty corner and then showed some slick stick work to score the second from the circle.

DHS 2 Hilton 3

The score line suggests that this was a close game, but it was visitors Hilton who dominated the entire game, although DHS were 2-0 up at the break. They scored with two run-aways, catching Hilton by surprise, but against the run of play. Hilton could not find the back of the net before half time, despite a number of chances.

The second half continued as the first, with Hilton having the lion’s share of possession, but this time the goals did come, three of them. Stuart Campbell-Gillies found the net from two penalty corners and David Cole had a run down the right flank, smacking in an angled goal from the top of the D, to give the visitors the victory.

Glenwood 4 Clifton 1

Clifton had some early chances in this mid-week game, but the Glenwood defence held tight. It was eventually Keegan Hezlett who latched onto a loose ball in the Clifton circle and put Glenwood into the lead.

Although the game continued to flow from one end to the other, Glenwood enjoyed the majority of the possession. A good build-up resulted in Hayden Roberts sending a pass into the path of Andile Phehlukwayo, who weaved his way into the circle before bravely diving with his stick outstretched to flick the ball past the rushing Clifton goalkeeper.

Glenwood carried their 2-0 lead into the break.

Glenwood upped their tempo at the start of the second half and were rewarded when James Dellis scored from the top of the D.

With 10 minutes remaining, K Naidoo scored from a penalty corner. Just before the final whistle, Clifton pulled a goal back from a final penalty corner.

Other result: Clifton 5 Treverton 0.

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