Kearsney and College share top ratings for 2012 hockey

2012-08-28 00:00

THE 2012 hockey season was much more competitive among the top 10 sides in the province than it has been in the past. This is probably indicative of improvement of hockey coaching and skills on the artificial surfaces.

Hockey is healthy in the province with both provincial sides, Coastals and Inland, doing reasonably at both U18 and U16 levels in the inter-provincials. Inland, with a smaller player base, did not do as well as they did last year but they remain in the top six in the country.

Ranking the top 10 in the province has been done according to the results in the matches against the other schools in the top 10, goals for and against, their results in all games and representation at provincial level.

KEARSNEY AND MARITZBURG COLLEGE

Kearsney was the only team in the province to go through unbeaten against KZN opposition, which included a 2-1 win against Maritzburg College. College was a better team against all opposition with a higher goal-scoring average.

Over the season, Kearsney lost two games, 0-2 against both Dale and St Davids, and drew two games, against Paul Roos and Rondebosch, from the 18 that they played. In KZN, they drew one game, 2-2 against Michaelhouse, winning the other nine.

College lost three games in the 22 that they played —1-2 against Wynberg, Kearsney and Pretoria BHS. They then beat PBHS in a return game. College drew 2-2 against St Charles.

In games against local opposition, College scored 38 goals with 10 against, in 11 matches. Kearsney scored 37 goals with 12 against in nine games. Overall, College scored 87 goals with 22 against in their 22 matches. Kearsney scored 50 goals with 22 against in four games less.

There were few stars in the Kearsney team as they had just one player, Ryan Wallace in the Coastal U18A and one Billi Ntuli in the U16A. Wallace was selected for the SA U18B team and Ntuli for the SA U16A side.

College had eight players in the Inland U18A, one in the B team and eight in the U16A team. Tim Guise-Brown and Lihle Mafilika were both selected for the SA Schools U18A, with Tyson Dlungwana, Tim Halle and Peaboy Lembethe, all selected for the SA U16 team.

GLENWOOD

This is the best season that Glenwood has had and although not very close to the two schools above, they won six of the 10 games played against KZN schools. Two losses were against College, one against Kearsney and the other a surprise loss against Northwood. In the local matches against other top 10 schools, Glenwood scored 21 goals with 15 against.

In the overall season, Glenwood won nine of their 18 matches played. In addition to the losses mentioned, they also lost against Rondebosch, Paul Roos and Affies. They had two draws against Queens and George Campbell. They scored 33 goals with 26 against, in all their matches.

Glenwood had four players selected for the Coastals U18A team, one in the B team and another six in the U16A. Daniel Sibbald was selected for the SA U18A team, Dayne Naidoo for the B team and Andile Phehlukwayo for the SA U16 side.

NORTHWOOD

Northwood has further improved from their ranking at 6th in 2011. Against KZN top opposition, they won four of their eight games played, losing 1-2 against Kearsney, College and Michaelhouse. They also lost 1-3 against Glenwood and then beat them 1-0 later in the season. They scored 16 goals with 15 against in these games.

Overall, Northwood played 14 matches, winning seven, losing four and drawing three. The latter was against Dale, Paul Roos and Queens. Their four losses were those mentioned above. They had a positive goal average with 26 goals for and 21 against.

Four Northwood players were selected for the Coastal U18A, two in the B team, but no selections for the U16A. Matthew de Souza was selected for the SA U18B team.

MICHAELHOUSE

This is the first of the teams that did not win more than they lost against local opposition. From week to week, their results were inconsistent. In the 11 games against the top KZN teams, they won five, lost five and drew one. The goals scored were 18 with 18 against.

Michaelhouse played 19 games overall, winning 11, losing seven and drawing one against Kearsney. They had a good win against Northwood, but then lost against Westville. The other losses were against College, Glenwood twice, St Davids and Bishops. They won the first match against Hilton, but then lost the return, their final game of the season. Overall 44 goals were scored with 25 against.

Five players were selected for the Inland U18A, six in the U18B and two in the U16A teams. Richard Ashforth gained selection for the SA Schools U18A.

WESTVILLE

Westville continues to improve, particularly as they now have their own artificial surface. Against local opposition, however, they only won three of their eight games played. These were against DHS, Michaelhouse and Clifton, with draws against St Charles and Hilton. In those games, they scored 15 goals with 14 against.

Over the whole season, they scored 23 goals with 21 against in 14 matches. Winning five games, losing five and drawing four just kept their goal average on the positive side. Westville did well to lose by just two goals against both Kearsney and College, and then lost by one goal against Grey College, Glenwood and St Davids. Their best win was 3-1 against Michaelhouse.

They had good representation in the three teams. Four players were selected for the Coastals U18A, including Javed Mea, who was selected for the SA U18B team. Another five were in the B side and five in the U16A team.

HILTON

This was a disappointing year for Hilton and only the win against Michaelhouse in the return game would have lifted their spirits. Winning just three games of the 11 played against the top 10, losing six, with two draws, gave them a negative goal average. Fifteen goals were scored with 26 against. Other than the second game against Michaelhouse, they beat St Charles and Clifton with draws against Westville and DHS.

Hilton played 22 matches overall, winning eight, losing 11 and drawing three. The third draw was against Pretoria BHS. Their other five wins were against Sacs, Jeppe, Queens, St Albans and Affies. They scored 34 goals with 45 against.

No Hilton players represented the Inland U18A, but three players made the Inland U18B with a further two in the U16A team.

ST CHARLES

Only seven of the top KZN schools were played by St Charles and they only managed to beat DHS, with draws against Westville and, surprisingly, against College. In those seven games, they scored eight goals with 16 against.

Over the season, they played 15 matches, scoring 21 goals with 36 against. One of the four wins was against a second-tier school, the others being Scotch College (from Australia) and Windhoek.

The provincial representation showed one player in each of the U18 teams and two in the U16A Inland side.

CLIFTON

Clifton won one of their six games against the top 10 and that was against DHS. They lost the other five. Only four goals were scored with 24 against.

They played 17 games over the season, winning five, which included one second-tier school. They drew one game and lost 11. In these games, they scored 25 goals with 49 against.

Two players were selected for the Coastal U18B team and three players for the U16A team.

DHS

This was a very disappointing season, as they lost all eight games against the top KZN schools, which included Clifton. They scored six goals with 22 against.

Overall, DHS played 17 matches winning four and losing 13. Two of the four games won were against second-tier opposition. They scored 16 goals with 37 against. They will reflect on a season that could have been better but for some narrow losses against Michaelhouse, Northwood and Westville, each by a lone goal.

One player was selected for the Coastals U18A and two for the B side, but none in the U16A.

Arguably, the school that appears to be closest to the top 10 is Thomas More, but they have not yet beaten any of the top 10. One player was selected for the Coastal U18B team.

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