Maritzburg men enjoy heartening outing

2012-04-20 00:00

THE Maritzburg Collegians and Maritzburg­ Varsity men’s hockey teams had heartening outings in the first round of the KZN Men’s Super League.

PMB Varsity, with a young side led by Jethro Eustice and fielding quality players in Robin Jones and Justin Domleo, to name two, were too good for a hard-working Pinetown outfit, who eventually went down 3-0 after trailing 2-0 at half-time.

Varsity’s youngsters upfront got themselves into good scoring positions and might have made more of their chances had over-eagerness not got in the way. Generally, though, Varsity moved the ball crisply on their Greenfields synthetic turf surface and appear set for a productive season, although challenging the likes of Riverside for the title may be out of reach at this stage.

PMB Collegians surprised many in their match against defending champions Durban Varsity, only going down 3-2 after trailing 3-0 at one point.

“Durban Varsity were definitely the fitter side and looked very good in the early stages of the game,” said Collegians player-coach and KZN Inland sharpshooter Gavin Jelley.

Despite Collegians getting one or two breakaway chances, one coming off the post, the first half was dominated by Varsity. Two Collegians defensive errors led to Varsity going 2-0 up at half-time.

“Durban Varsity started the

second half with a cracking goal in the first few minutes, beating the keeper on the inside post,” said Jelley.

However, continual poor discipline led to a green card for a Varsity midfielder after a poor tackle on Matt Coombes. Collegians used this disruption to stage their comeback, scoring two quick goals through Musa Ngoni and Jelley. Collegians continued to dominate the closing 15 minutes of the half but could not find the back of the net again, leaving the score 3-2 to the Durban students.

“I was happy with the result first up, especially against that kind of side,” said Jelley. “Collegians can definitely improve on this and we are looking forward to the next game at home against Riverside.”

Collegians tackle Riverside at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf at 7.30 pm tomorrow, while PMB

Varsity face Rovers in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road, also at 7.30 pm.

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