Michaelhouse on top after beating Kearsney

2011-06-15 00:00

THE hockey last weekend saw some interesting games with Michaelhouse on the top of the list after defeating Kearsney. Maritzburg College continued their unbeaten run while Durban High School had a much improved performance despite losing against Hilton.

Kearsney 0 Michaelhouse 2

Kearsney has had a disappointing run over the past few weeks, losing three out of the last four games. While Michaelhouse may have been fortunate to win this game, Kearsney, although missing their striker, did not make the most of their opportunities. Both keepers were kept busy in the game. At half-time the visitors were full value for their 1-0 lead after Richard Ashforth had finished off well from a break from their own half. He hammered the ball into the Kearsney goal from the top of the circle.

The second-half possession belonged mainly to Kearsney and despite having been awarded more penalty corners, they were unable to score. Kieran­ Allen made the hit that led to the second-half goal, but a slight deflection from the stick of Ashforth will credit him with the second goal.

Michaelhouse did have a third goal awarded by the umpire, but this was overruled when the far-side umpire ruled that the Kearsney keeper had been obstructed. Nevertheless a 2-0 win over a side that had started the season well was a good result for the midland’s players.

Maritzburg College 6 Glenwood 2

Reunion Day at College always brings out the best of the College boys on the Papes Astroturf and this day proved to be no different. College earned the first penalty corner of the game as early as the fourth minute and Grant Glutz’s powerful drag was only half stopped by the Glenwood defence with the ball running over the line to put College 1-0 in front. Quickly regaining possession, a second penalty corner just a minute later was converted by another powerful Glutz drag flick to put College 2-0 ahead. In the 11th minute Jordan Turnbull put the home side 3-0 in front after a good build up.

Glenwood had all but been blown off the park, but to their credit they forged forward and forced a penalty corner from which they scored. In the18th minute Glutz scored his third to make it 4-1. Eight minutes later Glenwood got one back with a fast paced and low slung penalty-corner conversion and this is how the score remained until the break.

The second half started with Glenwood pushing hard, but any hopes they had were quashed in the 41st minute when Glutz again stepped up to bury yet another penalty corner to put College 5-1 ahead. College continued to dominate, but squandered three corner attempts to a single miss by Glenwood before Glutz stepped up to the plate in the final minute to convert College’s 10th penalty corner of the game for his fifth goal, leaving the final score at 6-2 in favour of College.

DURBAN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Hilton 3

This match was not as close as the score suggests as Hilton dominated in both possession and territory, but a goal minutes from the end gave DHS respectability in the final score.

DHS were pinned back in defence for virtually the whole first half as Hilton mounted an incessant attack on their goals, but apart from Michael Ryan­’s 12th-minute counter they had nothing else to show for it after 30 minutes of graft.

Hilton, however, squandered opportunities at two penalty corners. To give them their due, DHS came out strongly in the second half and Damian Perkins scored a well-taken equaliser within a minute of the restart when he ran onto a through-ball from defence to slam the ball past Hilton goalkeeper, Aron Abbema.

The DHS celebrations were short-lived as Hilton were back in front within seconds of the restart when Oliver Allen scored with a well-placed shot at a penalty corner. Allen was on target a few minutes later with a shot that hit a post, but he made no mistake at the next penalty corner when he scooped the ball past Richard Curtis to make it 3-1 for Hilton.

Taylor Kelly-Stack pulled one back for DHS with time running out when he came in from the right to meet a cross from the left and his beautifully timed shot sailed into the net at the far post with Abbema stranded at the near post.

St Charles 2 Northwood 5

A converted short corner in the 12th minute by Jason Pietersen put Northwood onto the scoreboard after both teams had had a few decent forays into their opponents’ half. This was followed up by Mikko van Breeman scoring a field goal within two minutes of the restart.

St Charles replied in the 20th minute when Kalin Nundlall found the back of the goals from a penalty corner. Northwood was then awarded a stroke in the 24th minute and although the Saint’s goalie got to the ball flicked by David Bayne, he only managed to deflect it into the top corner. A strong home-side attack in the last five minutes was well defended. Northwood was able to counterattack resulting in their fourth goal when Matthew de Sousa scored.

Saint Charles had a stronger second half and put a lot of pressure on Northwood. This pressure was rewarded with a short corner in the eighth minute, which was once again converted by Nundlall. Three further penalty corner’s were won, but not converted. Steve McManus put Northwood further ahead in the final minute with a field goal.

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