Michaelhouse play to a draw

2013-04-23 00:00

THERE were just three hockey matches on the artificial surfaces on Saturday as schools that cancelled rugby also cancelled the hockey. Northwood continued with their winning ways, while Michaelhouse came back to draw their game and Westville had a very good win.

Hilton 0 Northwood 3

Northwood produced another solid performance against Hilton College on Saturday in some extremely wet and cold playing conditions. Hilton started the stronger of the two teams and created a number of circle entries and a penalty corner but failed to capitalise on their opportunities.

Northwood managed to settle down and started to play the flowing hockey which has been a feature of their play in this early phase of the season. The team created a few quality scoring chances and eventually took the lead when Dale van der Merwe fired a rocket drag flick into the net to beat the Hilton keeper.

Hilton College where not without their own chances and Northwood keeper Kyle Pillay was in fantastic form making a number of great saves. Northwood made it 2-0 just before halftime when the skillful Matthew de Sousa found the unmarked Simon du Plessis, who made no mistake with the finish.

After the break Northwood continued to pile on the pressure and they were rewarded with a penalty stroke when a striker was fouled badly in the circle. Tylo Remke was clinical with the finish to make it 3-0.

Michaelhouse 2 Glenwood 2

After some feeling each other out for the first quarter, Glenwood’s Andile Phehlukwayo had a run down the right and on entering the circle he fired a back stick towards the goal and a slight deflection was all it needed to beat the Michaelhouse ’keeper and put the visitors into the lead, which they held to the break.

After halftime Glenwood made it 2-0 with a drag flick from a penalty corner. The home side, who had had their chances, did not panic as the midfield interchanges had been evenly contested. After some good pressure Michaelhouse got their first goal when Dominic Pretorius scored a field goal. This put their tails up and when they were awarded their only penalty corner of the half, Gareth Macaskill flicked it into the back of the net.

The home side had done well to come back from 0-2, as Glenwood won more penalty corners in the second half, but were unable to convert.

Westville 2 Pretoria BHS 1

This game was set to be a real test for Westville with Pretoria Boys’ coming off a very strong 3-0 win against Maritzburg College in Pretoria the previous weekend.

The game was delayed after torrential rain that waterlogged the astroturf. Westville started strongly and created many chances in the visitors’ circle. Brandon Watkins scored the first goal of the game from open play with a push into the goal from the penalty spot. Pretoria responded by scoring a soft goal against the run of play in the same way. The score remined locked at one all until the break.

Most of the second half was spent in the PBHS half of the field. Cameron Harburn eventually scored from some scrappy play taking the score to 2-1. The Boys’ High goalkeeper made some telling saves and kept the game close until the end.

Other results from the week: Howick 1 Helpmekaar 1; Thomas More 5 Crawford LL 1

Northwood humble Hilton, Westville edge strong Pretoria side,

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