Northwood on form, College get a hiding

2013-04-16 00:00

THERE were just two hockey matches among the top schools, and both were in Gauteng.

Northwood played Jeppe, maintaining their excellent unbeaten record in 10 starts, while the other was at Pretoria Boys’, who beat Maritzburg College.

Jeppe 1 Northwood 4

The game was a fiercely contested affair where both teams produced some great hockey. Northwood started the match slowly and it was Jeppe who earned the first penalty corner of the match.

Northwood keeper Kyle Pillay pulled off an outstanding diving stick-save from a Jeppe drag flick.

This spurred the Northwood team into action and they created their first penalty corner opportunity of the match. After a well worked variation, Steve McManus was quick to latch onto a rebound to give Northwood a 1-0 lead.

The visitors maintained the pressure, but some brilliant goal keeping from the Jeppe keeper prevented any further score before half time.

The second half saw both teams produce patches of good hockey and it was Northwood who scored the second goal from a penalty stroke taken by Dale van der Merwe after Matthew de Sousa was fouled in the circle.

The second goal saw Jeppe raise their tempo and they had a good period of dominance where they created a number of penalty corner and scoring opportunities.

They finally scored through a well-worked penalty corner variation.

Once again this resulted in a quick response from the Northwood team and they managed to convert another penalty corner when McManus scored his second rebound of the game, taking the score to 3-1.

Jeppe threw everything at getting a result out of the game and left themselves open to the counter attack and Northwood managed to earn a penalty corner in the last minute of the game.

After a number of re-awards they finally scored their fourth goal when Greg Wright tapped home a rebound.

Pretoria BHS 3

Maritzburg College 0

College took immediate control of the game and it seemed that PBHS could not get hold of the ball and on the rare occasion that they did, College managed to turn their opposition over.

College created a few field goal chances, but they were unable to convert any opportunities.

In the ninth minute, College could have gone ahead, but a penalty corner was miscued.

Boys’ High scored the first goal a few minutes later with a reverse stick shot catching College defenders napping and taking a 1-0 lead against the run of play.

At this stage College never panicked and kept pushing Boys’ High, who were lifted by their goal and were winning more of the tightly contested balls.

With 12 minutes remaining in the half, PBHS scored from a penalty corner putting them two goals ahead.

In the second half, College became more and more impatient with their inability to capitalise on chances and Boys’ High began enjoying longer periods of possession.

If College could have scored from a few of the frequent missed opportunities, the match result could have been different.

PBHS made more of their chances and with a last penalty corner, which they again converted, won 3-0, leaving College disappointed and rueing the missed goals.

Other results: Wartburg 2 Howick 1; Clifton 0 Kingswood 0; Kloof 2 Kingsway 1.

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