PMB Varsity strike major blow

2011-06-16 00:00

THE defending champion Maritzburg Varsity line-up endorsed their aim to retain the KwaZulu-Natal Men’s Super League hockey title with an exciting 3-2 victory over title hopefuls Riverside.

The Durban North club opened the scoring through the prolific Michael Botha before Varsity equalised soon after via the stick of Kegan Walters.

The campus-based club went into the lead when Karl Oftebro found the back of the net, but Riverside earned parity through a Botha penalty corner.

The consistent Oftebro scored the winner from the set-piece on the stroke of half-time.

No further scoring occurred in the second half, but the three points gained by player-coach and Beijing Olympian Darryn Gallagher’s side is a huge boost to their chances of earning back-to-back KwaZulu-Natal Super League titles.

It was a hotly contested affair with six cards, including three yellows, dished out by Olympic Games umpire Gary Simmons and the dedicated, highly regarded whistle man, Braam van Wyk, the Voortrekker schoolteacher whose arrival from Bloemfontein has added significant value to Kwa-Zulu-Natal hockey.

Varsity face another massive clash on Sunday when they take on their Durban Varsity counterparts at 11 am at Queensmead.

The ever-improving Pietermaritzburg Collegians side almost pulled off a win over Rovers, who were missing their player-coach and national midfielder, Wade Paton.

Collegians showed character and self-belief to come back from being 2-0 down after 25 minutes thanks to Cameron Redmead from the penalty-corner route and the equaliser from the impressive KwaZulu-Natal Inland striker and Collegians player-coach Gavin Jelley, the Maritzburg College teacher who showed admirable courage to step out of his comfort zone at champions PMB Varsity and take on the challenge of revitalising PMB Collegians.

In KZN Women’s Super League action, the PMB Varsity line-up went down 8-1 to reigning champions Riverside, for whom Kerry Pearton netted a hat-trick with Tracy Pearton getting a brace.

There was a remarkable match between the women from PMB Collegians and Durban Varsity.

After 17 minutes Collegians were 2-1 up, thanks to goals from KZN Inland captain and St Anne’s first- team coach Robyn Pearson and The Wykeham Collegiate mentor Lyndal Robertson.

Durban Varsity hit back with a vengeance, with three goals in seven minutes before talented Epworth schoolgirl Heather McEwan pulled one back for Collegians for 4-3.

The Durban pupils then pulled away to win 8-3. The Madsens, recent national player Kelly, and Jenna, scored a brace apiece.

The fancied Rovers first side under KZN Coastal Raiders coach Lennie Botha predictably overwhelmed the Durban Collegians second string 13-1 after going into half-time 8-0 to the good.

Striker Cindy Botha, who scored two goals in three minutes for Investec South Africa during a World Cup match in Argentina last year, has seen her international career stymied in recent months due to shin splints, but there were signs that she is regaining her sharpness in front of goal in the six she scored against Collegians II. The talented SA junior Jacinta Jubb netted a hat-trick of field goals.

In Sunday’s Super League action, the key women’s match on Sunday sees Rovers up against defending champions Riverside at 2 pm at Queensmead.

 

RESULTS

KZN Men’s Super League: PMB Varsity 3 Riverside 2; PMB Collegians 2 Rovers 2; Pinetown 2 Riverside II 1; Durban Varsity 8 DBN Varsity II 2.

 

KZN Women’s Super League: DBN Varsity 8 PMB Collegians 3; Rovers 13 DBN Collegians II 1; Rovers II 1 DBN Collegians 4; Riverside 8 PMB Varsity 1.

 

KZN Inland Women’s Premier League: Standard A 1 Varsity A 6.

 

FIXTURES

KZN Men’s Super League (Queensmead unless stated): DBN Varsity II vs Rovers (8 am); PMB Collegians vs Pinetown (9.30 am); PMB Varsity vs DBN Varsity (11 am); Riverside I vs Riverside II (9.30 am).

 

KZN Women’s Super League (Queensmead): DBN Coll II vs PMB Coll (12.30 pm); Rovers vs Riverside (2 pm); PMB Varsity vs Rovers II (3.30 pm); DBN Varsity vs DBN Coll (5 pm).

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