Pinetown boys shine in local soccer tourney

2013-09-03 00:00

PINETOWN Boys’ High School had reason to feel well-satisfied with its teams’ work on the soccer field on Sunday.

Playing at an invitational five-a-side tournament at DHS, the school’s U19 side won their final, while the U16 team lost their final, the U15s went down in the semis and the U14 lads lost their final.

Teacher in charge of soccer, and coach of Pinetown Boys’ first team, Garth Lawrence, was proud of all the teams, particularly the U19 and U14 teams. “I never expected the U14 side to reach the final as they are a new side, getting used to each other and building as a team,” he said. “They lost 4-5, on the golden-goal rule, to DHS, and were unlucky not to go all the way.

“The U19 side looked in control throughout the tournament, and two years ago most of the players were part of my U15 side, which won their age group at the same event. The same boys came through this time to lift a trophy that has names such as Westville Boys’ High School, DHS, Maritzburg College and Michaelhouse inscribed.”

Pinetown’s U19 boys beat Kloof High School 2-1, Thomas More 6-2 and DHS 4-1, before dispatching Toti 6-2 in the semi-final. In the final, they beat Crawford College La Lucia 4-2. Star of the team was Nduduzo Kheswa, who was named player of the tournament, the same honour he won at U15 level.

“Two years ago, our U19 side lost in the final to Maritzburg College. Last year, there was no tournament, and this time around, we have joined illustrious company in winning the title,” said Lawrence.

Pinetown’s U15 side lost 0-2 to St Benedict in their semi-final and the U16s lost their final 4-5 to Westville Boys’ High School.

Pinetown’s first team play Glenwood on Saturday and St Henry’s the following week.

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