Provincial teams in top four in SA

2011-09-06 00:00

THE 2011 school hockey season came to an end a few weeks ago and after the successful U18 interprovincial which was held at Kearsney during the July holidays, hockey in KZN is very healthy.

Both KZN Inland and Coastal A teams finished in the top four in the country, with Inland losing to Western Province in the final and Coastals losing against Border for third position. In the B section the B teams from the KZN regions met in the final with Coastals winning. KZN players also dominated the SA School selections in the U17 and U18 squads.

Ranking the top 10 in the province has been done according to the results in the matches against the other schools in the top 10, their results in all games and representation at provincial level.

Maritzburg College

College was head and shoulders above the pack this year, and went through the season unbeaten. They played 11 matches against the top 10 in the province, winning 10 matches with a draw against Hilton in the second of the two games played. They scored 42 goals with 10 against.

They are arguably the top hockey team in the country, although they did not play all the better sides. In the total of 22 games played, they won 20 with a second draw against Grey College. Their biggest win was 8-0 against Trinityhouse from Johannesburg. Mention must be made of striker Grant Glutz who scored a total of 51 goals out of the 83 scored in the season with 16 against. This constitutes a College record for individual goals in a season.

Eight players were selected for Inland A: Nicholas Berichon as captain, Glutz, Kewan Harries, Nicholas Bechet, Chris van den Berg, Timothy Guise-Brown, Nicholas Wanliss and Lihle Mafalika. A further seven boys were selected for the B side. Four players, Berichon, again as captain, Glutz, Harries and Guise-Brown were then selected for the South African U18 team. Guise-Brown, Mafalika and Van den Berg were selected for the U17 squad.

Kearsney College

After an early season tour to Malaysia and Singapore, Kearsney would have been disappointed with their domestic record where they lost three games in the eight they played against the top KZN teams. They scored 23 goals with 13 against, but it was the two losses against Michaelhouse and St Charles in their last two matches that will have hurt.

Only one further match was played and that was a loss against St Stithians, giving them an overall record of five wins and four losses in the nine games played. Their biggest win was 6-0 against Westville. Three of the losses were 1-3.

Three players, Dominic Koenig, Ryan Schmitz and Buz Dhlomo, were selected for the Coastals A team. Another three were selected for the B team.

Michaelhouse

Despite a win against Kearsney, the Balgowan lads struggled in the six matches played against other KZN schools, with three wins, two losses and a draw against lowly placed DHS. They scored 11 goals with 11 against.

Overall, the Balgowan lads won eight of their 12 matches with three losses. The sides they met from outside the province were generally not as strong as the local sides and they scored 38 goals with 12 against. A 9-0 win against St Johns from Zimbabwe was their biggest win, with a 0-4 loss against College their biggest defeat.

Four players — Richard Ashforth, Craig Clowes, Zipho Mhlongo and Sean Donaldson — were selected for the Inland A team. Another two players were selected for the B team. Ashforth was selected for the SA U17 squad.

Glenwood

Most of Glenwood’s matches were against schools from outside the province with just five matches against KZN schools. Here they won three and lost two, both against College. They did not play either Kearsney or Michaelhouse. In the KZN matches they scored 14 goals with 10 against.

In the 13 games played in the season they won eight with just two losses and three draws. Their last game was against Grey College in Bloemfontein and they did very well to draw 1-1. Over the season they scored 26 goals with 15 against. Their best result was a 5-0 rout against DHS. The first match against College resulted in a 2-6 loss.

There were three Glenwood boys in the Coastals A side: Sibusiso Ngubane, Ross Hetem and Chad Koekemoer. Three further players were in the B team.

Arguably, Glenwood was the most improved from their performances in the past and they could possibly challenge to be in the top three in 2012.

Hilton

Hilton played nine matches against the province’s best, winning four games and losing three with two draws. Despite winning more than they lost, they scored 17 goals with 21 against. Their best result was the draw with College after losing in the first game.

There season as a whole only had five wins in the total of 20 games played. Their were 12 losses with three draws. The biggest victory was a 4-0 win against King Edward School (Kes) early in the season. They lost two matches 0-3, against Grey High and then Michaelhouse in the last match of the season, after beating them in the first game. Aron Abema and Guy Drake were selected for the Inland A team and four players for the B team.

Northwood

Hilton were placed just ahead of Northwood as they beat them, but otherwise they were very close. Against KZN teams, Northwood only won two of the five games played, losing the other three. Fourteen goals were scored with 14 against.

Over the season, Northwood played 11 matches, winning five. There were three losses and three draws. Two 5-2 wins were their biggest wins against Clifton and St Charles. The biggest loss was 1-5 against College. They scored 23 goals with 19 against.

The three players selected for the Coastals A team were Thando Cele, David Bayne and Thando Magubane. Only one other player gained selection for the B team.

St Charles

St Charles lost against Clifton but their goal difference against the top 10 was better. They played seven games, winning two, with four losses and a draw. They scored 14 goals with 17 against. Their overall results showed only four wins in the 11 games played. There were five losses and two draws. Their biggest win was 7-0 against CBC from Bulawayo. The biggest loss was 0-5 against College. Twenty three goals were scored with 20 against.

Two players, Uli Schmidt and Sine Khumalo, were selected for the Inland A team. Two others made the B side.

Clifton

The Durban side has improved from last year but they only played five matches against the top KZN teams. They won two, losing the other three. Almost twice as many goals were scored against them, 17, with nine goals scored by them.

They won four and lost four over the season, with two draws in the 10 matches played. The goal difference was better with 18 for and 23 against. The biggest win was 3-0 against Falcon from Zimbabwe and loss was 0-4 against College.

Clifton had no players in the Coastal A team and one player in the B team

Westville

Westville will be disappointed with their inability to score goals early in the season and although it did get better they only won one match in the eight they played. There were five losses and two draws. Goals scored totalled 13 with 21 against.

In the total of 13 matches they still only had one win with nine losses and three draws. Fifteen goals were scored with 35 against. Their only win was a massive one of 8-2 against DHS. Their biggest loss was 0-6 against Kearsney.

Two Westville boys wee selected for the Coastal A side, Brendan Hartslief and Etienne van Heerden.

DHS

For the second year, it is DHS that are at the bottom of the top 10. They did not manage to win a game against the other KZN schools and lost six and drew one from the seven matches played. They did beat Thomas More 2-0, arguably the 11th-placed side in the province. Only four goals were scored in those seven matches with 31 against.

Over the season, DHS just won the one game against Thomas More but lost 11 games in the 13 they played. Their most favourable result was a 0-0 draw against Michaelhouse. Their biggest loss was the 2-8 against Westville.

Richard Curtis was selected for the Coastal A side and one other player for the B side.

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