Quiet weekend for schoolboy hockey

2008-05-16 00:00

This is a quiet weekend in schoolboy hockey with the four large Independent Schools on half-term and the two top matches today are both in Durban.

Maritzburg College travel to play against Glenwood on their new Tiger Turf artificial surface, shared with Durban Girls’ High.

Glenwood was not involved in any of the Easter Festivals, although they did play in the Northwood Festival. With an artificial surface on which they can practise regularly, the Glenwood hockey has improved. They did lose 1-5 against Kearsney, arguably the strongest unit in KZN schools at this stage, but they have beaten Northwood and Westville.

College have done better than expected with their young side and last week held Michaelhouse to a draw, despite doing most of the defending.

Glenwood have never beaten College at hockey and today will be the best chance they have probably had. DHS will be hosting Northwood at the Riverside surface. DHS has been beaten by all the top schools they have played, but so have Northwood.

The two schools they have both played are Fairmont from Cape Town and Hilton. Against Fairmont, DHS had an easy victory, whereas Northwood drew. Hilton beat both schools comfortably, which does point to a struggle for a win in this match this morning.

Westville will meet Thomas More in the only other game involving one of the top schools. Westville should have too much fire power for their Kloof visitors.

Fixtures (home side first): Glenwood v Maritzburg College; DHS v Northwood; Westville v Thomas More.

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