Schoolboys hockey: Brave Clifton Durban faced barrage of goals from College

2009-07-28 00:00

THERE was just one hockey match this last Saturday and that was at Maritzburg College, who hosted Clifton College from Durban.

The visitors came with much trepidation to play against a school with five SA U18 players in the inaugural match between these two schools.

Maritzburg College dominated from the start and it was three penalty corners in the first quarter of the game which resulted in a 3-0 lead to College. Clifton seldom got into the College circle and they spent the half defending.

Matthew Guise-Brown, the king of drag flicks and an SA U18 player, scored two goals in the first seven minutes, giving Clifton ‘keeper James Johnston little chance.

The third penalty corner a few minutes later saw the Clifton defenders quickly on to Guise-Brown and the shot was saved. The next corner was a variation during which the ball was rolled to SA U16 player Grant Glutz, who flicked it into the top corner of the goal.

Johnston anticipated the next corner and brought off an excellent save. College was kept relatively quiet for the remainder of the half by a gutsy Clifton, so that the lead was not increased beyond 3-0 at the break.

Two field goals in the first 12 minutes saw College move to 5-0 in front. The first was by Glutz and the second from a superb reverse stick shot by national U18 striker Dean Pengelley. Both Glutz and Guise-Brown then reached their hat trick of goals with two further penalty corner drag flicks.

Marc Fourie scored an individualistic field goal and with less than a minute remaining, Guise-Brown scored his fourth from yet another penalty corner to give College a 9-0 win.

Clifton must be congratulated for not giving in despite the barrage against them. It could so easily have resulted in double figures for College, but for Johnston in the goals, who made some superb saves.

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