Serious hockey scrapping

2012-05-12 00:00

THE schools’ hockey season is at the halfway stage in the term and Kearsney have lost just one of their 11 matches played with eight wins.

Maritzburg College and Glenwood have both lost twice, but College have won 10 of the 12 matches played and Glenwood has won seven of their 10.

This arguably places these three schools at the top of the pile in KZN at this stage.

The four top games being played today will all be competitive for different reasons. Three of the matches are in Durban with just one in the Midlands.

The match at Glenwood, where Kearsney are the visitors, pits two of the top sides in the province against one another. These two schools have both played seven common schools with Glenwood having won four with two losses and a draw while Kearsney have five wins and two draws.

In those seven matches both sides scored 13 goals, but Glenwood have had 10 goals against them and Kearsney just four. It certainly appears as if the Kearsney defence could win this game for them.

Maritzburg College travel to Balgowan to play against Michaelhouse. The hosts have lost just three of their 10 matches, and on home turf they will likely rise to the occasion and make it very difficult for College. Both teams will be confident after good wins last Saturday. College’s victory against KES in Johannesburg was more telling, however, and this does make them slight favourites.

Northwood have lost against the KZN sides that they have played to date and did better against schools from outside the province. They will be hosting Hilton who have also lost against three of the KZN teams that they have played. Both teams will be looking for their first win against another KZN school and this should make it a very tough contest.

DHS and St Charles are the two schools from the top league that have lost more games than the others. DHS showed last week, when they lost 2-3 against Kearsney and put a lot of pressure on them, that in their early games they had not played to their potential. Even with home ground advantage against St Charles, who lost 1-4 against Kearsney, it will need a determined effort from the Maritzburg lads to keep the score close.

* A contrite Jonathan Cook writes:

Apologies for omitting the names of Michaelhouse’s Clinton Panther and Maritzburg College’s Marvin Harper from yesterday’s story of the KZN Inland age-group players who helped win the recent Olympic hockey qualifier in Japan.

The five Inland products in the victorious SA team were Wade Paton, Taine Paton, Marvin Harper (all Maritzburg College), Tim Drummond (Hilton College) and Clinton Panther (Michaelhouse).

The error is regretted.

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