Spirited Hilton side refuse to go down without a fight at Westville

2015-02-17 00:00

HILTON’S waterpolo teams travelled to Westville Boys’ High on Saturday where the hosts enjoyed a productive day in the pool against some spirited opposition.

Although Westville emerged the ­winners in most clashes, the matches were closely fought affairs, with many results decided by the odd goal.

The 1st team showdown saw ­Westville emerge 8-5 winners in a match that saw both schools giving their young players — Grade 10 boys — the ­opportunity to establish themselves for the seasons ahead.

Westville drew first blood when ­Richard Young gathered a cross path to slam home and a second strike followed with a lucky extra man rebound as ­Matthew Young claimed the strike.

It was all the Young twins in the first period, Richard adding a second and Westville’s third when he scored from an off-the-water push shot after a counter attack.

At 3-0, Westville looked comfortable, but Hilton showed great character in fighting back to level at 3-3, dominating the second period and seeing the teams deadlocked at half time.

Both sides wanted to seize the ­advantage as the third quarter got under way, but they battled to secure decent possession with many promising build ups breaking down.

Westville got the break when Aden Parker scored an extra man goal and Matthew Young emulated his twin with his second.

This gave Westville a two-goal ­advantage (5-3), which spurred them on, Gareth Lillywhite and Parker netting from two back shots before captain Chad Hosken rounded off matters with a rather fortunate, unplanned lob.

Hilton stayed in the game with two further goals but it was too little too late.

Glenwood edged out Kearsney 10-5 in an entertaining clash at Botha’s Hill, after the hosts had started well, with ­solid defence and organised attack. It was still any side’s game after the first chukka that saw the sides level-pegging at 2-2 and it was in the next two chukkas that Glenwood managed to break away.

Glenwood took what came their way, building a 8-3 advantage going into the final quarter. Credit to Kearsney for ­digging in until the end when it seemed the floodgates might open.

With a consolidated defence, they fought back to 8-5 and with an extra man advantage, looked to narrow the gap. However, they again failed to convert their chances and two defensive lapses allowed Glenwood to reach double ­figures.

In hindsight, Kearsney will rue their missed opportunities but gave a solid performance against a fit and ­experienced Glenwood side.

Other results

Michaelhouse 8 DHS 15

Clifton 11 Kearsney 5

Clifton 16 Hilton 5.

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