St Charles win, College dominate

2011-06-07 00:00

HILTON’S loss against St Albans was not expected, but the other games went according to the form book. St Charles had a very good win while Maritzburg College continues with their domination of hockey in the province.

 

Maritzburg College 4 Michaelhouse 0

Arguably the two top sides in the Inland region met for the second time this season after a drawn game at the end of the first quarter. College was quickly on the board when Nicholas Berichon finished with a clinical field goal in the fifth minute.

The Michaelhouse goalkeeper was in top form, keeping out a couple of pile drivers from Grant Glutz, so the score at half-time remained 1-0 to College.

A penalty corner each had been squandered in a fairly even half.

College then had a period of 10 minutes at the start of the second half where they blew their opposition away, scoring a further three goals. After just three minutes, a good build- up found Glutz in the circle and his powerful backhand gave the keeper little chance. Berichon scored his second­, a minute later, from a neat deflection after Glutz had made the initial­ running from midfield. In the 10th minute the fourth and final goal was scored by Nic Wanliss.

There was no further scoring with both sides unable to convert from penalty corners. The 4-0 win kept College at the top of KZN schools’ hockey.

 

St Charles 5 Durban high school 0

St Charles, eager to impress on their Old Boys’ Day kept the DHS de-fence under pressure for most of the game. The miserable DHS season continued as St Charles produced some good hockey to win 5-0 and keep DHS entrenched at the bottom of the top hockey schools in the province.

In the second half St Charles increased their pressure, although Andrew­ Lawrie, in the St Charles goals, did have a number of saves to make. Field goals by Wiaan Luttig in the third minute and Keagan Davids in the 13th minute put St Charles firmly in control.

Fischer then had a burst, scoring a brace of goals in the last five minutes of the game to seal a convincing 5-0 win for the home side.

Northwood 2 Kearsney 3

A large crowd on Northwood Founder’s Day was treated to a very exciting game that went all the way down to the wire, with both sides giving­ it their all.

The sides were evenly matched, but it was the visitors who were first to open their score sheet, when a moment­ of fantastic individual skill by Ryan Schmitz led to a field goal from an acute angle.

It was not long after this that Northwood pounced on a loose ball in the circle and left keeper Lloyd Rennie with no chance of a save. A few minutes before half-time a good team effort allowed Ryan Hawke an opportunity to convert an easy chance, to give Kearsney the lead once again.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first. This time Northwood’s David Baine controlled a long ball and ran the length of the half, coolly rounding the keeper to place the ball in the back of the net.

This seemed to put extra spark into the game and Kearsney were awarded a penalty stroke as a Northwood defender cleared the ball off the line with his body. Ryan Schmitz converted and gave Kearsney the lead once again.

Midway through the second half, Kearsney thought that they had converted a penalty corner, but the umpires deemed it not so. Both sides continued to attack. It was a player-short Northwood side that put Kearsney under some pressure for the remainder of the half.

In the dying seconds of the game, Northwood were awarded a short corner and came agonisingly close when they hit the post on the rebound off the first shot.

 

Hilton 1 St Albans 2

No report was received, but it was a surprise that St Albans, who recently had lost by six goals against College and drawn with St Charles, had the better of Hilton in this game. The home side have arguably had the best result against College, but could not put it together on Saturday.

 

OTHER RESULTS

Clifton 1 Westville 1; Clifton 2 Thomas More 0.

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