Super league hockey

2008-08-29 00:00

WITH the thrilling 2008 KZN Men’s Super League building towards its climax, tomorrow’s Queensmead fixtures in Durban assume the utmost importance.

Log leaders Maritzburg Varsity (25 points, goal difference 33) lead the remaining serious contenders Durban Varsity (23 points, GD 55) after 10 rounds and will be desperate to keep their in-form rivals at bay ahead of what looks to be the final showdown at the AB Jackson GreenFields Turf next week at 11 am.

Although two log points behind, the Durban students — scorers of an incredible 22 goals with two against in their last two matches — are snapping furiously at PMB Varsity’s heels and enjoy a massive goal-difference advantage of 22.

This means the PMB campus side cannot afford to even think about slipping up against Kearsney (Queensmead 3.30 pm tomorrow) who are rank underdogs but could do player/coach Darryn Gallagher’s team a power of harm by keeping the score respectable.

And in 23-Test former SA goalkeeper Gregor Meier, Kearsney have the ideal man to keep that score low, but business calls first in amateur sport and the exceptional last line of defence is in Cape Town this weekend.

On any other Sunday, coach BC Carolan’s dynamic Durban Varsity squad would have been worrying about the challenge facing them in KZN Men’s Super League surprise packets Pinetown, but given the superb recent form of captain Wade Paton’s side and something of a slump in that of Pinetown’s, the Paton brothers and company should continue on their merry goalscoring way come the 5 pm first whistle tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the KZN Women’s Super League, which sadly doesn’t include any teams from the struggling KZN Midlands hockey province, is heading towards another predictable conclusion with perennial champions Durban Tech Rovers six points clear of the gutsy Durban Varsity girls, who nevertheless gave the reigning champs a major wake-up call in last weekend’s 1-1 draw.

TOMORROW’S FIXTURES

KZN Men’s Super League (all at Queensmead): D North I v PMB Collegians (12.30 pm); D North II v D Tech Rovers (2 pm); Kearsney v PMB Varsity (3.30 pm); Pinetown v D Varsity (5 pm).

KZN Women’s Super League (all at Queensmead): D Tech Rovers I v D Tech Rovers II (8 am); D Coll I v D North II (9.30 am); D Varsity v D North II (11 am).

KZN Midlands Women’s Premier League (all at AB Jackson GreenFields Turf): Saturday – Country Districts v Pmb GHS Old Girls A (3 pm); Pmb Varsity A v Pmb Collegians B (4.30 pm). Sunday – Pmb Coll B v Pmb GHSOG B (12.15 pm).

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