Test series to be played at College

2008-08-04 00:00

The inter-schools hockey matches have ended for 2008, but the Test series between SA Schools and their Australian counterparts will take place on Papes astro at Maritzburg College next week.

Michaelhouse 1 Hilton 4

The final match of the season between Hilton and Michaelhouse was yet another titanic contest in the long history of matches between the two schools. The home side, having won the first match in a close encounter at Hilton, would have been relatively confident of winning on their home surface.

Hilton players were on the ball early and came close to scoring a number of times. Eventually Nick Deist broke the deadlock with another of his trademark deflection goals to put Hilton deservedly ahead.

Shortly after this Louis Taylor scored with a reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle to put Hilton into a 2-0 lead at the break.

Michaelhouse came back fired up and they soon took control. A penalty corner was awarded and captain and SA Schools player David Zwemke dragged a superb shot into the roof of the net (2-1). Michaelhouse moved into top gear but Hilton managed to keep them out and then scored twice with Deist netting his second, and, in the dying minutes, Courtney Allen adding the final goal (4-1).

This game was similar to the match against Kearsney when Michaelhouse dominated but could not put the ball into the net, ending with Kearsney winning 5-1. Again Michaelhouse, particularly in the second half, had all the possession, but when Hilton got into the D they scored.

Westville 1 Maritzburg College 4

Although College had the better of the half, they went into the break 1-0 down. Westville’s Traven Martin broke down the left side and beat Thuthuka Goba in the College goal to surprise their visitors by taking the lead.

Two minutes into the half College were awarded a penalty corner and Jared Mitchell finished powerfully with a well-struck drag flick. Six minutes later Dean Pengelley was on hand to finish a clinical field goal which saw the Westville shoulders drop as College took a 2-1 lead.

College, with a surfeit of possession, placed Westville under extreme pressure. With 10 minutes remaining Mitchell finished with a reverse stick goal and a few minutes later Manson tapped in a glorious field goal.

College ended the season with a satisfying 4-1 win and this young, inexperienced side have beaten most of the top sides in the province.

Kearsney 6 Glenwood 2

Kearsney have had a good season and their last Saturday game saw a 6-2 win against visitors Glenwood. They were soon on the scoreboard when Richard Pentecost broke through the Glenwood defence to score from an acute angle. Kearsney dominated the early exchanges and went two goals up when Keegan Eccles sent a powerful shot past the Glenwood keeper.

Some slick passing stretched the Glenwood defence, finding Dale Leisegang who put them 3-0 up.

Glenwood coach Brendon Carolan revitalised his team at the break and Sumnath Sankari beat the Kearsney defence with a fine backhand shot, closing the gap to 3-1.

Kearsney responded immediately when Josh Perry drove down the centre of the field, laying it on for Pentecost who scored his second goal, thus restoring the three-goal margin (4-1).

This was stretched further when Eccles, with another powerful shot, put his side 5-1 ahead.

Glenwood were not finished and Leon Theron netted from a goalmouth scramble. Pentecost then scored his hat-trick with a reverse stick shot to give Kearsney a 6-2 win.

Kearsney 5 Woodridge 1

Earlier in the week Kearsney played Woodridge from the Eastern Cape. This side had earlier beaten Grey HS and could not be taken lightly. Kearsney pressurised from the first whistle and went into the break 3-0 up. Goals were scored by Pentecost, Eccles and Simon Lockhart-Ross.

In the second half Woodridge, after a good passage of play, scored. This galvanised Kearsney into a greater effort and Benji de Villiers scored from the circle and finally Greg Last scored from a penalty stroke to give Kearsney a 5-1 win.

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