News from the hill

2015-09-02 06:00

THE start of soccer after a long second-term break brought new possibilities and a chance for the “future Bafana Bafana” players to showcase their talents. This meant school-level and district trials. Although a huge number turned up, the boys who made the Midlands teams in their respective age groups, boasted a good showing of Greytown High boys.

U19: Aphiwe Ndawonde, Ndabenhle Zondi,

U16; Lonwabo Tsutu, Khwezi Myeni, Zanokuhle Ntshaba, Mfundo Mthembu, Sibongiseni Sithole, Thando Gumede, Junior Ndlovu and Masandi Thusi.

U15 (head coach: Mr N. Zondi): Lungelo Dlaminil Sithembele Makaye, Mvelo Zondi, Nsindiso Biyela and Mtoni Ndlovu.

U14

(head coach: Mr Mchunu): Liseko Sopotel, Brandon van Wyk, Nelani Nube, Sethabiso Lerole and Gcina Ngubane

The KZN trials were held in Durban on 17

August where these boys represented the Midlands teams in their respective age groups. The top achievers were the U15 boys who won silver going down 2-1 to the Maritzburg district in a close encounter.

Greytown played host in a mid-week fixture against local­ rivals Wembley College. Although the game had a slow start, when it did get going the GHS boys displayed good inter-linked passing and gradually made opportunities count. Score 4-1 to Greytown. Goal scorers were new captain Aphiwe Ndawonde, and Masandi Thusi.

The inaugural Eshowe seven­-a-side tournament welcomed a host of schools and Greytown again were determined to be successful in their first outing however, wasn’t to be as they met fierce soccer-playing schools on the way - John Ross College - whom we lost to 2-1, the goal scorer being captain Aphiwe Ndawonde. Second was Empangeni High whom we again lost 3-1. The penultimate game that decided our fate was against hosts Eshowe. After holding a 2-0 advantage, concentration seemed to get the better of us. Eshowe came back stronger and although we were dismayed by a controversial penalty call, the hosts came back and it ended 3-2. The goal scorer was Masandi Thusi on both occasions. Props go to the boys for character and accepting a footballing lesson on taking.

Last Saturday the school welcomed Lin Park High in a tense competition as certain individuals had squared off at the KZN trials. U14: won 2-1 and U15: won 2-1.

The U16 team won 4-1 in an exciting display of team work and showmanship.

In an intense second-team game the senior boys, who didn’t make the starting first team, were determined to show their skill and tactics. An inspired Banele Mvelase showed why he is an acting midfielder of note when he netted a well-orchestrated move from the middle to put the second team in controlling possession of the game. The second came from a hard-working winger, Siyanda Nguse, to put the score 2-0 at the break. Tired legs crept in and forced changes were made, so did the lead as defence was in shambles and although star goal keeper Lonwabo Tsutsu tried his best, he could not keep out the Lin Park attack leaving the score 4-2 in Lin Park’s favour. Man of the match Lonwabo Tsutsu, although small in stature, but big hearted, praised his team for their efforts.

It wasn’t to be the case for the first team as the loss of players in critical positions made their task a mountain to climb. The boys had to restructure and that they did, but a lack of communication and team effort let the boys down and 5-0 was the end score to Lin Park. Congratulations to them for structure and for composure in front of goal. Bruised but not defeated, Greytown High School’s mighty elephants will soldier on. Thanks to the soccer staff Ms Jagesar, Ms Wheeler and Mr Hartwig and all the helpers who made this day a success.

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