High schools league kicks off

2017-06-06 06:01
Michyle Hendricks of Glendale High School tries to stay on his feet as Cheslyn Marare of Tafelsig High School keeps a close eye on him during an MRP Foundation high schools league game played at Westridge on Saturday. Tafelsig High adapted better to the bumpy surface, beating its opponent 6-0.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Michyle Hendricks of Glendale High School tries to stay on his feet as Cheslyn Marare of Tafelsig High School keeps a close eye on him during an MRP Foundation high schools league game played at Westridge on Saturday. Tafelsig High adapted better to the bumpy surface, beating its opponent 6-0.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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The 13th edition of the MRP Foundation high schools soccer league finally kicked off on Saturday at Westridge High School in Mitchell’s Plain.

The playing surfaces at the school, which had deteriorated due to the drought, forced Shamiel Kolbee, chairperson of the competition, to delay the start.

“I am happy the league eventually started. In fact, I had endless requests from the learners of the participating schools for an earlier start but the situation was beyond my control.

“I am in final discussions with Windsor High School to make use of their three soccer fields for the competition, but our next set of games will be in Stellenbosch where Cloetesville High School will host us. The players are excited about next week’s trip as some of them have never been to the winelands district,” says Kolbee.

A total of 22 goals were scored on day one of the league with Cedar and Spine road high schools opening proceedings.

There was little choice between the two schools during the game with wasted opportunities and wayward shooting the order of the day.

The first half saw the more adventurous Cedar High making use of the strong wind at their backs. Cameron Koeries dictated matters up front with his runs. Koeries and teammate Cameron Opperman combined well in attack but could not convert their scoring opportunities into goals.

Spine Road’s goalkeeper Kyle Baxter had a blinder and was the busier of the two keepers with his match-saving glove work.

The Reds struggled to find their strikers Cameron Kleinhans and Azhar Abrahams in the second half. The game fell behind the pace of the first half with the 0-0 result a fair reflection of the early season form of the two schools.

“I am happy with the result and we will come back stronger next week,” said Cedar High captain Koeries after the match.

Defending league champion Oval North High School was made to sweat for a 4-2 victory over Beacon Hill High School.

First-half goals for the cup holders by Azola Billy and Franco de Villiers were equally matched by Furlon Claasen and Zakarieyah Salmaan for Beacon Hill High.

Oval North, who retained the bulk of its players of last season, went into overdrive in the second half. Two goals by Siraaj Williams securing the three points for the boys in maroon.

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