New spring in Princeton’s step after focused coaching

2017-08-15 06:03

Newly instilled discipline at Princeton High School is giving the coaching staff, Charles Uys and Henrich Smith, hope that a turnaround in player form can turn the team into a strong challenger for silverware in the current MRP Foundation Mitchell’s Plain high schools league.

“We are pretty far away from achieving or reaping the rewards of cup success at the moment, having finished for most of the last few seasons outside a top eight bracket after our school side won back-to-back league championships in 2005 and 2006,’’ says Uys.

Princeton High will oppose the unbeaten side of second-placed Tafelsig High School in what should be an epic battle at the Rocklands sports complex on Saturday.

Of course, every team goes through at least some change or experience a lack of form, but Princeton believe they may have improved on their defensive side, while at the same time coming up with more variety on offence. Last season the offensive line was a patchwork crew, but the coaching pair of Smith and Uys has developed the squad into a solid unit.

Both Tafelsig High and Princeton High come off 3-1 victories over Cedar High and Beacon Hill High respectively.

Andrew Geldenhuys’s Tafelsig have 14 points from six matches, occupying second spot on the log – two points below unbeaten log leaders Cloetesville High, who are up against the unpredictable Spine Road High on Saturday.

It would be wise not to put the cart before the horse, as their fourth placed opponents Princeton (12 points) cannot be ­underestimated.

Tafelsig will pin their hope to the goal-scoring prowess of Ashton Moselini, Mustapha Cupido and Shannon Goddard in a bid to collect the three points on offer.

Princeton will be eager to put their trust in Jermaine McKenzie, Dean Titus and Dyllon Saunders, who form one of the best attacks in the league.

There are quite a few other appetising encounters on offer, like the clash of titans between Mondale High and Oval North High. The Aloe High and Glendale High challenge is bound to bring the best out of the teams.

Fixtures (all in Rocklands)09:00: Oval North vs Mondale (A field)

Strandfontein vs Portland (B field)

Cedar vs Rocklands (C field)

Spine Road vs Cloetesville (D field)

10:15: Westridge vs Lentegeur (A field)

Woodlands vs Beacon Hill (B field)

Princeton vs Tafelsig (C field)

Aloe vs Glendale (D field)

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