Although the favoured side, Michaelhouse won’t have an easy game against DHS

2013-06-15 00:00

THIS is the final Saturday of the term and most of the top sides play their last hockey match of the year. Unfortunately for Northwood and Glenwood, neither have a game, but Glenwood will have matches next term. Northwood did have a match against Clifton during the week and they also won the Durban Night League against Kearsney to go with their successful season.

There are four games today, with two in the Midlands and two in the Durban area. Arguably, the match that should be most tightly contested is at Maritzburg College, where they face the visitors, Westville. The latter have had a good season, losing just two matches in the province — the first against Northwood and then surprisingly against Michaelhouse. College have lost just one game, against Hilton, and then subsequently beat them, but won against Northwood and drew with Michaelhouse. Playing on their home pitch should give them some advantage this morning. Westville, with three players in the KZN Coastal U18A and another two in the B side, will make a determined effort to prevent College from winning.

Hilton travel to play Kearsney in another game that will be keenly contested. Hilton have not been as consistent as they would have liked, having lost against Michaelhouse, Northwood and College. Kearsney lost against Northwood and Glenwood, both early in the season, and Westville more recently. They then surprisingly drew against St Charles. The winner of today’s match will likely be determined by the side that bring their A game.

Aitkens at Michaelhouse is where the home side take on DHS. If this had been earlier in the season, Michaelhouse would have been clear favourites, but DHS have shown marked improvement in their last few matches. While Michaelhouse are still the favourites, as DHS have yet to win a game, they lost by a goal against both Hilton and Kearsney. The thoughts of an easy game must be swept out of the Michaelhouse heads, as DHS would love to win a game to finish off their season.

The final match is at Clifton, where they host St Charles. The Pietermaritzburg team have better results than Clifton, but they must not underestimate their hosts. During the week, Clifton gave Northwood a run for their money and recently beat DHS.

Next week sees the final games, where Kearsney plays College on Thursday, as the match last week was cancelled, and Michaelhouse will play Hilton next Saturday.

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