Close contests on the home front this weekend

2010-04-24 00:00

THE two schools’ hockey matches that will take place locally this weekend will both be closely contested affairs.

The other four matches are against out of province opposition and the KZN sides will be attempting to hold the flag high.

St Charles hosts Michaelhouse and, when comparing the results against common opponents, there is not much between the two teams. Both lost against Bishops, both beat St Albans and against Hilton, Michaelhouse won by a single goal and St Charles drew. The visitors have had slightly more games and generally played tougher opposition than St Charles and this may just give them the edge.

The game at Hilton against Kearsney is likely to be even clo­ser as their common results show. Both beat Westville 3-2 and both beat Michaelhouse by a single goal. Against Grey College, Hilton lost narrowly, whereas Kearsney drew. With home pitch advantage to Hilton and a slight advantage to Kearsney on results, it is very difficult to predict a winner.

Westville host Parktown from Johannesburg. The only school they have both played is KES and here Parktown had a magnificent game winning 6-1. Westville did well to draw against KES. Parktown must be favourites today.

DHS and Northwood play KES and Jeppe respectively today and on Monday they each will play the other visiting school. DHS has had a disappointing start to the season and they have already lost against both schools. Northwood has also lost against KES but has not yet played Jeppe. The latter appears quite strong this year and Northwood will do well to hold them.

The last match sees Maritzburg College playing in Pretoria against Pretoria Boys’. They have also met once this year where College won 2-0. College should win this game but in Pretoria it will not be as easy.

Fixtures: St Charles v Michaelhouse; Hilton v Kearsney; Westville v Parktown; DHS v KES; Northwood v Jeppe; Pretoria BHS v Maritzburg College

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