College stop Kearsney’s winning streak

2011-05-17 00:00

THE top-of-the-table clash between unbeaten Kearsney and Maritzburg College did not disappoint and there were some other close matches on the hockey pitches this past week.

Kearsney vs Maritzburg College

Perhaps Kearsney went into the game with the wrong mind-set because when they had taken an early lead, they went on the defensive trying to protect a slender one-goal lead.

Kearsney’s Craig Kirsten broke through four defenders for an early goal, but thereafter most of the game was played in the Kearsney half. They defended well, but after saving the first penalty corner they let College score just before half-time. Awarded a second penalty corner, College used a variation and Grant Glutz, as he so often does, gave Lloyd Rennie in the Kearsney goals little chance, as he accurately and with power, buried the ball into the net.

The second half was all College as they dominated possession and with it territory. Two further penalty corners were defended by Kearsney and it was only eight minutes from the end that College went into the lead for the first time. Glutz scored his second from the fifth penalty corner awarded. A good build-up found Nic Wanliss in the circle and he scored the third College goal to give them a 3-1 win with just a minute remaining.

Michaelhouse vs DHS

It does not happen often on artificial surfaces that a match goes without a goal being scored. Michaelhouse had to be content with a 0-0 draw against visitors DHS. The latter defended well, particularly their goalkeeper to prevent Michaelhouse scoring after they had the better of possession.

The midlands side was badly affected by five missing players, three of whom are in the Inland team. Nevertheless, the home side had the better of the game and created more scoring opportunities, but resolute defence by DHS kept them out.

DHS put the ball into the net with about 10 minutes remaining, but having lifted it from the back of the D, it was disallowed.

No other reports were received, but it was a close match between the improving Westville side and Hilton where Westville would have been very pleased with a three-all draw, and Hilton probably disappointed that they had not done better in defence.

St Charles did well to return from Durban with a 2-1 win against Clifton.

The night series being hosted at Kearsney has just played the penultimate round of fixtures. Kearsney were pushed to the limit against a resurgent Westville team, winning 2-1.

Northwood caused a minor surprise by beating Michaelhouse 2-1, although Northwood have done better at night than in the normal Saturday fixtures. Michaelhouse are the only inland side to be playing in the night series. Glenwood won surprisingly easily against Clifton.



Kearsney 1 Maritzburg College 3; Michaelhouse 0 DHS 0; Westville 3 Hilton 3; Clifton 1 St Charles 2.

Night series: Kearsney 2 Westville 1; Northwood 2 Michaelhouse 1; Glenwood 4 Clifton 0.

The night series table as it stands with one game to play: 1. Northwood 8; 2. Kearsney 8p; 3. Glenwood 7; 4. Michaelhouse 4; 5. Westville 3; 6. Clifton 3.

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