College vs Michaelhouse hockey tie is the one to watch

2013-05-11 00:00

THE major school hockey matches are split between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, and a visit to any one of the artificial surfaces should be worthwhile. The two top matches to watch are arguably in Durban where Glenwood are hosting Hilton and Westville take on visitors Kearsney.

Although Hilton lost and Glenwood drew their matches against Michaelhouse, Hilton are probably the favourite to win today. Hilton had the better of the match, but missed a number of goal-scoring opportunities which could have made the game safe for them. If the Hilton forwards get their radars working, the Glenwood defenders could be kept busy.

Westville have certainly been one of the teams showing progress this season and they will be hoping for a rare win against Kearsney.

The latter have not had the best of seasons and it will be a difficult game for them against a confident opposition.

The match to watch in the capital is between Maritzburg College and Michaelhouse. Last weekend, both these two sides were at the St Albans Festival, where results against common opposition were very similar. Both lost against Rondebosch — College by five goals and Michaelhouse by two — both beat St Stithians and against the hosts, College drew 0-0 and Michaelhouse lost 0-1.

St Charles will host visitors St Albans from Pretoria. The latter could well be too strong for St Charles, but what the Saints have shown is that they never give up and they make the most of opportunities offered.

Northwood play against hosts DHS and this could see a big margin of victory between arguably the strongest and the weakest among the top schools. DHS have also had fewer matches than Northwood which will not help their cause.

Fixtures in brief (home side first): Glenwood vs Hilton; Westville vs Kearsney; Maritzburg College vs Michaelhouse; St Charles vs St Albans; DHS vs Northwood.

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