Country Districts teams dominate in IC and Premier League clashes

2009-09-25 00:00

IT was a good series of matches for the Country Districts men’s and women’s hockey teams in the last week.

In KZN Inland Challenge (IC) action at AB Jackson Greenfields Turf, Country Districts enjoyed a hard-fought 3-1 win over Varsity II.

Varsity II, though, were 1-0 up at half-time through a field goal from the prolific goalscorer Kyle Holmes. However, title challengers Country Districts took a stranglehold on the game in the second half with three goals in the last 20 minutes.

CD have experienced players in Gary Carson, Keith Stainbank, Lu Soine and Gary Schneider, to name a few, and they were able to keep their heads and not get sucked into playing at the pace Varsity wanted.

Varsity II have a number of talented youngsters and a few relatively old hands. Ryan Crow, Andrew Watson, Kurt Nero and company are better club players than the squad’s disappointing results suggest.

In KZN Inland Women’s Premier League, Country Districts beat GHS Old Girls A 3-0 after leading 2-0 at the break. Goal-grabbing striker Mariska Roberts netted a hat-trick.

A day later, CDs won 3-0 against Collegians B and it was Nikki Kelbrick’s turn to bag a hat-trick.

In further men’s IC fare, Collegians Masters had to call on their considerable experience to come back against Collegians II, who led 2-0 after 24 minutes. Masters went into the turn­around one goal behind and added a match-clinching two more after the change-over to take the points.

A side with the likes of Ryan Gray, Craig Markham, Mike Woodburn, Sean Jackson, Mark Rohrs, Des Mayne and Rodney Robb is almost certain to outwit younger, less experienced opponents at this level.

There was a total IC mismatch between Collegians I and Standard, who were the giant-killers last week in upsetting out-and-out favourites Varsity II.

Collegians I won 20-1 after leading 9-0 at the break. Collegians I are determined to win silverware this season, evident in new KZN Inland Hockey Association regional development officer Mario Campbell’s willingness to return early from his Cape break for this clash.

For the statistically minded, those Collegians who hit the net more than once were Sam Biggs, former Inland captain Simon Johnson, skipper Andrew McIntosh and Campbell (all hat-tricks), plus a brace apiece from Leo Quayle and player/coach Stuart Gower-Jackson.

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