Hilton get their revenge away

2013-06-25 00:00

THERE were two hockey matches scheduled in the final week of the term, but only the match between Michaelhouse and Hilton took place.

The rescheduled game between Kearsney and Maritzburg College was cancelled two weeks earlier due to flu at College, which decimated the senior boys. This time, it was Kearsney who asked for the cancellation, as they had five boys out of the first XI with flu.

Michaelhouse 0

Hilton 3

Hilton went onto the pitch with all guns firing, determined to remedy the loss in the first match held at Hilton. In that game, Hilton had more possession in the first half, but missed a number of chances, going into the break with just one goal. On Saturday, although they again missed some chances, they were able to score three goals, to lead 3-0 at the break.

After some pressurised circle entries, Hilton was awarded a penalty corner, which Gareth Obrey converted. A good mid-field build-up, with play moving from one touchline to the other, ended in the circle, and Hilton captain Michael Salgado made no mistake putting his side into a 2-0 lead. Michaelhouse were being outplayed and Hilton made them pay by scoring their third goal, again from a penalty corner, this time converted by Stuart Campbell-Gillies.

The second half was a tighter affair, but neither side could find the back of the net. The home side created more chances than they did in the first half, while Hilton had the better of possession, but could not score, again missing a number of chances.

The hockey season for all but two teams has ended for 2013. Maritzburg College and Glenwood play one another in a second fixture next term, plus two other matches. Both will play Affies and Glenwood play Grey College, while College has a second fixture against Pretoria BHS.

Action on the artificial surfaces now moves to the IPTs, with the U14s at Kearsney, which began yesterday, the U16s in Johannesburg and the U18s in Cape Town, both beginning on Monday.

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