Hockey: Maritzburg College remains unbeaten

2010-05-04 00:00

ONLY three hockey match commentaries were received and the results show the improvement of Glenwood, while Maritzburg College remains the only unbeaten team against KwaZulu-Natal opposition.


Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College

Maritzburg College took time to settle­ on the slower sand-based surface on the Aitken’s astro at Michaelhouse. Thus many passes went astray.

A feature of the game, however, was the goal keeping of both Angus Clucas of Michaelhouse and René de la Peyre of College, who both prevented more than just one goal being scored.

Neither team could score from the three penalty corners they were each awarded in the first half, which left them locked at 0-0 at half time.

The heat and intensity of play in the first half started taking its toll in the second­ half as errors crept into the play. Four further penalty corners for the home side went unconverted, largely due to De la Peyre.

With five minutes remaining, Grant Glutz had his shot parried, but he was quick onto the rebound and he laced it into the net, to leave Clucas with little chance and give College a narrow 1-0 win.


Glenwood vs Kearsney

On the Three Schools pitch, hosts Glenwood did most of the defending in the first half against Kearsney. The latter­ were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty stroke when Ryan Schmidtz was upended in the circle with just the goal keeper to beat. Alex van der Merwe­ made two good saves to keep Kearsney goalless.

Midway through the half Sumanth Sunkari made sure with a drag flick at a penalty corner to put Glenwood into a 1-0 lead. Despite Kearsney ending the half again on attack, the score did not change before the break.

Glenwood came more into the game in the second half. However, a yellow card against a Glenwood player saw Kearsney take advantage of the extra man and Jason Lacon-Allin broke down the middle, beating a number of Glenwood defenders before striking the ball past Van der Merwe to equalise.

Play became scrappy for the remainder of the game as both teams pressed for the winning goal. Kearsney had dominated the play for most of the game and were unlucky not to come away victors.


St Charles vs Howick

St Charles comfortably beat visitors Howick on Friday afternoon. Unlike the bigger schools, most of Howick’s practice sessions are on grass and this puts them at a disadvantage.

Keith Stanger scored three, Gareth Dukes two and one each from Kalin Nundall and Michael Day for the seven goals scored by St Charles. Howick’s goal came from a ball that had rolled down the field and appeared to be missing the goal, but hit the posts, and a Howick­ player was quick to the rebound, pushing it into the goal for a consolation score.

Results in brief from the week

Michaelhouse 0 Maritzburg College 1; Glenwood 1 Kearsney 1; St Charles 7 Howick 1; Clifton 3 Westville 2; M College II 3 Treverton 5; Glenwood 7 Crawford LL 0; Carter 4 Wartburg 0; Northwood 3 Crawford LL 3; Kearsney 7 DHS 0; Hilton 1 DHS 1.

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