KZN’s big boys travel to Jo’burg

2011-05-21 00:00

THERE are just three hockey matches in KZN today, as the three large Independent schools are in Johannesburg.

There is much anticipation for the match at Northwood, who are hosting Glenwood. At the Dale Festival in April they both played five schools and their results were almost identical. Only against the hosts Dale did Glenwood win, whereas Northwood drew. In the other games they both drew against St Andrews and Paul Roos and both won against Potch BHS and Affies.

In those five games both sides scored eight goals with three against Glenwood and five against Northwood.

Today’s game should be a closely fought contest, although it has been suggested that Glenwood’s defence may be slightly better than Northwood’s, giving Glenwood the edge as favourites.

Maritzburg College are hosting Westville and here the home side should win, but they have come under some pressure in their last few matches. Last week Westville drew with Hilton, who had drawn the week before against College. Westville beat DHS 8-2 two weeks ago, whereas College had beaten DHS 5-0. This does show that Westville has improved and they will be no push over on the Pape’s turf.

St Charles host St Albans from Pretoria. Last year St Albans gave St Charles a 6-3 lesson. The home side will be determined to do better at home this year, but they will have to play at the top of their game.

Michaelhouse play at St Johns in a tough encounter as the home side has beaten both DHS and Hilton. Michaelhouse, on the other hand, lost against Hilton and drew with DHS.

St Stithians host Kearsney and here the KZN team should do better and come home with a win. Hilton play at King Edward. They did beat KES 4-0 at the festival in April, but their biggest danger could be complacency.

Fixtures (home side first): Northwood v Glenwood; Maritzburg College v Westville; St Charles v St Albans; St Johns v Michaelhouse; St Stithians v Kearsney; KES v Hilton.

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