Local teams will be giving it stick

2010-05-01 00:00

TODAY sees another intriguing set of school matches on the hockey artificial surfaces, for the first time all against local opposition. Most of the games should be nail-biters, which will keep the supporters’ interest throughout.

Michaelhouse lost last week against St Charles and St Charles had lost earlier against Maritzburg College, who the Balgowan side will be hosting this morning. College struggled in wet conditions last Saturday, going down against Pretoria BHS, who they had beaten earlier. Thus it is the form on the day that will determine the winner.

After three losses in succession, the home side will be determined to do better on their home pitch. Being sand based, the pitch will be slightly slower than the water-based astro at College. This will favour the home side, so nothing should be taken for granted as to the outcome of this game.

Hilton will be determined to get back on the winning side after their narrow loss against Kearsney last week. They are playing visitors DHS — and since the Durban lads have struggled this season, it should not be too difficult for Hilton.

DHS have yet to win a game, having lost 10 of the 11 games played, while Hilton have won five with four losses, also from the 11 games played. Jeppe is the only school to have been beaten by Hilton twice — Jeppe have beaten DHS twice. This will make the home side overwhelming favourites.

Glenwood is undoubtedly the team that has shown the most improvement this season, and they host Kearsney. Traditionally, Kearsney has been the strongest of the Coastal teams but this year it could be Glenwood that will usurp this position.

Westville play against Clifton, who will be playing their first major match since their English Tour, where they won four of the six games played.

Northwood play against Crawford La Lucia, and this game should go the way of the Durban North team.

Fixtures (home side first): Michaelhouse v Maritzburg College; Hilton v DHS; Glenwood v Kearsney; Westville v Clifton; Northwood v Crawford LL.

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