PMB Varsity keep eye on title after Toti win

2010-05-27 00:00

MARITZBURG Varsity are on course for the KZN Super League title.

Varsity hammered Amanzimtoti 11-1, while closest challengers Durban Varsity suffered a major blow when the strong Riverside beat them by the odd goal in five.

Riverside are also in contention so not too much can be read into this, suffice to say that the hurting Durban students will be coming hard at their PMB counterparts at 11 am this Sunday at Queensmead.

PMB Varsity, the only side still unbeaten, top the log after four matches with a full-house 12 points and a positive goal difference of 34. Durban Varsity are second alongside Riverside and Pinetown, with respective GDs of 16, 12 and nine separating the trio.

PMB Varsity hockey administrator Reggie Smith told The Witness yesterday that the Toti score could have been double had a host of genuine chances not gone astray.

“It’s always tough for the better teams to be motivated against weaker opposition and, as such, their play was not as sharp as in the outstanding 6-2 defeat of Riverside the week before,” said Smith.

With a 5-0 halftime score, Varsity’s goals came from Duzo Khanyile (6), strike partner Dalan Phillips (3) and one each from Tommy Hammond and Karl Oftebro.

Smith said Varsity’s standout players were Khanyile, Phillips and player/coach Darryn Gallagher, who had a very good game at midfield.

PMB Collegians’ Leo Quayle said his side, missing several key players, were disappointed to lose 6-2 to Pinetown.

“Although Pinetown showed some sound basic skills, they were not a side four goals better than us. Lack of discipline in defensive marking and careless loss of possession in midfield left Collegians conceding soft goals all too often,” Quayle said.

“Pinetown’s 2-1 halftime lead suggests there was much to play for, but as we have seen in previous games where Collegians have been under pressure defensively, concentration and fitness let the team down.”

Quayle said Pinetown held the ball well and used overloads on both flanks to create opportunities for hard-running strikers. Both Collegians goals (Gift Buys and Mario Campbell) came from counter-attacks, “which aptly reflects a match where 60 to 70% of the game was played in our half”.

Collegians now lie sixth. Riverside II and Toti follow in the eight-team competition with Rovers above them. A 3-2 win over Durban Varsity sees PMB Collegians’ women third and three points behind the unbeaten Riverside and Rovers first teams.

“Although we dominated, two breakaways saw us 2-0 down at halftime,” said Collegians’ Lyndal Robertson, who praised the Varsity defence in the opening 35.

“A couple of team changes were made at halftime. At the restart, Michelle Henwood showed great flair in gaining possession in the attacking 23, passed to Linda Tarr and Robyn Pearson finished off.”

Robertson said a well-worked Tarr team goal from a long corner levelled matters 10 minutes later, and with eight left Collegians had really clicked, throwing passes around the park and preventing the young Durban Varsity team from running down the flanks.

Inland captain Robyn Pearson, who once again showed exceptional skill, won Collegians a short corner that was converted by Taylor Brown for 3-2.

PMB Varsity, just behind their KZN capital rivals — and above Durban Collegians by a nine GD advantage — overwhelmed Rovers II 9-0 after 5-0 at the break.

Odie Swart (5), Tarryn Miskey, Dionne van Heerden and Kara Stella did the damage with Reggie Smith reserving special praise for the latter, who has been playing outstanding hockey this season.

“Varsity, who worked hard to try to score the same number of goals in the second half, are getting better all the time,” Smith said.

Country Districts coach Greg Bye said a slick Varsity A gave his side a KZN Inland Premier League hockey lesson in winning 8-1.

“Varsity’s outside half Megan Marr was outstanding, as well as Kara Stella running from centre back, and the province’s outlook for IPT looks good,” Bye added.


KZN Super League — Men: PMB Varsity 11 Toti 1; Pinetown 6 PMB Collegians 1; Riverside I 3 DBN Varsity 2; Rovers I 6 Riverside II 1. Women: Riverside I 5 DBN Collegians 0; Rovers I 7 Riverside II 2; PMB Varsity 9 Rovers II 0; PMB Collegians 3 DBN Varsity 2.

Inland Premier – Women: Standard A 2 Collegians B 0; Varsity A 8 Country Districts 1; Collegians A 7 Varsity B 0.


Super League (Sunday) – Men: Riverside II vs Toti (Queensmead 8 am); DBN Var vs PMB Var (Q 11 am); Rovers vs PMB Coll (Q 2 pm). Women: R’side II vs Rovers II (Q 9.30 am); DBN Coll vs PMB Var (Q 12.30 pm); Rovers vs PMB Coll (Q 3.30 pm).

Inland Premier (all ABJ): Women – Saturday: Std A vs Var B (1.30 pm); Coll A vs CD (2.45 pm); Var A vs Coll B (4 pm).

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