Varsity men top of the log after 6-2 defeat of Riverside I

2010-05-20 00:00

THREE wins from four matches at the weekend is not a bad record for KZN Inland’s teams in the KZN Super League.

The big one was Maritzburg Varsity men’s 6-2 defeat of fancied Riverside I at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North.

This outstanding result puts Varsity top of the log with goal difference advantage of six over the only other unbeaten team after three rounds, Durban Varsity, who would have liked a bigger victory margin than 7-1 over struggling Amanzimtoti. Riverside I are third with a GD advantage of seven over Pinetown, both having lost once.

PMB Varsity’s women lost 2-1 to the strong Riverside I and lie mid-table in the eight-team competition.

PMB Collegians will be heartened by their back-to-back wins over Riverside II. The men have been finding the going tough in this cut-throat league and the victory should give them confidence. Collegians’ ladies are smiling as their defeat of Riverside girls’ seconds sees them third behind top dogs, unbeaten Riverside I and Rovers I.

“Although we’ve only played three matches, this league is exciting, the games are tough and it makes the travelling worthwhile,” said PMB Collegians’ Lyndal Robertson.

PMB Collegians’ women beat Riverside II 5-0 and scored through Nomfundo Khumalo and Linda Tarr for 2-0 at half-time before Vicki Jonker, Tyler Brown and Tamryn Strumpher added the rest.

The weekend’s top billing saw Rovers’ firsts shade Durban Varsity’s girls in what could be a crucial result at season’s end.

The KZN Inland men’s selection session at the ABJ on Monday for August’s IPT in Port Elizabeth could have a bearing on whether Inland submits two sides.

There is talk that IPT may be moved away from Port Elizabeth as the Windy City is undergoing water restrictions and the turfs have not had water for some time. A decision is pending on whether IPT will be relocated. Johannesburg is favoured, although KZN Inland are keen to have it at the ABJ and Maritzburg College’s Pape’s Astro.

Meanwhile, the selection of Maritzburg teenager Celia Evans (19) for the SA women’s side’s three-week tour to China is a pat on the back for KZN Inland as she learnt her hockey here before taking it further at North West University. GHS, her alma mater can take quiet satisfaction for this remarkable achievement from one of the KZN capital’s finest products.

“Coming from school you could see that there was something really special about her. She just has an absolute passion and love for the game,” North West coach Sheldon Rostron told The Witness.

“She aims to improve every second and just wants to be the best. This character is hard to find in players and is invaluable in a team. She is caring, kind and modest and looks to help players around her. It is lovely to have someone who creates an environment like that for other players.”

Week four of KZN Super League sees PMB Varsity’s men with a relatively easy game against Amanzimtoti; however, goal difference could count at competition end, so accuracy is paramount. PMB Collegians tackle Pinetown in a tougher encounter. The big one sees Durban Varsity meet Riverside I on 3-Schools turf in Glenwood.

PMB Varsity’s women should pick up points against Rovers II while PMB Collegians will have a tough outing against Durban Varsity. The other big one sees Riverside I take on Durban Collegians in Queensmead’s dawn patrol bust-up.


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

KZN Inland Premier League – Men: Collegians II 2 Varsity 0. Women: Var A 10 Standard A 0; Country Districts 6 Var B 0.


KZN Super League (all on Sunday) – Men: PMB Varsity vs Toti (Queensmead 12.30 pm); Rovers vs Riverside II (Q 3.30 pm); Pinetown vs PMB Collegians (Westville 2 pm); Dbn Varsity vs Riverside I (3-Schools Turf 3 pm). Women: Dbn Coll vs R’side I (Q 9.30 am); Rov II vs P Var (Q 11 am); Rov I vs R’side II (Q 2 pm); Dbn Var vs PMB Coll (3-Schools 1.30 pm).

KZN Inland Premier League (all at AB Jackson Greenfields Turf): Women – Friday: Coll A vs Var B (7.15 pm). Saturday: Coll B vs Std A (2.45 pm); Var A vs CD (4 pm).

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