Victory won’t come easy when big boys meet

2010-05-08 00:00

THE standard of boys’ hockey in the major schools has improved, thus making the contests very much closer than before, and it is seldom that a school is in a position where they can be confident of winning a game.

Kearsney, who have only lost one game this season, will host Northwood this morning. Northwood have won just three games, against Potchefstroom BHS, Parktown and Jeppe, none of which are from KZN. Kearsney has lost against Maritzburg College, while Northwood has lost against Glenwood and St Charles.

Both have played Glenwood, but Northwood played them at the beginning of the season and Kearsney played them last week. Northwood lost 0-3 and Kearsney drew 1-1. Up front, Kearsney seems to have the better goal-scoring ability and this will probably be the difference between the two teams.

DHS host Michaelhouse and, as both schools have lost against Maritzburg College and St Charles, the match could be an even contest. DHS lost by a goal against St Albans, while Michaelhouse won by two goals against the Pretoria side. This result will favour the visitors, although, against Hilton, Michaelhouse lost by a goal and DHS drew. This gives further credence to a likely close encounter today.

Maritzburg College travel to Johannesburg to take on KES, probably the strongest side in the area. College have not lost to a KZN school and are considered to be the strongest school side in the province. These two schools have both played eight common sides, where the results are similar, again pointing to a close encounter.

College has not played as well in their last two matches, in the rain against Pretoria BHS which they lost, and against Michaelhouse last Saturday. This should spur them on to better things today. If they do play close to their best, they will be hard to beat.

Glenwood, arguably the most improved side in KZN this year, play on the Westville Three Schools pitch, which opened earlier this year.

Westville has been stronger than Glenwood in the past, but with the Glenwood improving, the visitors should have the better of the game.

St Charles host St Davids from Johannesburg. The visitors have been on a successful tour to England and they will have gained both skill and confidence from the experience. St Charles, also a side that has improved this year, will probably not have the game all their own way and will have to work hard for a victory.

The last of the major astro matches sees Hilton away to Clifton. The latter is another school that has recently been on tour to England, where they won four of the seven matches played. Hilton must certainly not expect an easy game.

Fixtures (home side first): Kearsney vs Northwood; DHS vs Michaelhouse; KES vs Maritzburg College; Westville vs Glenwood; St Charles vs St Davids; Clifton vs Hilton

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