Rising stars take to the field

2019-07-31 06:01
College’s first XI Captain, Grant Pio, on the attack against King Edward VII school this weekend.PHOTO: Sifundo Manyathi

College’s first XI Captain, Grant Pio, on the attack against King Edward VII school this weekend.PHOTO: Sifundo Manyathi

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Our 16 hockey teams played King Edward VII School (KES) this weekend, dominating and winning 12 of their games, drawing two and losing two.

In the first XI encounter, the first quarter had both sides producing a solid start however none were able to convert any of their chances and the quarter closed out 0-0. The second quarter saw some life as the home team cranked it up a notch and were rewarded when they pounced on some loose play from College just outside the circle. The two KES strikers then combined beautifully before simply sliding the ball past the College keeper to take a 1-0 lead. College were also pressing well-produced three penalty corners but none would fall for them as the KES defence stood firm. Just three minutes from the end of the half, KES were rewarded once more when their counter attack saw a penalty corner awarded. The variation was brilliantly executed when a precise pass went back to the injector, who deflected the ball into the goal on his backhand. This saw the quarter close out and the scoreboard two nil in favour of the home team.

The third quarter and second half got underway with College slowly coming to life. The KES defence and, in particular, the home goal keeper were in fine form, producing some top quality saves as College threw wave after wave of attack at the home team.

In the final quarter, College would ask a few more questions of the KES defence, however just not doing enough in front of goal with some good opportunities. Eight minutes into the final stanza saw College on attack yet again. Some fine stick work from College striker Daniel Bruyns saw him find a little space in the circle. He expertly managed a little space for a snap shot, which caught the KES keeper off guard and saw the ball ricochet off his pads and into the goal to take it to 2-1 to KES with seven minutes still to play — a tight closing phase. College would press on and create a few more chances but still seemed to lack the clinical sharpness of the past few weeks where another four penalty corners in the final quarter went unconverted. College will feel hard done by as the home team managed to hang on to a slender 2-1 lead as the game came to a close.


This weekend saw College take 21 rugby teams up to Johannesburg to play King Edward VII. Our teams won 11 of their matches, losing nine and drawing one.

College first XV played against KES in an away fixture on July 27. The first half saw the KES side scoring two relatively soft tries in the first 15 minutes. College hit back with a penalty from Sven Zunckel, leaving the scores at 10-3. Close to half-time, College had been awarded a few penalties in the KES red zone. After some good forward play and picking and going, College showed enough patience and Junior Mndaweni scored a try. Unfortunately Zunckel was not successful with the conversion, so the half-time score was 10-8 in King Edward’s favour. The second half required an immense defensive effort for the College boys and they defended like Trojans, but KES scored out wide after a couple of good forward surges. The KES outside centre managed to baffle the College defence with some crafty line running and went on to score another try in quick succession, taking the score to 22-8. College conceded another penalty close to the uprights and the KES goal kicker added three points to their tally. After a miscued penalty kick for touch, KES launched a dangerous counter attack and managed to set up some phases close to the College line. The big tighthead prop of KES set off on a bullocking run towards the College line and, despite the best efforts of three College defenders, he managed to score the final points of the day with the score 32-8 to KES.

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