Pressure to kick it up a notch

2016-07-19 06:00
Giovanni Jaftha (left) of Tafelsig High school with the ball and Cleo Johannes of Princeton High will be the two players to watch in their respective MRP Foundation High Schools League matches to be played on Saturday 23 July.  PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Giovanni Jaftha (left) of Tafelsig High school with the ball and Cleo Johannes of Princeton High will be the two players to watch in their respective MRP Foundation High Schools League matches to be played on Saturday 23 July. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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The pressure is at fever pitch on the joint log leaders, Beacon Hill and Tafelsig High, and it isn’t getting any less.

With that in mind, Saturday’s series of matches in the MRP Foundation High Schools Soccer League-Mitchell’s Plain at the MRP sports complex in Westridge, Mitchells Plain are sure to be tough competitions.

Yet again the outcome of the match results will determine the destiny of the competitors in this very demanding and competitive league championship.

To begin, the pacesetters are perched at the top of the standings.

Each have 16 points apiece from six matches.

It is anticipated that severe pressure will be on the players and coaches of Beacon Hill and Tafelsig when they take to the field against Princeton High and Lentegeur High respectively.

With the return of learners from an almost four week vacation, there has been very little time set aside for a practise session in getting rid of any rustiness or testing of the fitness levels.

Come Saturday, one can expect the playing fields to be level and that each of the 16 teams will be equally confident and eager to start their campaigns, perhaps with renewed beliefs and with a sense of taking their game to the next level.

Nevertheless, the lads in the Princeton High outfit will be looking forward to their challenge with Beacon High.

Princeton is currently occupying 5th place on the log – 12 points from six matches – and will no doubt rely heavily on their key players like Cleo Johannes, Matthew Tiemie, Nadeem van de Linde and Cole Hartzenberg.

However, the support and backing from the rest of the squad will also be vital if Princeton High is to win and secure the three points on offer.

Likewise, Beacon Hill’s head coach, Wilbur Beukes, will have to plan well for this anticipated high tempo game.

He knows that his players cannot afford to slip up as any setback will put a dent in his side’s progress and league aspirations.

However, Beacon Hill High have a great side and with quite a few promising stars in the making like Keith October, Azola Billy, Siraaj Williams, Byron Swarts and Buren Matthews.

They are all in good nick and have a good appetite for scoring goals and boosting the teams morale.

Meanwhile, against all odds, Lentegeur High square up to Andrew Geldenhuy’s (head coach) Tafelsig High side and – having not won a game in their six starts to date – will be hoping for better luck as they have managed only to accumulate three points from three drawn results.

Fabian Darries has registered his name in the yellow and black Lentegeur shirt a few times and could a real threat if not kept at bay.

Geldenhuys will be concerned about a few things including if his squad will hit the right notes as he will have to guard against complacency setting in.

All eyes will be focus on the Tafelsig High kingpin ace striker, Emeraan Rayners, and midfielder, Giovanni Jaftha, who will have a hugh responsibility on their hands if the team continues on the victory road with a five-star performance.

Fixtures for Saturday 23 July (field allocation denoted in brackets): 09:00 – Westridge High vs Oval North High (A), Tafelsig High vs Lentegeur High (B), Glendale High vs Rocklands High (C), Cloetesville High vs Aloe High (D); 10:15 – Portland High vs Spine Road High (A), Strandfontein High vs Mondale High (B), Princeton High vs Beacon Hill High (C), Woodlands High vs Cedar High (D).

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