HOCKEY results for the Midlands KZN teams were generally favourable against their opposition from Gauteng or the Durban area.
St Charles earned a draw against St Albans and Maritzburg College, after their loss last week, gave Westville a hiding. Hilton had a good win in Johannesburg and Michaelhouse won one and lost the other also in Johannesburg.
Maritzburg College vs Westville
The College old boy’s reunion brings the best out of the boys and together with the indifferent display against DHS, Westville were blown away with a massive 9-0 win by College.
After just two minutes, College went ahead when Matthew Guise-Brown put away an accurate drag flick. Westville then defended well and it was only near the end of the half that College scored their second goal, when Guise-Brown buried his second after four penalty corners were missed.
The second half was all College, as a tiring Westville were unable to stop a rampant College team. Guise-Brown scored his third penalty corner, eight minutes into the half. Jaryd Mitchell then latched onto a loose ball in the circle to put College 4-0 up before Guise-Brown converted a further three penalty corners for a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes still remaining.
In the 57th minute, Mitchell scored from a penalty corner variation and in the closing seconds Andrew Manson scored the second field goal to leave College deserved 9-0 winners.
KES vS Hilton
Hilton battled to settle on the worn and bumpy surface at KES and it was no surprise when KES took the lead, after a successful penalty corner midway through the half. Hilton equalised when Oliver Allen netted from close range.
Hilton started the second half in top gear and gave notice of their intentions when two cracking shots, one hitting the upright from Louis Taylor and the other just over the bar by Ashley Hellmore, would have put them two goals to the good.
They then found the target, with the second goal by Allen with a brilliant deflection.
Soon after, the upright was again hit, this time by Allen. Nick Spooner put the game beyond doubt, when he scored from a penalty corner to give Hilton a deserved 3-1 win.
St Charles vs St Albans
St Charles squandered a 2-0 lead to allow St Albans back into the match to be all square at two all at half-time. St Charles’s goals came from Gareth Dukes and Mzamo Cele.
In the second half, St Charles went 3-2 in front when Kyle Coghlan scored the third field goal. St Albans struck back immediately to score their third goal and for the remaining 17 minutes the defences of both teams held firm to leave the score 3-3 after a good competitive match of hockey.
St John’s vs Michaelhouse
The first half was very even with neither side being able to score. Jethro Thomas put Michaelhouse into the lead with a successful penalty corner just into the second half.
The loss of Glen Dowie was pivotal, as St John’s scored three goals in the last 10 minutes to win 3-1 which was not a true reflection of the game.
St Davids vs Michaelhouse
This match was on Sunday and the home side went 1-0 up in the first half. Thomas scored from a penalty stroke after Clint Panther was brought down in the circle at the beginning of the second half.
Michaelhouse dominated the second half but could only score one further goal when Panther scored for a 2-1 win.
DHS vs Glenwood (Queensmead)
The game, the final of the Night League, was played at a cracking pace with Glenwood having the better of the early exchanges. This sustained pressure told as Glenwood forced a penalty corner just before the break and Zamo Ngubo was on hand to score from a goal mouth scramble.
DHS was a different side in the second half and Grant Robertson took control of the game from the midfield. Midway in the half, Robertson got through the Glenwood defense and beat Alex van der Merwe with a powerful reverse-stick shot.
The teams had to go into extra time and no further goals were scored and being a final, it had to be decided on penalty strokes. Glenwood flickers held their nerve to run out 4-3 winners.
DHS vs Glenwood
The normal fixture between the two teams was played on Wednesday and here DHS won 2-1 after scoring two well-worked goals in the first half. Glenwood came back to score a goal in the second half.
Kearsney vs Clifton
Kearsney comprehensively beat Clifton 6-0, after being 4-0 at half-time. The first two goals were both from rebounds following penalty corners, the first to Michael Andrew and the next to Ryan Bennewith. Richard Pentecost volleyed the ball into the net for their third from an overhead pass and then Josh Perry outsprinted the Clifton defence to make it 4-0. In the second half, Kearsney continued to have most of the possession but Clifton defended well. A succession of passes strung together ended with Michael Andrew scoring and then Pentecost scored his second and the final goal with a powerful reverse-stick shot.
SCORES IN BRIEF
Maritzburg College 9 Westville 0; KES 1 Hilton 3; St Charles 3 St Albans 3; St Johns 3 Michaelhouse 1; St Davids 1 Michaelhouse 2; DHS 1 Glenwood 1 (3-4 on penalties); DHS 2 Glenwood 1; Kearsney 6 Clifton 0; Kearsney 2 Westville 0; College II 4 Howick 0; Northwood 9 Crawford LL 0; Carter 5 Hillcrest 0