WITHOUT the four independent schools in action this weekend there was just the game at Westville and at Glenwood where the hosts outplayed DHS. Northwood had played midweek in the final of the Durban Night League against Glenwood.
Westville 0 Maritzburg College 2
The match between two of the top hockey teams in the province did not disappoint. It was a tough match with the game essentially decided in the midfield where College just shaded Westville.
College’s defence was tested to the limit against a powerful Westville attacking force led by Coastals Devon Kupferman. The match swung from end to end with both teams giving of their best.
At half-time, College led 2-0 after two penalty corners scored by Hayden Griffiths, the first 20 minutes into the game and the second just before the half-time break.
The second half saw the high-class hockey continue with neither side giving an inch. The College defence was held together by Tim Guise-Brown and they did not concede one penalty corner in the match.
The opportunity of the two penalty corners conceded by Westville in the first half were taken by College and this gave them the win in this excellent exhibition of schoolboy hockey.
Glenwood 0 Northwood 1
Northwood played in the final of the night series against Glenwood. This was played on Wednesday evening.
Glenwood has been one of the form teams in the coastal area and it showed as the score was kept to 0-0 in the first two chukkas (the night league is played over three 20-minute chukkas). Both teams were tentative not wanting to make mistakes, typical finals hockey, but in the final chukka the game opened up and both sides were more prepared to attack. Matthew de Soza scored for Northwood from a penalty corner which in the night league was one on one
Glenwood came back strongly and they were then awarded a penalty corner. Northwood’s Kyle Pillay was the toast of his side as he saved the shot from Daniel Sibbald to take the Night League title.
Glenwood 4 DHS 0
After losing in the night league final against Northwood, Glenwood were determined to put up a better showing against their rivals. They dominated most of the exchanges and held a territorial advantage. It was not surprising that they were able to put four goals into the net whereas DHS seldom got into the circle.
Glenwood goal scorers were James Dellis and Andile Phehlukwayo in the first half and Matthew Madsen and Dayne Naidoo in the second half.
Other results: Clifton 6 Thomas More 0; Clifton 0 Michaelhouse 3 (played midweek).