KZN’s big boys travel to Jo’burg

Weekend Witness - - Sport - MIKE HILL Schools’ hockey

THERE are just three hockey matches in KZN to­day, as the three large In­de­pen­dent schools are in Jo­han­nes­burg.

There is much an­tic­i­pa­tion for the match at Northwood, who are host­ing Glen­wood. At the Dale Fes­ti­val in April they both played five schools and their re­sults were al­most iden­ti­cal. Only against the hosts Dale did Glen­wood win, whereas Northwood drew. In the other games they both drew against St An­drews and Paul Roos and both won against Potch BHS and Affies.

In those five games both sides scored eight goals with three against Glen­wood and five against Northwood.

To­day’s game should be a closely fought con­test, al­though it has been sug­gested that Glen­wood’s de­fence may be slightly bet­ter than Northwood’s, giv­ing Glen­wood the edge as favourites.

Mar­itzburg Col­lege are host­ing Westville and here the home side should win, but they have come un­der some pres­sure in their last few matches. Last week Westville drew with Hil­ton, who had drawn the week be­fore against Col­lege. Westville beat DHS 8-2 two weeks ago, whereas Col­lege had beaten DHS 5-0. This does show that Westville has im­proved and they will be no push over on the Pape’s turf.

St Charles host St Al­bans from Pre­to­ria. Last year St Al­bans gave St Charles a 6-3 les­son. The home side will be de­ter­mined to do bet­ter at home this year, but they will have to play at the top of their game.

Michael­house play at St Johns in a tough en­counter as the home side has beaten both DHS and Hil­ton. Michael­house, on the other hand, lost against Hil­ton and drew with DHS.

St Stithi­ans host Kearsney and here the KZN team should do bet­ter and come home with a win. Hil­ton play at King Ed­ward. They did beat KES 4-0 at the fes­ti­val in April, but their big­gest dan­ger could be com­pla­cency. Fix­tures (home side first): Northwood v Glen­wood; Mar­itzburg Col­lege v Westville; St Charles v St Al­bans; St Johns v Michael­house; St Stithi­ans v Kearsney; KES v Hil­ton.

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