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Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:55

Hockey: Queen's College Unbeaten on Chris Harker Astro

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The Queen’s First XI played their last home game of the 2013 season on the Chris Harker Astro with a mission to end their home games of the 2013 season as unbeaten.

The Queen’s side knew not to underestimate their opponents as Cambridge, under coach Tim Stirk, are always a team to be reckoned with and the game was to reflect this. Queen’s came out with fire and were to dominate possession in the game continuing to build off their Selborne win by playing good structured hockey and working together as a team. QC were rewarded with a short corner in the first few minutes of the game but the shot was wide. The combination of Cheslyn Neethling with Ryelan Hardnick and Jono Cloete has proved a thorn in the side of their opponents in most games with their ability to launch counter attacks from their baseline and to use their speed and skill to control the centre field and set up attack after attack.

Cambridge maintained their composure and absorbed the pressure applied by the Queen’s lads not hesitating to launch their own attacks at the Queen’s goals whenever they had the opportunity. Both sides were to be awarded short corners which they were unable to capitalise on. The score line was to remain nil all at half time a testimony to the excellent composure and defence of the Cambridge men under concerted pressure from the Queen’s side. Queen’s came out after the break with intent and a good team effort was rewarded when QC Captain Ryelan Hardnick collected a loose ball in the circle and drove the ball home with 23 minutes still on the clock to take Queen’s 1 – 0 up. Cambridge were not to be outdone and with 19 minutes on the clock launched a fast attack down the right hand side with the cross into the Queen’s circle being driven home to level the scores at 1 all. The game flowed from one end of the field to the other with Queen’s enjoying more possession and territorial advantage.

A number of excellent attacking opportunities and a short corner came to nothing with the balls sailing wide of the goals. Queen’s continued however to maintain their composure and continued to stick to their game plan and with 5 minutes remaining Solulwe Bless launched a fast run down the field to see Aubrey Ferreira slot his cross into the circle into the bsck of the box to take Queen’s to a 2-1 lead. Cambridge refused to give up and were rewarded with 4 consecutive short corners within the last 3 minutes but the speed of the Queen’s rush by Jono Cloete was to deny them the equaliser and allow Queen’s to emerge as victors on the day. The Cambridge men are to be commended for their superb defence and certainly gave the Queen’s side a game to remember.

The season moves to its climax with the return derby day against Dale College. Hats off to Coach Luke Makeleni and Capatin Ryelan Hardnick for giving the home crowd a season to remember.

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