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Monday, 04 April 2011 19:29

Grey High Hockey Festival: Report and Results on All matches played

Bishops maintained their unbeaten run at the Grey Hockey Festival with a convincing 2-0 victory over Hilton College. Other unbeaten side Maritzburg were held to a 2-2 draw by an improving Grey College XI.

Hosts Grey High School had a convincing 4-0 win over Jeppe Boys, winning four of their five matches. Wynberg also made it four wins from five with a narrow 1-0 win over KES .

In the other match Selborne College secured their third win of the tournament when they beat Pretoria Boys 2-1.

Top scorers for the festival:

—  Jacques Tredoux (Bishops) 5

—  Travis Cresswell (Wynberg) 5

—  Grant Glutz (Maritzburg) 5

—  Jason van Zyl (Selborne) 5

—  Curtis Samboer (Grey High School) 4

—  Mike Salgado (Hilton) 3

Despite their loss to Maritzburg, Grey High School scored the most goals (13) in the festival, while conceding the least (2).

Here are the reports for the matches played:

Friday, April 1: Dale College Founders Hockey Festival Day 1

Game 1 - Parktown (1) 3 (Michael Marki 2, Anthony James) St Andrew's College (Grahamstown) 0.


Game one of the Dale College Founders hockey festival in celebration of the school's 150th anniversary was played in hot, humid conditions in King William's Town on Friday, April 1.

Parktown earn a hard-fought 3-0 win over St Andrew's College of Grahamstown after the Johannesburg lads had led 1-0 at half-time. The goals went to captain Michael Marki (2) and Anthony James.

The scoreline belied the intensity and competitiveness of the hockey and Parktown captain and midfielder Michael Marki had to pull out a top-drawer performance to net a brace of field goals, one in each half.

Parktown's third came from a superb solo effort by Anthony James.

Game 2 - Paul Roos (1) 4 (Edwin Reed 2, Dylan Breytenbach, Dylan Swanepoel) Dale College 0.


Game two saw hosts Dale College go down 4-0 to Paul Roos of Stellenbosch after the score was 1-0 at the changeover. The goals came from Edwin Reed (2), Dylan Breytenbach and captain Dylan Swanepoel.

Inspirational Dale goalkeeper Milani Mfingwana pulled off a pair of top-notch save in the opening minutes against an on-song Paul Roos, but the King William's Town lads hit back from a turnover that almost led to the opener at the other end as their enthusiastic home crowd spurred them on.

After five Paul Roos penalty corners went south - Mfingwana still in top form -  the Stellenbosch-based boys opener the scoring in the 14th minute when Edwin Reed netted with a superbly-timed lob over the keeper after slicing into the circle from the right channel.

Dale came close to equalising after the break but much to the crowd's disappointment it just didn't happen. Both sides were throwing the ball about the park to great effect and midway through the second stanza Dylan Breytenbach slotted a somewhat soft goal after Dale's defenders were guilty of ball-watching.

Seven from the end the skilful Reed made it 3-0 and captain Dylan Swanepoel 4-0 after a double-save from the outstanding Mfingwana.


Game 3 - Rondebosch Boys' High (2) 3 (Dan Blake, Kyle Herring, Carl Davis) Queen's College (1) 3 (Aubrey Ferreira, Lukhanyo Tsiki, Kerwin Christoffels).


Game three between Rondebosch Boys' High and Queen's College was the match of the day, a ding-dong affair characterised by the Queenstown lads' refusal to throw in the towel. Queen's came back from the dead to draw the match 3-3 after they had trailed 2-1 at half-time and then 3-1 towards the end of a pulsating encounter that included a second half punctuated with a massive downpour and lightning which drew the players off the field at one point.

The "Bosch" goals came from Dan Blake, Kyle Herring and Carl Davis while Queen's scored through Aubrey Ferreira, and two within the last five minutes from captain Lukhanyo Tsiki and Kerwin Christoffels.

Saturday, April 2: Dale College Founders Hockey Festival Day 2

Game 1 - Glenwood (0) 1 (Bradley Crouch) Affies 0.


The opening clash of day two of the Dale College Founders Hockey Festival to celebrate the King William's Town school's 150th anniversary was an interesting contrast in styles.

Affies play hard, direct, no-frills hockey while Glenwood possess a host of players with silky skills, none more so than Dayne Naidoo and Nashlyn Pather.

The Pretoria lads' uncompromising approach unsettled Glenwood in the first half, but the Durban boys got to grips with their game after the changeover and once their structure had been re-established it came as no surprise when Bradley Crouch powered in a penalty corner drag-flick.

Dirk du Toit flashed a penalty corner past the post at the other end, but in the end the game was Glenwood's.

Game 2 - St Andrews (0) 1 (Alan Gerber) Rondebosch 0.

St Andrews won 1-0 through an Alan Gerber second-half goal but it could have been more as Rondebosch's Dean Rutherford and Kyle Herring pulled shots off the line, while goalkeeper Sufyaan Banderker effected a superb double-save from yet another St Andrews sortie upfield.

An evenly-contested first half saw play swing from end to end as both sides tussled for midfield domination. "Bosch" captain and centre link Byron Anthony led from the front with his high workrate and skills level but the Grahamstown lads were unrecognisable from the lacklustre line-up that suffered a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Parktown on day one.

Right-side St Andrews striker Charles Bowren was dynamism personified and he regularly took on and eliminated defenders with his neat ball control.

Game 3 - Parktown (1) 3 (Mark Marki, Leighlind Daniels, Tyrone Pugh) Potchefstroom Boys' High 0.

An impressive Parktown, fast shaping up as the team of the tournament, made heavy weather of it in the first half with only captain Mark Marki's perfect penalty corner strike to show for their efforts against a spirited Potchefstroom Boys' High who also had their chances.

After the turnaround the primary difference was the Johannesburg lads' sharpness in the goal zone and they made it 3-0 at full-time with field goals from Leighlind Daniels and Tyrone Pugh.

Game 4 - Dale College (1) 1 (Mkhuluti Calana) Northwood (0) 1 (David Bayne).

A very physical encounter - both sides didn't make the most of their opportunities but tall Dale striker Mkhuluti Calana put the hosts 1-0 up at the end of the first quarter with a top-notch reverse-stick strike from the six-yard zone after some determined running.

Soon after, Northwood forward Dale Moolman and Dale van der Merwe brought out stunning saves from outstanding Dale keeper Milani Mfingwana while Northwood vice-captain David Bayne will reflect on a match that might have netted him a hat-trick on any other day.

After half-time the Dale keeper saved at point-blank range from Nkanyezi Msomi.

That said, Dale also had their chances and left-side attacking midfielder Wela Mfenyana weaved some magic on the counter-attack, but with eight minutes left the Durban North lads equalised when talented vice-captain David Bayne slammed a piledriver into the backboard from the edge of the circle after a botched penalty corner.

Game 5 - Paul Roos (1) 2 (Charl Steyl, Dylan Swanepoel) Queen's College 0.

Queen's, so effective on attack with their pacy forwards, particularly on the right flank, suffered from a malaise in their defence at times as concentration levels and man-marking went walkabout.

Midway through the first half Paul Roos found the net after a superb combination between strikers Christoff O' Kennedy and Charl Steyl resulted in the latter getting on the scoresheet.And 12 minutes from full-time Paul Roos established a matchwinning two-goal cushion for Paul Roos when skilful captain Dylan Swanepoel tipped the ball in from a well-worked penalty corner variation.

Game 6 - Glenwood (1) 1 (Thomas Knipe) St Andrews (0) 1 (Paul Selwyn-Smith).

After 11 minutes Glenwood penalty corner injector Thomas Knipe followed up Dayne Naidoo's initial shot to score a fine goal.

It was an early-afternoon game that was a test of character and sheer willpower for both teams, who had already played matches in the morning,

With 14 minutes left in the hard-fought match, St Andrews captain Paul Selwyn-Smith stole down the left channel and his speculative reverse-stick strike deflected in off a defender's stick for the equaliser.

Game 7 - Rondebosch (0) 1 (Dan Blake) Parktown 0.

A much-improved Rondebosch upset form team Parktown 1-0 with Dan Blake getting the lone goal of the match four minutes into the second half following a superbly worked penalty corner variation.

There were chances aplenty in either goalmouth, an example being the play three minutes before half-time when Matthew Davis sliced into the circle from the right and to set up Rayhaan Toefy, whose shot from close-range was blocked by Parktown goalkeeper Carl Hildebrandt.

Game 8 - Queen's College (2) 3 (Stephen Brown, Aubrey Ferreira 2) Potchefstroom Boys' High 0.

The action in the two circles was fast and furious in this entertaining encounter.

Just inside the second quarter Aubrey Ferreira's powerful direct shot from a penalty corner resulted in Stephen Brown burying the rebound off goalkeeper Tyler Gillam's pads.

Then just before the first-half's final whistle, Ferreira scored a beautifully judged goal from close to the baseline.

Queen's maintained their superiority in the second half and Ferreira celebrated a great game up front with another well-taken goal. The Queen's pacy, skilful forwards and attacking midfielders should press strongly for inclusion in Border's provincial side.

Game 9 - Dale College (1) 1 (Yanga Mhlaba) Affies 0.


On the cusp of the second quarter of this lively game, Dale College striker Buntu Vena's shot was well blocked by Affies goalkeeper James van der Walt before the energetic Wela Mfenyana came agonisingly close with an effort that slipped past the post.

A Dale goal had to come and link Yanga Mhlaba scored from inside the six-yard zone.

In the second half the willing Dale forwards, given time and space, were in their element and ran with pace and guile at the Affies defenders.

Three minutes from the end Dale centre link Siyamamkela Sityana had the misfortune of seeing his deflection hit the post and stay out. Then a right-left diagonal run by that non-stop bundle of energy Mkhuluti Calana culminated in his reverse-stick shot blazing over the crossbar.


Game 10 - Northwood (1) 1 (Dale Moolman) Paul Roos (0) 1 (Edwin Reed).


Just before the quarter-hour mark, striker Dale Moolman went on a solo run after Northwood had won a turnover and he made no mistake with a well-placed shot.

Paul Roos came back strongly in the second half and Edwin Reed netted the equaliser, leaving the final score reading 1-1.



Sunday, April 3 - Dale College Founders Hockey Festival Day 3


Game 1 - Northwood (0) 1 (Matt de Souza) Queen's College 0.


Northwood beat Queen's 1-0 thanks to a somewhat fortuitous Matt de Souza goal seven minutes from time that was helped into the net by a defender who was endeavouring to clear the danger.

Northwood vice-captain and SA U18 forward David Bayne said afterwards that the Durban North boys made it difficult for themselves by not taking their chances in a game they dominated.

The Durban side's basics let them down badly as well.


Game 2 - St Andrews 0 Potchefstroom Boys' High 0.


The Grahamstown boys took control from the outset with right-side striker Charlie Bowren creating havoc down the right wing to cause all sorts of trouble for the Potchefstroom defenders, but finding the back of the net proved elusive as the encounter ended in a 0-0 draw.


Game 3 - Parktown 0 Paul Roos 0.


On paper, this was arguably the match-up of the festival and both sides had ample opportunity to win this one.

A combination of solid defending and great goalkeeping contrived to keep the match scoreless, however, although the unbeaten Paul Roos's intricate penalty corner variations were most impressive but effectively blocked by the switched-on Parktown defence.


Game 4 - Glenwood (0) 1 (Bryn Awkins) Dale College 0.


A minute from half-time the unbeaten Glenwood's Bradley Crouch hit the post via a penalty corner leaving underdogs Dale still in with a chance to cause an upset as the teams turned around for the second half.

After the teams changed ends, Glenwood were all over Dale at times and top-notch stopper Milani Mfingwana - probably the goalkeeper of the festival - was called upon to make a number of breathtaking saves.

Dale's lively forwards had their chances yet the Glenwood defence was up for the challenge, and the overall pressure finally told when Crouch did the honours for the Durban lads.

At this stage of the festival, Glenwood and Paul Roos are the only unbeaten teams.


Game 5 - Rondebosch (1) 2 (Damien Hewitt, Byron Anthony) Affies (0) 1 (Dian Peach).


After 15 minutes Rondebosch opened the scoring against a fired-up Affies through Damien Hewitt. The Pretoria side were looking for their first win and attacked with intent but the Cape Town side's defence held out.

Eight minutes into the second half Dian Peach equalised for Affies but with 12 minutes left an intricate penalty corner variation resulted in Rondebosch captain Byron Anthony netting the winner.

In the final two minutes Affies piled on the pressure and came close to equalising but Rondebosch goalkeeper Sufyaan Banderker made a series of top-class saves and the Cape Town boys held on to win.


Game 6 - Northwood (1) 1 (Luke Fouche) St Andrews (1) 1 (Rhain Staubo).


Northwood opened the scoring through Luke Fouche but St Andrews pressed for parity and Rhain Staubo grabbed the equaliser.

The Grahamstown boys started the second half with a bang and deserved a goal but couldn't find one despite the Durban North school's battle to find any rhythm and momentum.


Game 7 - Queen's College (1) 3 (Aubrey Ferreira, Le-Neal Jackson, Oswald Ehrke) Parktown (2) 2 (Michael Marki, Tyrone Pugh).


There were great goalscoring opportunities in each strike zone in the first half but Queen's College captain Lukhanyo Tsiki was the standout player on the field; scything through the Parktown defence at will.

Tsiki's forays down the right flank eventually paid off when striker Aubrey Ferreira latched on to yet another dangerous cross to open the scoring.

Parktown hit back immediately with a penalty stroke by captain and SA U16 midfielder Michael Marki for the teams to turnaround at 1-1.

On the stroke of half-time it was Tyrone Pugh's turn to net a superb goal for the Johannesburg boys to go into the break with a 2-1 lead.

Queen's instigated a pulsating finish to this exciting match when Le-Neal Jackson found the equaliser.

The lads from Queenstown pressed hard for the winner and were unlucky on a couple of occasions until Oswald Ehrke brought a roar from his school's ardent supporters with the match-winning goal four minutes from time.


Game 8 - Glenwood (2) 3 (Bradley Crouch 2, Dayne Naidoo) Potchefstroom Boys' High 0.


The skilful, unbeaten Glenwood combination went 1-0 up inside three minutes through the prolific Bradley Crouch who added another 12 minutes from half-time.

Glenwood made the final score 3-0 in a game they completely dominated when Dayne Naidoo netted from a penalty corner after the final hooter had sounded.


Game 9 - Paul Roos (2) 4 (Charl Steyl 2, Dylan Swanepoel, Christoff O'Kennedy) Affies (1) 1 (JL Nel).


After just five minutes Affies created an uproar when JL Nel opened the scoring against unbeaten Paul Roos via a penalty corner.

Charl Steyl soon equalised and then SA U18 player Dylan Swanepoel added a second with a terrific reverse-stick strike two minutes from half-time.

The momentum was now with Paul Roos and apart from a few isolated Affies sorties the Stellenbosch boys controlled the game until the end to make the final score 4-1 with Steyl and Christoff O'Kennedy providing the finishing touches.


Game 10 - Rondebosch (1) 1 (Rayhaan Toefy) Dale College (0) 1 (Mkhululi Calana).


A high-energy first half saw Rondebosch's Rayhaan Toefy separate the sides with a well-taken goal but after the break the enthusiastic Dale line-up drew level with a brilliant individual goal by out-and-out goalscorer Mkhululi Calana.

Thereafter, both sides battled to string a sequence of passes together and the consequent multiple turnovers made for a disjointed second half.


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