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Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:46

Hockey: Kearsney KZN Night League Champs!

Written by  Peter Kirsten

The match lived up to be a tough one in the mould of  “David vs Goliath”. Northwood currently ranked as the top KZN team  side took the game to Kearsney in the first chukka with 11 circle entries compared to Kearsney’s  1.

Matt de Sousa turned the Kearney defence inside out on numerous occasions but Northwood failed to take their chances. Dylan Middleton in goals backed up by some solid defending kept the Northwood tsunami at bay. 3 minutes before the end of the first chukka Northwood were rewarded for their efforts when they were awarded a penalty corner. A composed Matt de Sousa converted the one-on-one penalty  giving Northwood the lead going into the second chukka.

Having weather the storm Kearsney came out a lot more confident in the second chukka and went looking for the equaliser. Bili Ntuli wnet on a few excellent attacking runs into the Northwood 22 yard area keeping the solid Northwood defence on their toes. Half way into the second chukka Kearsney created an opening and were awarded a penalty corner which Ryan Wallace converted. Both sides were playing extremely positive hockey and this resulted in a very open free flowing game.

In the third chukka with the scores now even and all to play for, both sides made every effort to gain an advantage. Eventually the Kearsney defence were found wanting and Matt de Sousa once again converted a penalty corner that Northwood were awarded. The never say die attitude of the men in Maroon made for a thrilling finish and with 40 seconds remaining Dylan Griffiths managed to find some space in the circle and scored a goal to clinch a draw and set up a penalty shootout.

Dylan Middleton in the Kearsney goal rounded off an excellent evening saving all three of Northwood’s first attempts whilst the Kearsney players (ryam Wallace and Kyle Madsen) managed to convert their first two penalties. It was then left up to Bili Ntuli to score the decider and secure the win.

He calmly converted his penalty which  resulted in Kearsney College becoming the 2013 Night League Champions. The only other time Kearsney had won the trophy was in the inaugural year of the competition in 2006.

Goal scorers: Match:  M de Sousa - Northwood (2), Ryan Wallace (1), Dylan Griffiths (1)

Penalty shootout: Ryan Wallace, Kyle Madsen, Bili Ntuli

Final result: Kearsney 5, Northwood 2  

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