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Friday, 25 July 2014 08:25

Hockey: Day 2 Review of CT International Festival

Written by  Jonathan Cook

Paarl Girls beat Dutch side Kennemer 2-1 in the early match at Hartleyvale stadium - after the final hooter, when the penalty corner had to be played out …the 1-1 draw between the classy Millfield team and absolute underdogs Potchefstroom Gim … the Felsted boys beating the feisty Outeniqua lads in a 10-goal thriller at Stellenberg …

Paul Roos and Uplands School Hockeythe fantastic support offered by the Merchant Taylors lads that inspired the Wakefield girls to a 3-0 victory over Springfield Convent in driving rain and howling wind on Hartleyvale A …

the remarkable yet ultimately unsuccessful fightback by Merchant Taylors when home side SACS were all over them at the school’s most picturesque setting in the benevolent shadow of Table Mountain …

Day two of the 2014 Cape Town U18 International Hockey Festival on Thursday had everything for everyone.

The quality that is John Miller got a brace, his goals coming in the first and second half, for the young Kingston Grammar team in their 2-1 win against a bigger, faster Windhoek Gim side on Hartleyvale B; but it must be said that the Namibians play so well considering they don’t even have an Astro.

There were also some great tackles from both sides at the critical moment - and plenty of goalshots. Dangerous Windhoek Gim striker Kyron Sprake was a constant thorn in Kingston’s side and scored a great solo goal in the 25th minute to level the scores.

The one-touch passing of Kingston was a feature of Thursday’s play – and created a lot of space and time for Miller and company upfront, while a full-blooded shot from Travis Mayers saw Kingston keeper Abel Lamaj make a match-winning save.

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SACS, established in 1829, is the oldest school in South Africa yet their predecessors would have been delighted with the vigour and verve employed by the 2014 first team in racing into a 4-0 lead against a bewildered, indeed shellshocked, Merchant Taylors outfit, such was the unrelenting bombardment on their goal zone.

SACS captain Nick Price’s deft touch and Gareth Tate’s clinical finish set the ball rolling before South Africa U18 striker Luke Schooling made it 3-0 and SA U16 player Matt Breetzke added the fourth; utter carnage it was.

Yet Merchant Taylors pulled one back through skipper Rhodri Jones as the teams went into half-time. After the changeover Merchant Taylors continued to press very hard but the goal simply wouldn’t come until Eddie Richards finally breached the stubborn SACS defence after George Smith had put in the crucial pass.

From 4-0 to 4-2 for SACS – and Merchant Taylors now totally dominant – the home supporters were justified in being concerned at the change in the tide, but the classy SACS squad pulled themselves together with Breetzke on the right flipping a sublime pass to Schooling who showed his goalscoring skills with a first-time connect into the net for the 5-2 final scoreline.

What a game – and SACS looking like gold medal material with four wins from four starts … but this event is far from over …  

 

THURSDAY, 24TH JULY, 2014

TYPE

SCHOOL

SCORE

SCORE

SCHOOL

GIRLS

PAARL GIRLS HIGH

2

1

KENNEMER LYCEUM

BOYS

KINGSTON GS

2

1

WINDHOEK GIM

GIRLS

MILLFIELD SCHOOL A

1

1

POTCHEFSTROOM GIM

BOYS

SACS

2

0

SOMERSET COLLEGE

BOYS

WYNBERG BHS

4

1

PEARSON HS

BOYS

DF MALAN

4

1

PINELANDS HS

BOYS

FELSTED SCHOOL

7

3

OUTENIQUA HS

GIRLS

KINGSTON GS

0

1

OUTENIQUA HS

GIRLS

SOMERSET COLLEGE

0

1

BELLVILLE HS

GIRLS

MILLFIELD SCHOOL A

0

4

PEARSON HS

BOYS

RONDEBOSCH

9

0

MERCHANT TAYLORS B

BOYS

HUGENOT HS

1

6

UPLANDS COLLEGE

GIRLS

STELLENBERG HS B

0

6

WAKEFIELD GIRLS

BOYS

STELLENBERG HS

0

3

KES BIRMINGHAM

GIRLS

PAARL GIM

2

2

CHISPITE SCHOOL ZIM

GIRLS

PINELANDS HS

1

1

KENNEMER LYCEUM

GIRLS

PAREL VALLEI HS

3

0

TABLE VIEW HS

BOYS

SACS

5

2

MERCHANT TAYLORS A

BOYS

PAREL VALLEI HS

3

0

PEARSON HS

BOYS

PAUL ROOS GIM A

2

0

PINELANDS HS

BOYS

PAARL GIM

1

3

FELSTED SCHOOL

GIRLS

BELLVILLE HS

5

0

POTCHEFSTROOM GIM

GIRLS

RHENISH GHS

1

5

MILLFIELD SCHOOL A

BOYS

SOMERSET COLLEGE

2

0

PAUL ROOS GIM B

GIRLS

PAARL GIRLS HIGH

1

1

PEARSON HS

BOYS

DF MALAN

2

0

WINDHOEK GIM

GIRLS

SPRINGFIELD CONVENT

0

3

WAKEFIELD GIRLS

GIRLS

BLOEMHOF

4

0

MILLFIELD SCHOOL B

GIRLS

STELLENBERG A

3

0

KINGSTON GS

BOYS

HUGENOT HS

1

6

MERCHANT TAYLORS A

GIRLS

PAREL VALLEI HS

1

3

OUTENIQUA HS

BOYS

PAARL GIM

3

3

OUTENIQUA HS

GIRLS

RHENISH GHS

4

2

WINDHOEK GIM

GIRLS

SPRINGFIELD CONVENT

5

1

STELLENBERG HS B


  (FRIDAY'S MATCHES)

Some classic clashes are in store and at a glance those of the many with the potential for rich entertainment see:
Millfield vs Bellville girls at Hartleyvale B at 9am;
Bloemhof vs Paarl Girls at 9am at Western Province Cricket Club;
Paul Roos vs Kingston Grammar boys at Hartleyvale A at 11.30am;
Windhoek Gim vs Millfield girls, Hartleyvale A at 12.45am;
Wynberg boys vs Felsted, Hartleyvale A at 2pm

EARLY RUNNERS


The boys’ medals race sees SACS, Paul Roos, Wynberg, Rondebosch and London’s Kingston Grammar still in the semi-final race … in some cases much depends on what happens Friday ...

For the girls it is not an easy pick, but Stellenberg, Bellville, Paarl Girls, Bloemhof, Parel Vallei, Pearson, and Paarl Gim plus Millfield and Wakefield, are attractive teams to keep an eye on

* It must be pointed out that not all schools have played the same number of games.

GENERAL IMPRESSIONS

Former England and Great Britain international Matt Daly, who is managing London’s Kingston Grammar School side, is having a great time. “It’s been brilliant so far,” said the man who was in the GB team that ended fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“The quality of play, the athleticism of the boys and girls, the youth of some of the players, it’s a great event in every respect.”

In the chat with Matt the conversation touched on, certainly, in some cases, the players are considerably below the Under-18 age group, some as young as U14, which is impressive in itself.

There’s also the fact that this event is about much more than just the hockey.

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COMMENT


Once again there were some very, very talented boys and girls on show.

And it is clear they have been coached as far as technical skills, tactics and structure are concerned.

However - this is a very general observation and doesn’t apply to all teams - the standard of attacking penalty corners has been absolutely abysmal, in stark contrast to the quality of the field play.

Considering that the penalty corner remains the most potent weapon as far as goalscoring is concerned, one cannot help thinking what might have been, had certain teams been on the money in the set-piece department.