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Monday, 18 April 2011 14:52

Glenwood Hockey v DHS


Glenwood recently participated in the prestigious Founders and Nomads tournaments during the April vacations and of the 16 games played, they only lost 3. The Green Machine has been hard at work on the astro preparing for a demanding domestic season.

It was only fitting that the first official KZN fixture was against long-standing rivals DHS. Both schools have a long history with the sport of hockey and there have been many competitive encounters during this time.

On Saturday the 16th April, there was a full round of fixtures against DHS hosted at the 3 Schools Trust Turf. Any derby encounter between the two schools is always taken seriously. Looking to build on their recent success, the Glenwood units were highly motivated and focused.

The 14A team set the tone with a solid 3-0 win playing attractive passing hockey and showing their potential as a winning unit. What was impressive to note was the commitment from both sides and the passion for the game.

The 16A game was a far closer encounter with Glenwood closing the game out with a solitary 1 goal victory. There were far too many scoring opportunities that were left on the astro and the Glenwood team will need to improve if they are to show the rest of the KZN teams what they are truly capable of.

The 16B side played the type of hockey we have become accustomed to seeing and controlled the game from the beginning to the end winning comfortably 8-0.

DHS fought hard in the 14B game and a fair result of 1-1 was eventually recorded with both sides pressing and getting into the opposition's circle on more than one occasion.

The 14C closed out the U14 age group with a resounding 5-0 win. It must be said that the majority of the goals were scored in the last 8 minutes of the game and DHS made the Glenwood youngsters work hard for their victory. Unfortunately, DHS appeared to run out of steam at the end and allowed Glenwood to dominate proceedings.

During the U14C game, the weather took a nasty turn for the worst and the heavens opened up and drenched the pitch, players and coaches. This weather continued throughout the entire 1st team game, making the pitch slow and passing difficult. None-the-less, both sides battled hard in the first half with mistakes being turned into counter attacks at every opportunity. Glenwood opened the scoring through a short corner and managed to keep the pressure on for the remainder of the first half. At the turn-around, Glenwood were holding onto a slender lead. To make matters worse, the rain not only perpetuated but increased in intensity.

During the second half, Glenwood managed to hold onto their structure and were rewarded with a well-worked second goal. The score remainder the same until the final whistle although the Glenwood outfit did look the more likely to score towards the end.

The final game of the day was the 2nd team game and this was also played in difficult conditions as the rain continued to pour. The final result was Glenwood 2, DHS 0.

On the day, there was some very attractive hockey and both schools acquitted themselves admirably. Hockey is definitely alive and well in KZN and we look forward the remainder of the season.


Games played:         7

Glenwood won:        6

Draws:                        1

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