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KZN High Schools’ Coastal and Inland competitions kick off on Monday

By Siya Pongco , in Football | Featured Football | News , at 2024-04-08 Tags: , , , , , ,

Action from the 2023 semifinal of the Coastal League, in which Glenwood beat Westville after a penalty shootout.
Action from the 2023 semifinal of the Coastal League, in which Glenwood beat Westville after a penalty shootout.

U19 Coastal Fixtures

The football season in KwaZulu-Natal kicks off on Monday, 8 April, with Glenwood High School, the reigning champions of the KZN High School Football Association’s second term Coastal competition, set for a showdown with Westville Boys’ High School at Queensburgh High.

In the 2023 competition, Glenwood eliminated Westville in a penalty shootout in the semifinals.

Westville’s very successful football programme is led by Dan Haswell, whose brother, Nick, has enjoyed tremendous success with Maritzburg College.

Last season was a very good one for Westville football, throughout all of their age groups, and the 1st XI finished it ranked number one in the country. With their undoubted quality and depth, they’ll be among the top teams again.

Durban High School (DHS) takes on Pinetown at the same venue at 15:00. Bechet faces Hillcrest, and Northwood School tackles Port Shepstone, who were the runners-up to Glenwood last year, at 16:10.

The opening week includes u19 Coastal B clashes, too, on 12 April. Grosvenor goes head-to-head with Amanzimonti, Ashton Ballito tackles New Forest, Empangeni plays Sastri College, and the final match features Queensburgh against Redwood, also at Queensburgh.

Inland Fixtures

Maritzburg College's tradition is to always start each match on one knee.
Maritzburg College’s tradition is to always start each match on one knee.

On Thursday, 11 April, the KZN High School Football Association’s u19 Inland competition kicks off, with Maritzburg College beginning their quest to defend their title against Ixopo. The match takes place at College, on Barns, with kick-off at 15:00.

College will be trying to emulate a spectacular 2023, which began with them winning the Inland title, which was then followed by the Primo Big 10 Cup and the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands FA Cup titles.

Meanwhile the College 2nd XI takes on Linpark, the team the 1st side edged out 1-0 in last year’s final. Carter High and Haythorne meet at 16:00.

On 12 April, at Alexandra High, Heritage takes on Riverswood, Northbury does battle with Thornhill, Maritzburg College B meets ML Sultan, and Edendale has a date with the Alexander High School B team.

FIXTURES 

8 April

u19A Coastal
Queensburgh High

15:10, Field 1 – Glenwood vs Westville
15:10, Field 2 – DHS vs Pinetown
16:10, Field 1 – Bechet vs Hillcrest
16;10, Field 2 – Northwood vs Port Shepstone

11 April

u19A Inland
Maritzburg College,
Barns

15:00 – Maritzburg College B vs Linpark
16:00 – Maritzburg College A vs Ixopo

Alexandra High

15:10 – Carter vs Haythorne
16:10 – Alex vs Haythorne

12 April

u19 B Coastal
Queensburgh High

12 April

15:10, Field 1 – Grosvenor vs Amanzimtoti
15:10, Field 2 – Ashton Ballito vs New Forest
16:10, Field 1 – Empangeni vs Sastri College
16:10, Field 2 – Queensburgh vs Redwood

u19B Inland
Alexandra High School

15:00, Field 1 – Heritage vs Riverwood
15:10, Field 2 – Northbury vs Thornhill
16:00, Field 1 – Maritzburg College vs ML Sultan
16:00, Field 2 – Edendale vs Alex B

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