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Top teams shine on day two of KES Easter Festival


Fourteen of the top hockey-playing schools in the nation wielded their hockey sticks and did battle on Saturday at the King Edward VII School (KES) Easter Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank, and produced blockbuster performances. The Good Friday break had not affected their momentum.

A total of 11 matches were played across two turfs, KES’ Weinberg Astro and the St John’s Astro.

The first match of the day was a thriller between Parktown Boys’ High and Grey College. Both played with confidence and defended stubbornly.

Grey coach Wayne Coetzee‘s charges adopted an attacking approach and piled pressure onto Parktown. The Johannesburg boys were equal to the task, however, and executed their defensive responsibilities well.

But Parktown, coached by Kyle Reddy, were not merely sitting back and soaking up wave after wave of attack from Grey College. They launched their own forays, too. “We had a few opportunities towards the end of the game but unfortunately couldn’t finish,” Reddy said, after the contest ended 1-1.

The next match was between Queen’s College and Maritzburg College. Coach Kyle Emerson‘s young team produced a strong performance to fire three goals past Queen’s without reply.

Emerson’s lineup includes four u16 players, as well as a handful of grade 11s. While their assignment against Michael Baiden‘s charges turned out to be relatively easy, their next match was at the other end of the spectrum.

They went up against a fiery Waterkloof team that attacked with ferocity in a fascinating clash of systems. Emerson’s boys retained possession and played into gaps while Waterkloof ran hard.

College stayed true to their principles in the first half and scored a goal in the second chukka, but lost control of the game in the third.

“In the second half, Waterkloof came with a bit more fire and pressed us. I think, in response, we started to hang on the ball too much to try and play, and that’s not the kind of hockey we want to play. We got caught in that tussle and it became scrappy. That’s where our performance dipped. We didn’t control our game,” Emerson said.

Nonetheless, Maritzburg College held firm and emerged with a 1-0 win.

Selborne College continued their winning march at festivals by registering two wins, beating St Charles in the morning and Northwood in the afternoon.

Matt Coombes‘ St Charles College side was handicapped by the absence of a couple of players, including their captain, Connor Riley, who was out with an injury. They went two goals down in the first chukka and faced an uphill battle from then on.

Saints played good hockey in the third chukka and parts of the fourth quarter, but their efforts were not enough.

KJ Friend‘s boys had an answer for every question posed by St Charles, in the same way that they had a response to every attack launched by Northwood later in the day. As they did with St Charles, Selborne found the back of the net early and sought to impose themselves on the game.

But Northwood was a different proposition. “We managed the game really well for the most part. We could have been better, but I am happy with the result. Against Northwood, my boys ran hard. They are putting in the leg work that most others won’t do,” Friend reckoned.

Northwood’s results evened out on Saturday, when their loss to Selborne was balanced out by a 2-1 win over St John’s.

“I think we haven’t hit our straps yet. I think we are going to get better. We aren’t at our best yet. But to be able to show effort like we did this evening, I am proud of the boys.” Knights’ coach Justin Collins said.

Ashley Kemp‘s Kearsney College enjoyed a great start to the festival, registering back-to-back victories over Jeppe and KES.

Kearsney came into the festival on the back of a good Founders Festival, where they won three and drew two, and showed excellent discipline in defence and when pressing the opposition. It was their emphasis on defence that separated them from many of the other teams.

“I take massive pride in defence first. So, from the start of preseason, that’s my main objective,” Kemp explained.

“If you don’t concede, you give your boys the ability to play freely… It’s the hardest part, but if you do it well, you give yourselves a lot of opportunity to express yourself.”

Sunday, the third day of the festival, promises more high-octane hockey and will kick off with a double-header, two 07:30 matches, with Jeppe facing St Charles at KES and Maritzburg College tackling Parktown at St John’s.

Results

Parktown 1-1 Grey College, Queen’s College 0-3 Maritzburg College, St Charles 0-4 Selborne, Northwood 2-1 St John’s, Kearsney 2-1 Jeppe, Maritzburg College 1-0 Waterkloof, Rondebosch 1-2 Grey College, Jeppe 2-0 Eldoraigne, Selborne 2-1 Northwood, Waterkloof 1-2 St John’s, Kearsney 2-0 KES

Fixtures

Sunday

Weinberg Astro

07:30 – Jeppe vs St Charles, 08:40 – Selborne vs Parktown, 09:50 – KES vs Northwood, 11:00 – Grey College vs Hoëskool Eldoraigne, 13:00 – St John’s vs St Charles, 14:10 – Maritzburg College vs Parktown, 15:20 – Northwood vs Rondebosch, 16:30 – KES vs Hoëskool Eldoraigne, 17:20 – Grey College vs Kearsney

St John’s Astro

07:30 – Maritzburg College vs Rondebosch, 08:40 – Waterkloof vs Queens, 13:00 – Selborne vs Kearsney

Monday

Weinberg Astro

07:30 – Selborne vs Hoëskool Eldoraigne, 08:40 – KES vs Queens, 09:50 – Waterkloof vs Northwood, 11:00 – Jeppe vs Rondebosch, 12:10 – St John’s vs Kearsney, 13:20 – Maritzburg College vs Grey College, 14:30 – Parktown vs St Charles

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