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Hockey: Match Reports Nomads Festival Day 1

Nomads Hockey Festival Day 1 Match Reports

Hockey150Game 1:
Grey High School (1) 1 Michaelhouse 0

An evenly matched affair, the winner was scored by dangerous Grey striker Tando Mtshixa from close range off a well-worked move in the 21st minute. Michaelhouse had four penalty corners but coach Andrew Brown’s side could not bury the chances.

Both keepers were superb, Michaelhouse’s Joe Coyne and Grey’s Richard Nesbitt pulling off some stunning saves from close range. Individual skills of quality were exhibited by the players, House’s Luke Stevens and Grey captain Devon Clarke just two of them, while Michaelhouse’s Dom Pretorius and Jason Marshall were prominent upfront.

Game 2: Maritzburg College (0) 3 Millfield 0

A hard-fought first half, top UK school Millfield were fortunate to come away with the score goalless as College carved out a number of gilt-edged opportunities.
A Tevin Kok snapshot in the ninth minute set the tone but dangerous Millfield striker Ed Horler brought a superb glove save from College goalkeeper Siya Nolutshungusix minutes later.

The tussle for possession was intense and Nolutshungumade some fine saves, while in the dying seconds Amkelwe Letuka won the first penalty corner, College captain Jorgen Wikstrom’s power drag-flick was brilliantly palmed away by the Millfield keeper.

Turning around 0-0 it was College who prevailed in the second half, although the dynamic Horler and a save on the goalline indicated that Millfield had their chances.

But it was College who put them away, an own goal the outcome of a beautifully-constructed set-up in the 29th minute (1-0); Wikstrom making no mistake in the 38th minute from the red, black and white’s second PC (2-0), and penalty corner injector Bandile Kuneneslapping in at the near post from their fourth PC in the 41st minute after College had botched the initial tactic (3-0).

With the matches 25 minutes each way, Millfield had a mountain to climb but it was not to be.

Game 3: St Johns (2) 3 St Andrews (Bloemfontein) 0

Walter Pfaff opened the scoring in the ninth minute off the third St Johns College (Johannesburg) penalty corner. A minute later Josh Hooper scored a field goal before St Johns earned two more PCs by the time the half-time whistle blew.

After the changeover St Johns continued to dominate and two more PC goals were the outcome, one of which was netted by captain Kyle Lion-Cachet for the 3-0 final result.

Game 4: Wynberg (3) 4 Pretoria Boys’ High 1

Wynberg took their chances, PBHS were disappointing in the amount of ball they gave away and their inability to convert their opportunities. New Maritzburg College headmaster Chris Luman, a Wynberg Old Boy,  commented that Wynberg’s goalkeeper and captain Rob McKinley had a very good game. The Cape side’s goals came from Migyle Stevens and Ryan Crowe before Daelon Campbell pulled one back for PBHS.

Stevens restored Wynberg’s two-goal cushion on the half-time whistle in this format of two halves of 25-minutes apiece before Michael Harebottle made the game safe five minutes from the end.

Game 5: Selborne 0 King Edward VII School (KES) 0

No score in a match that produced some constructive hockey from which goalscoring chances were not taken.

Game 6: Jeppe (2) 3 Hilton (1) 2

In a robust yet enjoyable tussle in which Julian Yeats (Hilton) and Karabo Mogotsi (Jeppe) were the standout players, Jeppe led 2-1 at half-time through goals from captain Craig Bekker and Sebastian Green while the Hiltonians replied via the stick of Gareth Obery.

Kamla Ramburuth-Hurt restored Jeppe’s two-goal margin before Luke Pannell pulled one back for Hilton two minutes from time.

Game 7: KES (0) 1 Michaelhouse (0) 1

Chris Wilkinson netted a field goal 10 minutes after half-time before Dom Pretorius left the final score 1-1 with his 47th minute field goal.

Game 8: Maritzburg College (0) 1 Grey High 0

College captain Jorgen Wikstrom nailed the winner with a well-taken goal two minutes after half-time in an exciting match that was evenly contested.

Grey didn’t make the most of their goalscoring opportunities while at the same time the College lads defended like Trojans. It was a tight game and College were not able to dominate, as is their custom.

Game 9: Hilton (3) 4 St Andrews 0

Hilton started with a bang and went 2-0 up inside nine minutes through a brace of field goals by Stewart Campbell-Gillies - and these early goals underscored the black-and-whites’ dominance.

Captain Michael Salgado added another in the 19th minute while St Andrews’ Sinclair Marais will no doubt reflect ruefully on missing out in his one-on-one with the keeper three minutes after half-time.

Hilton’s Jason Dunbar put the result beyond question with his field goal two minutes from full-time, this after team-mate Luke Pannell had hit the post a couple of minutes earlier.

Former SA player and national director of coaching Jock Coombes, the Hilton coach, said that better disciplines and structure allowed for more control of the game and the creation of goalscoring chances.

Game 10: Jeppe High (1) 1 Millfield (0) 1

The leading UK hockey school went down 1-0 in the fifth minute when Seb Green scored from Jeppe’s single penalty corner of the match. To their credit, Millfield never looked back and were finally rewarded when the outstanding striker Ed Horler levelled matters from a PC 12 minutes after half-time.

Millfield had nine other PCs which didn’t yield results, while one-on-one and open-goal chances also came and went.

Game 11: Selborne (2) 3 Pretoria Boys’ High (0) 2

Selborne College and Pretoria Boys’ High were involved in a five-goal humdinger that nevertheless saw the East London lads lead from the outset and control much of the game.
A 14th-minute field goal from Damon Thompson set Selborne up and a minute later an Alex Penhall penalty-corner goal made it 2-0.

PBHS got on the scoresheet after half-time through field goals from Fabio Dearling and Llewellyn Strydom that set the Selborne fans’ hearts a-flutter, but another Penhall PC made certain that the honours went to East London.  

Game 12: Wynberg (1) 3 St Johns 0

Wynberg won a solid, tough game 3-0 in a match played in good spirit, Migyle Stevens getting a brace of field goals, one in each half, and Michael Harebottle nailing a penalty corner for 3-0 a good 12 minutes from the end.

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