Back-to-back Clifton first XI wins at Westville

The Clifton College first XI followed up last Thursday’s 4-wicket T20 win over home side Westville on Bowden’s with a 64-run victory in this past Saturday’s 50-over match.

“Clifton set the tone from the beginning,” says the Clifton coaching staff’s Oliver Cash.


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The hard-hitting Josh Platford provided the early impetus with a typically belligerent 54 off just 33 balls that included 9 fours and 2 sixes in his hour at the crease.


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Clifton had the perfect foil in fellow opener and wicketkeeper Matt Adams (64 off 120 balls with 4 fours) who was the backbone of the innings during his 3,5 hours at the crease.

“A patient innings from Matt Adams meant he was the perfect  partner for the attacking and big-hitting Josh Platford,” says coach Oliver Cash, who has been with the first XI for a number of years, primarily in the strength and conditioning role, which so ably complements the cricketing knowledge of the experienced Clifton first XI coach Yashin Ebrahim.



Adams and the attack-minded Clifton skipper Nabeel Jeewa (40 32b 3×4 2×6) complemented the first-wicket partnership with another productive stand for the third wicket.

Grade 10 talent Ross Montgomery – coming in at number 5 – weighed in with a 34 off 70 balls (2 fours).

“Our experienced captain Nabeel Jeewa and young Ross Montgomery were brilliant in making sure that flow continued to lunch and beyond,” says Cash.



The 35 extras that included 21 wides and 2 no-balls (a “freebie” 23 runs that also provided the Clifton batters with 23 extra deliveries to face) did not help the Westville cause and Clifton’s innings closed on an imposing 267 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs.

“Mention must also be made of the fact that Westville all-rounder Troy Botha was absolutely brilliant in the field,” says Clifton’s Oliver Cash. “A couple more fielders like Troy makes me think that our score may have been a lot less.”


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Westville employed 7 bowlers in the Clifton innings and the most significant outcomes came from Anthony Dunford (7 overs 1 maiden conceding 28 runs and taking 2 wickets) and Jared Slaney (10-0-53-2) and a tidy 10-0-28-1 from opening bowler Troy Botha. Dylan Rae and Jaden Arumugam picked up a wicket apiece.

In their reply to Clifton’s total of 267, too many misplaced airborne shots resulting in 6 catches coupled with 3 run outs did little for the Westville run chase, albeit a run chase set at a more-than challenging  (on KZN pitches) 5.3 an over.



Opening batsman Kyle Hammond made a brisk start to the Westville innings with 36 off 35 (3 fours) while first-wicket Callum Hayes (30 42b 2×4) and skipper Ethan Matkovich (35 49b 2×4) also contributed handily to keep the home side within sight of winning ways.

“I thought Clifton started very poorly in the Westville innings,” says Cash. “Energy was very low and our bowlers lacked intent. Westville got on top with some aggressive batting. Unfortunately, one or two silly run outs from them meant their run rate fell off towards the middle of their innings.”


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A typically pugnacious Troy Botha – coming in at 7 – innings of 57 runs off 46 balls including 6 fours and 3 sixes injected further momentum into the Westville run chase but the total of 3 run outs, including 2 towards the end, saw the home team’s innings close with the score reading 203 all out in just 39.4 overs of the 50 granted them.

“Once again it was Troy Botha who stepped up to the plate for Westville,” says Cash. “Troy had a brilliant knock and almost took the game away from us, but once we took his wicket we smelt blood in the water and with the light fading we cracked on the accelerator and closed the game out.”



It’s easy to say in hindsight of course, and purely statistical conjecture (lies, damn lies and then there are statistics, they say) but those 62 unused deliveries – had they been utilised by the batsmen in search of the remaining 65 to win (remember the 3 ill-judged run outs) it may well have brought the respective innings totals closer together.

Aside from the 3 run outs, Clifton spinners Marco Mottura (8-0-42-2) and the in-form vice-captain John Munford (8-0-25-2) were the chief wicket-takers while opening bowler Ryan Jairaj, first-change Ross Montgomery and second-change Teague Ridgway each earned a wicket.



“Given the conditions and some player health issues, I am very proud of the Clifton lads,” added Cash.

1st XI
Thursday T20:
Westville 124/5 (John Munford 3-25) Clifton 125/4 (Josh Platford 31, Romashen Pillay 30)
Clifton won by 6 wickets



Saturday 50-over: Clifton 267/7 (Matt Adams 64, Josh Platford 54, Nabeel Jeewa 40, Ross Montgomery 34) Westville 203 all out in 39.4ov (Troy Botha 5, Kyle Hammond 36, Ethan Matkovich 35, Callum Hayes 30)
Clifton won by 64 runs



Other CC v WBHS results
2nd XI:
Clifton 122 lost to WBHS 124/4 by 6 wkts
Clifton 90 lost to WBHS 91/2 by 8 wkts
U16A: Clifton 114 lost to WBHS 115/3 (Kistna 47) by 7 wkts
U15A: WBHS 74 (Murray 6-13) lost to Clifton 75/5 by 5 wkts
U14A: Clifton 114 (Miller 41, Kistna 5-22) lost to WBHS 115/2 (Kistna 48) by 8 wkts


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John Munford gets 3 of Westville’s top 4 to set up Clifton’s T20 win

Clifton College 1st XI vice-captain John Munford made 3 vital breakthroughs in the T20 at Bowden’s yesterday while Josh Platford took full measure of too many boundary balls upfront from home side Westville, leading to a 4-wicket victory for the visitors from Morningside with 2 balls to spare.

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Feature image: Clifton vice-captain John Munford played a pivotal role in his side’s win on Bowden’s at Westville.


Josh Platford was in devastating form in setting up the Clifton run chase.


Three home-side batsmen got into the 20’s before falling victim to Munford (2) and promising grade 10 Ross Montgomery as Westville concluded their 20 overs with the total reading 124 for 5, Clifton vice-captain Munford ending with 3 for 17 from 4 probing overs.


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The batting blitzkrieg that is Josh Platford (31 off 18 balls with 5 fours and 1 six, strike rate 172.2) set up Clifton’s chase and with the rest of the top 5 chipping in it appeared to be a given needing 9 runs to win and 16 deliveries still in the bank.


Clifton opener Romashen Pillay executes the switch-hit on Bowden’s.


To their credit the spirited Westville lads whittled the Cliftonians down to the 3rd-last ball before acknowledging defeat.

Westville get a chance to turn the tables when Clifton return to Bowden’s for the 50-over match tomorrow.


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Kearsney vs Clifton cricket basketball water polo matches in pictures

It was an action-packed Super Saturday 8 2 20 for two of our much-appreciated and cherished schools Kearsney College and Clifton College on the cricket, water polo and basketball arenas in Botha’s Hill and Riverside-by-the-Sea.

The man on the spot Brad Morgan had a field day with camera in hand and remarked on the passionate support and camaraderie that permeated the throngs of friendly spectators – moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, aunties and uncles – and just your regular fan, like Brad, of the KZN10 schools’ special way of celebrating a Sporting Super Saturday within the Family of 10.

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So who are these Clifton (with ball) and Kearsney (arm upraised) first team water polo players so beautifully captured by man on the spot Brad Morgan?


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Tight 1st quarter before Kearsney 1sts basketball pull away from Clifton

The Kearsney College first team hosted Clifton on Saturday and the opening quarter saw the two teams feeling each other out with Kearsney doing much of the playing but failing to convert their opportunities into points.

Clifton made the most of their limited opportunities and scored whenever they shot the ball. The quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 8-apiece.

Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: Sharpshooter Ryan Wimbush was Kearsney’s top points (18) scorer.


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Kearsney began to find some rhythm on offence during the 2nd quarter and opened up a 4-point lead – going into the halftime break 21-17 ahead.

Kearsney broke open the game during the 3rd quarter and played some very good basketball, looking like they would finish off their opponents in amassing a 14-point lead.

However, the 4th quarter fizzled out with both teams making poor decisions on offence and not making their baskets.


Kearsney’s Matt Campbell (17 points) was at his elusive best in this Clifton clash. Photo Tracey van den Aardweg


But Kearsney had done enough to come out winners by a 13-point margin with the final scoreline reading Kearsney 59 and Clifton 46.

For Kearsney, the top points scorers against Clifton were Ryan Wimbush with 19 points, followed by Matt Campbell (17 points), Xander Kapsimalis, Siyabonga Mpontshane & Ben Field on 6 points apiece.

For Clifton, Jacques Mahanga netted 20 points.


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Yesterday, the Kearsney first team went down by 60 points to 50 at Westville.

All in all, it was a top day for Kearsney basketball versus visitors Clifton with 9 wins from 9 starts.


2nds: Kearsney 26 Clifton 22
Kearsney 47 Clifton 14
Kearsney 54 Clifton 19
U16B: Kearsney 29 Clifton 19
U15A: Kearsney 70 Clifton 8
U15B: Kearsney 56 Clifton 6
U14A: Kearsney 33 Clifton 18
U14B: Kearsney 20 Clifton 6


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Quality Clifton firsts water polo outgun gutsy Kearsney

In a much-anticipated clash, the Kearsney College first team played host to water polo powerhouses Clifton College on Saturday.

Clifton, fresh from a tournament in Grahamstown, settled quickly into their stride.

Kearsney created some good scoring chances in the first half, but were ultimately undone by solid defence and the wrong options being taken a few too many times.

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The clinical Clifton side punished each Kearsney mistake to take the score to a commanding 7-1 at the halftime break.

Kearsney College came out strong in the 3rd chukka, showing composure and heart to claw back into the game and were trailing by 4 goals at 4-8 with a chukka to play.


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With all-out attack and risk-taking the imperative in attempting to haul in the 4-goal deficit in that last chukka, it was a bridge to far for the home team as Clifton comfortably contained the threat in conceding 1 goal while adding 4 of their own to finish the markedly stronger team in this encounter at the final scoreline of 12-5.

On the plus side for Kearsney, many lessons were learnt at the hands of this quality Clifton outfit.


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All in all it was a successful day for Clifton water polo.


2nds: Clifton 10 Kearsney 2
3rds: Clifton 10 Kearsney 3
4ths: Clifton 15 Kearsney 3
5ths: Clifton 10 Kearsney 4
U15A: Clifton 6 Kearsney 1
U15B: Clifton 10 Kearsney 8
U14A: Clifton 12 Kearsney 0


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Clifton 1st XI end Kearsney 1st XI’s 10-match winning streak

Clifton College first XI took advantage of the crucial toss of the coin to break the Kearsney College first XI’s outstanding 10-match winning streak at Riverside in Durban North on Saturday.

It appeared nigh-inevitable that the outcome of the 45-over match would be decided on who won the toss between captains Nabeel Jeewa (CC) and Cade Carmichael (KC) and it was the Clifton skipper who ended on the right side of the call, having no hesitation in electing to bowl.

Brad Morgan feature image: Clifton seamer Ronan Vardaya was on target at Riverside; onlooking Kearsney batsman Dylan Hulett continues to play valuable innings.

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Batting was going to be a mission in the morning session, and so it proved.

Clifton’s seamers had the batsmen under the cosh, with Kearsney losing wickets at regular intervals.

The pick of the seamers was Ronan Vardaya (2-17 in 7 overs) and Josh Platford (1-21 in 9).

Not to be outdone, the Clifton spinners also extracted turn and bounce with Marco Mottura (2-30 in 9) and grade 10 Ross Montgomery (2-2 in 1) doing significant damage.


Kearsney’s attack-minded Dylan Hulett is having a golden run with the bat this school term. Photo Brad Morgan


An interesting run-out, which was later repeated in the Clifton innings, added to the drama.

Only Kearsney’s Rubin Rheeder (34) and the in-form Dylan Hulett (28) managed some resistance in the difficult batting conditions.

And full marks to the efficient Clifton bowling attack that didn’t take its foot off the gas – Kearsney all out for 113 in 37 of the allotted 45 overs.

By the afternoon the wicket had flattened out in the sun and wind, with conditions therefore improving for batting.


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True to form in a first term that on a number of occasions has seen victory resurrected from the gaping jaws of what seemed to be inevitable defeat, Cade Carmichael’s never-say-die Kearsney lads were not going down without a fight.

The Kearsney bowling attack made Clifton work hard for their runs.

Dean Gibbs (3-22 in 9) and spinner Josh Stocks – the picture of control and economy in taking 1 wicket for 9 runs in 9 miserly overs – kept the batsmen honest and Clifton eventually passed the target in the 35th over with seven wickets down.


Clifton’s Marco Mottura spins the web at Riverside on Saturday. Photo Brad Morgan


Clifton’s Nabeel Jeewa played a captain’s knock in scoring a gritty, match-winning 57 and making exactly half of the total runs need for victory.


Kearsney College first XI 113 all out in 37 overs (Rubin Rheeder 34, Dylan Hulett 28; Ronan Vardaya 2-17 in 7 overs, Josh Platford 1-21 in 9, Marco Mottura 2-30 in 9, Ross Montgomery 2-2 in 1)
Clifton College first XI 114/7 (Nabeel Jeewa 57; Dean Gibbs 3-22 in 9, Josh Stocks 1-9 in 9)
Clifton won by 3 wickets


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2nd XI: Clifton 160 (Moodley 44; Weyer 4-16, Van der Merwe 3-22) Kearsney 164/4 (Talbot 63*)
Kearsney won by 6 wickets

3rd XI: Clifton 103/7 (Moodley 42*, Klue 32; Kearsney 104/4
Kearsney won by 6 wickets

U16A: Kearsney 239/8 (Bergsett 96, Wiggett 56; Rein 4-32) Clifton 224/5 (Coleman 99, Strathmore 79)
Match abandoned due to rain


Kearsney College captain Cade Carmichael’s first XI have had an outstanding first term. Photo Brad Morgan


 U15A: Kearsney 216/9 and Clifton 170/8 (Veitch 43, Mattis 52; Bishop 3-21)
Match abandoned due to rain

U14A: Clifton 115 (Behari 38; Khambule 3-21, Daya 4-19) Kearsney 117/3 (De Olivera 43*, O’Donovan 33*)
Kearsney won by 7 wickets


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St Charles College 1st XI better Clifton by 38 runs & Grey Bloem by 42

St Charles College first XI played host to Clifton College on The Saints Oval on Saturday, 18 January 2020 in what was the first outing in the first term of the new year. Clifton College won the toss and elected to bowl.

After a slow start, the St Charles College middle order came to the fore in the latter half of the innings and took the total to a defendable 179/7 off the allotted 50 overs.

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Chaise Botha (39), Keegan Crawford (37) and Matthew Erasmus (33*) were the pick of the Saints’ batsman.

Clifton, in reply, got off to a quick start after SCC had set attacking fields, but after a few quick wickets before the 10th over, they were unable to keep up the momentum.

At afternoon tea, Clifton were 89/8 and the game was ultimately sealed.


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Disappointingly, the Saints were unable to make quick inroads into the bottom order and were made to wait until the 42nd over to seal a comfortable 38-run victory, this after Clifton were eventually out for 141.

Teague Ridgway top-scored for Clifton with a fighting 52.

Seamer Steven Scott, with 3 wickets, was the pick of the SCC bowlers.

Match info supplied courtesy of St Charles College.


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The impressive St Charles College first XI win against Clifton comes on the back of a commanding 42-run victory over the Grey College first XI in Bloemfontein, to make it two emphatic victories from two outings for the Saints first XI this year.

Nathan Lunderstedt was the mainstay of the Saints innings vs Grey College in Bloemfontein, while Saints fast bowler Keegan Crawford wreaked havoc amongst the Grey College batsmen, backed to the hilt by Lunderstedt.

Saints scores in brief vs Grey College in Bloemfontein

St Charles College 140 all out (Nathan Lunderstedt 53)
Grey College 98 all out (Keegan Crawford 5/29 in 7 overs, Nathan Lunderstedt 3/14 in 5 overs)
St Charles College won by 42 runs


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2nd XI
Saints 84 all out (Cox 4-18, Vincent 3-28)
Clifton 85/3
Clifton won by 7 wickets

3rd XI
Clifton 109 all out (Rajcoomar 34)
Saints 110/1 (McGuire 42)
Saints won by 9 wickets

Clifton 198 all out (Reddy 31, Pillay 32, Armitage-Graves 36)
Saints 111 all out (Wasenaar 32, Sonitis 3-11)
Clifton won by 87 runs


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Clifton 164 all out (Riley 26*)
Saints 148 all out (Tillard 4-29)
Clifton won by 16 runs

Clifton 73 all out
Saints 74/1 (Fortman 31)
Saints won by 9 wickets observation: What is remarkable in the above record of 3 wins apiece is the decisive nature of the victories, the closest outcome being 16 runs in the U15A game.


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Weekend Soccer Results 11 August

Soccer season has been in full flow as most KZN10 schools have played a number of inter schools fixtures.

This weekend however was a midterm break of sorts as only Michaelhouse and Hilton College competed against each other.


Results vs Michaelhouse


2nd       3rd       4th       5th
1 ~ 2       0 ~ 1       1 ~ 3       3 ~ 3
6th       7th       8th
4 ~ 0       3 ~ 1       0 ~ 0
U16A       U16B       U16C       U14E
1 ~ 3       3 ~ 2       0 ~ 2       0 ~ 1
U15B       U15C       U15D       U15E
2 ~ 0       3 ~ 1       2 ~ 0       0 ~ 5
U14A       U14B       U14C       U14D
2 ~ 0       1 ~ 0       3 ~ 0       2 ~ 2
Played Won Draw Lost
19 9 3 7


KZN10 also had 3 school head to St Davids Marist Inanda for their 17th annual challenge cup namely Hilton College, Clifton School and Michaelhouse.

There were mixed results over the weekend as the 1st and U15A teams competed. The stand out performance came from the Hilton College U15A who came a credible 4th out of 16 teams.


St Davids Marist Inanda Challenge Cup Results


Hilton College 1st

Prestidge College 3 ~ 2
KES 0 ~ 3
Clifton School 1 ~ 1
Sutherland 1 ~ 1
St Stithians 1 ~ 1
St Benedicts 2 ~ 1

Hilton College U15A

Grey College 1 ~ 1
St Benedicts 1 ~ 0
St Stithians 6 ~ 0
St Johns College 1 ~ 0
KES 0 ~ 1
Grey College 0 ~ 1


Michaelhouse 1st

Parktown Boys 1 ~ 2
St Davids Marist 0 ~ 1
Sutherland 0 ~ 1
Clifton School 2 ~ 0
St Peters College 2 ~ 1
Waterstone College 3 ~ 2

Michaelhouse U15A

Sutherland 2 ~ 2
Norkem Park 1 ~ 5
KES 0 ~ 1
Clifton School 1 ~ 2
Prestige College 2 ~ 2
St Stithians Coollege 2 ~ 1


Clifton School 1st

KES 0 ~ 6
Prestige College 1 ~ 4
Hilton College 1 ~ 1
Michaelhouse 0 ~ 2
Waterstone 2 ~ 1
St Peters 2 ~ 1

Clifton School U15A

Jeppe 0 ~ 6
St Johns College 0 ~ 4
St Peters 2 ~ 2
Michaelhouse 2 ~ 1
St Stithians 0 ~ 3
Prestige College 1 ~ 2


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Clifton all set for end of season ISRF-Fixtures

With what will be the curtain call on the 2019 rugby season for the schools competing, Clifton College have pulled out all the stops to put together a awesome end of season rugby bonanza in hosting the 2019 Independent Schools Rugby Festival from the 26 June – 1 July.



The picturesque Riverside sports complex will provide an awesome backdrop to what should be a intriguing couple of days of rugby. With many sides going for a round 2 of sorts,  it will be telling as to how some schools adjust to new combinations with the call ups to the various Craven and Academy week sides affecting selection.



Competing Schools:

KZN Schools Eastern Cape
Michaelhouse St Andrews College
St Charles College Kingswood College
Hilton College Gauteng
Clifton College St Davids Marist
Kearsney College Free State
South Coast Barbarians St Andrews School


The South Coast Barbarians are an invitational team made up of players from Kuswag, Amanzimtoti High and Kingsway High.




27 June Field
13 : 00 Michaelhouse Kingswood College A
14 : 15 St Charles College St Davids Marist A
15 : 30 St Andrews School South Coast Barbarians A
16 : 45 Hilton College St Andrews College A
18 : 00 Kearsney College Clifton College A


Good match ups here, especially the Hilton College vs St Andrews College game. The boys from the Eastern Cape are the only team to have beaten Hilton this year in a comprehensive 43-27 win at the Kingswood 125th rugby festival.

Both schools have their fair share of players in provincials sides so the depth of both schools will be tested. St Charles College have made steady progress this year as they take a step up in their rugby programme and against  St Davids they certainly look the favourites.


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29 June Field
13 : 00 St Andrews College St Davids Marist A
14 : 15 Clifton College St Andrews School A
15 : 30 Kearsney College Kingswood College A
16 : 45 Michaelhouse South Coast Barbarians A
18 : 00 Hilton College St Charles College A


A rematch for Clifton College and St Andrews School. the boys from Durban prevailed in their fixture in the rarefied air of the free State earlier in the season, 24-13, so they should enter the fixture fully aware of what needs to be done. Kearsney College would look to avenge an early season loss to to Kingswood College.

Hilton College and St Charles College finally get to play their fixture after a postponement earlier in the season.


01 July Field
09 : 00 Hilton College St Davids Marist A
09 : 00 Kingswood College St Charles College B
10 : 15 St Andrews College Michaelhouse A
10 : 15 Kearsney College St Andrews School B
11 : 30 Clifton College South Coast Barbarians A


It all looks set for a great couple of days, so if you are in and around Durban head down to Riverside for some great games.


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More from Clifton coach Keegan Pearce on the 7-goal thriller-win at Hilton

There have been a number of exciting KZN10 schools’ first team hockey matches this season, but the Clifton College 4-3 at Hilton stakes a big claim to be the pick of the bunch.

RenateMonty feature photo: Clifton first team and title-winning KZN Coastal mentor Keegan Pearce is a tactician of note.

Here is Clifton head coach Keegan Pearce’s thoughts on the match, a match which I personally would never have predicted could go the Durban team’s way.

“Coming into Saturday’s fixture with Hilton, Jono, it certainly was daunting playing away against such a well-structured and tactically astute Hilton College team.


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“The odds were certainly against us and we needed a good start to give ourselves an opportunity to win. The first 20 minutes seemed like a whirlwind. We scored 3 goals inside the first 15 minutes.

“We targeted the counter-attacks, and a key part of our game was to move the ball on early.

“We capitalised on what, at times, was loose marking and we connected passes superbly to get behind the defensive line almost every attacking play. This allowed us to gain entry into the attacking 23-metre area and also make circle entries, and 3 goals was the result.”

A combination of turnovers and counter-attacks from deep plus space in the Hilton midfield led to field goals by Clifton’s Justin Wood, Spencer Klue and Luke Wilson. But could underdogs Clifton maintain such incredible momentum?

Yes indeed. Here’s Keegan:

“We scored a 4th goal in the 2nd chukka to go 4-0 up and that really cemented our lead in the second half.”

With a Hilton player on the receiving end of an umpire’s green card at a point during the second chukka, Clifton pocketed their second deflection goal, Daryl Lotter emulating the same scoring manner of Justin Wood’s opening goal in this high-octane clash.

Remarkably, the rampant Clifton combination nearly went 5-0 up just 5 minutes from halftime after sterling work by John Munford, but the Daryl Lotter effort shaved the wrong side of the left post.

Back to Clifton head coach Keegan Pearce:

“Then we were complacent and conceded a penalty corner in the last 10 seconds of the 2nd chukka.”


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The penalty corner stemmed from an inspired drive and Hilton College’s skilful playmaker and drag-flick king Cameron Pearce made no error in flashing the ball into the left side of the goals.

Despite Clifton being a remarkable 4-1 up going into the second half, this match was by no means over, as the classy Hilton College team had a good 30 minutes in which to overhaul the Durban side’s impressive, but not unbeatable, 3-goal margin.

Here’s Clifton coach Keegan Pearce:

“With nothing to lose, Hilton put everything they had into the last 30 minutes and pressed us so well that the cracks started to show!

“We defended deep for long periods, and naturally but unfortunately we adopted a defend-at-all-costs mindset. It meant our build-up was rushed and too direct, and Hilton capitalised on that to win a few penalty corners and scored a great goal from a strong flick.”

As reporter at pitch-side, ZekeO, commented in his match report, “Up stepped that man (Cameron) Pearce whose drag flick exploded the back of the Clifton net… 4-2 is how the (third) chukka ended.”

Back to Clifton mentor Keegan Pearce:

“We played out to a 4-2 lead until the last few minutes, when again some great pressing and brilliant intercepting from Hilton saw them score to make it 4-3.”

As reporter Zeke put it: “In the 59th minute (Stephan) Liebenberg guided a bullet cross into the back of the net, making the score 4-3. With a minute to go the tension was palpable as the Clifton boys tried to hold onto the ball.”


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Clifton coach Keegan Pearce praised his boys for hanging on so well in that emotion-charged final minute to seal a memorable 4-3 victory.

Head coach Devon van der Merwe’s Hilton College lads will be looking to end off their successful season on a high note when they visit Aitken’s Astro in Balgowan this Saturday morning and a match-up with captain Ben Rebeck’s buoyant Michaelhouse side, who on Pape’s Astro last Saturday were the first Men of House in 19 years to beat Maritzburg College in their own backyard.

Hilton won this year’s first encounter with Michaelhouse in what was an at-times acrimonious affair, so let’s hope that the 15 June Super Saturday Feature Match will be free of undue tension and full of sparkling schoolboy hockey.

In 2018 the annual two-match Hilton/Michaelhouse series was shared 1 apiece, the Aitken’s Astro match a personal triumph for Ben Rebeck who nailed all 4 of the Men of House’s goals in the Michaelhouse victory.


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