Maritzburg College’s 1st XI Red Army competed in the Saints Easter Festival playing five matches over the Easter weekend while our U14B side took part in the Ken Florens Festival at Northwood.
1st Team Match Report – Dylan Coombes – Director of Hockey & 1st team coach
The Maritzburg College 1st XI took part in the annual Saints Festival and played 5 matches over the Easter weekend.
In their first encounter they faced St David’s who being a local team were geared up and ready for the encounter. The College team looked lethargic having travelled the same day and never got into their regular flow.
Feature image: The Maritzburg College first XI hockey team ‘Red Army’ is known and respected across the country.
St David’s took advantage of this opportunity and managed to beat College 2-1.
Thursday saw College play two matches against Pearson and Uplands respectively and were keen to get things back on track and return to winning ways. That they did when they put in a solid performance in their first match against Pearson.
College turned out and showed some great attacking play to beat Pearson 5-1.
Thursday afternoon and College faced a young Uplands team looking to gain some experience from the festival. College put in an extremely disciplined performance making very few errors winning 12-0.
Saturday morning saw College face a spirited St Albans team whom College had beaten 2-1 previously. The script however would be written differently this time around when St Albans took an early lead and extended their lead soon after.
College pulled one back but only converted one penalty corner from 8 and would lose the match 3-1.
Saturday afternoon saw College take on the hosts in St Stithians and once more wanted to correct what was a very mediocre morning run.
This they did and put in their best performance of the weekend in an extremely clinical display.
College started the match at an electrifying pace and took an early lead. The barrage was only starting and College were 4-0 up at half time. The second and third quarters played out with College eventually winning 6-1.
Summary of Results
College 1st XI vs St Davids Lost 1-2
College 1st XI vs Pearson Won 5-1
College 1st XI vs Uplands Won 12-0
College 1st XI vs St Albans Lost 1-3
College 1st XI vs St Stithians Won 6-1
Played 5 Won 3 Lost 2
The College U14B side travelled to Northwood to compete in the Ken Florens Festival.
With one match still to play the boys have had a great tournament winning 3 of their games, drawing one and losing just one.
Summary of Results
College U14B vs Waterkloof Won 3-1
College U14B vs Westville Won 4-0
College U14B vs Ashton Won 2-1
College U14B vs SACS Drew 1-1
College U14B vs Jeppe Lost 0-1
Played 5 Won 3 Drew 1 Lost 1
* 1 match to play