It’s Soccer Showdown Friday! Maritzburg College vs Haythorne in ABJ final!

A final is like a piece of paper on which every player leaves a mark…

… In its second year of existence, the PMB High Schools’ Football Association second term league has reached the culmination of its 2018 competition.

“In 2017, Haythorne Secondary were crowned champions of the PMB High Schools’ Football Association second term league. Again, in 2018, they find themselves in the A league final, facing off against Maritzburg College,” chairperson of the PMBHSFA Michael Dibben told Thursday afternoon.

Featured image: The Maritzburg College first soccer team… will head coach Daniel Haswell’s boys in Red Black & White have the tactical nous and make-something-from-nothing to wrest the trophy away from reigning champs Haythorne Secondary? We’ll find out on Friday Final Day at the ABJ…

The 2018  A league ran semi-finals, which featured Haythorne (1) vs Carter (4) and Maritzburg College (2) vs Alex High (3).

Haythorne and Maritzburg College both emerged 4-2 victors on penalties after both games ended 1-1 after full time.

The Maritzburg College vs Haythorne A league final takes place on the AB Jackson soccer fields (opposite the Harry Gwala Stadium in Princess Margaret Drive). Kick-off is at 15:30pm.

Says Daniel Haswell, Maritzburg College first team coach and MC High Performance coach: “The introduction of the second term league has been positive for schools’ football in that it has increased the competitiveness and the standard. Even though it is a precursor to the big games and tournaments coming up, the boys have raised their standard.”

It’s set to be a cracker of a soccer set-to as PMB footy supremacy is at stake…

[… well, ahead of the 3rd term soccer season proper… when the likes of ace Hilton College shot-stopper Costi Christodoulou and Co. from the other schools get into action following the conclusion of their rugby/hockey second term commitments…]

Due to the number of teams that had entered the league in 2018, it was split into an A league and a B league, with the winners of the B league being promoted into the A league, seeing the team that places last in the A league, dropping to the B section for 2019.

The B league ran in a format where each team played each other once, from there the top two teams on points, Newton and St Nicholas, face off in a promotion playoff final, which takes place at AB Jacksons on Friday the 1st of June, at 2pm. wishes the very best of football ⚽ wishes to the teams! 😁


  1. Isaac Neymar on 31 May 2018 at 2:31 pm

    watched a couple of games in this Lge its been excellent where did Carter finish on the logs?

  2. Jono Cook on 31 May 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I’m particularly chuffed in that it will be the first soccer match at which will officially be present.

    I have watched a number of exciting KZN10 schools’ soccer matches in recent years – the best by far being last year’s Maritzburg College vs DHS clash on Nicholson’s, in which the boys in Red Black and White wrested the oldest trophy in KZN schoolboy sport – the Raw Cup – away from DHS… The atmosphere, the emotions, the passion, the red-hot competition, the skill in moments… was unbelievable.

    Can’t wait for Friday Finals Day!

  3. Jono Cook on 31 May 2018 at 1:14 pm

    If the semi-finals between Maritzburg College and Alex; and Haythorne vs Carter are anything to go by, – both semis went to penalty shootouts – then the final could be another hotly-contested contest, especially as it’s the defending champs Haythorne up against equally ambitious finalists.

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