The KZN High Schools’ Football Association’s (KZNHSFA) Coastal stream kicks off at Westville Old Boys (WOB) soccer grounds come 3.30pm this afternoon. (SEE ALL FIXTURES BELOW) It’s the opening round of the Coastal U19 2nd Term League – and 4 of the KZN10.com school 1st teams are involved – it’s Northwood vs Hillcrest on WOB 1 at 3.30pm with the KZN10.com derby between Glenwood and Westville on WOB 2 also at 3.30pm. The 4.40pm matches see DHS versus Kloof on WOB 2 while Port Shepstone tackle south coast rivals Kingsway at the same time on WOB 1.
With Westville 1sts taking the hockey honours over hosts Glenwood on the 3 Schools Turf Friday evening and Glenwood 1sts taking the rugby laurels over Westville on Dixons Saturday afternoon, this third leg of the winter sports triumvirate has added spice.
It is wonderful to see the work being put in by the KZNHSFA as there is an equivalent Inland U19 league as well as combined Inland-Coastal U14, U15 and U16 leagues in this the second term.
The U19 (1st team) leagues at Inland and Coastal are the main focus. Both of these leagues have 8 participating teams playing each other once, with the top 4 teams progressing to the semi-finals.
The Inland U19 league kicked off last week and the second round gets underway on Wednesday at the AB Jackson soccer fields adjacent to Harry Gwala Stadium in PMB’s Princess Margaret Drive with the marquee match looking to be that between Maritzburg College firsts and top-of-the-log Alexandra High School firsts.
Covid issues have unfortunately led to Carter and Haythorne (2 traditional strong schools in the PMB/Inland region) not being present this year but that is offset a bit by the presence of Hilton College, which is great to see.
* It is worth noting, after the “surprising” 2-0 win by the Maritzburg College 2nds over Hilton last week that it is essentially not a Hilton first team, that is, it is not their premier selection of footballers.
Hilton boys are primarily geared towards their hockey or rugby commitments in the second school term, so not all the boys who are up for first team soccer consideration are available for the second term league.
It is in the third term that we will see what the Hilton first side (a strong outfit) is really made of, when all their boys are available for soccer selection. Most of the government schools in the KZN set-up have the numbers to afford the luxury of year-round football squads.
After the no-show due to Covid last year, it will be intriguing to see the outcome of today’s Westville Old Boys soccer ground matches, as well as the quality of football at this genesis stage of the season, with football finding its way back –just like the hockey and rugby lads are tentatively doing.
KZN COASTAL U19 2ND TERM LEAGUE FIXTURES
PMB/KZN Inland U19 2ND TERM LEAGUE FIXTURES
COASTAL/INLAND COMBINED LEAGUES