Hockey: St John’s vs St George’s 18.05.2012

A heavy hush blanketed the St John’s College stands at Arundel School when D. Wells of St. Georges buried the late winner with only four minutes remaining on the clock. The boys and girls in green stood shoulder to shoulder, mute as they watched their team try to fight back but it was rather late and St Georges emerged victors.

St John’s College was in firm control of the first half and managed to apply lots of pressure on the St George’s College boys. The Rams of St John’s College dictated the pace of the game and were not slow in forcing errors that resulted in penalty corners as early as four minutes into the game. Nonetheless, Kusangaya protected the St George’s College goal and saved the Wallbridge lead team from four penalty corners in the first half. In the 25th minute St Georges had their first clear-cut at goal through M. Yacoub but St John’s College proved their worth in defence as well.

Going into the 2nd half the St Johns boys continued to show their dominance but still failed to capitalise on their chances at goal. Half way through the 2nd  half Shingi Matanhira’s cross towards goal flew past Marriot of St John’s College as the astro turf at Arundel School that the teams were playing on did not help in slowing the ball down. A penalty was awarded to St Johns in the 18th minute for a foul in front of goal by the St George’s College defence. Alistair Macleod the St John’s College skipper, tucked the penalty into the top-left corner to take his team one goal up. Six minutes later St George’s was awarded their first penalty corner of the day and utilised it well through their captain, Wallbridge to leave the scores at one all with six minutes left to play. The goal changed everything and the St George’s College boys looked lively for the first time in the entire match. Singing from the green crowd continued only to be hushed by another goal from St George’s D. Wells only two minutes after their equaliser.

With one of their key players, A. Brkitenstein out due to an injury and only four minutes left to play St John’s College could not do much and left the full-time score at 2-1 in favour of St Georges. R. Nel the St Johns coach urged his team to keep their heads up ahead of the weekend’s  tournament at St Georges College. Wallbridge was elated by the win and commended his boys for displaying a never-die attitude.

The second teams from St John’s College and St Georges College also battled it out on the astro turf at Arundel and the match ended with a nil all draw. Matthew Barrons of St John’s College had a good outing and despite his small frame he troubled the St George’s College defence.

Prince Edward School played Lomagundi College at Prince Edward and drew one all.

Eaglesvale managed to restore their dignity when they hosted Midlands Christian College in a one all encounter after suffering a heavy 7-2 defeat at the hands of Peterhouse on Thursday.

Photography by Lucy Broderick

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