Six of St Andrew’s College’s hockey sides travelled to Woodridge College on Saturday 14 July, to play in Port Elizabeth’s freezing, wet weather. Despite the conditions, both colleges showed a positive attitude and gave of their best in their matches. The U16 D had a close encounter with Woodridge U16 C, and scored the equaliser in the second half, after some excellent interplay between Mfundi Leta and Neil Karimba.
The St Andrew’s U14 A side had another excellent win, while their U16 C team beat the Woodridge U16 B team. Murray Campbell, Taine Hartzenberg and Tom Harper all made valuable contributions, as did goalkeeper, Matthew Thompson.
The SAC U16 A team were composed, well-structured and enjoyed more possession than their opponents, but could not create goal-scoring chances, losing 1-0 to a strong Woodridge side. Matthew Pope, Murray Bowker and Kirk Nevay all had excellent games.
The Second XI team from St Andrew’s continued to play an excellent brand of passing and attacking hockey, and won their match convincingly, with Matt Mackenzie having another excellent game in midfield.
Although the SAC first team enjoyed much of the ball in the first half, they were unable to create goal scoring chances, and conceded a goal on the break giving the talented Woodridge side encouragement. Josh Marx and Tom Russell made excellent contributions in the midfield, and Joe Fisher did likewise on attack. However, the SAC defence struggled and the team went 2-0 down early in the second half. Despite continuous pressure on the Woodridge defence towards the end of the match, and two well-deserved goals, it was not enough and Woodridge won the match 3-2.