Westville Boys’ High School were well hosted by Hilton College this weekend with the unveiling of their second Astro. The new Astro was enjoyed by all with some players finding it difficult to maintain their footing as the Astro seemed to be quite slippery under foot.
The weekend was a successful weekend for Westville having played 13 matches, winning 11 of them with a 1-1 draw in the closely contested match between Westville U16A and Hilton U16A.
Westville’s 1st team won 2-0 in a match which saw both teams have many chances which went a begging. The first half was an extraordinary circle to circle show for both teams with many opportunities to score created by each team. The half ended goalless with neither team taking their opportunities. The deadlock was eventually broken early into the second half with a well-executed baseline run and back post tap in by Keegan Gibbon to hand Westville the lead. This momentum gave Westville the hunger they needed and this showed in their second half circle entries count. The second half became a one sided affair with Westville dominating possession as well as territory. Westville had many shots which beat the keeper but unfortunately went just wide of the posts. The Highways visitors eventually struck the final nail in the Hilton coffin to take the score to 2-0 when senior campaigner Mbuso Mgobozi slipped around Hilton’s advancing keeper and banged the ball into the back of the net to add to his already impressive season’s goal tally.
Westville’s U16A started off poorly in the first half conceding a goal early on, but were able to find their feet towards the end of the half and eventually came away with an equalizer with 5 minutes left in the half. The score remained 1-1 throughout the second half despite both teams having numerous opportunities to take the lead.
Westville’s U14A continued their undefeated form as they cruised their way to a comfortable 3-1 win over the hosts. Playing for the very first time in those conditions on the new Astro turf, the U14 boys produced some quality hockey which was very entertaining to watch for all.