The Northwood 1st hockey team claimed a hard fought 1 – 0 victory against rivals Glenwood on Old Boys Day on Saturday.
Northwood dominated the opening phases of the game creating a number of good scoring opportunities. Glenwood’s keeper Michael Labuschagne was in outstanding form for the visitors and kept Northwood out with some fantastic saves in field play. Northwood then hit the post with their second penalty corner of the game and the rebound was scrambled away by Glenwood.
Northwood eventually made the dominance count when their top class finisher Dale van der Merwe scored a powerful drag flick into the bottom corner to give the hosts a 1 – 0 lead.
After the goal Glenwood threw everything into attack and created some good scoring chances but it was Northwood’s goal keeper, Kyle Pillay who made some fantastic saves of his own to ensure the home team took a 1 – 0 lead into the break.
The second half was an even contest with both teams creating good chances. Northwood had a goal disallowed when the umpire judged the build up to be dangerous. Glenwood also had an outstanding chance when a striker created a one on one with the Northwood keeper but Kyle Pillay was up to the challenge with a diving stick tackle.
Northwood managed to take the victory in what was an absorbing, skilful contest between two good teams.