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SA top 30 1st XI boys’ hockey rankings – four EC schools make it

By Marc Jacobson - Sep 8, 2017
SA top 30 1st XI boys’ hockey rankings – four EC schools make it

In association with NMRQL, a quantitative investment management business based in Stellenbosch, the top 30 1st XI school boys’ hockey rankings in South Africa were calculated using research algorithms from collaborative research throughout the season.

Various factors were taken into account, such as wins/losses, opponents’ strength, winning/losing margins and even home ground advantages – and following the conclusion of the schools’ winter sporting season for 2017, the moment is ripe to determine the final season rankings.

In the top 30 1st XI schools hockey rankings, there sees four Eastern Cape schools, two from Eastern Province and two from Border.

Flag-bearing the EC for boys’ school hockey is Border’s Selborne College, ranked in at 9th in the country. Setting their good seasonal record, Selborne have won an astonishing 19 out of a total 24 matches, drawn one and lost just four.

The East London-based school ended the season with an unbeaten 13-match run, and to top it off, they also ended the season unbeaten against any other fellow EC school.

All four losses came against schools from other provinces namely: 1-2 against Paarl Boys’ (Paarl), 3-4 against Hilton College (Durban), 2-3 against Jeppe Boys’ (Johannesburg) and 1-4 against Wynberg Boys’ (Cape Town).

Selborne’s solitude draw also came against external EC opposition – a 2-2 draw against KES from Johannesburg.

Runners-up in EC is Grey High, ranked in at 11th in the country, with a total 14 wins out of 22, three draws and five losses. Their slight more unpredictability cost them from reigning in the province, and one-on-one, Grey High lost 3-1 to Selborne.

Just a little further backed up; EP’s St. Andrews College takes the third-placed EC representation and 14th in the country to top off a fine season for the school’s winter season success, after the St. Andrews 1st XV rugby ended first in the province and 5th in the country.

One-on-one, St. Andrews lost to Selborne 3-2, but beat Grey High 2-0; however what counted against them were two losses against Woodridge College based just outside PE and one against Queens College from Queenstown. St. Andrews won 16 games out of 24 and lost eight.

The fourth and final EC representative in the top 30 is Cambridge High from East London, and although sneak it into the country’s best 30, are still a relatively long shot behind St. Andrews with a nation ranking of 29th. Cambridge has won six games out of 14 this season.

Other EC schools just missing out on the top 30 were: Pearson High and Woodridge (EP), and Queens College, Stirling High and Hudson Park (Border).

Selborne College last five results: beat Queens 5-0, beat Hudson 6-2, beat Cambridge 4-2, beat Stirling 6-0 and beat Cambridge 3-1.

Grey High last five results: beat Pearson 2-0, lost to Grey College 2-0, beat York High 4-0, beat Westering High 3-0 and beat Dale College 6-0.

St. Andrews last five results: beat Dale College 7-2, beat Alexander Road 9-0, lost to Woodridge 3-1, beat Kingswood 6-0 and beat Pearson 6-1.

Cambridge last five results: lost to Selborne 4-2, lost to Selborne 3-1, beat St. Andrews 2-1, beat Kingswood 3-0 and lost to Grey High 4-0.

Full top 30 1st XI boys’ hockey rankings in SA:

  1. Rondebosch
  2. Bishops
  3. Paul Roos
  4. Wynberg Boys’
  5. Jeppe Boys’
  6. Pretoria Boys’
  7. Maritzburg College
  8. Kearsney College
  9. Selborne College
  10. Hilton College
  11. Grey High
  12. York High
  13. Northwood Boys’
  14. St.Andrews College
  15. Glenwood
  16. Grey College
  17. Worcester Gym
  18. Westville
  19. Affies
  20. Clifton
  21. Fairmont
  22. Michaelhouse
  23. St. Davids Marist
  24. Oudtshoorn
  25. Menlo Park
  26. Beaulieu
  27. KES
  28. Pinelands
  29. Cambridge High
  30. Paarl Boys’

Image: Selborne College 1st XI hockey in action.