Portland High eyes main prize

The latest round of Mitchell’s Plain high schools’ league matches were played at Strandfontein at the weekend.

Saturday’s action formed part of Princeton High’s 30th anniversary sports day.

The day’s activities included rugby and netball.

Meanwhile, Portland High continued to impress in this year’s league and as a result are sitting comfortably on top of the log standings, in the A stream.

This past weekend, they brushed aside Westridge High 1-0 to keep intact their 100% record. Portland boasts a tight defence, having conceded only one goal while scoring 11 in their five matches.

They are currently sitting on 15 points and, with two rounds remaining in the season, look likely to take the league honors. Portland could clinch the top spot with maximum points in their next encounter when they take on Princeton High.

Having not tasted defeat themselves, Princeton will be a tough challenge despite having fallen out of the championship race. They will want to finish the season on a high with no defeat to their name.

Cloetesville High is the only side that has a realistic chance of catching Portland at the top of the log. The weekend’s results, however, pulled them back as they could only manage a 3-all draw against Princeton High, leaving them four points off the leaders. When they take on Westridge this Saturday, they will be hoping results also favour them in the Portland and Princeton encounter.

Anything less than three points will secure Portland’s top spot with one round remaining. In their last fixture, the Cloetesville will go against Portland and should this weekend’s results favour them, it will set up a grand season finale.

Portland are yet to lift the schools’ league trophy but have so far made light work of previous winners.

The league had a late start this year due to the city’s water crisis. That also led to the league being split in two streams to fast track the competition.

This year’s winner of the championship will come via a playoff format at the conclusion of the season. stream A winners will compete against the top team in stream B. And if current form is taken to account, it looks likely Portland will play against Mondale High school, who currently sit top of B stream.

The two sides are among five undefeated sides in the competition so far. Mondale are on 11 points and just like Portland, have proved to be very stubborn at the back, having conceded only two goals.

This past weekend, they let slip a chance to pull clear of the chasing pack as they were held to a scoreless draw by Aloe High School. However, things are far from finished in the stream B as six of the eight teams still having a fighting chance for the top spot with only four points separating positions one and six.

Leaders, Mondale go up against Beacon Hill High school who are sitting on eight points while second placed Tafelsig take on Aloe High.

Oval North, with nine points to their name, will back themselves to come out with maximum points against Strandfontein High School who are yet to taste victory.

Sixth placed Glendale High will also look to add their name to the title contention when they go up against bottom of the log Woodlands.