A-League schoolgirls’ hockey clash ends in stalemate

2014-05-20 00:00

THE much-awaited Parklane Superspar A-League clash between The Wykeham Collegiate and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School ended in a 0-0 draw.

Coach Binks Robertson said TWC, more composed and structured than last week, dominated from the first whistle. “We had more ball control and allowed the ball to do the work. The girls were less flustered than last week and made better decisions on and off the ball.”

TWC strikers Jemma Veenstra and Megan Attwood gave GHS goalkeeper and SA player Buhle Zondi a good workout around the box but were denied entry. TWC were awarded a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the first half but GHS’s first wave was quick off the mark and defended it well.

TWC dominated the start of the second half and continued to threatened the GHS defence.

GHS striker Polly Mashua rattled the cage a bit in the last seven minutes when she broke through the TWC defence, only to be met by goalkeeper Allison Muller — or her attempts were just going wide of the post.

In-form St Anne’s beat Epworth 3-0 after leading 2-0 at half time with the goals going to Tegan Lambert from open play and two successful penalty corner strikes shared between Hannah Moxham and Beth-Ann Brady.

A number of penalty corners were very well defended by the visitors, but midway through the half Tess van der Merwe brilliantly intercepted a 16-yard free hit for a field goal opportunity that was narrowly missed by Julia Raw but resulted in another penalty corner for St Anne’s.

A sixth PC for St Anne’s, converted by Moxham, ensured the 2-0 lead.

The start of the second half saw a determined Epworth take more possession, a good counter-attack following a St Anne’s penalty corner. Penalty corner eight for St Anne’s lead to a goalmouth scramble resulting in a conversion for Brady, bringing the tally to 3-0.

Epworth coach Kara Stella, like Pereira also a SA-capped player, praised the “well-drilled, well-organised” St Anne’s side.

Meanwhile, St Mary’s beat Thomas More 6-0 after scoring early in the match.

Their territorial dominance continued to be the theme of the game, with the Saints girls converting scoring opportunities at regular intervals despite a feisty and uncompromising defensive effort by the Thomas More girls and their keeper in particular.

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