Girls’ High rampant in exciting girls’ hockey matches

2013-05-28 00:00

THE Parklane Superspar Girls’ A-League dished up some quality, exciting hockey during the week.

Epworth 1 St Anne’s 1

This exciting match saw the teams locked 1-1 at half-time, with the home side, Epworth, scoring the first goal within the 11th minute by Kimberley McDonald from a straight shot at a penalty corner. St Anne’s equalised 10 minutes later, also from a penalty corner, the goal being deflected in by Rebecca Pereira.

The Epworth coach said Hannah Moxham’s work rate was exemplary in the St Anne’s midfield and she also initiated attacking moves down the centre. “Paige Phillips was as solid as usual, while Rachel Barnard and Erin Roseveare played their usual high standard of hockey.”

St Anne’s coach Robyn Dyer agreed that it was close all the way. “Epworth’s defence has to be commended, with Christine Colenbrander and Erin Roseveare putting in solid tackles.”

GHS 8 Howick 0

The GHS girls have been in prolific goal-scoring form of late, with Katie Corfe, Heidi Rencken (2), Cayley Higgs (2), Nompilo Thejwayo and Mbali Mngomezulu (2) getting on the score sheet against Howick. This after the Green Machine’s previous 9-0 win against Voortrekker, which featured goals by Chiree Coetzee (2), Rencken (3), Tarryn Higgs, Cayley Higgs and Mngomezulu (2).

“Against Howick, our aim was to maintain intensity and continue to play an attacking brand of hockey,” said GHS coach Taryn de Winnaar. “After a slow start, we were able to shift focus and create more pressure in the second half. Our defenders did well to spread the ball, which gave the midfielders and forwards a little more space. This resulted in some effective attacking moves.”

St Anne’s 1 Voortrekker 0

“We dominated possession and territory, yet were unable to convert,” said St Anne’s coach Dyer. “This was due to the Voortrekker defence, which was extremely solid, while goalkeeper Prudence Qwesha made some extraordinary saves.”

Rebecca Pereira of St Anne’s scored the winner, a deflection goal from a well-worked penalty corner that was completed after regulation time.

St John’s 3 Voortrekker 0

The expansive game implemented by St John’s coach Kyle Nipper was just too good for the Voortrekker girls.

“Voortrekker were unable to organise their defence quick enough, which allowed St John’s to switch channels too easily and run through the midfield with too much space,” said Voortrekker coach Charmaine Koekemoer. “St John’s striker Natalie Esteves, in great form, made no mistake after a cross from right winger Rebecca Groom for the first goal and was also instrumental in the two goals scored by Jenna Bam.”

FIXTURES

Tuesday: Voortrekker vs Treverton (UKZN 4 pm).

Thursday: The Wykeham Collegiate vs Treverton (TWC 3.15 pm).

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