Goalies, strikers sharpen their skills

2013-03-26 00:00

VIBRANT Umgungundlovu Girls’ Hockey presented a strikers’ and goalkeepers’ clinic at St John’s ­Diocesan School for Girls for some of the top schoolgirl hockey players in the district last weekend.

“Our players learnt much from the clinic,” KZN Schools’ Hockey chairperson Charmaine Koekemoer told The Witness.

“National players Wade Paton and Cindy Hack [formerly Botha] offered invaluable advice and showed the players some tricks. It was a fantastic experience for our players … and teams who will be representing the province in the mid-year holidays.”

The district’s top schoolgirl goalkeepers were taken through their paces by KZN Inland indoor and outdoor goalkeeper Ian Griffiths, who recently completed a clinic that was specifically designed to assist in the coaching of goalkeepers.

The ability and skills to set up and then score goals have at times been the Achilles heel of some competitive KZN Inland schoolgirl teams, and attacking South Africa midfielder Wade Paton, who played at the London 2012 Olympic Games alongside younger brother Taine just seven months ago, certainly knows the ins and outs of the process in the strike zone.

Hack is a recently retired South Africa striker who as Cindy Botha played a host of Test matches for South Africa, including a memorable two goals inside three minutes at the 2010 Women’s Hockey World Cup in Rosario, Argentina, and a hatful of goals at the 2011 Africa Cup in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She is still playing at club and provincial level, and has proved ­lethal in front of goal over a long career at the top.

The district’s forwards and goalkeepers were certainly in good hands.

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