Hockey: Defending champions St Anne’s look good

2010-04-20 00:00

THE Parklane Superspar Girls’ A Hockey League kicked off with reigning champions St Anne’s beating Treverton 5-1.

“Treverton put on the pressure in the first few minutes as captain Tamryn Strumpher showed flair and pace in beating a number of players to win possession,” said coach Lyndal Robertson.

Shortly afterwards, St Anne’s found their rhythm and targeted key player and striker Rachel Froneman, who proved potent in the Treverton circle. The half-time score was 3-0 to St Anne’s. The Treverton team did not give up and kept on pressing forward. A penalty corner was awarded and Vanda Papenfus­ from Treverton converted.

“Voortrekker started off with excellent teamwork against the Carter circle, having one attempt at goal after the other­, but it was Carter who came away with a goal against the run of play, before half-time,” said Vories coach Charmaine­ Koekemoer.

Vories keeper Michele du Toit made an initial save, which rebounded straight to an attacker who made no mistake.

“The second half was no different; Voortrekker came with wave upon wave of attacking chances, but it was the unbelievable form of the Carter and SA U18 keeper Phume Mbande which made the difference.”

All the circle penetrations from Vories­’ star striker Nadine Herholdt and captain Amore de Wet bore no fruit, and it was an upbeat Carter that came away with the win.

St John’s lost 1-0 to Epworth in a closely contested game.

“Epworth were strong in the midfield with Lana Kruger dominating possession and distribution,” said St John’s coach Tracey Schwegmann.

Kruger demonstrated superior skills and linked well with Amy Greave up front. St John’s defended well and played expansive hockey, going down the flanks to create some good goalscoring opportunities, but were unable to capitalise.

Meanwhile it was a good start for the Green Machine as last year’s runners-up Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) beat King Edward from Matatiele 7-1 in a friendly that saw the score 4-0 at the changeover.

GHS played structured hockey and made good use of their opportunities with Stef Pieterse doing a sound job at centre striker in applying pressure in earning a hat-trick with the other goals going to Laura Wolhuter, Sne Zungu, Cayley Arntzen and Vicki Jonker.

The Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) beat Howick 2-0 after leading 1-0 at the break with Katherine Lindsay getting both goals.

TWC’s win was marked by creative distribution and not surprisingly, they controlled territory and possession. Perhaps a few more goals would have done TWC justice, although some excellent saves from their goalkeeper Dumi Gwala when Howick penetrated the TWC danger zone, also contributed to the two-goal margin.

There’s just one Parklane SuperSpar match this week as the players have the Joy Watt Inter-district tournament over the weekend. The only clash sees TWC against Carter at TWC on Thursday at 3 pm.

Meanwhile, six KwaZulu-Natal schools participated in the prestigious, 28-school St Mary’s (Waverley) Hockey Festival during the holidays.

For the first two days each school played six round-robin matches of 25 minutes each. Results from these matches were carried through to the playoffs. Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, St Mary’s (Kloof) and Durban Girls’ College (DGC) progressed to the top 12 section, with St Anne’s and TWC in the plate. Our Lady of Fatima of Durban played in the Vuvuzela section.

DGC and GHS had a thriller with GHS scoring early, but could not keep DGC out of the circle in the final minutes and they equalised with a beauty. With seconds­ left GHS goalie (and top tournament keeper) Zimi Shange saved two blistering shots by top scorer from DGC, Jacinta Jubb, and the match ended 1-1.

On points, DGC moved into the top four, where they lost to hosts St Mary’s and played off for third place against Paarl Gym.

GHS had a good 1-0 win against Herschel­ and then lost to Eunice, which was the only team at the tournament that was able to beat the hosts. GHS therefore ended sixth out of 28.

RESULTS

Parklane SuperSpar A League: The Wykeham Collegiate 3 Howick 0; Epworth 1 St John’s 0; Carter 1 Voortrekker 0; St Anne’s 5 Treverton 1.

Friendly: PMB Girls’ High School 7 King Edward (Matatiele) 1.

FIXTURES

Thursday: TWC vs Carter (TWC 3 pm).

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