Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School prevails in tough encounter with The Wykeham Collegiate

2011-05-17 00:00

ARGUABLY the big game of the weekend in the Parklane SuperSpar A-League action was that between Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) and The Wykeham Collegiate (TWC), while there were a number of close encounters in the other matches.

GHS 3 TWC 0

In the first half, both teams played open, attacking hockey in the attempt to get behind the opposition defence.

This ploy worked for the Green Machine with the ever-present Vicki Jonker opening the scoring for GHS. This was followed by a Robyn Prentice short-corner goal before the dynamic Sine Zungu made it three.

“TWC were far more defensive in the second half, breaking down the numerous GHS attacking moves and this resulted in the score remaining 3-0,” said Green Machine coach Taryn de Winnaar. Lunga Zulu of GHS and Katherine Lindsay of TWC both played instrumental roles for their respective teams.

“We faced tough competition against a very good GHS team,” said TWC coach Lyndal Robertson. “The score was not a true reflection of the game.”

Robertson said TWC had their moments of spark, with striker Heidi Badcock intercepting and giving South African junior goalkeeper Zimi Shange a fair go.

TWC keeper Shene Gonlag had her moments, while in the evenly contested second half Melissa Glutz and Lindsay held possession in the midfield and deserved the Players of the Match awards for TWC.

It was a better performance by the TWC defence in the second half.

Epworth 1 Treverton 1

“We were missing a number of players but still did not do as well as we would have liked,” said Epworth coach Tracy Bestall.

“Treverton keeper TK Bucibo had a fantastic match and kept her side in the game, saving many of our numerous attempts.”

Amy Greaves and Heather McEwan had good games, although Epworth’s player of the match was Lourdes Llobell.

Epworth opened the scoring in the first half with Leeann Neave’s effort from field play in the 19th minute, while Treverton College’s Emily Marshall netted the equaliser from a penalty corner towards the end of the match.

St Anne’s 1 TWC 1

It was an extremely well-contested match last Thursday afternoon.

“We kept our structure, forcing St Anne’s to play tough balls and limiting the number of long balls through the centre of the field,” said TWC coach Lyndal Robertson.

“St Anne’s were quick to take their free hits, but the TWC girls speedily retaliated and closed them down,” said Robertson.

St Anne’s were awarded a short corner in the first five minutes of play, which was disallowed having been hit from outside the circle, which saw a big sigh of relief from the TWC girls.

Turning around with the score still 0-0, TWC girls began well, but skilful play by Isabella Rudd won St Anne’s a short corner, which they converted through Laura Cole. TWC went in search of the equaliser and a change in game strategy allowed for more open play and an opportunity for their strikers to win the ball. TWC were awarded four short corners which were saved by the defence. TWC owned the last few minutes of play and in the last minute managed to win a short corner, which was converted by Lara Rogers.

St Anne’s 4 Voortrekker 0

No other information was available on the encounter.

FIXTURES (home teams first):

Today: St John’s vs Treverton (4 pm). Thursday: St Anne’s vs Howick (4 pm); TWC vs Voortrekker (4.15 pm).

Saturday: GHS vs St Anne’s (10 am); Epworth vs St John’s (10.30 am).

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