Sharp St Anne’s win Pre-Season Cup

2011-03-29 00:00

IN what was a mouthwatering advertisement for the upcoming season, St Anne’s Diocesan College won the Parklane SuperSpar Pre-Season Cup with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over arch rivals Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Greenfields hockey pitch.

The match-ups between these two schools in recent years have produced intense, high-class schoolgirls’ first-team hockey and the growing crowds at the encounters prove that they have caught the imagination of the wider hockey-loving public.

It was a very competitive match with both teams creating numerous goalscoring chances throughout, but in the face of tenacious defence they were not easy to convert.

St Anne’s also missed a penalty stroke, which might have cost them on any other day, but they stuck to their task in admirable fashion.

Both teams’ defences were well organised, which contributed to the low-scoring game. Coach Robyn Pearson’s St Anne’s line-up played an impressively structured and expansive attacking game, but in truth there was little to differentiate between the teams on this front, as GHS, in their pattern of play, were most effective and attractive in their own right.

However, it was Isabella Rudd from St Anne’s, who managed to score the match and cup-winning goal. She made no mistake in slotting the ball into the net after it rebounded off the goalkeeper.

GHS’s Robyn Prentice served notice that she is intent on having a successful season with an outstanding performance for the green and whites.

And you can be sure that GHS mentor Taryn de Winnaar has taken note of St Anne’s strengths and weaknesses in anticipation of the upcoming clashes in the Parklane SuperSpar A League.

An added attraction in this year’s competition is that every match promises to be intense, as the evidence already suggests there is very little to separate the league’s teams.

Parklane SuperSpar also announced its continued sponsorship of girls’ hockey in Pietermaritzburg and its support is the biggest for a schools’ league in the country.

“This has been a wonderful partnership over the past years with major sponsor Parklane, not to forget support sponsors Honeydew and Powerade.

“The real winners are our promising young schoolgirls,” chairperson of KZN Schools’ Hockey Charmaine Koekemoer told The Witness yesterday.

The wide-ranging sponsorship covers a range of functions and purposes.

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