St Anne’s prove too much for Vories

2014-06-12 00:00

FORMER SA men’s hockey team vice-captain and recent national men’s head coach Charlie Pereira’s talented St Anne’s first team beat a spirited Voortrekker 4-0 after leading 3-0 at half time in the Parklane Spar A-League last weekend.

A Hannah Moxham penalty corner, a brace of field goals from former SA Schools basketball player Sean van der Merwe’s daughter, Tessa, and another strike by Sophie McDonald did the damage.

St Anne’s relentless pressure in the hosts’ defensive third earned their second PC, which was converted by the irrepressible Moxham. Then a trademark Calla Wilford run down the right flank was finished off by sharpshooter Van der Merwe.

Further pressure led to McDonald’s goal for St Anne’s to 3-0 up. Vories did enjoy a drive down the right flank to put the St Anne’s defence under pressure but the attack was nullified with a confident clearance by Rachel Pereira at the back.

After the changeover, St Anne’s kept up the pressure and came close a number of times. Vories were awarded their first PC after outstanding St Anne’s defender Pereira’s tackle was deemed unlawful. St Anne’s number two goalkeeper, Bella Field, did well to save the shot.

The closing minutes saw a fantastic tomahawk (reverse-stick) shot by Rosie Elliot from the top of the strike zone touched into the goals by Van der Merwe for the 4-0 final scoreline.

The Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) hosted Howick and came away with a 4-2 victory. TWC dominated from the start and after seven minutes Jemma Veenstra converted off the first PC. TWC created a great deal of space that enabled the strikers to make good attacking moves.

A good left-field build-up allowed talented striker Sarah Dixon to convert a field goal. TWC were then awarded a PC near half time, which was converted by Nicola Deenik.

“Turning around 3-0 down, Howick showed great determination,” said TWC coach Binks Robertson. “With Billy van Jaarsveld a lethal force, speed and good use of space enabled her to convert a field goal within the first six minutes.”

TWC replied with a deflection goal by striker Megan Smith. Howick continued to attack, managed to push past the TWC defence and it was Sindy Mwelase who scored a field goal for the 4-2 final score.

St John’s played constructive passing hockey in the first 15 minutes against Treverton and missed a few good chances. A piece of individual skill and speed caught St John’s napping for Treverton to go 1-0 up.

After half time St John’s came back but Treverton scored via a deflection off a defenders stick. St John’s pushed forward well in the last few minutes but were held off by Treverton’s defence. St John’s finishing let the team down and too many PCs and turnovers ensured a Treverton win.

Centre-half Andrea Davies, defender Derryn Muirhead, midfielder Aimee Pousson and striker Jenna Bam stood out for St John’s, while Treverton’s standout players were goalkeeper Emily Webster and defender Nando Zuma.

Epworth were hoping to upset table-toppers Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School and break their streak of bad form but it was GHS who ran out 1-0 winners. The girls in red came out firing with Brinlee Boetenkonig and Caitlin Atkins standing out, but the GHS defence held firm.

Ultimately, the GHS girls proved their quality and found the back of the net against an Epworth first team who pushed the leaders all the way.

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