St Anne’s put on outstanding performance to win

2011-06-21 00:00

THE winners of the 2011 Parklane SuperSpar A-League schoolgirls’ hockey title are St Anne’s Diocesan College.

In 2009 St Anne’s and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School were equal on points. St Anne’s won it on goal average.

In 2010 St Anne’s and GHS were equal on points. GHS won it on goal average. And now, in 2011, St Anne’s won the title outright by two log points in a tight contest that went down to the wire.

St Anne’s beat Epworth 2-1 to become the 2011 league champions “in a fine display of schoolgirl hockey with both teams playing with heart and passion,” said St Anne’s coach Robyn Pearson.

St Anne’s opened the scoring when captain Sherry King made no error in putting away a penalty stroke. Epworth equalised with a well-worked short-corner goal just before half time.

“In the second half it was again a fine battle with both teams attacking and defending hard,” said Pearson.

St Anne’s put pressure on the Epworth defence, which finally gave way to a cracker of a field goal by striker Abigail Latimer. St Anne’s Bella Rudd had some really good penetrating runs through the Epworth­ defence. Other notable players were Paige Phillips, Katie Polkinghorne and not to forget the consistently excellent King.

“I am extremely proud of our team; they have trained hard all season and haven’t given up on their dream of winning the league title. They have won six games and drawn one. Sherry King has been a faultless captain and has brought out the best in her team-mates through leading by humble example,” Pearson said.

Epworth coach Tracy Bestall said “both teams played outstandingly well during this match”.

Bestall said both teams had more exciting opportunities in the second half.

“Outstanding St Anne’s players were Sherry King at centre back, who controlled the entire game and saved them many times in defence and Bella Rudd at right link who was very forceful on attack.”

Bestall praised Amy Greaves of Epworth, who she said played extremely well, creating lots of chances for Epworth in the middle from the centre-link position. Epworth centre back Julie Lee was solid in defence.

The Wykeham Collegiate coach, Lyndal Robertson, said TWC were 2-0 losers against Epworth in another­ league match.

“We held most of the possession, but were unable to break through Epworth’s defence. Two breakaway runs by Epworth led to a field goal and a converted short corner. In the second half, we did not capitalise­ on our opportunities.”

Bestall said that during the second half Epworth moved up a gear and started putting TWC under pressure, with Greaves taking back the middle of the field and starting to dominate.

“Heather McEwan proved to be a very strong midfielder, carrying the ball through the field and attacking the circle.

“Epworth had many missed opportunities and the score ended at 2-0 in Epworth’s favour.”

Bestall praised TWC’s Katherine Lindsay and Melissa Glutz, while reserving a special mention for Epworth’s Greaves, McEwan and Leeann­ Neave.

As the season drew to a close with the last A-league matches, TWC also played St John’s.

Lindsay scored off a short corner in the first half for TWC. Five minutes into the second half and St John’s were awarded a penalty stroke which was converted by Justine Pearson. TWC retaliated with a field goal by Glutz for the end score reading 2-1 to TWC.

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