St Anne’s take League title

2012-06-12 00:00

AS has become the norm, the 2012 Parklane Superspar Schoolgirls’ League went down to the wire, with St Anne’s having to beat or draw with Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High (GHS), and St John’s, who were lying in second place, having to beat The Wykeham Collegiate (TWC). Then, if GHS beat St Anne’s, the league outcome would have been down to goal difference.

St Anne’s did not falter and recorded a 1-0 win over GHS to take the title.

“A clean sheet of five wins and one draw,” St Anne’s coach Robyn Dyer told The Witness yesterday. “I am proud of the team. It has been a tight league and we had a young team this year. It was great to see the youngsters gaining confidence, while Paige Phillips was our stand-out player of the season.”

League official and St John’s sports co-ordinator Tracey Schwegmann said it was healthy to have pressure and excitement to the end. “Well done to St Anne’s. St John’s are pleased with second and coach Kyle Nipper is delighted with the progress his team have made this season.”

St Anne’s 1 GHS 0

Umpire and KZN Schools’ Hockey chairperson Charmaine Koekemoer said it was a match of two halves.

“St Anne’s played all the hockey in the first half and a PC variation was slipped to the right and then back to the penalty spot for Kate Polkinghorne to make no mistake past goalkeeper Buhle Zondi. GHS came out firing in the second half and their strikers had opportunities. However, St Anne’s keeper Ndsa Mamba made fantastic saves.”

St John’s 2 TWC 0

“TWC dominated the first 15 minutes, with the St John’s defence playing well to keep them out,” said Schwegmann.

“Andrea Davies and Natalie Esteves played very well.”

TWC struggled to score despite dominating possession, said TWC coach Lyndal Robertson.

“Our structural play was immaculate, while St John’s must be commended on their defence, Davies making superb tackles at the back while Esteves converted two PCs.”

Schwegmann said Melissa Glutz and Nicola Deenik played well for TWC, while Jenna Bam performed well for St John’s. “They are all U16, which bodes well for the future.”

Epworth 2 Howick 1

“Leeann Neave opened the scoring for us when she took the initial shot and followed up the rebound. Jenna Lambert got the winner after a wrong-side PC to the far post, where she put the deflection in,” said Epworth coach Tracy Bestall. Kimberley van Jaarsveld of Howick, on a breakaway at the death, pulled one back.

“We dominated, even hitting the post a few times,” said Bestall. “Howick defended well, while Lourdes Llobell had a good game for us at right link.”

St Anne’s 4 Treverton 2

St Anne’s came out firing to convert three goals in 12 minutes through Spoen Green, Rosie Elliot and Polkinghorne. Just before half time a combined effort by Dani Cairns and Kylie McCloughlin saw the latter score for Treverton.

TWC 1 Howick 1

TWC’s goal came from captain Lara Rogers in the 48th minute after Howick’s Van Jaarsveld had opened the scoring in the sixth minute.

FINAL LOG

(All played 7, goal difference, points)

1. St Anne’s +9 GD, 19 pts; 2. St John’s +8 GD, 16 pts; 3. Epworth +3 GD, 11 pts; 4. Girls’ High School (GHS) +4 GD, 9 pts; 5. The Wykeham Collegiate 0 GD, 9 pts; 6. Treverton -1 GD, 8 pts; 7. Voortrekker -15 GD, 3 pts; 8. Howick -8 GD, 2 pts.

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