St Anne’s victorious, beating defending champions GHS in A-league

2011-05-24 00:00

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A-league runners-up, St Anne’s, beat defending champions Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School 2-0 on Saturday in an exciting encounter on the Shelagh Bowness Greenfields Turf at GHS.

This is the first time in over 10 years that St Anne’s have beaten GHS, having drawn with them in the past two seasons. This is also the first time in six years that GHS have lost a league match.

St Anne’s coach and KZN Inland senior team captain Robyn Pearson was proud of her girls. “I am very happy with the spirit in which my team played,” she said. “They remained focused­ throughout the game and took their opportunities when they counted. They played attractive hockey­ and stuck to the game plan.”

St Anne’s 2 GHS 0: Both teams shared possession in the first 15 minutes. Abigail Latimer opened the scoring for St Anne’s, finding space to score with a reverse-stick effort. Pearson said the Hilton-based St Anne’s line-up succeeded in playing an expansive, passing game and dominated most of the next 15 minutes.

KZN Schools’ Hockey chairperson and former international umpire, Charmaine Koekemoer said that umpires Stuart Tarr and Ian Griffiths handled the game very well.

The Hilton-based side won the penalty­ corner count 2-0 and Katie Polkinghorne scored a brilliant goal from a penalty corner in the second half to wrap up a win.

“The St Anne’s defence was faultless, with Paige Phillips and Sherry King putting in crucial tackles and Kim Stratford being clinical as the last line of defence,” said Pearson. “Bella Rudd and Laura Cole held the midfield well, while players standing out for GHS were Hlubi Sipamla and Sne Zungu, who were threats on attack.”

Voortrekker coach Charmaine Koekemoer said St Anne’s and GHS penetrated the circle in the first quarter with Zungu narrowly missing from a well-struck reverse-stick shot.

“GHS fell into the trap of trying to carry the ball a little too much, whereas St Anne’s made the ball do the work and used the full width of the field to launch their attacks,” Koekemoer said. “St Anne’s were able to easily get behind the GHS defenders on numerous occasions.” After half-time, GHS tried their best to penetrate the St Anne’s defence, but were unable to.

St Anne’s 2 Howick 0: High-riding St Anne’s beat Howick 2-0 last Thursday after the scores were locked 0-0 at half-time. Pearson complimented Howick’s defence and praised the victors’ Stratford, Bridget Bourdillon and King for good performances.

The second half went St Anne’s way with Laura Cole, who also scored in last week’s 4-0 defeat of Vories, getting on the scoresheet along with Bourdillon.

The Wykeham Collegiate 5 Voortrekker 1: Also on Thursday, TWC beat Vories 5-1 after turning around 2-0 up. “Good build-up and creative play allowed the TWC strikers to have numerous shots at goal,” said coach Lyndal Robertson. “Striker Hannah Taylor was unstoppable, with improving play by midfielder Megan Milne and striker Bronwyn Bonsma. Vories goalkeeper Michelle du Toit had her work cut out and must be commended on her valiant saves.”

TWC scored four goals from field play and one penalty corner. Taylor picked up a hat trick, including the opening two goals, Milne got the other field goal with Bonsma netting the penalty corner.

To their credit, Vories never threw in the towel and were rewarded when Charlotte Muller scored the last goal of the match from field play.

Epworth 4 St John’s 0: Epworth beat St John’s 4-0 after leading 1-0 at the break. Leeann Neave opened the scoring with a fifth-minute field goal, with the rest added by Channelle Ferrow and Jenna Lambert when the teams turned around.

“It was a good game where both teams worked hard until the end,” said Epworth coach Tracy Bestall.

Bestall said central defender Dorothy Fourie and centre striker Neave stood out.

FIXTURES

Thursday — Epworth vs GHS (Epworth 4 pm).

Saturday — Howick vs Voortrekker (PMB Varsity 9.30 am).

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