Thrilling GHS draw sees St Anne’s take hockey title

2014-06-24 00:00

THE Parklane Superspar Girls’ A League title was decided 45 seconds from time at St Anne’s on Saturday when Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School’s Polly Mashau equalised for a final score of 1-1 in what was an enthralling match.

Going into the title-deciding match in this seven-round competition, log-leaders St Anne’s had won five matches and lost one (0-1 to St John’s) for a total of 15 points, while GHS had won four and drawn two of their six matches for a total of 14 points, leaving the Hilton-based girls needing a draw to take the honours, while it was a must-win for the unbeaten GHS team.

St Anne’s had opened the scoring in the second half when a cross from a long corner by Calla Wilford saw Tess van der Merwe getting a touch to put the hosts 1-0 up.

The game was a fast, highly intense affair with both teams going for a win. This resulted in an open game full of opportunities.

Both goalkeepers made saves during the match while there were also a number of other near misses.

St John’s beat Epworth 2-0 with striker Rebecca Groom opening the scoring following a deflection from a penalty corner.

Shortly into the second half, St John’s scored a well-worked goal from the stick of Jenna Bam to take them 2-0 up and the scoreline remained the same for the remainder of the game.

The St John’s players of the match were Bam, Andrea Davies, Groom and Amy Kruger, while Kirsten Neave and Brinlee Bontekoning stood out for Epworth.

The Wykeham Collegiate had hosted Epworth last Thursday and a determined TWC produced a fine display of attacking hockey. In the second half, TWC’s Nicola Deenik and Sarah Dixon created striking opportunities for their team, but it was the KZN Inland goalkeeper Brittany Gow who displayed good keeping skills for Epworth and the final score was 0-0.

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