Back-to-back wins for TWC

2013-05-08 00:00

THE Wykeham Collegiate first hockey team were fully aware that they were in for two big Parklane Super Spar Girls’ A-League matches last week — and so it proved.

First up, TWC faced tough opponents in St John’s. It was an evenly contested match with TWC dominating the first half and St John’s gaining the upperhand in the second half.

Andrea Davies was a key defender for the St John’s first team and managed to break down several attacks by the TWC forward line.

The first half saw TWC captain Melissa Glutz score off a penalty corner, while a number of quality goalscoring opportunities from the sticks of Stephanie Fabre and Nicola Deenik were denied by the St John’s keeper.

“There was a nail-biting moment for the TWC supporters when a penalty corner was awarded to St John’s at the end of play, which was saved on the goalline by the TWC defence and deflected out of the circle,” said their coach, Binks Robertson.

This match-winning save saw TWC take the absorbing contest 1-0 and with it the valuable Girls’ A-League log points.

Next up was the TWC match against coach Tracy Bestall’s Epworth first team, and it was another tightly fought contest that had to be closely monitored by umpires Warren Bissett and Ian Griffiths.

“The first half against Epworth was very closely contested, with TWC defenders Bailey le Roux and Kayla Rautenbach in good form in limiting the Epworth first team’s entries into the [scoring] circle,” said Robertson.

With the score 0-0 at half-time, it was still anybody’s match, but the second half saw a change in the game’s momentum, as TWC managed to win more of the ball in the midfield and elsewhere with links Sarah Dixon and Nicola Deenik proving to be key players in the turnaround.

A penalty-corner goal in the 48th minute was the fruit of the hard work put in by the TWC team and it was captain Melissa Glutz who stepped up to convert from the set-piece.

The momentum that had swung TWC’s way did not stop there, as seven minutes later a cross-ball from Glutz steered in from the right flank towards Epworth’s left goalpost was deflected into the goalbox by the alert, well-positioned Sarah Yeats.

However, TWC once again conceded a penalty corner in the latter stages of their second competitive match of the week and this allowed the determined Epworth combination to pull a goal back through Christine Colenbrander’s strike in the 49th minute, which left the final score 2-1 to The Wykeham Collegiate.

It was a case of TWC facing two tough encounters within a short space of time, but the positive attitude of the players and their commitment to an attacking gameplan had paid off handsomely.

These Girls’ A-League results were disappointing for Epworth and St John’s, but the two first teams can draw much encouragement from the fact that they only lost by a single goal and were in both games right until the end.

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