Drills and skills at first festival

2012-03-27 00:00

OVER the weekend, The Wykeham Collegiate hosted the first TWC Sports Festival for the U13 age group and 10 schools consisting of about 190 girls from various parts of the province took part in hockey and netball.

Clifton Prep, Cowan House, Durban Girls College, Maris Stella, Our Lady of Fatima, St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle, St Mary’s DSG Kloof, St Patrick’s College, The Wykeham Collegiate and Westville Senior School embraced the objectives of the festival, which was to build teamwork, develop individual and team skills, and most important of all, go out onto the playing arena and enjoy the sport.

The two festival sport components were hockey and netball. The hockey comprised drills and skills developed by Back2Basics Hockey Coaching Academy coaches Tracy Bestall, Devon van der Merwe and Lyndal Robertson, who are all provincial indoor and outdoor hockey players.

The netball was run by top coach Di Bodley and her assistant, Nomcebo Mabuso.

The programme focused on building individual skills through drills and matches, with coaching advisers helping the schools’ coaches develop their skills. The TWC first netball and hockey girls were hard at work, leading and coaching teams and umpiring.

St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle won the Capitol Caterers Most Spirited Trophy, while individual talent was also recognised, with girls being awarded a trophy in recognition of their individual talent.

“We need to build coaches and umpires, while this was also a great opportunity for our high school girls to develop their own game skills by seeing the two sports from a different perspective,” said Robertson. “The players in both sports have benefited from this coaching experience, which we hope will filter through the coaching and umpiring system as well.”


Hockey: Hannah Shirley (Westville) — most promising striker; Sam Yeats (TWC) — most promising midfielder; Sarah Rich (Our Lady of Fatima) — most promising defender; Laura Johnson (Clifton Prep) — most promising goalkeeper.

Netball: Kelly Eigenmann (St Mary’s) — most promising attacking player; Sarah Hampson (DGC) — most promising defending player; Nikita Sitharam (Maris Stella) — most promising goal shooter.

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