Girls serve up a weekend of exciting matches

2014-06-03 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School first team (GHS) maintained their unbeaten run with a good 2-0 win against Treverton on Saturday.

“The girls in green put in a solid team performance, each player contributing to the final result,” said GHS coach Taryn de Winnaar.

GHS captain Caley Higgs led her team well, putting in a strong performance in the midfield. The GHS defenders not only absorbed pressure at the back but they also created numerous attacking moves that set up the midfielders as well as the strikers.

“The girls at the front worked very hard and their hard work was eventually rewarded with two goals by Polly Mashau — one from a penalty corner and the second a field goal.”

The Wykeham Collegiate took on Treverton College in Mooi River. “This match was probably the best game I have seen a TWC team play in a long time, every player stuck to the game plan and worked their magic on the field,” said coach Binks Robertson.

TWC team moved the ball in a composed manner. They showed patience in the midfield and won a great deal of possession in their attacking zone. It wasn’t long when highly talented TWC striker Sarah Dixon opened the scoring. A few minutes later a cross ball into the circle was deflected into the box by TWC striker Jemma Veenstra. The score was 2-0 at half time.

The first PC awarded to TWC early in the second half was deflected home by striker Megan Smith for 3-0. Smith who showed great flair, anticipated well and broke down Treverton’s main outlet passes. Late into the second half Treverton won a PC that was converted by Jeanne Botha for the 3-1 final score.

“St John’s played host to St Anne’s, which saw a fairly lacklustre performance by the visitors and some great defence by the hosts,” said St Anne’s coach Charlie Pereira.

The home side won 1-0 but early in the game St Anne’s had the first circle entry and a shot at goal by Rosie Elliot was saved and countered by Natalie Esteves with a similar circle scramble save.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure in the visitors’ circle, without success. St Anne’s won the first of the PCs, despite St John’s being the more dominant side. It was saved and well cleared by Esteves, who countered with a great shot at goal after good midfield play.

Midfield error on St Anne’s part saw great turnover ball by St John’s and a resulting PC for the hosts, followed directly by a second.

St Anne’s cleared well and an excellent run by Sophie McDonald, ably assisted by both Tess van der Merwe and Meg McDonald, saw St Anne’s awarded their second PC of the encounter.

An excellent direct hit by captain Hannah Moxham was well saved, denying the visitors a chance to get onto the scoreboard.

Tegan Lambert ran superbly as first wave defence in St John’s third PC to set up a great field goal opportunity for herself, which was well saved by the St John’s keeper.

Another great field goal opportunity for St Anne’s from good midfield play found high-hanging striker Tegan Lambert waiting to make her mark, which was sadly denied, leaving the half-time score at 0-0.

The second half saw some great clearances from St John’s left half, Kayleigh Hughes, despite relentless pressure from the visitors.

St John’s fourth PC saw a textbook, route-one shot by captain and national schools’ player Esteves take a wicked deflection to put St John’s 1-0 up.

Esteves continued her great form as the clock headed towards full time.

St John’s coach Kyle Nipper said players who performed well for St John’s were Samantha du Toit (centre half), who was excellent in defence, Jessica de Wet (right half), who was solid in defence and drove well down the right-hand side, and Jenna Bam (left striker) ,who displayed great aerial skills.

“Players who performed well for St Anne’s were Teagan Lambert (striker), who kept the St John’s defenders on their toes, and keeper Megan Repstein-Dovey, who made great saves, displayed good movement and closed off angles well,” said Nipper.

In an earlier match last week St Anne’s beat Howick 6-0 after leading 2-0 at half,time with the goals going to Lambert, Elliot, Meg McDonald, Brady and Sophie Macdonald (2).

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