Hockey: Back-to-back victories

2011-05-10 00:00

THE Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) both recorded back-to-back victories in Parklane SuperSpar A-League hockey matches over the past week.

TWC beat Treverton 2-0 and Howick 3-0, while GHS beat Howick 6-0 and Treverton 3-0. In other matches, St Anne’s beat St John’s 2-0 and Epworth beat Voortrekker 4-0.

TWC 2 Treverton 0: TWC enjoyed a fine start, dictating play by allowing the ball to do the work.

“The players showed confidence in throwing the ball around the back to create switches,” said TWC coach Lyndal Robertson.

“TWC pressed the opposition into the left channel and a short corner was awarded, which captain Catherine Smart deflected in.

TWC showed strong defence and did not allow the opposition into the circle in the first half. Katherine Lindsay showed flair in the midfield. Heidi Badcock created good right-hand attacking options.”

A second short corner was won in the late stages of the first half, which Bronwyn Bonsma converted.

Robertson, who was Treverton’s coach before her appointment to TWC, said Treverton picked up their play in the second half. They were awarded one short corner, which was saved.

“TWC goalkeeper Shené Gonlag was solid at the back, clearing a number of shots, while players of the match went to Abigail Vigar and Gonlag.”

TWC 3 Howick 0: Although TWC had most of the possession, Robertson said that Howick must be commended on their defensive skills as they soaked up waves of pressure.

Eight short corners were awarded in the game to TWC, but theopposition were quick to react and the keeper was in the right place.

Hannah Taylor opened the scoring with a field goal in the first half. In the second half, Melissa Glutz scored a short corner and player-of-the-match Bonsma put a fine shot past the keeper.

St Anne’s 2 St John’s 0: “St Anne’s put St John’s under pressure, resulting in Paige Phillips scoring off a rebound from a penalty corner,” said St Anne’s coach Robyn Pearson.

St Anne’s scored in the second half from a penalty corner deflection by Abigail Latimer.

The St Anne’s mentor said that St John’s put up a gutsy performance. Players making their stand in the midfield for St John’s were Tippy Brewett, Justine Pearson and Britanny Freese.

Pearson said that notable performers for St Anne’s were captain Sherry King as well as Phillips, and an outstanding midfield performance from Isabella Rudd, who created most of the attacking play through her neat stickwork and pace.

Girls’ High School 6 Howick 0: GHS did well to score against a defensive Howick team, said their coach, Taryn de Winnaar.

“Sine Zungu was instrumental in breaking through the defence and gaining the advantage for her team, and went on to score four of her team’s six goals with Lunga Zulu scoring one and Vicki Jonker also scoring with a very well-struck short corner.”

GHS 3 Treverton 0: “Saturday’s game was a high-tempo affair,” De Winnaar said.

“The GHS defenders did well to keep the pacy Treverton forwards at bay, while also creating options going forward.”

De Winnaar said that Zulu was impressive with her creative attacking and this created some space for the forwards. Jonker opened the scoring and Leigh Higgs did well to finish off two attacking moves, which resulted in the 3-0 win.

Epworth 4 Voortrekker 0: Voortrekker coach Charmaine Koekemoer said the Epworth attackers put extreme pressure on the Vories defence.

“Vories goalkeeper Michele du Toit played very well in the first half,” Koekemoer said.

She added that Voortrekker started finding their feet and launched a few attacks of their own, with a two versus one scenario against the Epworth keeper, but the Vories strikers could not score.

“Heather McEwan from Epworth was absolutely outstanding and in a class of her own.

“She proved that she is worthy of her inclusion in the Junior World Cup squad,” said Koeke-moer. “Amy Greaves and Leeann Neave of Epworth also played very well.”



Tuesday: St Anne’s vs TWC. Thursday: Voortrekker vs St John’s. Saturday: TWC vs GHS; St John’s vs Howick; Treverton vs Epworth; Voortrekker vs St Anne’s.

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