Hockey: Reason to smile for Epworth and GHS

2010-05-04 00:00

BOTH the Epworth and Girls’ High School (GHS) first hockey teams have reason to smile.

Key player Lana Kruger inspired Epworth to a 3-1 win over Treverton in the Parklane Superspar A League, while GHS were placed third in a national­ festival in Stellenbosch.

”It was definitely not Treverton’s day,” said their coach Lyndal Robertson­, as Kruger created good build-up that allowed Epworth to capitalise­ up front.

Epworth scored the first field goal after 10 minutes, and while Treverton had a few breakaway runs and interceptions by striker Andrea Houston, they were unable to convert.

Epworth scored another field goal to go 2-0 up after the first half.

In the second half, Treverton changed structure and were able to put more pressure on Epworth’s defence. Good build-up play from the back resulted in a well-worked team goal slipped in by Kylee McLoughlin, but the final result was a deserved 3-1 victory to Epworth.

Voortrekker started strongly with a number of circle penetrations against Howick that came to no avail. Coach Charmaine Koekemoer moved captain­ Amore de Wet to, for her, an unfamiliar position at centre striker to inject some urgency into the Vories attack.

“De Wet did not disappoint and eliminated a couple of defenders before scoring a great goal,” Koekemoer said, as Voortrekker took a 1-0 lead into half-time.

Koekemoer said that although Vories­ had most of the territory, it was Howick that had the last say in the match when a few minutes from the end Minnie Mbele made a square pass in the circle and found striker Thebi Mkhize, who made no mistake to leave the final score 1-1.

Meanwhile in Stellenbosch, the Pietermaritzburg­ Girls’ High School first team ended third at the National Girls’ Schools Hockey Festival which was hosted by eventual finalists Rhenish­.

On day one, GHS recorded three wins and a draw. Their toughest match was a draw with Collegiate from Port Elizabeth.

On day two, GHS had five matches. In their second match, an early goal by Clarendon from East London put GHS on the back foot and they never regained composure, going down 2-0. Two wins saw GHS regain confidence and the last match of the day was against old rivals Eunice from Bloemfontein­.

This should have been the final as it was a great display of schoolgirl hockey. In a top move, Laura Wolhuter used open space outside the circle, received­ from Vicki Jonker and beat Eunice’s keeper.

GHS hung on against the previously unbeaten Eunice to win 1-0. There were no cross-pool play-offs and despite the loss to GHS, festival winners Eunice met and beat Rhenish, winners of pool B, in the final.

GHS, playing quality team hockey, accounted for Affies in the third and fourth play-off.

GHS’s Vicki Jonker won the most goals of the tournament award and Hlubi Sipamla was named in the tournament team.

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