Hockey: St Anne’s pip GHS for league hockey title

2009-06-09 00:00

THE title race couldn’t have been closer in the 2009 Parklane SuperSpar A League, but in the end it was St Anne’s who wrested the honours and unseated reigning champions Pietermartizburg Girls’ High School (GHS) from their throne as the top KwaZulu-Natal Inland hockey school.

With St Anne’s having finished their matches, GHS had to beat Carter by a six-goal margin on Saturday to win the title on goal difference. Five clear goals would have seen GHS share the honours with St Anne’s.

But it was not be, as the perennial defending champs came up against a plucky Carter line-up who were going to make GHS work. In the end it was 3-1 to GHS, which meant they finished alongside St Anne’s on 18 points, but three goals behind on goal difference.

In short, both were unbeaten with five wins and three draws, while St Anne’s scored 27 goals with 10 against and GHS netted 19 times with five beating the keeper.

There are two matches tomorrow that wrap up the league, while the Umgungundlovu (Pietermaritzburg and surrounds) age-group teams have been selected for the eight-team KZN inter-district tournament in Pietermaritzburg from Saturday to Monday.

The U14s are at Sheila Bowness Field at GHS, and the U16 and U19 age groups at Pape’s Astro (Maritzburg College) and AB Jackson Greenfields Turf.

More than 850 players will be involved in the boys’ (Durban) and girls’ tournaments. The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department’s co-curricular support services have been key players in conjunction with the KZN Schools’ Hockey committee in arranging these events. The provincial Department of Education (DoE) will be paying for venue hire, medical services, equipment and so on, while DoE districts provide accommodation, meals and transport for their teams.

KZN Schools’ hockey vice-chairperson Charmaine Koekemoer said hockey has built a good relationship with DoE over the past two years.

“We are delighted with the support the Education Department has given us, not only financially but also with advice and assisting with arrangements for both provincial and national tournaments,” Koekemoer said.

GHS 3 Carter 1

In a thrilling match, a much-improved Carter withstood an early GHS barrage before opening with a perfect Jess Stiebel penalty corner.

GHS were equally motivated and scored three well-worked goals in the second half, two from captain Julia Hudson and one from fellow striker Ros Flint.

“It was a season of pressure for the young GHS team,” said coach Taryn de Winnaar. “The players acquitted themselves well and the new caps gained in confidence, which is promising.”

Proud Carter coach Marie-Laure Johnson praised goalkeeper Phum Mbande and defenders Kim Savings and Josie Keal.

TWC 1 Carter 0

Goalkeeper Mbande was again outstanding, and Nana Mbongwa was the lone goalscorer despite The Wykeham Collegiate’s dominance.

Treverton 0 Howick 1

With Pretty Nzimande outstanding, Howick pulled off an upset with a 1-0 win over Treverton. Treverton dominated but could not score against tight Howick defence and towards the end of the first half, Howick converted a penalty corner for the winner.

“Howick defender Pretty Nzimande must be commended on her improvement throughout the season and was a thorn in our side,” said Treverton coach Lyndal Robertson, who voted Treverton’s Tamryn Strumpher player of the match.

Other result: Treverton 2 (Andrea Houston 2) Hermannsburg 0.

Remaining fixtures: Wednesday: St John’s vs The Wykeham Collegiate (StJ 3.15 pm); Carter vs Howick (ABJ 4.30 pm).

Umgungundlovu U18A: Phumelela Mbande (Carter); Amy Johnson, Julia Hudson (GHS); Kim Rennie, Rachel Froneman, Tumela Setlaba, Tarryn Mallett (St Anne’s); Amore de Wet (Voortrekker); Lana Kruger, Anele Gabela, Sam Scott (Epworth); Teagan Mill (St John’s); Pippa Stone (TWC, capt); Dumisile Mchunu, Vanda Papenfus (Treverton), Carly Benade (Wartburg).

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