Planning pays off for TWC

2013-06-11 00:00

TWO years of planning paid off for The Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) first hockey team when they won the Parklane Superspar A-League for the 2013 season.

“What a season the first team have had,” TWC coach Binks Robertson told The Witness yesterday.

“They have played 31 fixtures, won 19, drawn seven and only lost five matches.

“They have scored 55 goals with only 18 against, with captain Melissa Glutz being their top goal scorer with 18 to her name.”

TWC were up against rivals St Anne’s and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) over the past week. It was a must-win for St Anne’s, while a draw would suffice for TWC.

TWC striker Stephanie Fabre deflected a ball past the ’keeper in the first 15 minutes of the game (1-0).

St Anne’s responded through Hannah Moxham’s penalty corner to leave the score 1-1 at half-time.

“The second half saw more battles in the midfield, with great skill on show from TWC’s Nicky Deenik and defender Melissa Glutz,” said St Anne’s coach Robyn Dyer.

“The tussle for possession was closely contested by our stars Katie Polkinghorne, Hannah Moxham and Paige Phillips.”

A good attacking passage from St Anne’s saw them win a short corner, where an own goal allowed the score to progress to 2-1.

With five minutes to go, TWC won a short corner that was saved, but followed up by Glutz, who was allowed time and space to hit the ball into the back of the box to level the final score at 2-2.

“Notable performances for TWC were Melissa Glutz for great defence and good overheads, Sarah Dixon for a high work rate in defence and attack, and Nicky Deenik’s pace and skill in the midfield,” said Dyer.

“The standout players for us were Spoen Green for her pressure on the TWC defenders and the creation of attacking opportunities, Hannah Moxham and Katie Polkinghorne for their performance in the midfield, and Paige Phillips for her tackles and distribution in defence.”

“It was the way we reacted positively under pressure that was key,” said Robertson.

On Saturday, the GHS first team went 1-0 up against TWC through a Cayley Higgs goal.

Heidi Rencken put GHS 2-0 up and Melissa Glutz pulled one back for TWC to make the final score 2-1 to GHS.

GHS played better against TWC than in the previous match, a 1-1 draw with Treverton, where Tarryn Higgs scored the GHS goal.

GHS coach Taryn de Winnaar said that all round it was a fine performance against TWC.

St John’s coach Tracey Schwegmann said that with TWC having already won the league, the race is still on for second place with two league matches still to be played. The matches are Treverton versus Epworth and GHS versus St John’s.

St John’s and St Anne’s drew 2-2.

“St John’s went 1-0 down early in the first half from a short corner, before they equalised with a great run into the circle from Natalie Esteves, who drew out the ’keeper and then slipped it left for wing Jenna Bam to slot in on the left post,” said Schwegmann.

St Anne’s went 2-1 up almost immediately after half-time and then St John’s equalised about five minutes from the end through Natalie Esteves from a short corner.

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