Remarkable skill demonstrated in nail-biting matches

2013-06-18 00:00

THE culmination of what has to have been the closest City Schools’ Netball League season in recent years saw The Wykeham Collegiate first team emerge as winners of the competition for the third consecutive year.

It is a remarkable feat as the matches this year have been fast and skilful with a number of nail-biting results.

Cases in point were: the matches between Voortrekker and Epworth, which ended in a 26-goal tie; the Voortrekker versus St Anne’s encounter, which saw St Anne’s win by a single goal; and the St John’s clash with St Anne’s, in which St John’s secured a narrow two-goal victory.

These matches could have gone either way and are indicative of the closely-matched strengths of these sides, where any team could have won on any given day.

However, The Wykeham Collegiate were ultimately the strongest school, winning all of their matches by 10 or more goals, except the match versus Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS), who they only beat by five goals.

Kimberleigh Bodley, The Wykeham Collegiate’s first team captain, said afterwards that their success in winning this year’s competition was down to a collective team effort.

“We lost so many top players at the end of 2012 that we were concerned that we may have lost our edge,” said Bodley. “However, our coach had very different ideas. We focused on all seven players defending every ball and every pass. This strategy allowed us to turn over a lot of ball in the midfield, as well as in the opposition’s goal circle.

“I am very proud of all the team’s and player’s performances, and wish TWC netball well in the future”

Voortrekker were eventually runners-up in the league with PMB Girls’ High School beating St Anne’s into third place on goal difference.

Forthcoming seasons are going to be very interesting, as GHS secured the U16 and U14 league titles, while the TWC U15 team won their league age division.

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