Top hockey week for TWC

2012-05-15 00:00

WHILE The Wykeham Collegiate- versus (TWC)-St Anne’s match in the Parklane Superspar A League ended goalless, it doesn’t begin to tell half the story of the quality of hockey on offer.

“It was a good display of schoolgirl hockey at TWC,” said St Anne’s coach Robin Dyer. “St Anne’s seemed to dominate the first half with more circle entries than TWC, and had the only penalty corner of the half. TWC, however, had the better second half and had more circle entries and three PCs to zero from St Anne’s.

The former KZN Inland senior captain said it was a fair draw, with both teams dominating a half of the game. “Nicola Deenik had an exceptional game for TWC, and while St Anne’s Paige Phillips had an exceptional game in defence in the centre of the field, Lara Nolden also put in good tackles on defence.”

Lyndal Robertson agreed with her counterpart’s assessment. “Both TWC and St Anne’s produced a high level of hockey entertainment in a game that was played in high spirits,” said the TWC coach. “It was any team’s game, as St Anne’s dominated the first half, while TWC owned the second. Once again, TWC’s defence was strong, captain Lara Rogers keeping the defence well-structured at the back. St Anne’s Paige Phillips anticipated extremely well to keep the TWC attack away from their circle.”

Robertson added that Nicola Deenik was very effective in the second half, setting up goalscoring opportunities.

Meanwhile, the TWC match against Voortrekker saw Vories defend well.

“TWC scored two field goals in the second half, a deflection by Sarah Yeats and a cracker of a shot by Nicola Deenik.”

In a match between TWC and Epworth, Epworth’s strikers Leanne Neave and Heather McEwan had many opportunities, but TWC keeper Allison Muller kept the ball out of the box.

“Epworth had more game possession, but when TWC broke through Epworth’s defence they were fierce on attack,” said Robertson.

A well set-up field goal, composedly slotted in by Sarah Yeats, and a well-rehearsed PC by Melissa Glutz a few minutes later made the half-time score 2-0 to TWC.

“Epworth came back strong in the second half, with SA player Heather McEwan deflecting the ball past the last line of defence to pull one back, but TWC’s defence was strong enough to ensure a 2-1 win,” said Robertson.

In another match, Epworth and Treverton played to a 0-0 draw.

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