Victory for St Mary’s

2016-05-31 06:00
Cailynn Den Bakker out-manoevering her Durban Girls College opposite number. Photo: supplied

Cailynn Den Bakker out-manoevering her Durban Girls College opposite number. Photo: supplied

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ST Mary’s DSG, Kloof 1st Hockey Team are riding the crest of the wave. After winning the KZN SPAR Regional Hockey Tournament at Thomas More last weekend they continued their winning streak to beat both Durban Girl’s College and Westville Girls High.

They played a cracker of a game against Durban Girls' College on Wednesday where they were like a well-oiled machine moving the ball around the field with practised ease.

St Mary's dominated from the start of the game always looking calm and in control of the situation and after several near misses by the strikers, Tegan Fourie took charge with a scorcher of a shot from the top of the circle to beat the Durban Girls' College goalie and put St Mary's on the score-card with a 1-0 lead into half-time.

Coach Kelly Madsen must have inspired her girls during the team talk because the St Mary's players came out firing from the first minute. A second goal by Hannah Shirley with a dive in front of the goalposts opened the floodgates. Skilful goals by Tayla Putz, Leah Piggott and an amazing flick between the upright and the goalkeeper by Kiana Cormack sealed Durban Girls' College fate with St Mary's taking the win by 5 goals to nil at the close of play.

On Thursday afternoon they went up against Westville Girl's High School. Both teams had been through the league unbeaten and so it promised to be a nail biting match.

St Mary's had a number of goal scoring opportunities in the first half but the Westville goal keeper was on top of her game and kept everything out. Hannah Shirley from St Mary’s opened the scoring with a great hit off a short corner right into the bottom corner. Tayla Putz then followed suit not long after but this time into the opposite corner.

With a 2-0 lead at half time Westville came out with renewed energy and scored early on in the second half making it an exciting 2-1 in St Mary’s favour. In the last ten minutes of the second half Tegan Fourie’s piercing run through the middle with an aerial pass to Hannah Shirley gave Hannah the chance to smash it out of the air into the net, making it 3-1 to St Mary's. Cailynn Den Bakker closed off the match with a slick goal for St Mary's ending the game 4-1 to St Mary's.

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