GHS old girls aim to defend World Cup title

2019-02-13 06:00
(From left): Leigh Higgs, Jacquie Minnaar and Caley Higgs with Kirsten Van Heerden (sports psychologist).PHOTO: supplied

(From left): Leigh Higgs, Jacquie Minnaar and Caley Higgs with Kirsten Van Heerden (sports psychologist).PHOTO: supplied

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THREE former Girls High School (GHS) pupils will be heading to Warwick, Australia this April as they look to compete in the Polocrosse World Cup, being held from April 21 to April 30. They will be joined by sports psychologist Kirsten Van Heerden, a GHS old girl herself.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Jacquie­ Minnaar, who has been playing internationally since the age of 11, said they feel privileged to be playing for their country, adding that: “There is no other feeling like going out in the green and gold.”

Minnaar noted that, in August­ 2018, the team had played a test series in Paddock against a full lady’s Irish side to prepare for the upcoming tournament.

After their first World Cup win in 2011, Team South Africa has seen mixed success at the prestigious event but they have held the world title for the past two years, so the pressure is on for the team to bring the trophy back home with them this year.

With the World Cup almost upon us, Minnaar said that preparing meant sacrificing lots of weekends, with the side playing 30 chukkas (the division of a game into quarters) a weekend.

“It is very difficult to prepare because we all have lives outside of the sport but we all have played other internationals before and are on track with our preparations,” said Minnaar.

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