SOME top hockey was played in recent Parklane SuperSpar A League matches.
GHS 1 St Anne’s 1
A fast-flowing evenly-matched hockey game resulted in an attractive spectacle between the remaining unbeaten teams, defending champions Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) going 1-0 up at half-time through a fine Robyn Prentice goal before St Anne’s did well to fight back after the changeover, prolific goalscorer Rachel Froneman netting the equaliser at the death.
“GHS had a second ‘goal’ via Steph Pieterse disallowed and a penalty corner awarded instead, which the home team were unable to convert,” said coach Taryn de Winnaar.
“In the dying moments a dubious decision allowed a runaway [St Anne’s] goal and although the result was disappointing for GHS, the team played exceptionally well breaking down play and effectively denying St Anne’s possession,” De Winnaar said.
Both coaches agreed that Sne Zungu of GHS had another excellent game in midfield, while De Winnaar felt GHS sweeper Amy Johnson was nigh unbeatable at the back.
The match was moved from the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf to the Shelagh Bowness Field at GHS without the press being informed, and this writer was most disappointed to miss the game.
Reports indicate it was a well-attended fixture played in a great atmosphere with the cheering of spectators echoing around the suburb of Pelham.
Treverton 1 Epworth 0
“Treverton were strong on the ball, Kylie Price and Andrea Houston putting pressure on Epworth’s defence,” said coach Lyndal Robertson.
“The links were solid in midfield, breaking down any forward movement. Dumsile Mchunu was a brick wall at left half, and the determined Dom DeGouveia player of the match. Dom was a magnet on the field, attracting ball wherever she was.”
Treverton opened the scoring with a quality goal by Price and Houston. “It was a moment of exceptional, beautiful play that would make any coach proud,” Robertson said.
“Demonstrating the art of one-twos down the left, beating defenders, into the circle and smack into the back of the box.”
Vanda Papenfus, Tamryn Strumpher and DeGouveia also drew praise for shots on target that were valiantly saved by the Epworth keeper.
Treverton 3 Wartburg 0
“Wartburg were the guests for Treverton’s Founders Day but found themselves against it for most of the game,” said Robertson.
“Wartburg’s goalkeeper Carly Benade did well but on the first penalty corner, Houston converted. In the second half, Treverton switched the ball around the back and looked for gaps in defence to move the ball to the strikers. Strumpher took a gap and scored a top-right corner before the on-form link netted again a couple minutes later.”
VHS 0 TWC 1
Voortrekker coach Charmaine Koekemoer reports that up until two minutes from the end, this match was played pretty much between the two 25-metre lines. With very few chances created by both teams, it looked set for a draw. But a weak pass among the Voortrekker defenders saw the ball intercepted and released to Sarah Scholfield, who was hanging high. She pulled the ball left and popped it through the legs of Voortrekker keeper Jean-Marie van Rooyen.
“Suddenly the game sparked, Voortrekker worked the ball down the right and won two penalty corners, but were unable to convert them into goals,” said Koekemoer.
Voortrekker 1 Epworth 1
Both teams exhibited very good hockey. The Voortrekker attack was in form and applied pressure on the Epworth defence.
“Melissa Vorster made a great cross- field pass and a tussle for the ball between left-side striker Lariska Beukman and the Epworth keeper resulted in a penalty stroke, which was slotted by Amoré de Wet,” Koekemoer said.
With about 50 seconds to go, the umpire made a somewhat controversial decision in awarding an Epworth penalty corner in their 25-metre area when it was relatively clear that both teams were not five metres from the ball when an Epworth attacker started running directly at the retreating Voortrekker defenders.
Epworth’s Lana Kruger made full use of this opportunity and scored from her sweetly struck penalty-corner hit.
Two U16 players who impressed Koekemoer were Amy Greaves (Epworth) and Anemie Janse van Rensburg (Voortrekker).
PARKLANE SUPERSPAR A LEAGUE LOG
(goal difference, matches played in brackets, points):
St Anne’s GD12 (6) points 13; Treverton GD-1 (7) points 13; GHS GD10 (6) points 12; TWC GD1 (5) points 8; St John’s GD3 (4) points 7; Epworth GD0 (6) points 7; Voortrekker GD-2 (6) points 5; Howick GD-11 (4) points 0; Carter GD-12 (4) points 0.
Thursday: Voortrekker vs Carter (4.15 pm ABJ); St John’s vs Epworth (StJ 4.15 pm); TWC vs Howick (4 pm TWC). Saturday: Voortrekker vs St John’s (ABJ 8.30 am); Epworth vs GHS (Epw 11 am); St Anne’s vs Howick (StA 10 am).
Dates, times and venue subject to change.