First outdoor tournament on the Hockey Calendar – the Spar Challenge

On March 4th, 2016, posted in: Community, Featured, Hockey, News by

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Hockey stickWynberg was made home to the Southern schools on 4 March 2016 for the second Spar Challenge to be hosted on our grounds. The day was much anticipated by most schools as this was the first outdoor tournament on the hockey calendar.

The first team girls have been preparing for what seems a lifetime to be ready to cause an upset among the bigger rivals. Their first game was up against a weaker Pinelands side. The girls fell into place quite quickly even though this was their first time taking the field together. However after a 0-0 draw, there were still patches that were recognised as improvement areas.

The second game was against St. Cyprians and the first team were in it for a win. Wynberg retained the ball for most of the time but mistakes that were made in the team’s capitalisation and use of opportunity cost the girls the game and ended up drawing 0-0 again after a battle from both sides to finish.

The third game proved most difficult for the Wynberg first team as it was up against arch rivals, Rustenburg. The Wynberg girls had good counter attack opportunities and a lot of depth to the game. High rotations among the strikers were most important so that the link line and defence could find some ball through. Rustenburg got a short corner and unfortunately managed to slot one in, and then proceed to hold the Wynberg girls off for the rest of the game. Wynberg lost 0-1.

All hope was not lost though, as the final game, against Bergvliet was going to help Wynberg boost their confidence. The girls played a  fun game and decided to not stress out over the outcome. The ball possession mainly belonged to Wynberg with Bergvliet making a few breaks, but soon being turned over by Sasha Sivertsen in link line. Aaliyah Dollie managed to score one and then another both from opportunities made possible by good work in the link line. Gabby Makohliso ended Wynbergs’ goal tally with a fantastic deflection – both proving a significant debut for the new players. The final score was 3-0 to Wynberg.

The first team girls are commended on a good day in the office despite the harsh weather conditions and setbacks the team experienced. It can only get better from here!

We congratulate Rustenburg who were winners of Pool A and Herschel who were winners of Pool B.