Hockey and Netball Championship Cup

On May 9th, 2015, posted in: Competition, Featured, Hockey, Netball, News, Sport by

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Rustenburg Girls’ High School hosted their first U 16 hockey and netball tournament recently.

Schools from all over the Peninsula competed including: Rhenish, Paarl Gym, Somerset College, St Cyprians, Westerford, Herschel, Springfield, Fairmont, Rustenburg and Wynberg.

Hockey:

 

On the 2 May, Wynberg Girls’ U16 netball girls participated in the Champions Cup hosted by Rustenburg High School for Girls. This tournament  consisted of 6 schools ( Westerford High, St Cyprians, Rustenburg, Herschel, Rhenish and Wynberg), our girls played a total of 6 matches throughout the day.

The U16A Hockey team took part in a pre-season tournament over the 1st of May long weekend. The 3-day competition took place at Rustenburg Girls’ High School, and formed part of the inaugural Champion’s Cup for Hockey and Netball. There were 11 schools participating in 2 pools.

Our first match on Friday was against hosts Rustenburg. Our girls were strong on defence, and managed to prevent our opponents from converting their chances into goals for most of the match. Unfortunately they broke through our defence to score two late goals in the last 4 minutes, making the final score 0 – 2. Our goalkeeper, Sisipho Dingeni, was deservedly voted ‘Player of the Match’ by her team mates for her sterling work.

On Saturday we kicked off the day with a match against Paarl Gim, and although we lost 0 – 3, it was a good result for us against very strong side that eventually were the tournament winners. After that we took on local rivals St Cyprians, and in a thrilling match we beat them 1 – 0, with Shannon Reilly scoring our first goal of the tournament. Our last match for the day was against Somerset College. Captain Saarah Smith converted an opportunity from a short corner into points for WGHS to go 1 – 0 up. Unfortunately, Somerset College not only managed to equalise, but also surpass our score, winning the match 1 – 2. That also meant that we ended up in 4th place in our pool, which pitted us against Rhenish for the play-offs on Sunday morning.

The 2 matches on Sunday did not go our way, and although the girls played with heart, those were not our best performances of the tournament. In the match against Rhenish, our marking let us down and they managed to score three times, while we were unable to convert any of our attacking opportunities into points. Our last match saw us play Somerset College again. The team was eager to avenge our defeat against them from the previous day, but unfortunately we lost by 1 goal to 0, finishing in 8th place for the tournament.

There were many positives that we took out of the weekend. On an individual level, Sisi and Saarah performed particularly well, and were consistent. All the players got visibly stronger as the games went on. We enjoyed the opportunity to work on skills and tactics, and also to bond as a team, and we look forward to the season ahead where we can build on what we learnt there.

Netball:

 

Our first match was against Herschel who put up a strong offense, and although our girls played well they ended up losing 11-7. After a half hour break and a pep talk from the coaches our girls came back with a bang, winning there next three matches (Westerford 15-12, Rustenburg 10-6, and Rhenish 13-10). The girls played extremely well together and showed excellent sportsmanship towards the opposing teams.

The following match was against St Cyprians, who had been undefeated for the entirety of the tournament, this news put pressure on our girls and unfortunately we lost the match 16-8.

Our girls did well enough to proceed into the bronze medal match against Rustenburg, and after a long day out girls were tired and ended up losing.

Although we lost our final match, our girls placed fourth overall, making us very proud of our U16 girls, they played as a team and supported each other throughout the tournament. Well done ladies.