Hockey Derby Day vs Bloemhof

On March 27th, 2014, posted in: Competition, Featured, Galleries, Hockey, News, Sport by

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On Thursday 27 March, the Wynberg hockey teams played Bloemhof Meisieskool.

The u14A’s took to the field first. Although our team fought with determination and worked extremely well as a team, they conceded a goal to Bloemhof in the first half.  Although they were not able to score a goal in the second half, it was very clear that these teams were evenly matched.

u14A Wynberg Girls' High School Hockey vs Bloemhof

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u16A 

Wynberg took on a very physical and assertive Bloemhof team. In the first half, Wynberg were on the back foot from the first whistle and were caught sleeping. Bloemhof played good possession hockey and capitalized on that effort, making the first half score 2-0. After a stern talking to at half time, Wynberg took more ownership on the field and fought much harder for the ball and were able to compete for the 50-50 balls. Unfortunately Wynberg conceded a soft goal half way through the second half, making the final score 3-0.  Although the result may have not gone in our favour, there is a lot to look forward to for the upcoming season. The girls have a wonderful spirit and with some more hard work there is plenty to be excited about.

 

u16A Wynberg Girls' High School Hockey vs Bloemhof

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And lastly the 1st teams took to the field. The game promised to be a humdinger and most certainly delivered. The game started at a furious pace, with Bloemhof dominating the possession and the physicality on the astro. Once the Wynberg team settled into a rhythm and began playing with more structure, the game levelled out into a midfield battle, with Bloemhof still applying the majority of the pressure. The Wynberg team managed to release this pressure during a quick turnover of possession, sending the ball through to Nicole Alexander who was waiting behind the last line of the Bloemhof defence. While we were not able to capitalise on this opportunity, it certainly helped to take the pressure off and force the Bloemhof defenders back.

The first goal of the game was from Bloemhof girls as they capitalised on a lapse in concentration from the defence who allowed one of the strikers to crack off an early shot inside the circle which was deflected past Valeshka Harkhu in goals at lightning speed!

The Wynberg team kept up their positive attitude and the defence continued to thwart all the Stellies attacks. After consolidating at the half time talk, the Wynberg team came out with renewed passion and enthusiasm with Steph Lopes-Stuart, Cara Geere, Jamie Southgate and captain, Erin Prince, playing massive midfield roles both defensively and on attack. They were ably supported by solid tackles and turnovers from Sasha Sivertson and Logan Patel, while youngsters, Hannah Hellenberg and Katherine Nicholls played with confidence and made some driving aggressive runs passed the Bloemhof defence.

The next Bloemhof goal came from a blitz counterattack down their right side, with one of their strikers being allowed bit too much room in the circle to get on the end of a cross.

This only spurred the Wynberg team onto work hard and their efforts were eventually rewarded after some phenomenal build-up from the defence all the way through to the Bloemhof circle, resulted in a number shots at goal, a melee around the goalmouth and then Erin Prince stepping in to complete a rebound collect.

The Wynberg team should be heartened by the fact that they fought until the end of the game and had earned a number of short corners and had a few shots at goal. With some more work on our short corners – we can be sure of scoring more goals in the season.

 

Wynberg Girls' High School Hockey vs Bloemhof

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