Interschools’ Hockey

On August 31st, 2013, posted in: Featured, Hockey, Interschools, News, Sport by

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PGSGU Interschools’ Hockey 2013 in pictures.

Interschools' Hockey 2013

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1st Team

The u19 Interschools’ took place on the 31 August at our homeground. Wynberg entered the tournament as the Underdogs, having lost to Herschel, Springfield and Rustenburg in the league and drawing to St.Cyprians. Our first game was St. Cyprians. Wynberg was dominating but none of our opportunities were turned into goals. St. Cyprians scored in the last 5 minutes of the game, after the defence fought hard to keep them from crossing the line. A very disappointing result for us as the team played well. For our second game we took on Springfield. Two minutes into the game, Springfield scored and followed up with another a few minutes later. It wasn’t our best performance against a very dominant opponent. The final score was 3-0 to Springfield. For our third game we were up against Herschel and really needed to pick up our game. The game started off well, both teams put up a real fight, with scoring opportunities for both sides. The final score was 0-0, indicative of a much better performance from Wynberg. The last game was against Rustenburg and Wynberg upped their intensity to display a better performance but just could not finish after great build-up in the field, leaving the final score at 0-0. Wynberg placed last as we drew twice and lost twice, earning only 2 points. Herschel and Rustenburg tied for first position but Herschel pipped them to the post on goal difference and took the trophy. Despite the disappointing finish, the competition was tight and we know we need to work hard to beat these very strong schools. The team looks forward to the next interschools’.

 Captain: Zahra Dollie

 u14A Team

The tournament had a promising start for the u14s having defeated three out of the 5 teams in the league; Wynberg had a good chance of claiming the title. The weather held up nicely on Friday afternoon for our first game against Springfield. We were a bit shaky from the start and managed to defend well and soaked up a lot of pressure from the first whistle, keeping at least 3 goals out. Wynberg then had a counter attack and converted their only chance of the game through Hannah Hellenberg, winning the match 1-0.

On a high, our next game was against Sans Sauci, the one team in the tournament we had not yet encountered in the league so did not know how they would play. We knew that we had to take every opportunity to score goals against this team and the only way we could do so was by paying like a team. In the beginning Wynberg tried to run too much with the ball, but once Katherine Nichols opened their account, the goals kept coming. Credit must be given to Sans Sauci for not giving up and having a positive attitude despite their 10 – 0 loss to Wynberg. The goal scorers: Katherine Nichols (2), Hannah Hellenberg (5), Ammaarah Hendricks, Amy Arendse and Brooke Jacobs.

Wynberg’s last game of the day was against a tenacious St Cyps team. Wynberg thought they had got the opening goal through a well worked short corner variation, which was slipped to the left to Saarah Smith who put the ball away, however the goal was disallowed as it had be adjudged that they ball had not come out of the circle. Wynberg pushed on and scored again through Hannah. With 15 seconds remaining, Wynberg struggled to clear the ball out of their defensive circle and St Cyps pounced on a loose ball in the circle, sending it into the back of the box, equally the scores 1 -1 all.

Saturday morning’s weather held a lot more rain than Friday, but this did not dampen the Wynberg team and their positive attitude. The first game was against Herschel, the tournament favourites. The game was equally contested with a high level of hockey on display. Herschel were first to score off a short corner variation. Wynberg quickly bounced back winning a short corner of their own. Once again a short corner variation came to the rescue of the Wynberg team, with Saarah crossing the ball into the circle for Brooke Jacobs to get the deflection. With scores tied and 5 minutes to play Herschel won another short corner and ended Wynberg’s hopes of winning, converting their chance and ending u 2-1 winners.

With 2nd place still up for grabs, our last game against Rustenburg was a must win for us. Hearts were a little broken it seemed as the Wynberg team took to the field and they struggled to get going against a fired up Rustenburg team. Wynberg had a couple of chances in the midfield but couldn’t go on to put the ball in the back of the goals. Rustenburg then were on the up and continued to apply pressure on the Wynberg defence, who would eventually cave, allowing the Rustenburg team to convert one of their chances, handing them a 1-0 win.

We finished 3rd in the end, played with a great deal of heart and as a team, as a coach one cannot ask for much more than that!