Results of the Top Schools’ Champion’s Cup

On April 19th, 2016, posted in: Competition, Featured, Hockey, News, Sport by

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On the 16th and 17th of April 2016, the under 16A side competed in the Top Schools Champions Cup which is hosted annually by Rustenburg Girls’ High School.

The competition comprised of 10 schools in the Western Cape who competed in 2 pools with 5 schools in each, with the winners of each pool playing up against each other in the final.

The morning of Saturday, our girls were anxious to get started with the matches, with the first match being against Reddam. Unfortunately, Wynberg were a bit too eager and this caused a lot of missed opportunities to slip through their fingers, resulting in a loss to Reddam with a score of 9-13. During this match one of our players, Lizzie Ducroq, was injured due to a bad fall.

After having a long break, as Wynberg had a BYE  in the second round, our girls came back determined to redeem themselves. The next match was against Westerford High School. Both teams played a tough game, which was closely contested throughout the whole match. Our girls fought hard, and pulled through to result in a draw of 9-9.

The last match of the day was a much-needed win for our girls against Somerset College, with a score of 8-5. At that point, it appeared that the more matches our girls played, the better and more confident their playing became.

The next day our girls were scheduled to play only 2 more matches: one against St Cyprian’s Girls’ School and the last match would be determined between our total points earned and goal difference as to what position our U16’s would be playing for.

The match against St Cyprian’s – the champions of the tournament last year – was a tough and highly contested match. Halfway through the game our goal attack, Ashley Timms, landed badly and hurt her ankle, resulting in her not being able to finish the match.

In the end, we lost by a very close goal difference of 15-10, resulting in our  playing for 5th and 6th position against Rustenburg in the next match. This final match was our girls’ best match of the tournament, as they fought particularly hard for each center pass, with our defense working spectacularly to ensure that Rustenburg didn’t take the lead.

The hard work paid off, and we finished with a winning score of 16-7! All around, the tournament was a great experience for our girls, and even though we didn’t win all of our matches, we played great games and had amazing sportsmanship both on and off the court. Well done to our U16A netball girls!