Tough matches against Paarl Girls’ High test our skill, endurance and team work!

On May 14th, 2017, posted in: Featured, Hockey, News, Sport by

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Hartleyvale HockeyHockey vs Paarl Girls’ High at Hartleyvale Stadium

1st Team

On Saturday 14 May, the WGHS First Team hockey girls played a non-league game against Paarl Girls’ High. It was a quick and exciting game, with many turn overs in midfield for both teams. Good build up play, strong defence and a wealth of skill was displayed by both teams throughout the game. But Paarl Girls proved to be the stronger side, beating our First Team. Although a bit disappointed, the girls weren’t disheartened and are looking to work hard in their upcoming practices for their match against Fairmont next weekend. In the build-up to the game, we will focus on improving our basic skills, which let us down under pressure. Well done to Raniya Khan on a determined effort, as well as Amber-Rose Bailey who performs exceptionally well, week after week.

Amina Willams

2nd Team

On Saturday morning, the 2nd hockey team played a tough match against Paarl Girls’ High School at Hartleyvale hockey stadium. It was starting to get very hot as it was late morning, but everyone was very excited to be playing at Hartleyvale, a place where international hockey matches are often played. Paarl Girls’ were very strong opponents and despite the heat and the fact that it was only our second game as a team, everyone put in a lot of effort and fought until the end. Paarl Girls’ had numerous opportunities at goal and we also had our fair share, but neither team was able to convert the opportunities. The final score was 0-0, which was a good result and it means we are unbeaten so far this season. Player of the match was Sisipho Dingeni, our goalkeeper, who made some great saves to keep us in the game. Although we have a long way to go and a lot of improvements to make as a team, we have had good start to the season and hope to maintain our unbeaten streak!

Isobel Evans

3rd Team

Our third team had their work cut out for them as they faced the infamous Paarl Girls’ High. As it was the first game the season, the girls were a bit bushed by halftime but continued to keep their spirits high. The result ended 0-0, but competitive hockey was played from both sides.

Special mentions go to the two u16Bs, Mia Grace and Shannon van der Merwe who stepped up to fill in for a few missing people and did well. Emily Hanson earned our team’s “Sparta Award” as she took a massive hit and Rebecca Bredekamp kept a clean sheet in her first match as goalie and saved us more than once when we were in trouble. It was a great start to the season and we hope to keep training hard to start earning some fantastic win

Brit Gutuza

U16B

This week’s game against Paarl Girls’ High school was a tough, hard fought match and PGHS dominated the goal-scoring, especially in the first half of the game. We came back at them after the break with a more determined mind-set and gave it more than our all, managing to get into their “D” a number of times. Unfortunately we just couldn’t score when it counted. We displayed some good ball skills and hard running, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to make it past their strong defence and we struggled to defend against their committed attacks. Despite the loss we always kept our heads up and never gave up. We now have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and to work on them for the future, as a team.

Mia Grace U16B Captain

U14A

Wynberg U14 A team played against Paarl Girls’ High at Hartleyvale. Wynberg held up under hectic pressure from a relentless opposition, but they eventually broke our defences in last three minutes of the game. In our efforts to try and force an equaliser, we threw our team forward but we just couldn’t score and a quick counter-attack from Paarl resulted in the final score of 0-2 loss for Wynberg. Positives to take out of the game are our improved connected passes as well as our build-up play.

Yusrah Khan U14A