This year was one of mixed fortunes and some extreme up’s and down’s as far as results. When the girls played well, they were unstoppable, but when they dropped their level of concentration, other teams were able to take advantage. To all the matriculants that are leaving, this team will truly miss you. We hope to build up the team for next year, but there is plenty of work ahead. Also congratulations to Louise Pretorius and Michelle Drake for making the EP u18B team and finishing 3rd at their tournament. And to Christine Frost making the EP u14A side, where they finished 4th in their tournament.
U14A player of the year : Christine Frost
Most Improved Junior Player: Phakama Ximiya
Junior Player of the Year : Maxine Bonnage
Most Improved Senior Player : Jovanka Djuza
Most Promising Player : Candice stephens
Sportsmanship : Kaylor Van Rooyen/ Haylee Jones
Service to Girls Hockey : Louise Pretorius
Most Valuable Player : Michelle Drake
Perseverence : Louise Pretorius
Leadership : louise Pretorius/ Michelle Drake
Player of the Year : Louise Pretorius
EP Representatives: u18B Louise Pretorius
U14A Christine Frost
1st team Girls Hockey Tour
Stellenbosch Sports week
As pre-season training, the first team girl’s hockey squad attended a Sport Festival in stellenbosch. The competition was a good starting ground for the girls with some very tough opposition and some easy matches. This gave us an opportunity to try out different combinations. Also it was the first opportunity for our goalkeeper, Jovanka Djuza to be tested as a first time hockey player and goalkeeper. She did not disappoint with some incredible saves and plenty of compliments from the sideline.
Our first game was against Landboudal which proved to be a great starting game. The girls put together short passes, worked together as a team and came away with an 8-1 win. Michelle Drake scored a hat-trick and was named Player of the Match. Haylee Jones scored a hat-trick, Toni Olver scored a goal and Zaida’s first touch on the ball resulted in a goal.
The following game was against Heidelberg and was more challenging. The girls were guilty of holding onto the ball for too long and were caught on the back foot. Kaylor Van Rooyen scored 2 goals and Jade Maritz one. End score was 3-4. Our Player of the Match was Toni Olver.
The format of the festival gave the girls a day break in between, which allowed them to recover, but also led to a loss of focus. Our second day saw us play two very strong teams in Hugenot A and Driehoek. In the first game, Haylee Jones scored a goal in the first half, which was subsequently disallowed by the referees. They were able to pop one past in the last few minutes, ending the game 0-1. Zipho Mafu was our Player of the match.
In probably the best game of the festival, V.P. girls played Driehoek, who boasted 2 provincial “A” players. The V.P. girls played their heart out and put 2 very good goals in. Our Player of the match was Jovanka Djuza, who made some phenomenal saves to keep us in the game.
The festival was a great way to start the season and allowed the girls to get used to each other as a team and try new things. Well done to Michelle Drake, who received a medal for her performance as Player Of the match in the game against Landboudal.