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Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:45

Hockey: Match Report- Queenstown Girl's Win Double Header on Birthday

Written by  PJ Cloete

Queenstown Girls High Scool  celebrated their Birthday weekend with victories over both Cambridge and Hangklip in what was a memerable display of attacking hockey.


Queenstown GH vs CAMBRIDGE 08th August 2013

The GHS team has been struggling with finding form durting the season but they chose the Schools Birthday week end to show case what they were capable of as a team. The GHS side went into the week end double header missing stalwart players in Maryke Coetzee and Jennifer Cloete, away on duty with the GHS Top Schools Squash Tournament and vice captain Clarisse Hughes, with concussion.

The game was played in freezing conditions. .

The difference in the side from last week was the structured and precise game plan coupled to tremendous team play and committment from each player to fulfil her part. The structure and dependence on playing with each other was evident in the way the team worked and played together . For the first time this season the girls backed themselves with confidence playing switch balls to great effect to launch fast attacks down the left and right side. Once again Edith Le Roux, Chante Vermaak, Linelle du Preez and Mariska Cloete provided an impenetrable wall as the foundation for the strikers to attack. The GHS side maintained the pressure on a solid Cambridge defence and finally were able to breach the defence after a slip pass by Sarah McLean was sent into the back of the box by Dale Nel to put GHS 1 - 0 up with 16 minutes remaining. The GHS team continued playing with great precision passing from stick to stick and controlling possession. With 8 minutes remaining Sarah McLean rounded off a superb move up the right to put GHS 2 - 0 up. GHS maintained the pressure and were rewarded with a short corner with 6 minutes to go. The Cambridge defence held steady and were able to thwart the attack. The GHS side went into the 2nd half 2 - 0 up and were unlucky not to be able to collect a few more goals as they maintained their dominance and control over the match. The only criticism of the GHS side can maybe be the failure to execute their short corners with more efficiency and effectiveness.

The side as a whole played excellent hockey and were well rewarded for their effort with a 2 -0 victory over a very dogged and solid Cambridge side.


Queenstown GH vs HANGKLIP 10th August

Saturday morning saw the the annual derby between local schools Hangklip and GHS to round off their Birthday celebrations.

The GHS side maintained the high standard of hockey they had played against Cambridge and at the outset launched an attack on the Hangklip goal. A superb cross ball from stalwart Captain Kyla Breetzke saw Sarah McLean deflect the ball passed the Hangklip keeper to go 1 - 0 up. The Hangklip side played the first half on the back foot as the GHS side continued to dominate and retain possession with short precision passes and playing the ball wide. With 2 minutes remaining in the first half a perfectly executed short corner saw a superb stop by Linelle du Preez driven into the Hangklip goal by Kyla Breetzke to take GHS 2-0 up. GHS maintained the pressure on the Hanglkip goal with Hangklip having few opportunities to launch attacks on the GHS goals in the first half.

The second half saw GHS continue to dominate possession and territorial advantage but the Hangklip side were far more settled and seized their chances to attack the GHS goals The Hangklip defence was solid and was to ensure that the GHS strikers were denied several goal scoring opportunities.The pressure was to prove to much with a super run down the middle by Jess Beal Preston drawing the defence and then laying off a perfect pass to Dale Nel to beat the goalie and slot home goal 3 for GHS.

Despite the immense pressure the Hangklip side, especially their defence, maintained their composure and played good constructive hockey throughout.

The cross defence was exceptional and the players ability to read each other and their dogged defence ensured that the GHS attack was thwarted time and again. The GHS short corners were to see the ball lifted into the back of the net with 22 minutes to go and the Hangklip defence clearing the ball at 20 minutes left on the clock

The Hangklip side enjoyed a good session of play with 20 minutes to go and launched a few very effective attacks on the GHS goals only to be denied by the solid GHS defence team. The confidence of the GHS side was reflected in their willingness to attack from deep within their goal area. Again the GHS team used the switch ball to great effect placing the Hangklip side under immense pressure for the last 15 minutes of the game. Hangklip's defence was to hold solid and deny GHS another goal. Kyla Breetzke leading from the front, can be justifiably proud of her team as they closed out the game to win 3-0.

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