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Friday, 25 July 2014 17:56

Hockey: Day 3 Results & Review of Cape Town International Festival

Written by  Jonathan Cook

The keenly contested Pool stage of the 12th annual Cape Town Under-18 International Hockey Festival is done and dusted and now it’s time for Super Sunday’s knockout matches in search of silver and gold!

Cape Town International Hockey Schools FestivalBut what a Friday it was, teams searching desperately for the vital goal that meant the difference between a top placing or at least something better than their initial tournament aims.

So many matches to choose from on Friday but I really hit the jackpot with my chosen two.

FRIDAY’S MATCH FOCUS

Match 1 – Girls: Millfield (1) 2 (Olivia Allin PC, Olivia Allin PS) Bellville 0

Millfield had to win, while there was a bit less pressure on Belville, who have surprised one and all with the quality of their play, so this was a massive game for both teams.

Millfield started well, using the outside channels to good effect, but Bellville’s classy captain Lindi Anker took the ball wide right at the other end to earn the first penalty corner of an enthralling match.

The slip-pass saw Nicola Olivier’s powerful shot covered by Millfield captain and goalkeeper Katya Slater. Mieke Nagel then got a shot in but Slater was up for the challenge once again.

At the other end my Player of the match, Tess Hannah, fired off a shot before Hannah Cozens’ inch-perfect pass sliced open the Bellville defence, which could have resulted in the opening goal. A heavy tackle on Rozanne Compion brought Bellville’s second PC and once again the Millfield defence was on board to block the goalshot.

Precise one-touch passing in confined spaces afforded the impressive Holly Jackson the opportunity to fire in a goalshot but the chance went wide. ALL THIS IN THE FIRST 12 MINUTES!

The single-minded desire for victory was palpable from both sides and this hugely competitive contest for supremacy was both skilful and very physical – the latter component great to see in girls’ hockey.

In the 20th minute Cozens fired a fine pass to striker Tania Coxon, who won Millfield’s first PC, and drag-flicker Olivia Allin was on target for the opening goal - as a rainbow emerged from the forbidding clouds (1-0).

In the 28th a weaving run by Allin, eliminating three defenders in the process, earned Millfield another PC but the Belville defenders dealt bravely with the threat.

Turning around 1-0 up, Millfield immediately went onto the attack and Lindsay Reid’s accurate pass saw the Coxon/Milly Bennett combination create their side’s third PC – and the industrious Tess Hannah’s drag-flick was rescued away from the goalline by busy Bellville defender Angelique Truter, who along with Carina Botha had a very good game in tidying up the loose ends at the back.

The respective teams continued to pound their opponents’ defensive third and a Jackson save on the Millfield goalline kept the Bellville girls out in this thrill-a-minute affair, and to compound the Western Cape girls’ disappointment, Allin netted from the penalty spot at the death to wrap up the English girls’ 2-0 win.

Match 2 – Boys: Paul Roos (1) 2 (Pieter Coetzee FG, Michael Wagstaff PC) Kingston Grammar (0) 1 (Ben Park FG)

Kingston Grammar had to win to have a chance of edging Paul Roos for the single semi-final berth available out of Pool C but it was the Stellenbosch lads who started with a bang - Jaco van der Watt and Breda Reed bringing fine saves out from outstanding keeper Abel Lamaj.

In the other strike zone, Paul Roos shot-stopper Johannes Esterhuizen was breathtakingly brilliant with a blinding save before a sudden downpour made quality hockey quite a challenge.

In the 12th minute Andrew Hobson and Ross Campbell connected with final receiver Pieter Coetzee to conjure up a wonder goal that was the perfect reflection of a team working as one.

Turning around 1-0 up, Paul Roos were confounded by Lamaj once again when Wian Stapelberg’s backhand screamer was kept out by the keeper at full stretch to his left, before Kingston’s last line of defence somehow got to a Coetzee deflection from close.

Paul Roos’s Campbell - and Kingston’s Owen Williams - traded goalshots, but the equaliser for the brave Kingston lads came when Ben Park finished beautifully in the 43rd minute (1-1).

Kingston, who were without centre back, drag-flicker and aerial-pass exponent Joe Hughes due to a cracked cartilage behind the right kneecap, as well as Tom Gooding, who lost a tooth in a most unfortunate incident that put him in hospital the day before, were putting up a tremendous challenge against Neville Rothman’s classy Paul Roos line-up.

It was desperately unfortunate for Kingston when Ronan Harvey-Kelly missed a great chance that might have clinched the match but Breda Reed also suffered the misfortune of seeing Lamaj make yet another great save at the other end following a fantastic layoff from Paul Roos playmaker Justin de Nysschen.

The Paul Roos winner came after the final hooter when Michael Wagstaff flicked high into the net after Lamaj had made a tremendous double save.

This match-up was a fantastic advert for schoolboy hockey.

SUNDAY’S BIG MATCHES

BOYS

Semi-final 1
(11am):Wynberg vs SACS (Hartleyvale Stadium)

Semi-final 2
(12.15pm): Paul Roos vs Rondebosch (Hartleyvale Stadium)

SUNDAY’S BOYS’ FINAL TIME: 4pm at Hartleyvale Stadium

GIRLS

Semi-final 1
(9.45am):Millfield vsPearson(Hartleyvale Stadium)

Semi-final 2
(9.45am): Stellenberg vs Springfield Covent(Western Province Cricket Club)

SUNDAY’S GIRLS’ FINAL TIME: 2.45am at Hartleyvale Stadium

GENERAL IMPRESSIONS/COMMENT

The fierceness of the competition on Friday, as players dug deep into the well of willpower and school pride, was a delight to behold. Yet, the sheer physicality, especially noteworthy in the at-times-far-too-genteel, ladylike girls’ hockey; was matched by discipline as far as observing the umpires’ decisions was concerned.

Naturally just a smattering of Friday’s 32 matches at venues scattered all over Cape Town were observed but the ones that were followed closely by this scribe probably give a good indication of the trend.

Well done girls and boys, especially the lasses!