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On Saturday 18 May Southern Cross Schools (SCS) hosted girls’ hockey teams from Noordeland High School (NHS) and Mitchell House College (MHC), both from Polokwane. The matches were played on the main sports field of the Drakensig Sports Complex.
The first match of the morning started at 09h30 and involved the U16 teams of SCS and NHS. Despite early possession the SCS girls went down 1-0 to an early goal from NHS. The SCS girls fought back bravely and were eventually rewarded for their efforts, evening up the score to 1-1.
On half-time NHS was awarded a short corner and scored enabling them to go into the break with a 2-1 advantage. Shortly after the start of the second half NHS scored again, giving them a 3-1 lead. This situation seemed to shock the SCS girls into action. They came back with two quick goals tying up the match at 3-3. The evenly matched teams each enjoyed opportunities to score but the deadlock could not be broken until two minutes from full-time when another SCS attack was rewarded with the winning goal. The 4-3 win was all the more gratifying for the team since they had to come from behind to pull it off.
The second match between the 1st teams of SCS and NHS was a very close encounter, with both teams enjoying good quality possession. Midway through the first half the SCS girls scored to take a 1-0 lead.
The score stayed unchanged until half-time and the match continued into the second half with chances at both ends. In the final quarter of the match the SCS girls dominated but squandered a number of short corner scoring opportunities. By the final whistle the score was still 1-0 to SCS. This was a good result but could clearly have been significantly better had a few more scoring opportunities been taken.
The final match of the morning and the second one for the SCS U16 girls was between MHC and SCS. The match started with MHC enjoying a good deal of the possession, but unable to convert their early dominance into goals. As the match progressed, the SCS girls began to find their rhythm and enjoyed more and more of the possession. The pressure they exerted on their opposition soon resulted in a short corner which was converted giving the SCS girls a slender 1-0 lead going into the half. In the second half the SCS girls controlled the match, but were not able to add to the score. The match finished 1-0 with the SCS U16 girls completing their second win of the morning.
It was certainly a very successful morning for SCS girls’ hockey. It was wonderful to have a number of parents and fellow learners present to support the girls. Next weekend Southern Cross College will be hosting soccer, netball, hockey, chess and public speaking teams from PEPPS College, Polokwane, at the school.
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