St Stithians for the hockey win

Various schools participate in the Spar Hockey Challenge. Photo: Garth Fuchs

St Stithians Girls’ College  won the Spar Hockey Challenge at Fourways High School.

The team won four matches on their way to meeting Fourways High School in a nail-biting final which they won in a penalty shootout. Along with the great win, the school was delighted that 12 of their hockey players were selected for e Southern Gauteng for the upcoming interprovincial tournament.

St Stithians Girls’ College celebrate after their win against Fourways High School in the Spar Hockey Challenge.
Photo: Garth Fuchs

St Stithians Girls’ coach, James Ferrans said, “The fact that the team has been together for a few years adds to their great consistency. We are used to the way we all play and what makes us tick, also, set training times and regimes keep us up to speed with each other’s playing style.”

The proud coach said the strategy to all their wins was simple hockey moves and transferring the ball into the correct channels, making sure the players are clinical with their passes, goal scoring and maintaining composure on the ball.

Ferrans added that a great win was the best motivation for the players even in the face of challenges. “The new era of coaching has been a challenge for the girls though it is one they have embraced. As they understand new terminologies around the game as well, the girls have progressed really nicely.”

Teams give their all to make their schools proud.
Photo: Garth Fuchs

The team now looks forward to participating in the Top 12 Tournament at C&N Meisieskool Oranje in August.

The players selected for the Gauteng teams are: Taryn Rauff, Kimberley Owen, Zabanguni Phakathi, Vicky Parrymore, Jade de Souza, Sandy Li, Caitlin Readhead, Cloe de Souza, Julia Letcher, Yayra Ankude, Bailey Heydra and Amy McCarthy.


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