Varsity Hockey Maties steal the show on home soil

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Maties displayed composure by bagging four goals in the second half, obliterating Kovsies 8-0 in Stellenbosch on Saturday night.

The final game of the day started with the home team, Maties, putting Kovsies under immense pressure by bagging two penalty corner goals in the first four minutes of the second half.

With spectators streaming in to support the home side, the tempo of the game upped as the ladies in white was hurriedly looking to get the ball in the net of the visiting team. Kovsies’ defence, on the other hand, had a different tune to sing with their solid defensive structures not succumbing to any pressure.

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Nearly five attempts at goal in the second chukka could still not break through the Bloemfontein side’s defence.

Surely Maties wanted to bury the game before the end of the first half with their umpteenth penalty corner, but the more pressure Kovsies faced, the stronger their defensive game became. A nail-biting first half ended with no goals on the sheet.

Maties once again came out guns blazing in the second half, but this time it paid dividends with two goals being scored on the 35th and 36th minute. Paige Phillips and Natasha Rootenburg’s goals during penalties corners in the Power play saw the Stellenbosch side adding four points on the board after an almost dull first half.

Coach Jenny King’s strategic planning worked out well when, on the 44th minute, Tarryn Glasby scored an exceptional goal, making it 6-0 at the end of the third chukka. Georgia Grobler, though, put the nail in the coffin when she scored a cracker of a goal with five minutes remaining, making it 8-0 for Maties.

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Mugg & Bean Star Saver: Stephanie Botha (Maties)
FNB Player of the match: Natasha Rootenburg (Maties)

Maties: 8
Paige Phillips, Natasha Rootenburg, Tarryn Glasby, Georgia Grobler

Kovsies: 0

1 Nicole Le Fleur, 2 Lenta Cullinan, 5 Simone Strydom, 6 Heather Mc Ewan, 8 Paige Phillips, 9 Sandiswe Tabata, 10 Tarryn Glasby, 11 Danielle Cairns, 12 Natasha Rootenberg, 17 Page Alcock, 20 Minke Van Heerden
Subs: 4 Stephanie Botha, 7 Lida Kotze, 14 Georgia Grobler, 16 Aimee Pote, 18 Alegra Dijkstra, 21 Polly Mashua, 24 Kirsten Block


Kovsies: 1 Alri Vorster, 2 Chane Hartel, 5 Antonet Louw, 7 Shindre-Lee Simmons, 10 Pricilla Esterhuyze, 11 Candice Calder, 12 Heraldine Olin, 13 Casey-Jean Botha, 16 Este Van Schalkwyk, 21 Janke Kotze
Subs: 3 Lisa Alberts, 4 Elizabeth Charles, 9 Nadia Van Staden, 15 Refilwe Ralikontsane, 17 Shanay Solomon, 20 S’Thabile Motsa, 22 Nicole Kruger

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