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Grahamstown a happy hunting ground for Woodridge hockey teams

Jul 24, 2017
Grahamstown a happy hunting ground for Woodridge hockey teams

Woodridge 1st Boys and Girls hockey sides have recently found Grahamstown to be a positive venue in terms of successful results, with both sides recording good victories.

The Woodridge 1st hockey girls side played an attractive game of hockey against DSG.  A great team effort saw the Woodridge lead 2 nil at half-time, both goals were scored by Edith Molikoe. 

Edith has just returned from the National IPT where she not only was selected for the national side but was also chosen as the player of the tournament. Woodridge continued keeping the pressure on DSG with Genee Phillips adding her own brace of goals giving Woodridge a 4-0 lead. 

A temporarily lapse of structure allowed DSG to creep back with two goals of their own, but the Woodridge fighting spirit came through and the girls held on to record an outstanding 4-2 victory.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Woodridge u16A and 1st XI boys Hockey teams travelled up to Grahamstown for their annual derby fixture against Kingswood College. The u16A side squandered a few opportunities in the 1st half to come back from 1-0 down, and pull off a nail biting 2-1 win in the last 3 minutes of the match.

The 1st team boys came out strongly, taking an early lead through a very skilled run and finish from Cuan Kingwill. Later Tom Bailey beat the keeper on twice, which sealed a solid 3-1 victory.

“It was a very frustrating game, as the boys have only had one full squad training in over four weeks due to the fires, holidays and various Provincial tournaments.” commented coach, Ricky Gerber.

“They were rusty and lacked the finishing touches and structures that we usually play with, but it was a good win regardless.”

The Woodridge boys travelled up to Grahamstown again on Saturday morning to take on St Andrews College. The 1st XI had a very eager, determined and confident demeanour about them, even with 3 Key players missing, including their Goalkeeper.

With St Andrews having 3 SA u18 Players, 6 EP u18 players and being the top side in the province, the Woodridge boys saw this as a massive opportunity to prove themselves.

St Andrews took the lead with a superb back stick shot from Peter Jarvis, putting the Woodridge boys on the back foot within 5minutes. The fight back then came through a sneaky finish from substitute Jarrod Darvel to level the score.

A fantastic penalty flick save from debutant keeper, Kamva Dyakala on the stroke of halftime, held the scores at 1-1.

Woodridge then came out with menace and determination in the second half. With another brace of goals from Tom Bailey sealed the emphatic 3-1win.

“We required a proper reshuffle of players in key positions before pushback and also using four u16A boys, who stepped up remarkably," Gerber said.

"The boys played some superbly structured passing hockey, were diligent on defence and clinical in the final third to use our chances. This is a great highlight and testament to the character of our team and I cannot be more excited for the lads."

This is the second time in three years that the 1st XI Woodridge Boys have done the double in Grahamstown and I am immensely proud of their hard work, commitment and the character that they have shown.” Said Coach Ricky Gerber.

Woodridge 1st XI have had a good season thus far with three games to go:
Played 13, Won 9, Drawn 2, Lost 2. Goals for- 36, Goals against- 14.

All Woodridge College sport results (17-23 July):

Equestrian: Western Mounted Games

Natasha Holliday- Open Champion

Thomas Pullen- Reserve Champion

Tarquin Liebenberg- 3rd Overall

Netball vs DSG

WC 14A 5 DSG 10
WC 16A 14 DSG 17
WC 16B 3 DSG 14
WC 3rd 6 DSG 15
WC 2nd 6 DSG 18
WC 1st 22 DSG 26

Girls Hockey vs DSG
WC 14A 1 DSG 7
WC 16B 1 DSG 2
WC 16C 0 DSG 9
WC 16A 1 DSG 2

WC 16A 1 Volkskool 0
WC 2nd 0 DSG 4
WC 1st  0 KC 2 

Boys Hockey vs Kingswood

WC 16A 2 KC 1
WC 1st 3 KC 1

Boys Hockey vs St Andrews College

WC 14A 2 SAC 3
WC 16B 0 SAC 4
WC 16C 2 SAC 2
WC 16A 2 SAC 2
WC 2nd 1 SAC 10
WC 1st 3 SAC 1

Image: Woodridge 1st XI hockey posing for a photo against St. Andrews College.