There is no questioning the value and importance of a tournament where we play against schools of varying strengths and teams we would not ordinarily play against in our regular league fixtures. The Alexander Road tournament was the perfect opportunity for individual players, coaches and the team as a whole to improve and mould into a cohesive unit.
The tournament spanned two days with the girls playing 9 matches of two chukka’s each. We played in the stronger of the two pools which saw us playing against opposition school’ 1st teams, 2nd teams and u16 A teams.
Day one brought about a mixed bag of results. We started Friday morning’s play with a match against Collegiate High School’s 2nd team where we narrowly lost 4 – 5 in a very evenly matched encounter. We then played against the u16 team from Collegiate, and in a much better team performance, beat them 5 – 3. Later that morning we played against the host school’s 1st team who were just too strong for us, and we were defeated 1 – 7. Mid-afternoon saw us playing Alexander Road’s 2nd team, with the lessons learnt from the previous 3 games, we defeated them 4 – 2. We could however not carry that good form into our last match of the day against a very fine tuned Kingswood 1st team, where they scored 8 unanswered goals.
After a good night’s rest and a determination to improve on yesterday’s results, the girls took on Pearson High School’s 2nd team, scoring 4 superb goals against their 2. Later that morning we took on their U16 side and unfortunately there were too many errors in our play and we lost 2 – 4. The final afternoon’s matches lay ahead and the girls were eager to finish on a high note, and that they did. Through a superb team effort, well-practiced tactical play and the will to succeed, we overpowered hosts Hudson Park 6 -3. This win spurred the girls on to a fantastic 5 – 0 victory over arch rival Bloemhof’s, U16 side. The game was played in fantastic spirit and it was evident that our girls were having fun in the water!
All in all the weekend was a massive learning curve for the girls; individual players’ growth in skills and confidence was evident, all which bodes well for the success of the team as a whole for the remainder of the season.
To view photograph from this tour, please visit the Photo Gallery.
Ms J Wessels
|Summary of results|
|vs Collegiate 2nds – lost 4-5|
|vs Collegiate U16 – won 5-3|
|vs Alex Road 1sts – lost 1-7|
|vs Alex Road 2nds – won 4-2|
|vs Kingswood 1sts – lost 0-8|
|vs Pearson 2nds – won 4-1|
|vs Pearson U16 – lost 2-4|
|vs Hudson Park 1sts – won 6-3|
|vs Bloemhof U16 – won 5-0|