Hockey for the history books

After a long, intense season, during which Merensky High School’s hockey girls celebrated numerous victories on and off the field, it was time for the final reckoning.

The weekend of 1-4 August was one for the history books, as no less than four teams qualified for the Noordvaal tournament for medium schools, hosted by schools all over the old Transvaal. This proves that Plasie hockey is on a roll, as only the u.14 team qualified for this prestigious tournament in 2017.

The Plasie 1st team played their matches at Hoërskool Noordheuwel in Krugersdorp. They kicked off with a tremendous 6-3 win against Hoërskool Erasmus, just to be reigned in by Hoërskool Dr Malan with 5 goals against our 2. The see-saw continued with a 3-0 victory over Curro Castle Klerksdorp. Unfortunately, after a tough quarter final, the Plasie girls met their match against Frikkie Meyer High School, with a score of 0-1.

The u.16 team played at Penryn College in Nelspruit. These determined girls were on a winning streak and won their first game against Hoërskool Hoogenhout with a super score of 6-1. The next two games also had the hockey sticks flicking with a 3-0 win against Hoërskool Overkruin, and 3-2 against Delmas High School. In the quarter final game, the team from Hoërskool Ben Viljoen proved too strong and the Plasie girls bowed out with a 0-1 score.

The u.15’s copied the one up, one down set by the 1st team. They laughed, and cried, on the fields of Hatfield Christian Academy in Pretoria. The first game against Hoërskool Overkruin left the Plasies smiling with a 2-1 victory. Hoërskool Driehoek set a challenge in the second game, which the Plasie girls lost 1-3.  Things were looking up when they managed to defeat Hoërskool Klerksdorp 1-0. This team also bowed the knee to Hoërskool Delmas in the quarter final with a score of 2-4.

A big Plasie cheer goes to the u.14 girls. This excellent team showed true determination and sportsmanship during their six games at Cornwall Hill College in Pretoria. This team ruled the field by winning their first five opposing schools: Volksrust (2-0), Dr Malan (3-0), Randburg (4-2), Dinamika (4-3 in the quarter final) and Ben Vorster (3-2 in the semis). The final game against Randburg High School was nerve-racking. After a 0-1 halftime score, the Plasies gave their all with goals scored by Nikita Fouché (2) and Chantell Meyer (2), setting the score at a 4-4 draw at the end of play. In the following 8-seconds shootout, Desi de Jager managed to score a goal, but the opponents wrapped up the game with a fast three goals. The Plasies occupied second place, returning home with silver medals.

This brings the Plasie hockey season to an end. One can only anticipate an even better 2019.