Wrapping up the inaugural SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball tournament, St Anne’s College claimed the Midlands title at Voortrekker High School on Saturday, 5 October 2019.

In a low scoring, high action final, St Anne’s met The Wykeham Collegiate. Wykeham got the game underway, but St Anne’s intercepted their first charge upfield. Basketing the first goal, after two attempts on both ends, Jamie Rowe from Wykeham Collegiate nailed her shot after a floated pass from the wily centre, three minutes and seven seconds had ticked away of the first half.

The Wykeham Collegiate dominated the first half with the scoreline, just after six minutes, being in their favour 4-1. St Anne’s clawed their way back with Jodi Lee and Shannon Armstrong both getting their names on the scoreboard as half time approached. The score sat at 4-3 as the girls took a breather midway through the game.

After their half time chat, St Anne’s levelled the score shortly after the second half started. Armstrong was on song in the second half finding the middle of the hoop for her team, edging the score up to four a-piece, and then after two unsuccessful attempts on both ends, she earned her team the lead for the first time in the game.

Wykeham Collegiate Responded in the Dying Seconds but St Anne’s Held on

Julie Trodd from TWC then landed the equaliser on the opposite end, following up on a shot that agonisingly spun around the hoop and popped out. Three more attempts on either end didn’t budge the scoreline, including a two point that glanced the lip of the hoop by St Anne’s.

Rowe reclaimed the lead for her team with another one point, but the lead was short lived as Armstrong was allowed some space and with her eye in, levelled the score for St Anne’s again. With time running out, Armstrong calmly fired in another point, with the score being seven in favour to Wykeham’s six. In the dying second, The Wykeham Collegiate quickly responded as they ran the ball up in their last gasp attempt with the ball flying tantalising goal-wards, but the pressure shot fell short as St Anne’s celebrated.

A visibly ecstatic coach for St Anne’s, Londeka Zuma stated, “Look I am shaking, what a game. So exciting! Wykeham Collegiate was an amazing team to play in the final, but our defence won us the game!”

Their day started on a winning streak where they took on Epworth in their first pool game, bagging their first win 10-2. At the conclusion of the pool games, St Anne’s had netted 62 goals, and topped the leaderboard with 15 points, Epworth finishing in second spot and earning themselves a place in the semi-finals.

Wykeham Collegiate got their ball rolling with a win in their first pool game where they trounced St John’s D.S.G 17-1. At the conclusion of the pool games, TWC had wins throughout, with 15 points alongside their name and an incredible 87 goals scored. Host team, Voortrekker A were second on the log and met St Anne’s in the first semi-final.

St Anne’s dominated their first semi-final with the score at half time sitting on 6-4. In the second half they doubled their score, with a drought on the end of the host school, barring a sublime three pointer floating in by Tamika Baker taking the score up to 12-7. Baker was acknowledged during the prize giving for knocking in three golden three pointers during the day.

 

Results: 
1. St Anne’s College
2. The Wykeham Collegiate
3. Epworth School
4. Voortrekker High School A
5. St Nicholas School
6. Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High
7. Voortrekker High School B
8. St John’s D.S.G.
9. Maritzburg Christian School
10. Russel High School
11. Wartburg Kirchdorf School

 

Photo 1 Caption: St Anne’s Jodi Lee (captain) leaps in the air anticipating the ball coming her way as her teammates Shannon Armstrong (GS) (obscured) and Tsholofelo Mkhari (GD) (back to camera) and The Wykeham Collegiate’s Funekile Nyathikazi (GK) and Julie Trodd (GA) are in the ready to take possession during the finals of the Midlands Regionals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball Tournament that took place at Voortrekker High School, in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, 5 October 2019. Photo: Rogan Ward

Photo 2 Caption: Voortrekker  High School’s goalkeeper and vice-captain Rochelle Oosthuizen thwarts St John’s D.S.G’s Shannon Hein’s attempt to receive a pass during their pool game of the Midlands Regionals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball Tournament that took place at Voortrekker High School, in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, 5 October 2019. Photo: Rogan Ward

 With editing by gsport