The U15 hockey girls participated in a tournament held at Garsfontein on 7 and 8 April. The girls played three pool matches against various schools and did well to finish second in their pool. They played an exciting game of hockey in the quarter-final, which ended as a draw. This meant they needed to go to eight-second penalties to see which team would qualify for the semi-finals. The girls had never done eight-second penalties and coped extremely well with the pressure and walked away with a spot in the semi-finals. The girls played exceptionally well in the semi-finals but were unlucky to lose that game and had to settle for playing for third or fourth position later that day. They were determined to play their last game of the tournament and finish off on a high but were unable to do so after conceding an early goal. The girls dominated the game but could not score a goal, resulting in their finishing in fourth place overall.
The hockey players have been busy over the past two weeks, with competitive, friendly and league fixtures. The biggest yet, our rivals, St Stithians, proved to be a positive fixture for the St Mary’s teams. Not one age group lost its game and the first team pulled off an outstanding performance to win 3-1. The St Mary’s community showed how special it is to be a part of the school. About 60 girls travelled to St Stithians to play and cheer on the 1st team, which was phenomenal. Throughout the game, the atmosphere was electrifying with drums beating and war cries bellowing. We thank every girl who travelled to support the hockey teams.
We congratulate the St Mary’s hockey players who have been selected to represent the Southern Gauteng school teams. Good luck with your preparation towards your tournaments.
Head of Hockey