High 5 for St Anne’s at Midlands netball tournament

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, October 5.

In a low-scoring, high action final, St Anne’s met The Wykeham Collegiate. Wykeham got the game under way, but St Anne’s intercepted their first charge upfield. Netting the first goal, after two attempts at both ends, Jamie Rowe from Wykeham Collegiate nailed her shot 3 minutes and 7 seconds into the first half.

The Wykeham Collegiate dominated

The Wykeham Collegiate dominated the first half, racing into a 4-1 lead. St Anne’s clawed their way back, however, 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 through Armstrong, and then, after two unsuccessful attempts at both ends, she earned her team the lead for the first time in the game.

Julie Trodd from TWC landed the equaliser at 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 alter the scoreline, including a 2-point effort that glanced the lip of the hoop by St Anne’s.

Armstrong on target

Rowe reclaimed the lead for her team with another 1 point but the advantage 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 1 point, with the score 7-6 in favour of St Anne’s.

In the dying seconds, Wykeham tried to claw their way back but a pressure shot fell short as St Anne’s celebrated.

St Anne’s School’s Jodi Lee receives a pass as The Wykeham Collegiate’s Edesere Okah anticipates her moves 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, October 5. Pictures: Rogan Ward

St Anne’s coach, 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!”

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The Hilton side’s day started on a winning note when 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 where they lost out to Wykeham.

Host team, Voortrekker A were second on the log and were defeated by St Anne’s in the first semi-final.

Umpire for the Day was Ntuthuko Zondi, representing TWC.

Dates and venues for the second year of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball will be announced early in 2020. For more info, like the tournament’s Facebook page or follow on Instagram.

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