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Peterhouse Girls

Golden Girls Hockey Tournament 2019

2 – 4 August
Pool Draws:
Pool A Arundel, Hellenic, Watershed, Lomagundi, Harare Convent and Petra

Pool B PHG, Chisipite, Gateway, Girls College, Eaglesvale, Kyle

PHG started their Golden Girls campaign with a 2-1 win against Girls College on Friday morning - followed by a tightly contested game and ultimately a 1-0 win in the afternoon over Chisipite.

Going into Day 2 undefeated, PHG continued their formidable form beating Gateway 3-0, Kyle 4-0 and Eaglesvale 4-0.

At the close of the Pool games on Saturday, PHG finished the top of Pool B with a maximum of 15 points. (The only team to have achieved 5 outright wins out of both pools).

Pool games results:

Pool A
Hellenic 13 points
Arundel 10 points
Lomagundi 10 points (counted out on goal difference)
Harare Convent 7 points
Petra 4 points
Watershed 0 points
  
Pool B
Peterhouse Girls 15 points
Chisipite 12 points
Gateway 7 points
Girls College 4 points
Eaglesvale 2 points
Kyle 1 point
  
It was a very early start for our girls who faced Arundel in the first Semi-Final at 0730 on Sunday morning. Peterhouse Girls looked composed and dominated the match from the start. Arundel came back at us on a few occasions but defensively strong, we repeatedly turned over their attack, winning the Semi-Final 2-0. Chisipite faced Hellenic in the second Semi-Final with Chisipite nosing in front of Hellenic with a 1-0 win, which meant that the Final would be between PHG and Chisipite.

Throughout the tournament, Peterhouse Girls were exemplary both on and off the field. Their level of sportsmanship and etiquette was truly remarkable. Ably led by Captain Lilian Pope and Vice-Captain Merce’des Beekes the Peterhouse Girls team won the hearts and admiration of many spectators not only through their immaculate behaviour; but also playing one touch style of fast paced passing and attacking hockey – winning with humility on each occasion. We were undoubtedly the most well-nourished and hydrated team with our 1st Team parents catering for us and supporting us throughout the whole weekend. The Peterhouse camp was by far the most sought after and populated by visitors with coffee on the go and an abundance of peanut butter balls, health muffins and the like!

Peterhouse Girls was all about business when the Final approached. As always against Chisipite, there was nothing between the teams with a fairly balanced first half, both sides having opportunities to score. We went into half time level pegging at 0-0. PHG came out in the second half looking slightly stronger and pressing a bit harder and with a little more speed and intensity that could not be matched by Chisipite, resulting in a spectacular goal by Bryony Dawson, assisted on the left wing by Chaneil Yosa. We took the lead 1-0.
  
Sadly an unintentional foul in our D saw one of our defenders receive a yellow card and with that - a penalty corner. Chisipite equalized with 4 minutes to go until full time, the match ending in a 1-1 stalemate. After a brief moment to regroup the girls went into a 15 minute playoff (7.5 minutes each way) with a Golden Goal to try to split these two very evenly matched side. The first half of extra time went by without either team scoring. A quick changeover and the second half of extra time began.

Peterhouse Girls conceded a penalty corner that Chisipite converted with 4 seconds on the clock. The final result being (1-1) 1-0 to Chisipite in extra time.

Peterhouse Girls were as gracious in defeat as they were humble in victory. The very essence of the Peterhouse sport ethos. Their effort over the weekend was spectacular, with the highest standard of hockey played by the Peterhouse Girls team.

Peterhouse Girls top goal scorer at Golden Girls was Bryony Dawson scoring 9 out of our 18 goals.

At prize giving Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba was named the 2019 Golden Girls Player of the Tournament.

An exceptional tournament and season for the PHG 1st Team.

Kiara Cordy
Head Coach

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