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Four teams unbeaten after opening day of Fairtree Super 12 in Bloemfontein

By Hannes Nienaber , in Hockey | News , at 2023-08-11

TAHEERA AUGOUSTI (Eunice) PHOTO: Marnus Prinsloo

Four sides managed to stay unbeaten during the opening day of the annual Faitrtree Super 12-tournament hosted by the Hoër Meisieskool Oranje in Bloemfontein.

Paarl Gimnasium bagged three victories during the opening day as they defeated Herchel Girls’ High (1-0), St Mary’s Waverley (1-0) and Menlopark (1-0) for a more than satisfactory start to their campaign.

Eunice of Bloemfontein and Rhenish of Stellenbosch also stayed unbeaten securing two victories each during the opening day.

Eunice defeated Pearson of Gqeberha during their opening match by 1-0 thanks to a freakish goal by Bianca Rees-Gibbs in the 22nd minute. Rees-Gibbs lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper to secure the victory.

Eunice beat Garsfontein by 2-1 thanks to goals by Megan Pelser and Georgia Kambanis to keep their unbeaten status on day one.

Rhenish started their campaign with a solid 3-0 victory over Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof. Leah du Plessis, Kaitlyn van Binsbergen and Ruby Cilliers finding the back of the net.

Van Binsbergen scored a brace of goals in her side’s second match against Pearson to help secure a 2-0 victory.

The hosts and defending champions, Oranje, is also still unbeaten. They started slow with a goalless draw against Menlopark, before they found their rhythm against Hershel Girls’ High (4-0) and Collegiate (5-1).

In the victory over Herschel Kayla Olivier and Mia Prinsloo both scored a brace of goals. Against Collegiate Olivier managed to score another two goals to help her side end the opening day on a high.

Results | Day 1 

ROUND 1

Rhenish 3 (Leah du Plessis 20′, Kaitlyn van Binsbergen 23′, Ruby Cilliers 30′); HMS Bloemhof 0.

Oranje 0, Menlopark 0.

Paarl Gimnasium 1 (Tanya Pieterse 21′); Herschel Girls’ High 0.

St Mary’s Waverley 2 (Isabelle Barrow 16′, Emily Hicks 26′); Collegiate 0.

Eunice 1 (Bianca Rees-Gibbs 22′); Pearson 0.

Garsfontein 1 (Lize-Mari Claassens 32′); Durban Girls’ College 0.

ROUND 2

Oranje 4 (Kayla Olivier 1′, 7′; Mia Prinsloo 16′, 22′); Herschel 0.

Collegiate 1 (Elizabeth Porter 40′); Menlopark 1 (Danielle McCann 7′).

Paarl Gimnasium 1 (Anke Botes 32′); St Mary’s Waverley 0.

Rhenish 2 (Kaitlyn van Binsbergen 7′, 20′); Pearson 0.

Durban Girls’ College 1 (Ruby Kraus 14′); HMS Bloemhof 0.

Eunice 2 (Megan Pelser 6′, Georgia Kambanis 27′); Garsfontein 1 (Monique van Rooyen 39′).

ROUND 3 

Oranje 5 (Nadine Claassens 2′, 28′; Kayla Olivier 23′, 29′; Mia Prinsloo 36′); Collegiate 1 (Gabriella Smit 15′).

St Mary’s Waverley 0, Herschel 0.

Paarl Gimnasium 1 (Arisha van Niekerk 26′); Menlopark 0.

Rhenish 1 (Leah du Plessis 33′); Durban Girls’ College 0.

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