Penalties secure win for Aces

East London women’s hockey side, Aces, swooped in to claim a second consecutive victory this year at the KC Easter tournament in Gqeberha held from April 7-10.

Despite being the latest club to enter the local league, the side has blazed a formidable trail in the region.

During the tournament, Aces Ladies A maintained an unbeaten record at the pools stages, defeating tournament hosts Gelvan, 2-0, NMU 1-0 and Uitenhage 4-1.

The semifinals  gave spectators an outstanding East London derby, as Aces faced off against fellow locals Parkside Ladies. After a 0-0 draw, Aces won 4-2 on penalties.

The finals again forced Aces and opposition, NMU to penalties after another 1-1 draw.

Ultimately, Aces’ excellence in the box led to a 5-3 victory on penalties.

Team captain Lauren Nina is an unbeaten leader with two consecutive wins under her belt.

Nina said: “I feel immensely proud of the entire Aces family. This club, newly established, didn’t just happen overnight.

“It came from a group of individuals, with a common goal and passion for hockey and its development.

“I am extremely grateful to be able to lead this team in winning back-to-back trophies.

“We have set our sights on some new goals and cannot wait to grow the club further.”

Coach Jerry Snyman said: “Back-to-back wins is a wonderful achievement for the team. I am thrilled to be part of a team that pushes so hard.

“In the final, Bianca Fraser made some phenomenal saves and walked away victoriously.

“I am happy when the team executes our game plan and right now I could not be happier to see them in action.

“Our strength would have to be working collectively as a unit. We have been blessed with many great players, but they effortlessly come together to work their magic, instead of performing as individuals.

“We approach each game as though taking on our greatest competitor.

“On paper we may have an explosive team, but hockey is played on the turf and not on paper, hence each opponent is given the respect they rightfully deserve.”

As the winter hockey season approaches, Aces hopes for victories for all three teams entered in the league this year.

Snyman said: “It is and has always been my vision to see hockey promoted at grassroots level.

“As a province, we need to look at ways and means to enhance accessibility to children from all walks of life.”

WINNING SIDE: Aces celebrate after the finals with their trophy. Picture: SUPPLIED


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