Chisipite Senior School Scoops Golden Girls Title

Chisipite girls needed extra time to win 1-0 against Peterhouse in the Golden Girls final played this afternoon at Arundel School.

The Harare school dictated play the whole afternoon, not allowing Peterhouse to play. The few times that Peterhouse Girls managed to play offensively, they seemed lethal but Stephanie Campbell playing at centre-back, proved to be unbreakable and kept the Chisipite’s goal-line unbreached.

Chisipite captain, Sinead Cockroft in action against Peterhouse

Normal playing time ended goalless and the winner had to be decided during extra time which according to tournament rules, ran under sudden death. Chisipite continued to move forward towards Peterhouse Girls’ goal but still failed to hit the target. Breakthrough, coupled with victory, came in the second interval of extra-time when Chelsea Dollar hit home a cracker of a goal that gave Chisipite victory.

Coach Natasha Hess was delighted with her girls’ victory. “The girls knew how they had to play and compress Peterhouse. We had to take out their key players in order to progress, ” Natasha told after the thriller. “We failed to score but we kept fighting and in the end, the fight gave in.

Natasha Hess will also be managing the Zimbabwe under 18 side when the travel to South Africa next month and she is confident that the girls will do well down south. “They will go out there and show South Africa that Zimbabwe is not far behind,” Natasha said in a post-match interview.

The Golden Girls trophy was presented by the City of Harare to commemorate the victory of the Zimbabwe Women’s Hockey at the Moscow Olympics on July 31, 1980. Six of the “golden girls” from the 1980 team, graced the three-day girls’ tournament at Arundel School. The ladies expressed satisfaction at the way the Zimbabwe Schoolgirls’ Hockey Association is running the sport in Zimbabwean schools. And they believe if the gap between schools’ hockey and international hockey is bridged, Zimbabwe can relive its glory days in hockey.

The Golden Girls at the tournament
The “Golden Girls” at the tournament

Girls’ College overcame hosts, Arundel to take third place while Convent was in fifth place, ahead of Kyle who came sixth. Gateway was placed seventh ahead of Lomagundi and Hillcrest who were tied in position nine. Midlands Christian College and Petra were placed in position 11 and 12 respectively.