Zimbabwe and Zambia’s U18 and U16 select teams played another round of games today (27 August 2015) in the international five day girls hockey two country tournament taking place on the astroturf at Arundel School in Harare.
Zimbabwe’s U16A team showed particular vitality today in drawing 2-2 with Zimbabwe’s more experienced U18B team and giving the younger team confidence for their matches to come. Zimbabwe’s U18A team convincingly walked over the Zimbabwe U16B team 9-0 in an uneven match, with four of the goals in the first half. Despite reconfiguring their defensive strategy at the half, the U16B couldn’t withstand the offensive pressure to allow the play to stay near their goal and let in five more balls.
Zambia’s U18A team beat Zambia’s U16A team 3-0 in the final match of the day. The Zambian teams played a swift game with the ball barely reaching either goals in the first half. The U16 team managed to keep the score at 1-0 for 3 quarters but in dying minutes the U18 team broke through their defence and earned themselves two more goals.
The five day set of matches has been organized by Chisipite Senior School in what is hoped to be an annual international tournament that will grow. South Africa and Namibia have shown interest in possibly joining in 2016.
The tournament continues tomorrow and throughout the weekend, with games daily at 1pm, 230pm and 4pm, and culminates with Zimbabwe and Zambia’s U16A and U18A sides facing each other on Sunday.