The Port Shepstone men’s hockey team displayed good temperament to score a 2-1 win over Gryphons on Sunday.
The game was tough throughout and a tense first half ended goalless despite scoring efforts from both teams.
Sheppie started the second half with great intent and Glenn Jones broke the deadlock with a well-taken goal.
Moments later, Gary Snider doubled Sheppie’s lead but Gryphons managed to sneak one back with about 10 minutes to go.
Sheppie, willed on by the ladies team, successfully saw out the final minutes to bag a valuable win.
Ladies show character
The Port Shepstone ladies team passed tests of their fitness and character after being tasked with successive games at the weekend.
The first was a second-round match against Saints on Saturday.
Sheppie got off to a perfect start as Elisa Rinaldi opened the scoring but the game, in which Marike Durrheim was named Player of the Match, soon took a turn for the worse.
Saints equalised before a Sheppie own goal gave Saints a 2-1 lead at half-time.
The lead stretched to two when Saints scored a field goal five minutes after the interval before Sheppie suffered another tough break when Amanda Herbert’s goal off a short corner was disallowed.
Tanya Hielkert scored a field goal to reduce the deficit to one but a goal 10 minutes from time gave Saints a 4-2 win.
Next up, Sheppie took on Collegians/Munies 4 in a postponed first-round match in very hot conditions.
Lindy Horlock was the first to score nine minutes into the match and doubled up with a field goal shortly after half-time.
Sheppie withstood a 10-minute attack and turned the game around, launching most of their attacks from left to right.
Player of the Match Amanda Herbert was next to score for Sheppie off a long corner and scored a second to seal a commanding 4-0 win.
Port Shepstone Hockey Club’s men’s and women’s teams train every Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30pm to 7pm at Creston College.
Anyone interested in joining them can contact either Carl Eva on 073 281 8695 or club secretary Lana Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org.