The Port Shepstone men’s hockey team bounced back from their 3-1 loss to Kearsney with a comprehensive 3-1 win over the Gryphons third team on Sunday.
The game started with Sheppie being awarded a penalty stroke in the first 10 minutes, which was converted by Warren van der Merwe.
Moments later, a short corner was converted by Gareth Bishop to put Sheppie 2-0 up.
Both defences held strong for the rest of the first half.
Gryphons came out all guns blazing in the second half but a break away from the defence saw Greg Wigmore scoring a third goal for Sheppie.
With time running out, Gryphons were awarded a short corner and scored a consolation goal from a smoothly run movement.
Injury adds to ladies’ woes
The Port Shepstone ladies team struggled against a very talented and exuberant Rivers third team, with an injury to star keeper Marozaan Pretorius ultimately seeing Sheppie go down 8-0.
Rivers won the toss and took the first centre pass.
They dominated possession and were 5-0 up when Pretorius limped off with an ankle injury.
Lindy Horlock put on the keeper kit and did a credible job, but Sheppie found themselves trailing 7-0 at the break.
Sheppie picked up their game in the second half and tight marking in the defensive short corners saw only one further goal being scored.
Player of the Match honours went to Delyse Patterson for her consistent high quality performances.
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 club secretary Lana Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org.