By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Donna Small, former head girl of Creston College, is set to break onto the senior provincial hockey scene after being selected for the KwaZulu-Natal ladies team.
The star forward impressed at Under-21 level earlier this year and this week received word that she will, at just 19 years of age, form part of the KwaZulu-Natal Raiders team in next month’s inter-provincial tournament in Pietermaritzburg.
“I feel relieved and excited to be selected as it was one of my biggest goals this year,” Small, who was Creston’s head girl last year, told eHowz!t.
Small was the KwaZulu-Natal Under-21 team’s top goal scorer in this year’s inter-provincial tournament in Johannesburg but was nevertheless surprised when she got the call from Raiders coach Mike Cullen.
“I was very surprised. Even though I had been working hard this season, it was more of just a way to motivate myself to aim higher,” said Small, who’s studying at Varsity College in Durban North.
The former South African Under-16 and Under-18 star is now counting down the days to her Raiders debut and plans to grab the opportunity with both hands.
“I’m really excited to play hockey at such a high level … it’s a privilege to have this opportunity.
“I’m ready to learn as much as I can and hopefully gain confidence and develop my game both physically and mentally.”