Colds no hindrance to Girls' High team

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 24/09/2013
Southland Girls' High School's senior A hockey team

FINE FORM: The Southland Girls' High School's senior A hockey team: Back row from left: Stacey Allan, Olivia Allan, Jaqueline Chamberlain, Aly Doherty, Emma Hopcroft, Molly Wheeley, Sarah Allan and Samantha Welsh. From row from left: Symarah Bennett-Young, Georgia Mason, Nicole Brand, Georgia McKinnel-Stevens, Jane Reeves, Ruby Pringle, Patricia Hopcroft and Grace Milne.

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Cough mixture was used in bulk by the Southland Girls' High School senior A team at the secondary school girls' hockey tournament in Oamaru.

Twelve teams travelled to North Otago for the Jenny Hair Cup on September 2 to 6. Six of the Girls' High team were affected by coughs for the whole tournament. Just minutes before they played the final against St Peters College, the six took cough mixture and were given more at halftime, coach Hayley Munro said.

"One of the girls had a coughing fit. We had to sub her off and give her a mouthful [of cough mixture]."

Girls' High beat St Peter 1-0 to complete an unbeaten record at the tournament. They won seven games, scored 34 goals and conceded two goals.

After finishing third last in the competition four years ago, Girls' High have been big improvers in secondary schools' hockey. Their second 12 months ago fired them up for this year.

"The girls were really disappointed to lose last year," Munro said.

"This year, the girls definitely wanted to win it."

Munro expects to field a similar team next year, but a replacement will be needed for captain Jane Reeves who is leaving the school.

Girls' High also won the Southland secondary schools open teams' competition.

"They're a really good group of girls, determined to win," said Munro, who has coached hockey for six years.

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