BY DANNY KAKADI
KING George Sixth School bagged a double victory in the opening day of the 2018 Samlimsan School Hockey League yesterday in Honiara.
The King George Sixth’s boys and girls teams took on Don Bosco’s girls and boys teams respectively in the two fixtures held yesterday.
The state-owned institute KGVI registered wins in both matches – registering a 3-2 win in the boys and a 2-1 result in the girls division, respectively.
Described as action-packed, the KGVI girls’ team showed no mercy in all aspects of their game against their opponent but somehow were held to nil-all by the Bosconians in the first half.
The match resumed into a livelier second half where both teams finally gained momentum to deliver goals.
KGVI, guided by national under-18 captain Claudia Votu, her smart play-making abilities was proven when she assisted scorer Rachael Geoa to slot the first goal home.
Few moments later Sharon Gaote’e added the second to make it 2-0.
A late surge by Don Bosco could not help them turn things around as they managed to bag one goal through Margaret while KGVI held on to win 2-1.
In the boys match, a much-improved performance from Don Bosco forced defending champions KGVI to really push hard with the best of their ability to turn the score margin around to their favour in the final moment and came out victorious.
The Bosconians, knowing well what KGVI is capable of, did well in the first half to shut them down and get an early goal through Philip Waiia.
Waiia’s goal came as a shock and that one goal difference did not deter the defending champs from scoring.
Some minutes later, KGVI improved passing and were lucky to find an equaliser through Nickson Ofata.
However, the Bosconians gave a good run toward the end of the first half and was fortunate to regain their lead through a goal by Besa making it 2-1 by the buffer.
Trailing by a goal deficit, KGVI clawed their way back into the match by the second stanza and came out with a superb performance to score twice through Ofata for his second and Leon Kaura nailing in the winner for the 3-2 win.
The school hockey league continues today with another two matches.
See fixtures below:
Wednesday 9th May
3.30PM KOLOALE CHS VS BURNSCREEK CHS (Women)
4.30PM KOLALE VS WOODFORD (Men)