Arundel Are The New Golden Girls

Arundel triumphed 5-4 after penalties, against a determined Peterhouse side in a tense extended Golden Girls final match on Sunday, 6 August 2017.

It was an evenly matched encounter, tense and fast paced from the onset. A cooly taken Amber Hinze penalty off of a defensive blunder by hosts Arundel gave Peterhouse an early lead.

Coached by Brad Heur and Kellie-Anne Hinze, Arundel didn’t break down and kept pushing forward. At the death of the first half, Gugu Sibanda made no mistake in front of goal, equalizing for the hosts.

Peterhouse looked lethal on the counter-attack, but Arundel goalie Thembisile Gausi was up to the task in between the posts. There was nothing to separate the finalists, just as it had been in their group game on Saturday which also ended in a draw. However, this time something had to give, as only one side could lift the Golden Girls trophy, so the game went into extra time.

Arundel School 1st XI - Golden Girls Cup Winners 2017
Arundel School 1st XI – Golden Girls Cup Winners 2017

Tensions were high, and the umpires did not hesitate to show their cards in an effort to keep cool heads. Extra time was not enough to separate the two sides and it ended in a goalless stalemate.

There were some well taken penalties on both sides but Gausi was clearly the star of the show. She knelt in prayer before every penalty. She rushed out of her goal every time. She held her heart in her hands a couple of times, but ultimately Gausi denied Peterhouse a fifth Golden Girls title and ended Arundel’s long nine-year-wait to get a third “Arundel School” inscription  on the coveted Golden Girls trophy.