A huge success for Voortrekker Sports Fest

2014-03-25 00:00

THE annual Voortrekker Sports Festival was another resounding success, the school’s director of sport told The Witness.

“The hockey, netball and rugby matches made for exciting school sport on a hot, sunny day,” said Charmaine Koekemoer.

“It wasn’t only the rugby that entertained the spectators — there was also support for the hockey and netball codes, which was good to see.

“There were some very close matches, as well as wins by bigger margins, but it was pleasing to see how teams on the losing side never threw in the towel.”

The busy hockey and netball pitches saw 14 teams take part in the hockey event and 16 teams in the netball.

In the hockey, the 14 teams were divided into two pools and the winners of each pool played in the finals. Ladysmith and Dundee battled it out in the final, with Ladysmith emerging as the victorious school.

The 16 teams in the netball were divided into four pools, with the two teams at the top of each pool contesting in the quarter-finals.

The winners of pool C, Kuswag, played against runners-up from pool A, Empangeni, in their quarter-final, and it was Kuswag who came out trumps 9-7.

Port Natal, winners of pool D, went through to the semi-finals after beating Newcastle, runners up in pool B, 13-7. Pool A winners Amanzimtoti beat pool C runners-up Ladysmith 5-2 and the winners of pool B, Richards Bay, beat runners-up from pool D, Danville, 8-6.

In the semi-finals, Port Natal beat Kuswag 11-7 and Amanzimtoti beat Richards Bay 8-6.

The final was between Amanzimtoti and Port Natal, and it was the girls from Port Natal who triumphed, winning 22-7 to take the trophy.

“The rugby event was once again a huge success — with the teams battling it out from as early as 8 am,” said Koekemoer.

“All matches were played in good spirit and nobody gave an inch in trying to come out as victors.”

The last two games attracted the biggest support with Dundee narrowly beating Greytown 15-14. After an entertaining display by the Voortrekker Pom-Pom girls, it was time for the main game between the Voortrekker and Michaelhouse first XVs.

“It was a hard-fought match between these two teams and they battled it out until the last whistle,” said Koekemoer.

There was some controversy as well, but that is almost always the case in competitive matches.

With a half time score of 10-3, it was Michaelhouse who scored four times in the second half to take the match 34-3.

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