PMB’s defending champs victorious at regional hockey tournament

2014-03-18 00:00

IN a scorching day on the hockey pitch, both defending champs secured their wins at the Pietermaritzburg Central and Pietermaritzburg North Regionals of the SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament on Saturday.

Girls’ High continued their dominance, winning the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional while St Anne’s secured their grand final appearance after topping the log at the UKZN hockey ground in the Pietermaritzburg North Regional.

The road to victory was not all smooth sailing for Girls’ High. In the final game of the round robin they met host school Epworth.

Epworth drew first blood going up one against the defending champs. Girls’ High took a while to level the score and that is how the score remained. Two players were the top goal scorers for Girls’ High, Captain Caley Higgs led her team with four goals and Polly Mashau also scored four.

This will be the fourth time that Girls’ High will be making an appearance at the finals of the SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament. The feisty team, led by Coach Taryn De Winnaar and Captain Courageous, Caley Higgs, have received three medals at previous tournaments having won silver in the inaugural tournament, a bronze in 2012 and silver last year. The law of averages suggests that they are the team to watch in this year’s grand finale.

Hilton’s St Anne’s worked hard in a tough log that included The Wykeham Collegiate who advanced to the finals in 2012. The team that won the inaugural tournament in 2011 played solidly the entire day, not losing a game but drew against Wykeham in the third last game of the day. Wykeham, however, drew against Voortrekker, which sealed their fate enabling St Anne’s to top the points and advance through to the finals that will take place in July. St Anne’s player Tessa van der Merwe top scored for her team when she managed to net five goals.

Special mention goes to Grace College’s fearless goalkeeper Keziah Dewing (14) who kept like a machine. The energetic and enthusiastic keeper was not afraid to put her body in the firing line, sliding into attacks and diving around like a pro.

Seven schools in each region played in a round robin tournament, the games had two 11-minute halves, with a one-minute changeover.

Most promising umpires for the two regions are Tarryn Woodroffe representing Girls High School and Nikki Kelbrick from St John’s. They will travel to the finals to gain more experience and get the opportunity of being graded. The grading will enable them to further their umpiring careers.

Eight of the 10 regionals have concluded. Schools through are Ferrum High School, Kokstad College, Durban Girls’ College, Danville Girls’ High, Westville Girls’ High, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High, St Anne’s and Durban Girls’ High. Still to play are the Northern KZN Regional and the Inland Regional that will take place in May.

More info on the Facebook page SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament.

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