St Anne’s win Spar KZN Shield Teens U18 tournament

2011-07-26 00:00

A KWAZULU-NATAL capital derby concluded the Spar KZN Shield Teens U18 Hockey Tournament at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls and Thomas More College over the weekend, with St Anne’s crowned ­winners of the inaugural tournament, ­defeating long-time rivals, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS).

It was a fast-paced game between the two teams, making full use of the field. The score was goalless at full time. Both teams played their hearts out, giving it their all in an attempt to go one up against their opposition, but they were unable to break the other’s defence in a hard-fought final.

The new national ruling was implemented, where if a game is drawn at full time then the teams would take part in a one-versus-one shootout to decide the game.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) rule chose this option to create a more exciting result of the game. This would entail the two teams to select five players, who would each get eight seconds to dribble the ball into the circle and attempt to find the back of the net, with only the goalkeeper standing in the way.

St Anne’s prevailed 3-2 in an exciting end to a superb inaugural Spar KZN Teens U18 Shield.

The game was played with fantastic discipline, allowing for action-packed schoolgirls’ hockey, with the umpires ­only blowing a few penalty corners. The St Anne’s attack would probe their ­opposition, only to have their defence brought in by a counter-attack from GHS.

Durban Girls’ College beat St Mary’s 1-0 for bronze.

This competition encompasses the whole of KZN, with the schools from outlying areas getting the opportunity to play against each other, and then the best sides meeting the top city sides in the finals weekend.

Final results: 1 St Anne’s, 2 GHS, 3 St Mary’s DSG, 4 Durban Girls’ College, 5 Our Lady of Fatima, 6 Ferrum High School, 7 Kokstad College, 8 Grantleigh, 9 Kuswag Hoërskool, 10 Wembley.

Meanwhile, the KZN Inland U13 boys’ team won the bronze medal and the Inland girls won the B Section, and have been promoted to the A Section after the SA U13 Interprovincial Tournament, held in Potchefstroom recently. The KZN Coastal boys won the title, and the Coastal girls got the silver medal.

KZN Inland U13 boys’ team: Sanele Magoso (Northern Park), Mathew Kiln (Cowan House), Andile Ndlovu (Richmond), Bongani Njapha (Richmond), Felix Manke (Eston), Richard Friend (Vryheid), Michael Forrest (Laddsworth, captain), James ­Redfern (Cowan House), Yamkela Tetyana (Richmond), Franco Erasmus (Treverton), Pepisani Luthuli (Richmond), Mlonde ­Khanyile (Richmond), Mark Bray (St Charles), Lyle Jarvel (Laddsworth).

Coach: Paul Gonlag, assistant coach: Elodie Pienaar and manager: Kieren Nero.

KZN Inland U13 boys’ results: vs North West won 3-0 (M. Forrest, F. Erasmus and P. Luthuli); vs Amathole won 2-0 (J. Redfern and M. Bray); vs Northern Gauteng won 1-0 (Y. Tetyana); vs WP drew 0-0; vs EP won 1-0 (M. Forrest); vs KZN Coastals lost 1-0; vs Southern Gauteng won 3-2 (M. Bray, P. Luthuli and F. Erasmus).

In further news, the following KZN Inland and Coastal U16 to U18 players were selected for national squads:

U16: Keren Kinsey, Amy Etherington, Dani Kardachi, Adrienne Bhola, Donna Small, Fridah Zungu, Phumzile Shandu , Georgia Hannah (Coastal); Paige Philips, Buhle Zondi, Katherine Polkinghorne (Inland). MVP: Keren Kinsey (Coastal).

SA U18 A team: Hlubikazi Sipamla, Heather McEwan, Amy Greaves (Inland); Tracy Whitfield (Coastal).

Players not considered due to unavailability: Sne Zungu, Lunga Zulu, Sherry King (Inland); Kirsty Gibbings (Coastal). SA U18B: Zimi Shange (Inland); Amy Visagie, Annabelle Nichol, Jacinta Jubb (Coastal).

SA U17 squad: Angelique Kellerman, Petty York, Toni McCanne, Nolwazi Mkhize, Khanyi Thuse, Nosipho Nkwanyan (Coastal); Heather McEwan, Leeann Neave (Inland).

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