St Mary’s emerge victorious

2012-07-24 00:00

HOSTS St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof were victorious in the 2012 Spar KZN Shield Teens U18 Hockey Tournament on Sunday, beating Durban Girls’ College 2-0 in the final, but KZN Inland’s Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) and The Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) were worthy semi-finalists.

Durban Girls’ College were the first team to make it through to the final when they edged The Wykeham Collegiate 2-1 in the first semi-final.

St Mary’s played against Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High in the second semi-final, with five out of the six goals scored from penalty corners.

In the first minute, GHS went ahead from their first PC, with St Mary’s equalising from the restart.

In the seventh minute, St Mary’s pierced the GHS defence, making it 2-1. The last three goals were scored by St Mary’s for a 5-1 win.

The bronze medal match was a PMB derby, with the 2011 silver medallists, GHS, beating their respected rivals, The Wykeham Collegiate. Girls’ High’s Caitlyn Seegers scored the lone goal.

In the Pietermaritzburg North regional matches, TWC had dethroned the 2011 KZN Teen competition’s defending champions, St Anne’s.

TWC, newcomers to the tournament, did well to finish fourth and also walked away with a valuable cash prize, plus a half-day coaching session with South Africa women’s hockey team captain Marsha Marescia.

St Mary’s and Durban GC had topped the log in the pool games. Having now met three times in the last year, St Mary’s dominated all their encounters.

In fact, the two teams met in the bronze medal match of last year’s tournament and St Mary’s won 1-0, claiming third spot.

Sunday’s fast-flowing final saw St Mary’s control possession against Durban Girls’ College and Amy Rogers score from a goalmouth scramble in the 10th minute. St Mary’s drag flicker Keren Kinsey made the game safe from her second penalty corner.

Top goalscorer of the tournament was shared between Toni McCann of St Mary’s and Kelly Schwegmann of Durban Girls’ College, both scoring four times over the two days.

Ferrum from Newcastle took on Creston College of Port Shepstone and won the fifth/sixth playoff 3-1. Ladysmith met Empangeni High School for eighth position and won 1-0. Danville and Durban Girls’ High School were ninth and 10th respectively.

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