HONOURS for Toti hockey team

2016-07-27 06:00
Trying to get away and out of their 22, Amanzimtoti High School’s Kelly van  Niekerkattempts to shake the persistent attack from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School Polly Mashau during the pool games at the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge that took place this weekend up at St Mary’s DSG.  Photo: supplied

Trying to get away and out of their 22, Amanzimtoti High School’s Kelly van Niekerkattempts to shake the persistent attack from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School Polly Mashau during the pool games at the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge that took place this weekend up at St Mary’s DSG. Photo: supplied

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WET weather didn’t dampen the spirits or the action at the grand finals of this year’s Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge on 23 and 24 July with St Mary’s DSG taking the win in determined fashion on their home turf.

Meeting the defending champions, the host school, St Mary’s, took on Durban Girls’ College in the gold - silver game. After 30 minutes of flowing play, with both teams sharing equal possession, the score was level on 0-0 with the 2016 winner being decided in a penalty shoot-out.

First to go were College, missing their eight second penalty. Leah Piggott representing Saints was first in line for her team and didn’t manage to capitalise on College’s miss. The final four rolling penalties went Saints way, with College unable to penetrate Sarah Cromie’s solid presence in goals in their two attempts.
Vice-captain for St Mary’s DSG, Tegan Fourie, put the first points up on the board, followed up by Kiana Cormack slotting in her team’s second. The final score was 2-0 to Saints.

Finishing 10th at the grand finals, Amanzimtoti High School ended their season having played some highly competitive hockey against some of the big names in school girls’ hockey. The local team met hockey giants St Anne’s and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, although they went down 4-0 to Saints, they only let one goal in against Girls’ High.
Displaying great spirit both on and off the field, in somewhat miserable conditions, Amanzimtoti High can be extremely proud of their efforts. Their scores were 0-4 to St Anne’s College, 0-1 to Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, 0-2 to Wartburg Kirchdorf School and a goalless draw against seventh placed Ashton International College.

They met newcomers to the tournament, Sarel Cilliers High School from Glencoe in the ninth and 10th play-off. The game was a fast-paced half hour, with Sarel Cilliers managing to break Amanzimtoti’s defences twice, going 2-0 up. This is Amanzimtoti’s second appearance at the grand finals, with the team donning the bright, quirky lumo pink socks remaining consistent in their end result having also finished 10th last year.

Rob Philipson, MD for Spar KZN said: “After 29 games this weekend, 160 young ladies can be extremely proud of themselves for their achievement. Each and every one of the players battled the chilly weather and did so superbly. They not only represented their school, but their region with great pride and grace. Well done ladies to your successes at this wonderful tournament.”

A new initiative this year was the inclusion of a hockey bursary by Varsity College. With the decision being extremely difficult this year, the college awarded two bursaries. The announcement was made at the prize-giving, with the recipients being invited to study and play for Varsity College. The two bursary winners were Tegan Fourie from St Mary’s DSG and Courtney Slaney from Westville Girls’ High School.
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