Vibrant atmosphere at Ugu girls’ regional hockey tournament

2017-04-28 06:00
Kokstad    College’s left wing Rizandre Prinsloo tries to relieve Creston College’s right half, Sibusisiwe Ngcobo of the ball in their pool game.PHOTO: JONATHAN BURTON

Kokstad College’s left wing Rizandre Prinsloo tries to relieve Creston College’s right half, Sibusisiwe Ngcobo of the ball in their pool game.PHOTO: JONATHAN BURTON

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IT was a nail-biting win for third time champions King Edward High School at the KZN Spar Ugu Regional Girls’ Hockey Tournament at Hoërskool Suid-Natal on Saturday.

All nine participating teams brought out their top guns with no fewer than three matches having to be decided on an eight-second penalty shootout.

Ultimately it all boiled down to defending champions King Edward and previous winners Creston College battling it out once again at the finals.

Suid-Natal’s head hockey coach Lance Grobler said the match was a close call.

“Although Creston were focused and determined to settle the score, it was the calmness and silky skills of King Edward that reigned supreme as they netted three goals to nil,” said Grobler.

He said the spirit and the nature of how the teams played was the ultimate winner of the day.

“Parents, players, coaches and spectators alike all took part in the day’s activities, which ranged from a dress-up photo booth to a dance competition, with spot prizes being awarded throughout the day.

“The fun activities and vibrant atmosphere seemed to spur the players on, and motivate the teams to perform,” said Grobler.

In the final results Creston College came second, South City Christian Schools third, Kokstad College fourth, Port Shepstone High School fifth and Hoërskool Suid-Natal sixth.

Top goal scorer for King Edward High School was centre striker, Lukhona Ndumndum.

King Edward is now the seventh team to make it through to the Grand Final in July.

They join Ferrum Skool from Newcastle, St Anne’s College from Pietermaritzburg North, St John’s DSG from PMB Central, Amanzimtoti High School from Durban South, Our Lady of Fatima from Durban North and Durban Girls’ College from Durban Central.

— Supplied.

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