Durban Girls’ College retain their hockey title

2014-07-29 00:00

DURBAN Girls’ College retained their title in the Spar KZN Regional Hockey Tournament finals weekend.

In the tournament, which was hosted at Thomas More College and St Mary’s DSG, College took on St Anne’s in the gold-medal game.

Less than a minute into the final, College’s Teagan McFall slotted a superb reverse-stick shot into the top left-hand corner. For the next 29 minutes the game had plenty of action but the scoreboard remained unchanged, with excellent defending from both teams for College to end 1-0 winners.

“I am happy that we managed to defend our title and keep the trophy,” said captain of Durban Girls’ College, Michelle Alborough. “We had a great tournament overall.”

Bell Meek, coach of Durban Girls’ College, said she was thrilled with the team’s performance. “They played extremely well throughout the tournament. It was a good final against a tough opponent.”

St Anne’s won the inaugural tournament in 2011 and finished fourth last year. Coach of St Anne’s, Charlie Pereira, said the girls had a great time. “We are a young team and played so well. I was really impressed with the character the girls showed. We had one or two chances in the final but didn’t manage to get them. Regardless, I am so chuffed with my girls.”

The action was non-stop, with 29 exciting games being played at the weekend and 87 goals scored.

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) met St Anne’s in the semi-finals. For the majority of the game they were 1-0 up but St Anne’s managed an equaliser with time winding down. The game went to a penalty shoot-out and GHS went 2-0 up after the first two attempts but missed their remaining chances. St Anne’s didn’t, scoring three goals and winning.

Westville Girls’ High School met GHS in the duel for third place. In an intense game, GHS didn’t allow Westville any chances and beat them 2-0.

Final results:

1 Durban Girls’ College, 2 St Anne’s College, 3 Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, 4 Westville Girls’ High, 5 Durban Girls’ High, 6 Danville Park Girls’ High, 7 Empangeni High School, 8 Kokstad College, 9 Wartburg Kirchdorf School, 10 Ferrum High School.

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