Empangeni through to hockey finals

2013-05-14 00:00

AFTER two highly competitive events, two more schools will be going on to the finals of the 2013 Spar aQuellé School Girls’ Hockey Tournament.

Empangeni High retained their title as North Coastal Regional Champions when they won the event at St Catherine’s School in Empangeni.

Empangeni took on rivals Felixton High School in the finals and took an early lead, with consistent play up the middle resulting in a well-constructed goal.

The defending champions clung onto their narrow lead for the remainder of the free-flowing game and the final whistle blew with the score still 1-0.

Grantleigh made Empangeni High work hard for their win in the one semi-final but the defending champs kept calm at the back with some sterling defence.

The other semi-final saw Felixton take an early lead against St Catherine’s. The Saints dug deep, surging forward often, but were unable to convert their attacks into goals, going down 1-0.

No less than 31 fast-paced games were played, while Natania Basson from Felixton was named the most promising umpire for the North Coastal regionals and has been invited to gain more experience at the finals in July.

The Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi regionals at Greytown High School saw Wartburg Kirchdorf School emerging victorious and advancing to the KZN finals.

One point separated Wartburg from Greytown at the top of the log.

In the deciding game, Wartburg’s second-half winner proved the difference.

Andrea Marx and Elke Engelbrecht of Wartburg racked up 13 out of the total 15 goals scored by their team in the six games that they played. The top goal-scorer in the tournament was Wartburg captain Marx, who netted seven goals.

The award for most promising umpire went to Sarah Wheeler.

Representing their region for the second time, Empangeni High join Wartburg Kirchdorf School, Creston College, Durban Girls’ College, Durban Girls’ High, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High, St Anne’s, Ashton College, St Mary’s DSG and Ferrum High School in the finals that take place at St Mary’s DSG and Thomas More College on July 20 and 21.

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