Magical summer for GHS sports teams

2012-04-03 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School sports teams have had a remarkable summer season.

GHS won the Pietermaritzburg and Districts Interschools Gala, the Pietermaritzburg and Districts Interschools Diving, and the Umgungundlovu Schools Hockey Association Pre-season Hockey Tournament and were unbeaten in the premier tennis league, the Lyle League.

The interschools diving competition was held at St Anne’s. GHS divers won three of the four age groups. The GHS winners were

Tiyon Loubser (U19), Lansea Loubser (U16) and Carla Serfontein (U15), with St Anne’s winning the U14 section. The GHS team finished with top points, followed by St Anne’s and Epworth.

“The annual interschools gala was, as always, filled with excitement and a tinge of apprehension,” said GHS sports doyenne and long-serving teacher, Val Fowler.

“So much time is spent on preparing the teams for this major event, the occasion is always a wonderful blend of sportsmanship, camaraderie and rivalry, supporting cheerleaders rally their supporters and then with as much vigour lead their opposing schools in war cries. It’s a wonderful spectacle.”

GHS had been unbeaten in the earlier part of the season and The Wykeham Collegiate had just

triumphed at the local Independent Schools Gala.

The other schools, St Anne’s, St John’s and Epworth, had top relay teams capable of winning any event. TWC struck first as they took the four-age medley relay. St Anne’s won the next two events, with TWC taking event four. GHS had picked up three second places, but it was not until event five that their winning streak started.

Of the 24 events, GHS won 11, TWC seven, St Anne’s three and St John’s two. GHS also led with seven second places, followed by St Anne’s and Epworth on five each. GHS took home the winners shield, followed by TWC.

The Lyle Tennis League has been dominated for the past few years by St Anne’s.

From early on in the 2012

season it looked to be a close race between the TWC and GHS first teams. On a very hot afternoon midway through the season, GHS recorded an excellent win over TWC. The job was only partly done — they had to retain their composure and not go down to their remaining opponents, Epworth and St Anne’s.

Through excellent play and dogged determination, GHS emerged unbeaten in the Lyle League — the first time for a number of years.

In the same week as the inter-schools gala the first hockey teams took to the field for the Parklane Spar pre-season tournament. GHS, fielding a fairly young and untried team, played attractive hockey throughout the day, and emerged as winners of their conference, which has qualified them for the KZN final at the end of the season.

The final was between the two section winners.

GHS took on TWC and in a great game of hockey, played on very tired legs. GHS emerged 2-0 winners.

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