Sparrows turn out to be hawks

2010-08-17 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal U14 Provincial Girls’ Hockey tournament went off very well at Epworth and the brand-new Maritzburg Varsity Greenfields turf surface over the long weekend. This is another fine combination for hockey tournaments in Pietermaritzburg, because the two artificial turfs are literally across the road from one another.

The format of the tournament was that it was played in two sections to ensure a strength-versus-strength scenario, and the sections were based on the 2009 results.

The A Section was played at Epworth and the B Section at PMB Varsity.

The Umgungundlovu Sparrows (first) and Umgungundlovu Swallows (second) from the KZN capital district were the outstanding A Section teams, with Pinetown A (inland from Durban), Umlazi A (Durban and surrounds), Sisonke (Kokstad, Matatiele, Ixopo) and Empangeni (Northern Coastals) in their wake.

KwaZulu-Natal vice-chairperson and tournament organiser Charmaine Koekemoer was impressed with the quality of hockey exhibited at the weekend.

“There were some very exiting hockey players on show and it bodes well for the future of KZN schoolgirls’ hockey,” she told The Witness yesterday.

Koekemoer, who is also chairperson of the Umgungundlovu district, said she was delighted with the result of the two U14 teams from the district who participated in the A Section.

“These two teams are selected on equal strength, which seems to be working well for the district and for the mental state of players in both teams,” she said.

“There is just no B team, so the attitude of all the players is that they are in the top team. This also means that the two teams support each other very well, and the spirit in both teams was excellent.”

The Sparrows were coached by Robyn Pearson of St Anne’s with Kim Warr of Voortrekker managing the side led by Natalie Esteves of St John’s.

Dani Cairns of Treverton captained the Swallows with the coaching under the direction of Alex’s Annie Smith and under the management of Voortrekker’s Yvette de Beer.

The B Section saw Amajuba (Newcastle) first, followed by Umlazi B (Durban and surrounds), Umzinyathi (Dundee), Pinetown B (Inland from Durban), Vryheid (Pongola/Vryheid) and Ugu (south coast).

Koekemoer said that although Pinetown B won four and drew one match, they participated unofficially, as they did not fulfill the quota requirements in accordance with the SA Schools’ hockey regulations. Vryheid and Ugu also transgressed in this regard, which meant that Amajuba was placed first in the B Section.

Koekemoer said the tournament was financially supported by the KZN Education Department, while the local education district contributed to the accommodation, meals and transport of the teams, with the provincial department assisting with the hosting costs.

She stressed that the Education Department is playing and im portant role in the development of hockey in the province at schools level.

“A special thanks must go to the efforts of Bongani Zuma at the provincial department who, when it looked like some of the districts were going to withdraw due to non-funding from the district departments, stepped in and ensured everything was on track,” Koekemoer said.



Sparrows: Nomphilo Mtunzi, Erin Roseveare, Rebecca Halle (Epw), Tessa Miles (Wartburg), Mia Louw, Lakin Price (Trev), Hannah Moxham, Tegan Lambert (St A), Sarah Dixon, Sabrina Thompson (TWC), Kelly Mzobe, Amahle Dlamini, Tayla Casteling (GHS), Rebecca Groom, Natalie Esteves (capt), Amy Botha (St J). Coach: Robyn Pearson (St A), Kim Warr (VHS).

Swallows: Siphe Mnganga, Beth Brady (St A), Kimberley McDonald, Jenna Rattray (Epw), Andrea Davies, Amy Kruger, Jenna Bam (St J), Odette Craig (VHS), Londeka Dlamini, Nomzi Zulu (GHS), Emily Banks (How), Nicola Deenik, Sarah Harris (TWC), Dani Cairns (capt), Nondomiso Zuma (Trev). Coach: Annie Smith (Alex), Yvette de Beer (VHS).


Sparrows 3 (Sarah Dixon, Hannah Moxham, Sabrina Thompson) Sisonke 0; Sparrows 4 (Natalie Esteves 2, Moxham 2); Sparrows 2 (Moxham, Esteves) Umlazi A 2; Sparrows 8 (Esteves 3, Thompson 2, Tayla Casteling, Moxham, Tegan Lambert) Empangeni 0; Sparrows 3 (Esteves, Moxham, Thompson) Swallows 1 (Amy Kruger); Swallows 2 (Kimberley McDonald, Beth Brady) Umlazi A 1; Swallows 3 (McDonald, Nicola Deenik, Jenna Bam) Empangeni 0; Swallows 2 (Kruger, Dani Cairns) Pinetown 0; Swallows 1 (Cairns) Sisonke 1 (Monique Herholdt).

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