Top schools stand out

2014-10-14 00:00

THE St Mary’s (Kloof) and Westville Boys’ High U16 teams won the KZN leg of the Top Schools U16 hockey tournament and qualified for the national Top Schools tournament that is to be held in Pretoria from December 10 to 15.

The events, run in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Education Department and the KZN and SA schools’ hockey bodies with financial assistance from government, also saw Bisley Primary win the U13 girls’ section and Kokstad Primary the U13 boys’ section — qualifying for the Top Schools U13 hockey nationals in Pretoria.

SA Schools Hockey (Sashoc) decided that the U16 boys’ and girls’ sections would be competed for on merit, while the U13 boys’ and girls’ sections would see the competition focus on schools with learners from previously disadvantaged communities.

Just one of the exciting events was the KZN girls’ U16 tournament that took place at St John’s in Pietermaritzburg with six schools participating. St Mary’s, St John’s, Danville Park, Port Shepstone, Ferrum (Newcastle) and Kokstad College had all won the U16 leagues in their respective districts. The tournament format was run in two pools, which included three schools in each pool, followed by play-off and final matches.

Defending champs St Mary’s beat Ferrum 6-0 and Kokstad College 3-0 before beating Danville Park 3-0 in the play-off match. St John’s beat Danville Park 3-1 and Port Shepstone 4-0 before beating Kokstad College 1-0 in the play-off.

“The St Mary’s versus St John’s final was a truly entertaining match with high levels of skills being exhibited by both teams,” KZN Schools’ Hockey chairperson Charmaine Koekemoer told The Witness yesterday.

St John’s scored after the half-time break with a well-worked goal by Amy Karlsen. St John’s ’keeper Emily O’Neil made some great saves before St Mary’s equalised through Chiara McMillan with five minutes left. And it was top goalscorer Amanda Ntuli who clinched it when she capitalised on a defensive error for St Mary’s to win 2-1.

The U16 boys’ tournament at Westville Boys’ High saw Westville take the honours, with Michaelhouse second and Glenwood third. The other district-winning teams that took part in the round-robin format were Port Shepstone and Kokstad College.

With Maritzburg College the hosts, Kokstad Primary won the KZN U13 boys’ development tournament on a single goal difference from Bisley Park after the two school teams had ended equal on points. Bonisanani of the Ntuzuma district were third and Port Shepstone fourth.

The KZN U13 girls’ development tournament took place at Greenfields Turf (AB Jackson ground, opposite Harry Gwala Stadium) and was won by Bisley Park of the PMB district with Kokstad Junior School in second place and Winterton Primary in third place. Other district winners that took part were Sithmebile (Ntuzuma) and Arbor Park (Newcastle).

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