Wartburg win the day at Regionals on Wembley’s new turf

2014-05-13 00:00

DEFENDING champions, Wartburg Kirchdorf School topped the log in the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi Regionals of the Spar KZN Regional Hockey Tournament on Saturday.

On a cold and misty day, seven schools took to the picturesque setting on the recently laid Astro turf at Wembley College in the battle for the regional hockey title. Rain squalls persistently blew across the field, but this did not put a damper on the girls’ spirits and games.

Wartburg Kirchdorf scored 11 goals in total with only one against — by fellow German school, Hermannsburg. Wartburg will make their second appearance at the provincial finals.

Ladysmith, who made it to the tournament’s finals in 2012, missed the regionals last year due to prior commitments but made an impact in this year’s regional, holding the defending champions to a 0-0 draw. They finished the day one point behind Wartburg, an impressive comeback having lost their first game against host school Wembley.

Third-placed Wembley had a notable tournament, finishing the day with 14 points. Wembley, who played at the finals in the inaugural competition, were a mere three points behind Wartburg and two behind Ladysmith, showing how close the competition was.

The format of the day saw 21 games being played with teams duelling for 20 minutes. Three points were awarded for a win, one point for a draw and a bonus point went to the team who scored three or more goals. Wembley and Wartburg managed to get one bonus point each and Ladysmith racking up two bonus points.

Sarah Wheeler from Greytown High School was awarded the Most Promising Umpire for the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi Regional. This is the fourth time that she has been awarded this title and is the only umpire in the province to make an appearance at every single final. She will be joining nine other umpires from around the province at the finals.

The next regional will be played this Saturday at Grantleigh School in Richards Bay, concluding all of the regionals for 2014. Wartburg Kirchdorf School join Ferrum High School; Kokstad High ; St Anne’s Diocesan College; Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High; Durban Girls’ College; Durban Girls’ High; Danville Girls’ High and the only newcomers so far, Westville Girls’ High , at the finals that will take place at Thomas More College and St Mary’s DSG on July 26 and 27.

Results: 1. Wartburg Kirchdorf School 17 pts, 2. Ladysmith High School 16 pts, 3. Wembley College 14 pts, 4. Greytown High School 9 pts, 5. Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg 4 pts, 6. Estcourt High School 3 pts, 7. Domino Servite 1 pt.

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