Girls hockey challenge CHAMPS

2016-04-13 06:00
Keeping possession, Kingsway High’s Sisikelo Dumisa puts her body in the way of Werda’s Michelle Schnetler as she looks around for support during the semi-final of the Durban South Regional of the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge on Saturday. Photo: supplied

Keeping possession, Kingsway High’s Sisikelo Dumisa puts her body in the way of Werda’s Michelle Schnetler as she looks around for support during the semi-final of the Durban South Regional of the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge on Saturday. Photo: supplied

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AMANZIMTOTI High School’s first team hockey girls, defending champions, in the Durban South Regional of the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, retained their title at the 3 Schools Trust on Saturday, 9 April.

The Toti team took on Werda in the regional’s final with the first team taking the win 1-0. The two teams had met earlier in the day in the pool games where Toti also won 2-0 at full time.
Toti and Werda advanced to the finals having won their semi-finals on penalty shoot-outs, with both of their full time scores level on 0-0.

During the pool games, Amanzimtoti kept a clean sheet against their opponents, winning all three games and ending the first round on top of the log with nine points. Finishing second in the pool was Werda on six points. Tying for third in the pool was Bluff-based Grosvenor Girls’ High and Queensburgh High.

In the second pool, Kingsway High topped the log with four points and a win and a draw at the end of their pool games. New Forest claimed second spot, tied for points, but with fewer goals scored. The Malvern-based school were delighted to advance through to the next round.

The story of the finals was all teams having a great build- up into their opponents halves, but just unable to finish off their attacks.
In the first semi-final, Amanzimtoti met New Forest. New Forest defended grandly against the defending champions and the score at full time was level with no one able to find the back of the net.

Amanzimtoti’s Kelly van Niekerk took the first penalty shoot-out, netting her attempt. New Forest tussled for the ball and as they got around goalie Wendy Mlebuka, the eight seconds was up. Next up for Amanzimtoti was captain Katie Dawe who superbly scored for her team. New Forest’s second attempt was thwarted by Mlebuka with the final score 2-0 to Toti.

In the second semi-final Kingsway took on Werda with a similar ending to the first semi-final and the scores level on nil at the end of full time. Kingsway was first to take the shot, but Werda’s Nastasja Molver stood strong in defence. Werda then took their first shot and also didn’t manage to net it. Kingsway’s second attempt managed to get beyond Molver, but the shot went wide of the empty goals.

Werda’s Chanell du Preez side-stepped the keeper and scored the all-important goal. The final Kingsway attempt had momentum as the umpires blew the whistle for them to re-take the penalty, but as luck would have it, the re-take amounted to nothing and Werda advanced through to the finals to take on Toti for the second time that day.

“We would like to thank the host school, Kingsway, for running an efficient tournament which was enjoyed by all,” says Rob Phillipson.
“We also would like to acknowledge the coaches, managers and parents for their support as we understand the effort that needs to be put into training the girls, and truly appreciate it.”

Amanzimtoti High will join Sarel Cilliers, newcomers from the Northern KZN Regional along with Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School and St Anne’s College from the two Pietermaritzburg Regionals, Durban Girls’ College from the Durban Central regionals and five other teams that still need to secure their spaces in the remaining regionals that will be held around KwaZulu-Natal.

- Supplied.

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