Hockey challenge to take place in Kokstad

2018-04-27 06:00
PHOTOS: suppliedKing Edward High School girls at last year’s tournament.

PHOTOS: suppliedKing Edward High School girls at last year’s tournament.

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THE eighth Southern KZN Regional tournament of the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge will take place at Kokstad College tomorrow.

This region has crowned three schools since the tournament began in 2011. This year, 10 schools will meet with the hope of being regional champions and travelling to the grand finals at St Mary’s DSG in July.

When the tournament starts, defending champions King Edward High School (KEHS) will play against St Monica’s who missed last year’s tournament due to other commitments.

At the same time on field B, two-time winners, Kokstad College, will face Bergview who are returning after last playing in 2014.

Host, Kokstad College, will need to find their A game early as they will meet two-time winners Creston College in their second game.

KEHS will take on Southcity in the third game of the day. Southcity was placed third last year and is hoping to continue its upward progression in this tournament.

“My team is very young this year, basically an U16 team which is wonderful for the next two years.

“We lost seven of our players last year who matriculated and of course, we will be delighted if we go through, but who knows what will happen on the day,” said coach for the defending champions, Deidre Duminy, who added that the team will try its best during the games.

The Pool A teams are King Edward High School, St Monica’s, Southcity, Port Shepstone and Ixopo.

Pool B has Kokstad, Creston, Bergview, St Patrick’s and Suid-Natal.

The pool games will be 25 minutes each and the playoffs will be 20 minutes long, with a possibility of a penalty shoot-out taking place if the games are drawn. If this happens, then three players from each team will step up to take the eight seconds rolling penalty in the hope of advancing their team to the next round.

The tournament will run on four points for a win, two points for a draw with goals, one point for a goalless draw and zero points for a loss.

After the pool games, the two semi-finals will take place concurrently. Thereafter, the top teams will get a breather as the positional games will roll out the final placings.

Once these games have been played, the bronze medal game will follow, and the final game will be the main gold and silver game. At the conclusion of the games, the 2018 regional champions will be revealed.

Kokstad College won this regional challenge in the inaugural tournament in 2011 and three years later in 2014.

Creston College took the title in 2012 and 2013, while the heroes from King Edwards High School have been the defending champions for the past three years. — Supplied.

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