Facing off to light up Wembley’s astro

2019-03-06 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedEngen were crowned the new Wembley Premier League champions.

PHOTO: suppliedEngen were crowned the new Wembley Premier League champions.

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THE much-awaited Wembley Premier League Hockey tournament took place on Saturday, March 2 on the Wembley Astro.

Seven teams; including Plennegy, Mascor, Rhino Charcoal, Bracken, Face First Media, Engen, and Umvoti Fuel and Oil; battled it out to reach a place in the finals.

The teams were made up of players selected during a weekly auction process to raise funds for lights on the hockey astro.

Each team was a combination of scholars, senior players, marque players and wild cards. The wild card players are some of the best players in South Africa, who have represented their country at some point in their career. The top four teams who made it to the semi-finals were Engen, Plennegy, Face First Media, and Rhino Charcoal.

Engen and Plennegy fought it out in a nail-biting final, with Engen scoring in the last ten seconds of the game to be crowned the champions. Face First Media finished in third position and Rhino Charcoal came in fourth.

Bracken won the prize for sportsmanship on the field.

The top women’s player was Isla Still and the top men’s player Luke Barnard. The top girl scholar was Kelly Fletcher and top boy scholar Luke Poreé.

Michael Yeadon, the chairperson of Wembley College, said: “Our Wembley Mission statement is ‘to educate and inspire pupils to be individuals’ and I believe the WPL tournament is testament to this ethos. I would like to thank all the adult players, managers, and organisers for assisting and guiding all the younger players to create a pleasant environment where hockey can thrive.

“On behalf of the Wembley board, I would like to thank the companies who sponsored the day and to Gareth Larkan and his team of workers who did a great job organising this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you next year.” — Supplied.

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