Hockey grand finals

2018-07-24 06:00
Michaela Quintal from Amanzimtoti High School.PHOTO: Val Adamson

Michaela Quintal from Amanzimtoti High School.PHOTO: Val Adamson

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FIXTURES and umpires for the eighth Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge have been announced, with the 10 teams participating heading to St Mary’s DSG, Kloof, to face each other in the much anticipated grand finals on July 21 and July 22.

In Pool A, host school and defending champions St Mary’s DSG will take on St Anne’s from Hilton; King Edward High School from Matatiele, Amanzimtoti High School and Greytown High School.

In Pool B, the only team to have a 100% attendance rate at the finals, Durban Girls’ College take on Epworth School from Pietermaritzburg; Our Lady of Fatima from Durban North, Ferrum High School from Newcastle and Felixton College from Richards Bay.

Leading the fixtures, the Highway Regional champions St Mary’s DSG will take on the uMvoti Regional winners. Following them are two of the three newcomers this year; Epworth will meet Felixton in the first game for Pool B; St Anne’s College will meet the King Edward team; Durban Girls’ College take on Fatima in the fourth game; and Toti take on other newcomers Greytown.

The pool games will last 22 minutes, with four points being awarded for a win, two points for a draw with goals, one point for a goalless draw and zero points for a loss. The play offs will have two halves lasting 15minutes each way, and if the game ends in a tie, the result will be decided in a penalty shoot-out.

Officiating at the grand finals are umpires from all over KwaZulu-Natal. Leading by example is renowned Wanri Venter from Thomas More College, who had the honour of blowing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games held in April. No stranger to the tournament, this will be the first time she will be taking to the field at a grand finals with a whistle.

Venter is joined by Sonika Buys, who makes her seventh appearance at the finals. The two senior umpires will be joined by eight up-and-coming umpires at the weekend. They are Candes Strydom (Werda); Mia Steenkamp (Most Promising Umpire from Vryheid); Brian Riddell (Thomas More College pupil and second appearance at grand finals); May Mazibuko (Most Promising Umpire from PMB Central); Sethu Sithole (Most Promising Umpire from DBN Central); Tallyn Tregear; Marnus Engelbrecht (Most Promising Umpire from Mandini) and Lethokuhle Ngadi (Most Promising Umpire from PMB North). Overseeing all of the officials with Venter is hugely experienced Queensburgh’s Michael Lees.

The 2018 grand finals tick the tournament counter over to 88 in total over the eight years since its inception in 2011. The tournament, which travels across 10 regions in KZN, awards the regional winners with a festive grand finals each year.

Ten top teams and 10 umpires will be taking to the field in the eighth grand finals of the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge.

— Supplied

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