Girls hockey challenge

2018-07-11 06:01
Pictured shortly after the PMB Central Regional, top umpire, May Mazibuko will be heading to the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge. PHOTO: supplied

Pictured shortly after the PMB Central Regional, top umpire, May Mazibuko will be heading to the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge. PHOTO: supplied

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THE fixtures and umpires for the eighth SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge have officially been announced with the ten participating teams set to head to St Mary’s DSG, Kloof, to face each other in the much anticipated Grand Finals, being held 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% appearance 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 as Epworth School will meet Felixton in the first game for Pool B.

St Anne’s College will meet the feisty 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 playoffs will have two halves, lasting 15 minutes each way and, if the game ends on 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 this year.

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 grand finals.

The two senior umpires will be joined by eight up-and-coming umpires over the weekend.

The umpires include Candes Strydom (Werda); Mia Steenkamp (Most Promising Umpire from Vryheid); Brian Riddell (Thomas More College pupil — 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 ticks the tournament counter over to 88 in total over the eight years since its inception in 2011.

The tournament, that travels across ten regions in KZN, awards the regional winners with a festive Grand Finals each year.

Ten top teams and ten 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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