Hockey tourney sees top talent

2019-03-06 06:03
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 (WPL) Hockey tournament took place on Saturday, March 2 on the Wembley Astro. Seven teams: Plennegy, Mascor, Rhino Charcoal, Bracken, Face First Media, Engen and Umvoti Fuel and Oil all battled it out to reach a place in the finals.

The teams are made up of players selected during a weekly auction process, to raise funds for lights on the Hockey Astro. Each team is a combination of scholars, senior player, marque players and wild cards. The wild card players are some of the best players in South Africa and have represented the country at some point in their careers.

The top four teams that 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 10 seconds of the game to be crowned 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 top men’s player was Luke Barnard. The top girl pupil was Kelly Fletcher and top boy pupil was Luke Poreé.

Michael Yeadon, the chairperson of Wembley College, said: “Our Wembley mission statement is, ‘to educate and inspire learners 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 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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