Collegiate claim schoolgirls’ hockey title

2016-08-24 06:00
The Collegiate team, who won the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, is, back from left, SPAR EC sponsorship controller Roseann Shadrach, Lara Grant, Lauren Todd, Sinead Walsh, Caitlin van Goeverden, Staci Edwards, Lara Cunningham, Gemma Bisdée, Taz Preller, Caley Taylor, Kate Derry, a biokineticist, Andrew Beynon, the coach, SPAR EC promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt, In front, from left, are Chantell Posthumus, the manager, Caitlin Brooks, Emma Hobson, Jess Daniel, Kristin Kirchner, Janelle Walton, Camilla Warner and Harriet Bisdée.                                     Photo: FULL STOP COMMUNICATIONS

The Collegiate team, who won the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, is, back from left, SPAR EC sponsorship controller Roseann Shadrach, Lara Grant, Lauren Todd, Sinead Walsh, Caitlin van Goeverden, Staci Edwards, Lara Cunningham, Gemma Bisdée, Taz Preller, Caley Taylor, Kate Derry, a biokineticist, Andrew Beynon, the coach, SPAR EC promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt, In front, from left, are Chantell Posthumus, the manager, Caitlin Brooks, Emma Hobson, Jess Daniel, Kristin Kirchner, Janelle Walton, Camilla Warner and Harriet Bisdée. Photo: FULL STOP COMMUNICATIONS

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COLLEGIATE was crowned the inaugural champions in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge when they defeated Hudson Park in an exciting final at Woodridge on August 13.

In a day of entertaining hockey, which saw five teams vying for the honours, PE Coastal winners Collegiate and East London Coastal champions Hudson Park qualified for the final.

Even though Hudson Park lost their final match against EL Inland champions Kingsridge 2-0, they had done enough to contest the title match.

The final, played over 15 minutes in each half, was a thrilling encounter, with both sides having their chances to break the deadlock before it ended 0-0 after full-time.

This resulted in a three-player shoot-out which Collegiate took 3-1 after Hudson Park missed their second shot at a goal. The miss gave the PE team a 2-1 advantage and when they slotted their third goal they took an unassailable lead.

The inaugural tournament involved about 50 schools spread across five regions. The players are excited as SPAR has extended their sponsorship to next year.

Collegiate coach Andrew Beynon said they had thoroughly enjoyed the competition.

“We have had a long season and Saturday was quite tough, playing five matches in the end, but it was a lovely way to end the season.”

The concept was started in KwaZulu-Natal by former SA women’s team manager Les Galloway, who is now the Challenge’s national director.

She said the inaugural Eastern Cape tournament had been “an overwhelming success”.

“It has worked from a player’s point of view where they enjoyed interaction with teams they don’t normally play.

“Then you come into a final like today which sees sides from Border, EP and South Western Districts all competing against each other.”

Galloway was confident the tournament would grow in the future.

“This was the first year and nobody really knew what it was about. Now that they’ve heard about it, I know more teams will want to be involved.”

Regional tournament director Peter Wilson said Galloway’s role should not be forgotten.

“It’s an amazing concept and I think she has made an outstanding contribution. She has been the driving force in spreading the concept to the Eastern and Western Cape and must be congratulated.”

Results: Hudson beat DSG 1-0; Collegiate beat York 3-0; DSG beat Kingsridge 3-1; Collegiate drew with Hudson 1-1; Kingsridge beat York 1-0; Collegiate beat DSG 1-0; Hudson beat York 4-1; Collegiate beat Kingsridge 2-0; DSG beat York 4-0; Kingsridge beat Hudson 2-0.

Final: Collegiate drew with Hudson 0-0; Collegiate won 3-1 in shoot-out.

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