Woodridge lift hockey trophy

2019-08-07 06:01
The Woodridge team who won their first title in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge provincial finals at Collegiate.            Photo:FULL STOP COMMUNICATIONS

The Woodridge team who won their first title in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge provincial finals at Collegiate. Photo:FULL STOP COMMUNICATIONS

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WOODRIDGE won the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge for the first time when they defeated DSG 3-0 in the final at Collegiate recently.

Woodridge and Grahamstown school DSG qualified for the final after ending as the top two teams following the round-robin phase of the provincial event.

For Edith Molikoe, the Woodridge captain, it was “a huge honour” to claim the title.

“This is something we have been working towards the whole year, so it really is a great experience for us,” she said. “Two years ago when we played in the provincial finals we didn’t quite know what to expect, but this time we just came out with a bang.

She added that they knew they would have a tough final against their Grahamstown rivals. “We didn’t have a specific strategy in the final but just came out and played with our hearts to achieve the best we could.”

Molikoe said it was a significant triumph for the sport at the school. “This win means a lot to Woodridge hockey because we have never won anything this big before and it’s good to show other schools that we are here to compete.”

SPAR EC sponsorship and events manager, Alan Stapleton, hailed the fourth edition of the tournament as another resounding success.

“This year has been better than ever,” he said. “There has been a really close rivalry, a few surprises and the finals were very special because of the quality of hockey on display. More important than the close rivalries are the friendships and bonds that are formed throughout the tournament. That continues to be a big part of our planning.”

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