SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge

SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge
Pietermaritzburg North and Central Regionals

Defending their titles, St Anne’s College and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High regained their regional crowns in the Pietermaritzburg North Regional and Pietermaritzburg Central Regional at the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge up in Pietermaritzburg recently.

Photo:  Jonathon Burton

Photo: Jonathon Burton

St Anne’s College was in a league of their own at the magnificent AB Jackson fields. The team lead by former SA Men’s coach, Carlos Pereira were clear favourites winning all of their games. In the big Hilton derby, they took on The Wykeham Collegiate in a highly exciting game, where Saints slotted in the all-important one goal that secured their overall win in the round robin regional.

Howick High School were in top form, the bright coloured team kitted out in orange fought hard on the turf and impressed with their skill, having vastly improved over the years.
Girls’ High is one of only two teams who have an undefeated track record in the history of this tournament. The ‘Green Machine’ made it six in a row when they methodically worked their way to the top of their log. It wasn’t an easy ride to the top as Girls’ High drew with rivals, Epworth early in their round robin games. The two teams had an identical score sheet that had the tacticians number crunching the goal differences and what if scenarios. In Epworth’s final game, they met third placed Treverton. In the hard fought tussle, the two teams ended their efforts with a nil nil draw which gave Girls’ High their ticket to the finals.

Both St Anne’s College and Pietermaritzburg Girls High then went on to play in the cross regional final of the Parklane SUPERSPAR final where St Anne’s were lucky enough to slot in one goal. Girls High dug down deep against Saints and were disappointed to find the back of the net twice only to have the goals disallowed as the umpires didn’t play advantage. The two will meet again at the Grand Finals in July in Kloof.

Two umpires at the tournament were awarded the title of Most Promising Umpires. Shining in the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional was Sibusiso Ndlovu, a scholar from Voortrekker High who was representing Epworth High School. Being recognised for his efforts at the Pietermaritzburg North Regional was up-and-coming umpire Matthew Memar from Grace College who was representing Linpark High at the tournament.

St Anne’s and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High will join the newcomer team Sarel Cilliers from Glencoe, winners of the KZN North regional, and Durban Girls’ College who took the honours in the Durban Central Regionals. These four teams will be joined by six teams from around KwaZulu Natal at the Grand Finals at St Mary’s DSG in July.

The next regional will be the Durban South Regional that takes place at 3 Schools Trust on 9 April.
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Results
PMB Central
1 Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, 2 Epworth High School, 3 Treverton College, 4 Alexander High School, 5 Russell High School, 6 Maritzburg Christian School
PMB North
1 St Anne’s College, 2 The Wykeham Collegiate, 3 Howick High School, 4 Grace College, 5= Carter High School, 5= Linpark