SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament Newcastle Regional Saturday, 22 February

Ferrum make it four in a row when they claimed the title of Newcastle Regional champions of the SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament on Saturday at Ferrum High School.

The first girls’ hockey team kept a clean sheet in their six games as they dominated the regional where nine other schools participated. This is the fourth time the compact team will be making an appearance at the finals in July.

Ferrum placed first in the pool games, while St Dominic’s Academy finished second having tied to Ferrum in the pool games. In the second pool, Pongola Akademie placed second and Sarel Cilliers finished on top of the log. The games were 24minutes long with two 12minute halves and a 3minute half time.

Pongola Akademie met St Dominic’s Academy in the semi-final. At the end of the 24minute game, the two teams were level and went to rolling penalties. Pongola Akademie’s goalie was a jack rabbit in the goals, denying all of St Dominic’s attempts. The final score was 3-0, allowing them to advance to the finals.

Ferrum High met Sarel Cilliers in their semi-final. After a well-balanced game, Ferrum secured their win with one goal finding the back of the net.

Ferrum took on Pongola in the final of the Newcastle Regional. Both teams had several chances on goal but were unable to convert. There was no score at the full time whistle and the game went into a nail-biting penalty shootout. Ferrum stepped up, with their goal keeper Cheleen McQuade defending superbly and they won 3-0.

Tournament Director, Les Galloway commented after the tournament, “This regional was a great success with a wonderful festive atmosphere. The standard of hockey has certainly improved since the first regional in 2011 and if it wasn’t the great action on the field, it was the wonderful team spirit on the side lines with team dances and of course, Tjoppie the mascot for St Dominic’s Academy was a great attraction. I believe the girls had a truly enjoyable time, both on the field and off …”

The award for the Most Promising Umpire went to Tanya Pepler from St Dominic’s High. She will join the other nine Most Promising Umpires that will be selected from around KZN, at the finals in July. SPAR KZN not only promotes school girls’ hockey but also gives the umpires an opportunity to gain experience at the finals and a chance to get a grading.

Rob Phillipson, MD for SPAR KZN said, “A hearty congratulations to Ferrum High, it is great to see that they will be joining us again at the finals. They played hard and it is just reward for their determined spirit.”

Ferrum is the first team through to the finals of the SPAR KZN Hockey Tournament that will take place on 26th and 27th July at Thomas More College and St Mary’s DSG. The next regional takes place this weekend with host school King Edward welcoming nine other schools in Matatiele.

For more info go to the Facebook page SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament.

Spar KZN Regional Hockey result (2)

Fighting for possession, Riona van der Watt of Pongola tries to steal the ball away from an attacking Chanelle Koen of Ferrum in the final that ended in a nil nil draw. Ferrum won on rolling penalties advancing through to the finals of the SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament.