Clarendon High won the second edition of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge champions when they outlasted York High in the final at Woodridge just outside Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The provincial finals involved five regional winners and, after the round-robin competition, the George side qualified to meet Clarendon in the final.
Bianca Wood notched a hat-trick as Clarendon won 3-0 after leading 1-0 at the break.
York showed fine spirit to put their opponents under pressure in the second half, but could not convert the few chances which came their way.
At the prize-giving ceremony, SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton congratulated all those who took part and thanked Woodridge, in particular, for their role in hosting the tournament after the devastation of the June fires.
In recognition of the school’s effort to recover from that setback, SPAR Eastern Cape contributed R100 for each goal scored during the day to Woodridge, which resulted in an overall donation of R3 500.
“The tournament fits in with our SPAR philosophy, especially from a family aspect, so thank you to all the family and friends for coming out and being part of it today,” he said.
“This tournament is also about providing an opportunity for different schools to play each other and to provide an experience where you can grow your players.
“We wanted friendship, camaraderie and competitiveness and we’ve had it all this year.”
The final positions were: 1 Clarendon, 2 York 3 Woodridge, 4 Kingsridge, 5 Kingswood.