Hudson Park qualified for the provincial finals of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge when they won the East London Coastal leg in East London on Sunday.
Played at Stirling, the Hudson Park outfit regained the title they won two years ago, defeating Clarendon 2-0 in the final.
They will now join other regional winners Kingswood (Port Elizabeth Inland) and Alexander Road (PE Coastal) in the provincial finals to be played at Woodridge, just outside PE, in August.
Tournament director Bev Forword said it had been another day of high-quality hockey.
“In all, eight teams took part, with Cambridge, Stirling, Clarendon and Hudson reaching the semifinals,” she said.
“Clarendon beat Cambridge 2-0 and Hudson beat Stirling by the same margin to go through to the final.”
SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said they had all enjoyed an excellent day of schoolgirls’ hockey.
“There was a really wonderful turnout from families and supporters,” he said.
“While Clarendon seemed organised, the Hudson Park team always looked like an outfit who could upset the applecart,” he said.
“And they did just that, seeming to want that victory just a little bit more.
“The spirit and commitment of the Hudson Park team epitomised everything that this Hockey Challenge stands for.”
Stapleton added that it was good to have a variety of schools competing, with the remaining teams being Grens, Merrifield, West Bank and Greenpoint.
“It was so encouraging to see these teams out there, giving everything they have and just loving the spirit of the event.”