Kingsridge ruled again when they were crowned champions in the Border Inland tournament in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in Queenstown on Sunday.
The King William’s Town school defeated Aliwal North High 1-0 in the final to join Union High as the two early qualifiers for the provincial finals at Woodridge near Port Elizabeth in August.
Tournament director Bev Forword said the schools produced good hockey and fine sportsmanship, with the match of the day being the semifinal clash between Aliwal North and hosts Queenstown Girls’ High.
“Aliwal equalised with two minutes to go and forced a penalty shoot-out, which they won 2-1,” she said.
“It is the second year in a row that Girls’ High have lost in a shoot-out after being edged by Burgersdorp last year.”
Burgersdorp reached the semi-finals again, but were well beaten by Kingsridge.
SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Alan Stapleton said they welcomed newcomers such as St Christopher of King William’s Town to the tournament.
“It was excellent exposure for them as well as for schools such as Aliwal North, Hangklip, Templeton and Burgersdorp,” he said.
“From another perspective, it is a great opportunity for coaches to try out different combinations and to introduce younger players into the first team without too much pressure.”
The Schoolgirls Challenge will continue on Sunday when the Border Coastal tournament is held in East London.