Kingswood kept up an unbeaten record for the day when they defeated Brandwag to win the PE North tournament in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in Grahamstown on Saturday.
Playing on their home astro, the Kingswoodians defeated the Uitenhage side 1-0 in the final, with Megan du Preez netting the winner.
New Kingswood coach Bevan Bennett said it was a well-contested decider.
“Brandwag play a very direct game so we knew it would be a real test,” he said.
“We faced a number of challenges but managed to produce a performance that was enough to get us through.”
Kingswood were on song from the start of the day’s play, defeating Cradock High 4-0 in their opening encounter. They went through their six matches unbeaten to comfortably qualify for the final.
Brandwag had a tougher route. They lost to Kingswood and Cradock, but had two draws and two wins to finish on 11 points, taking second place.
The top two sides in the league phase of the tournament contested the final.
The Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge is played throughout the Eastern Cape and Southern Cape, with schools meeting in five regional tournaments to decide the finalists.
The next tournament takes place at Westering in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday when the PE Coastal edition is held.
Bennett said it was a satisfying start to the season for Kingswood.
“This was a really good exercise for us as we set out to work on our strengths and to find a pattern for our game this season.
“The strong competition from all the sides made it definitely worthwhile to compete in this challenge.”