York High qualified for the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge provincial finals when they shaded rivals Outeniqua in George at the weekend.
The George school repeated their triumph of last year to join Union High, Kingsridge and Clarendon in the provincial play-offs to be held at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, on August 12.
The fifth qualifiers will be decided on Sunday when the PE Coastal leg play-offs are held at Pearson in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Tournament organiser Erica Combrink said it was a day of exciting hockey in George, which also included Glenwood House, Point and Oudtshoorn High.
York, who were unbeaten, and Outeniqua were the top two sides on the final log and thus qualified for the final.
Deadlocked at 1-1 after 20 minutes, the game was decided in the eight-second penalty shoot-out, with York winning 3-2.
National director Les Galloway, who pioneered the concept in KwaZulu-Natal seven years ago, said the second year of the competition in the Eastern Cape was proving to be “another big success”.
“The tournaments have been a huge plus for all the schools, especially those who don’t get much exposure in these types of events,” she said.
As was the case in George, Galloway said it had become a hard, but fun tournament.
“On the field there is really good competition and off it there is fantastic camaraderie and a great vibe.”
The final placings in George were: 1 York, 2 Outeniqua, 3 Glenwood House, 4 Point High, 5 Oudtshoorn High.