Clarendon Girls’ High won the East London Coastal leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge to join DSG as two of the qualifiers for the provincial finals to be held later this year.
Played at Clarendon in East London on Sunday, the hosts continued their duel with Hudson Park, who were the defending champions, by winning the final 2-1.
The match was deadlocked at 1-1 when national squad member Bianca Wood scored a goal in the dying minutes of the game to settle the match for Clarendon.
Hudson Park won the title in 2016 and 2018, while Clarendon were the champions in 2017.
With matches being played in a shortened format of 20 minutes, tournament director Bev Forword said the tournament produced another exciting day of quality schoolgirls’ hockey.
“It really was an awesome day of hockey and we were all spoilt by SPAR,” she said. “And it was great to have the support of friends and families during the day.”
The play-offs, she said, were “super exciting”, with the schools going all out to produce their best efforts.
SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said the standard of hockey was excellent and he congratulated all the schools on the spirit in which the game was played.
“Although Clarendon and Hudson Park have been the dominant sides, it was highly encouraging to see some of the smaller schools competing with such distinction during the day.”
The next two qualifying tournaments take place on Sunday when the PE Central leg is held at Alexander Road and the East London Inland tournament is played at Kingsridge in King William’s Town.