Collegiate outduelled Pearson 4-0 in the PE Coastal final of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge at Framesby in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
The team won the regional playoffs for the first time since the inaugural event in 2016 to qualify for the provincial finals, which they will host on July 31 and August 1.
Collegiate were also the overall winners in 2016 and, with matches played over 25 minutes, they again showed their ability to handle the intensity of the competition.
The eventual winners were quick off the mark with a goal by Jaime Gillies in the second minute and they made it 2-0 near the halfway mark through Lily Sharp.
Although Pearson never stopped trying, they could not crack their opponents’ defence and Caitlin Gillies put the result beyond doubt with goals in the 20th and 24th minutes.
Collegiate coach Andrew Beynon was delighted with the result, but acknowledged the tough challenge they had to overcome.
“Physically you are properly tested in the SPAR challenge because it’s quite concise in terms of the fixture schedule, but we had decent preparation and we felt good coming into the event,” he said.
“We do have a talented group of players, but Pearson are such a good hockey school that you always have to be at your best, and I’m proud of what the girls have achieved.”