DSG won the title in the PE North tournament of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge when they beat Union High in the final in Graaff-Reinet on Friday.
The Grahamstown school won 3-0 to become the first team to qualify for this year’s provincial finals in Port Elizabeth on July 27 and 28.
The match was a repeat of the 2016 final, which DSG won 1-0, and coach Chris Hibbert said a good start by his team had paved the way for their success.
Although they beat Union High 4-1 in an East London tournament last week, he added that they knew this final would be “very different”.
“Union had scored quite a few goals during the day and we were aware we needed to start strongly.
“We managed to get the upper hand with an early goal and the final went according to plan as they had to chase the game from then on. That allowed us to score twice more.”
Union finished top of pool A on goal difference after drawing their match against the fast-improving Volkskool side 0-0.
SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said it was wonderful for them to be involved in a day which was “so superbly hosted by Union in their 100th year”.
“There were some amazing displays of camaraderie and sportsmanship among the teams,” he said.
“It was also great to be able to welcome the team from Fain as part of the SPAR Hockey Challenge.
“Celebrating local suppliers, the beauty of women and real values of sport are very much part of where SPAR is in terms of our community support.”