King William’s Town school Kingsridge joined the list of Eastern Cape finalists after their victory at the East London Inland section of the SPAR Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in Queenstown on Sunday.
Eight teams from as far afield as Burgersdorp and Aliwal North participated, giving the players the opportunity to test their skills in a tournament that is rapidly growing in popularity.
In their final match yesterday, Burgersdorp successfully kept Kingsridge at bay for three-quarters of the game.
However, the King girls managed to score three quick goals before the end.
Girls High School Queenstown (GHS) topped pool one ahead of Aliwal North, while Kingsridge and Burgersdorp were the top two in pool two.
Ernst du Plessis from Stutterheim was named the most promising umpire.
Tournament director Bev Forword said the day had been another great success following the previous weekend’s in East London.
“It was a wonderful day of hockey and fun for all.”
The tournament was started by SA women’s hockey team manager Les Galloway, who popularised the concept among KwaZulu-Natal schools six years ago.
She introduced the idea to the Western Cape last year, and it spread to the Eastern Cape this year.