The Queenstown Girls’ High School team were crowned champions for the second successive tournament in the East London Inland leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in Queenstown yesterday.
After winning in 2019 the defending champions defeated Aliwal North 2-1 in the tournament decider to qualify for the provincial finals in Port Elizabeth on July 31 and August 1.
With matches played over 20 minutes, results are often unpredictable results, but GHS seized the initiative with two goals by Anuja Jomon.
However, Aliwal never stopped trying and when they eventually scored through Tine Pretorius from a penalty corner, the game was still in the balance.
But GHS were able to keep their nerve to triumph in a close finish.
Coach Nicolette Stone said there was great excitement at the final result.
“It was something the girls have really worked hard to achieve and it was a tough day of hockey. There were some really good teams in the tournament, especially Aliwal North and Hangklip,” she said.
“To qualify for the final is such an awesome achievement because it’s hard to play for only 20 minutes, with no room for error.
“The final provincial event to be held at Collegiate is one of the best tournaments to attend, so we are obviously looking forward to that.”
It was a good day on the field for GHS because their U16 side, who filled in for Burgersdorp, came third, defeating Hangklip in a penalty shootout.
Stutterheim came fifth after a 1-0 victory against a spirited Templeton outfit, while De Vos Malan were seventh following a 2-0 result over St Christopher’s.