Kingsridge won the East London Inland leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge for the third time in a row in King William’s Town on Sunday.
The King outfit won a hotly contested final 1-0 against Queenstown Girls’ High to qualify for the provincial finals to be played at Woodridge, near Port Elizabeth, on August 11.
Tournament director Bev Forword said it was another wonderful family day of hockey and fun, with all the teams joining in the spirit of the occasion.
“For some of these schools it is the only tournament they participate in during the hockey season and they certainly enjoyed the festivities.
“There was live music, spot prizes, plenty of food and lots of exciting hockey.”
In the preliminary stage, Kingsridge topped pool A, with Aliwal North the runners-up, while Queenstown Girls’ High headed pool B, with Burgersdorp second.
Aliwal North took the honours in the third place play-off, defeating Burgersorp 1-0.
Kingsridge coach Mark Taljaard said they were delighted at winning again, but were also thrilled at the massive support the tournament received from the local community.
“The final was extremely well contested, much like our recent derby, which we also won 1-0,” he said.
“Queenstown put a lot of pressure on us at the start, but we were eventually able to get the winning goal through Charmone’ Theron from a penalty corner.”
SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said this tournament had a “special feel about it”.
“It was really great to see schools like Burgersdorp, Aliwal North and Templeton, who travelled great distances, being part of the event and their spirit was outstanding,” he said.
“And then there was the amazing support from parents and families, in particular the King William’s Town folk, who came out in their droves.”