Woodridge won their maiden title in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge provincial finals with a 3-0 win over DSG in the tournament decider at Collegiate in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
The other teams in the provincial finals were York High from George, Clarendon Girls’ High from East London and Queenstown Girls’ High.
Woodridge captain Edith Molikoe was thrilled with the final outcome.
“This is something we have been working towards the whole year so it really is a great experience for us,” she said after the final.
“Some of the girls are in matric and won’t get a chance to play in this tournament again, so the win was fantastic for them.”
She added that they knew they would have a tough final against their Grahamstown rivals.
“We played DSG during the season and we realised it would not be an easy game.
“They know our tactics and we know theirs, so it just came down to the mental side of things and how to handle that best in a pressure situation.”
SPAR EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton hailed the fourth edition of the tournament as another resounding success.
“This year has been better than ever,” he said. “There has been a really close rivalry, a few surprises and the finals were very special because of the quality of hockey on display.”
He also spoke about the camaraderie of the tournament.
“More important than the close rivalry are the friendships and bonds that are formed throughout the tournament. That is very important to us and it continues to be a big part of our planning.”