Schools book their spot for hockey challenge

Some of the first team reps that will be taking part - Michaela Quintal (Amanzimtoti High School), Max Hannan (St Mary’s DSG), Emma Lloyd (Durban Girls' College), Sarah Rich (Our Lady of Fatima) and Emma-Jane Smythe (Epworth). PHOTO: Val Adamson

TEN top teams have earned their spot at this year’s SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Grand Finals at St Mary’s DSG on 21 and 22 July.

First to earn their berth at the finals was Ferrum Hoërskool in Newcastle. This will be the seventh time that Ferrum, representing the Northern KZN region will travel down to Durban to compete. Another team sharing Ferrum’s appearance record is St Anne’s College. St Anne’s in Hilton, raised the trophy once at the inaugural tournament in 2011.

Two teams that have both raised the Grand Finals trophy three times each are Durban Girls’ College and St Mary’s DSG. College are the only team in this tournament to have a one hundred per cent appearance record at the Grand Finals. Defending champs and hosts of the Grand Finals, St Mary’s DSG will be keen to retain their title, edging one ahead of College on stats.

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Both Amanzimtoti High School and King Edward High School, from Matatiele will make their fourth consecutive appearance. Toti have been consistent in placing tenth in their successes at the Grand Finals, while the team from Matatiele have earned their nickname of the giant slayers in recent years, holding the big teams to a number of draws.

Making their third appearance is Our Lady of Fatima representing the Durban North region. Fatima earned themselves two fifth places in previous years and are eager to break into the medal games this year.

Three teams will be making their very first appearance. Epworth School from the Pietermaritzburg Central region, Greytown High School representing the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi region and Felixton College from the North Coastal region.

 

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