Kingsridge win Border Inland tourney

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KINGSRIDGE had another successful outing when they won the Border Inland tournament in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge for the second time in Queenstown on Sunday.

TEAM EFFORT: The Kingsridge hockey team won the Border Inland tournament in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in Queenstown at the weekend. The team are, back from left, Toets McCune (manager), Ongeziwe Ngcese, Mbasa Fassi, Taigan Hall, Alan Stapleton (SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager), Jordan Herbst, Robin September, Haylee Lines, Kirsty Elders, Mark Taljard (coach). Front: Aya Yaso, Siphelele Nzima, Nela Mbedu, Margaret Ann Otto, Sibulele Majerman, Charmone’ Theron and Sambesiwe Tyali Picture: SUPPLIED

The King William’s Town school qualified for the provincial finals in August after defeating Aliwal North High 1-0 in the final.

Tournament director Bev Forword said the match was the culmination of another “wonderful day of hockey, in which the players had fun and showed great sportsmanship”.

She said one of the highlights of the tournament was the exciting cross-pool play-off between Aliwal North and hosts Queenstown Girls’ High.

“Aliwal equalised with two minutes to go and forced a penalty shoot-out, which they won 2-1.

“It is the second year in a row that Girls’ High have lost in a shoot-out after being edged by Burgersdorp last year,” Forword said.

Burgersdorp reached the semifinals again, but could not contain the strong attacking play of Kingsridge, who won 6-0.

Forword made special mention of tournament debutants St Christopher from King William’s Town.

ON THE BALL: The Kingsridge team in action against Stutterheim at the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in Komani on Sunday Picture: SONJA RAASCH

“They have never played on astroturf before, but performed with such passion and with a great spirit. They ended up sixth which was highly commendable.”

SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Alan Stapleton said they welcomed newcomers such as St Christopher.

“It was excellent exposure for them, as well as for schools such as Aliwal North, Hangklip, Templeton and Burgersdorp,” he said.

Kingsridge join Union High of Graaff-Reinet as the first two qualifiers for the provincial finals on August 12.

The Schoolgirls Challenge will continue on Sunday with the Border Coastal tournament in East London.

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