Queenstown Girls’ High School (GHS) ended a run of success by Kingsridge in the East London Inland leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge to win the title for the first time in King William’s Town on Sunday.
Tournament director Bev Forword said they had another wonderful day, which was hosted by Kingsridge.
“They went all out to make it a success and teams travelled from Aliwal North, Burgersdorp and Queenstown for the fourth edition,” she said.
“The final was a repeat of last year’s match between Kingsridge and GHS and it was a tough encounter in conditions of 30C.”
She added that the game went down to a penalty shootout after a goalless draw at the end of 20 minutes.
“The teams were level after the first round and it went to sudden-death, with GHS taking the honours.”
Kingsridge had won the previous three editions of the regional tournament.
GHS team manager Nicolette Stone said they were delighted to win the title for the first time since its inception.
“The girls look forward to this tournament every year,” she added. “It is fiercely contested and the girls appreciate the chance to measure their skills against other schools.
“The positive atmosphere and vibe are always infectious and the day is thoroughly enjoyed by the girls, coaches and parents.
“The prizes are very generous and Caryn Goodman is most grateful for the Fain hockey stick which she was fortunate to win in a lucky draw.”
GHS will join the other regional winners Woodridge, DSG and Clarendon Girls’ High at the provincial finals in July.
The last regional qualifier in George will be played on Saturday.