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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 19:23

Hockey: Collegiate Win Spar Hockey Challenge!

 Collegiate Girls’ High School played host to eight local hockey first teams on Sunday, 17 April 2016, and walked away as regional champions. All the matches were played on the Sunday on the Collegiate astro turf.

In the group stage Collegiate topped their group by winning two, and drawing one. Collegiate progressed to the semi-finals where they faced Victoria Park High School. Collegiate found their rhythm quickly and played good ball in the build up to their early goal. The host team went on to win their semi-final 3-0 after controlling majority of the match.

The finals saw Collegiate face Pearson, a much anticipated encounter as both teams have had a fantastic start to their seasons respectively. This local clash was as good as any other with momentum swaying back and forth. The young Collegiate goalkeeper, Lara Grant, pulled off a vital aerial save to keep the hosts in the game. After enduring several waves of intense Pearson attacks, Sinaed Walsh made a crucial turnover and rolled the ball through to striker, Kristin Kirchner, who found herself one on one with the Pearson shot stopper. Kirchner remained calm as the keeper stormed off her line to close down the Collegiate striker, and slotted the ball beneath the diving keeper. That goal turned out to be the game changer. Collegiate Girls’ High School held their 1-0 lead to the end, to see them crowned regional champions of the Port Elizabeth Central Spar Hockey Challenge.

Collegiate Girls’ High School’s Head of Sport and Hockey, Chantell Posthumus, said, “It was fantastic to host this group of teams from around Port Elizabeth, it’s always lovely to see young ladies getting involved in competitive sport and for them to attract the amount of support that they did. The finals could have gone either way, and we are ecstatic that it went our way. We look forward to the next step in this challenge.”

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