Grantleigh sneak in to retain crown

Felixton College's Aphiwe Nene (red) is swarmed by Grantleigh defenders Carmen Syngery, Minnie Nkosi and Chantel Soushon PHOTOS: Richard Springorum

GRANTLEIGH sweeper Chené van Wyk hammered the ball into the back of Felixton College’s goal box with only two minutes to go to secure victory for her team in Sunday’s SPAR KZN Regional School Girls Hockey Challenge finals at Grantleigh.

The goal not only kept her side’s unbeaten run in the tournament intact, but also handed her team their second consecutive title.

Grantleigh’s Kimaya Pather (white) watches on as Felixton College’s Sné Mzemela sneaks a pass past her

Grantleigh beat Mandini 6-0, Empangeni High School 1-0 and St Catherine’s 1-0 in their pool games before progressing to the semi-finals, where they ousted Richards Bay High 1-0 to progress to the finals.

Grantleigh won the inaugural tournament in 2011, with Empangeni High dominating in 2012 to 2015 before Grantleigh emerged as champions again last year.

Umpire Brett Braithwaite was selected as the Umpire of the Tournament and will travel with the Grantleigh side to the SPAR KZN Grand Finals at St Mary’s from 29-30 July.

The other regional qualifiers are St Mary’s, King Edward High, Ferrum Skool, St Anne’s College, St John’s DSG, Amanzimtoti High, Our Lady of Fatima, Durban Girls College and Wartburg Kirchdorf (Umvoti.

Richards Bay High School’s Anica du Plessis (blue) attempts to outplay EHS defender Ulrike Upton

Final placings

1 Grantleigh, 2 Felixton College, 3 EHS, 4 Richards Bay High School, 5 St Catherine’s, 6 eShowe, 7 Richards Bay Christian School, 8 John Ross College and 9 Mandini.


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Richard Springorum
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