Toti team nets eighth place in Spar hockey challenge

Anele Gubese piles on the pressure in Amanzimtoti High School’s match against St Anne’s at the grand finals of the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, contested at St Mary’s in Kloof on Saturday, 21 July.

In their fourth appearance, Amanzimtoti High School notched up their best result at the grand finals of the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey, finishing eighth. In the three previous appearances, the team representing the Durban South regional ended their grand finals 10th overall.

After a flawless performance, Saints defended their title in magnificent style, with a determined 3-0 win against St Anne’s College to be crowned champs.

Starting off their weekend, Toti met newcomers Greytown High School, with the game ending in a nil all draw. The next two games of the day were against hockey giants, St Anne’s College and St Mary’s DSG, with both of the results ending in a loss of 4-0. The final game was against travelling team, King Edward High School of Matatiele. In a closely contested encounter, they went 1-0 up.

Taking on a feisty Ferrum High School of Newcastle in the cross-pool playoff, Toti lost 1-0. In the positional game, they met King Edward for the second time, where the girls from Matat stepped up a gear, going 2-1 up against the Toti side.

Amanzimtoti High School’s Keri-Ann Visser upsets her St Anne’s opponent during the grand finals of the Spar KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge.

Chatting about the weekend, coach for Toti, Chris Clarke said, “An incredible performance by my girls. After a few tough years in the final round, we managed to finally get some points on the board and goals on the sheet. We are very proud to have finished eigth in such a wonderfully-run event. We would also just like to thank everyone involved for all their work, as well as Spar for sponsoring the event.”

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Captain for Toti, Michaela Quintal said it was a really enjoyable weekend with some great hockey played. “It was such an incredible tournament to end off my last few games of my high school hockey career. My team played their hearts out, and it definitely got us further than the previous years before.”

 

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