York High survived a tense round-robin phase to emerge triumphant in the Southern Cape leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in George on Saturday.
The George team will now join the other regional winners – Collegiate (PE Coastal), DSG (PE Inland), Hudson Park (EL Coastal) and Kingsridge (EL Inland) – in the Eastern Cape final at Woodridge just outside Port Elizabeth on August 13.
On another exciting day of schoolgirls hockey, in which six schools competed for the title, York lost their opening match and had to win their final game to stand a chance of contesting the final.
They duly won their last pool game to edge Langenhoven Gymnasium for a place in the final and rode that momentum to defeat Oakhill, from Knysna, 1-0 in the 25-minute encounter.
Anushka September was voted the most promising umpire and rewarded with a hamper from hockey equipment supplier Grays.
Eastern Cape tournament director Peter Wilson said it had been another fantastic festival of schoolgirls hockey.
“It was a magnificent day. Everyone appreciated the SPAR sponsorship and the girls enjoyed the chance to play on the Outeniqua High astro.”
The tournament was started six years ago in KwaZulu-Natal by former SA women’s hockey manager Les Galloway and has since