SCHOOLS: Ferrum ends ninth in hockey tournament

Ferrum High School's Carla Boshoff and Alinda Holder rush in to tackle St Mary's DGS attacker, Georgina Olivier in a pool game encounter. Photograph by Jonathan Burton.

Ferrum High School marked its sixth appearance in the Grand Finals of the Spar KwaZulu-Natal School Girls Hockey Challenge at the weekend.

Competition was stiff at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Kloof.

Ferrum was the first to qualify for the Grand Finals, pitted against nine other regional winners after missing out on last year’s competition.

The team was also one of four to travel to the Grand Finals.

In its first pool game, Ferrum faced a daunting challenge from St Anne’s DSG, and went down 3-0 in a thrilling encounter.

The locals also came up short against hosts and defending champions, St Mary’s.

After suffering a 3-0 loss against the Saints, Ferrum faced off against Wartburg Kirchdorf and was again held to a three-goal defeat.

Its final pool game was against Our Lady of Fatima.

Despite a well-fought battle on the pitch, Ferrum had to settle for fifth in its pool after another 3-0 loss.

The final classification game saw Ferrum against Amanzimtoti High School.

During a tough half-hour game, Ferrum slotted a single goal against the Durban South Regional winners to finish ninth overall.

St Mary’s would go on to retain its title.

The home team faced three-time winners in Durban Girls College, and a decisive goal from St Mary’s in the first half was the difference.

Durban Girls was unable to penetrate the defenses to equalise.

St Mary’s captain, Tayla Putz described the competition as a fun and incredible experience, and a tough tournament overall.

Tournament Director, Les Galloway said: “We are really proud of all the teams that reached the finals. Now seven years down the line, this tournament has really come of age, with some truly great hockey being played.

“Throughout the regional events and these finals, we see the real benefits to the game for school girls, as teams are given the opportunity to play against opponents they wouldn’t ordinarily play. And we have a whole lot of fun doing so.”

Bruce Douglas

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