Fourth Place For Durban Girls’ College

Durban Girls’ College
Durban Central Regional Winner – Gold (2013, 2014, 2015), Silver (2012, 2016, 2017), Fourth (2011, 2018)
The only team to have appeared at all Grand Finals at the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, Durban Girls’ College ended their eighth appearance in fourth place.
In the pool games, the solid team didn’t concede a goal and tallied up 5 goals, with three wins and one draw. In their first game they took on Fatima, going up 1 nil. Next was Ferrum High School from Newcastle where they won 2 nil. In their third game they met newcomers, Epworth and were held to a nil all draw. In their final pool game, they meet another new team at the Grand Finals, Felixton where the score was 2 nil for College.
Topping the pool, they met St Anne’s in the first semi-final. In a titanic duel, and yet another riveting game for College, the scoreline was 1 goal apiece at full time. The game went to the deciding penalty shootout. It went down to the wire, with both schools converting their first two attempts. St Anne’s knocked in their third penalty and their keeper, Reo Sachane rising to the challenge defending Colleges final run.
College advanced to the bronze medal game where they met Epworth for the second time. The pool game, both teams didn’t allow in any goals, and in similar fashion the bronze medal game concluded with no goals being scored in full time. The game went to the deciding penalty shootout. Both keepers held firm, and the scoreline didn’t budge until Epworth’s third attempt where TJ Weis calmly stepped up to the spot and guided her shot in to be the winning shot, earning College fourth.
Chatting about the weekend, Coach for Durban Girls’ College, Kerry Gaze said, “The SPAR finals is always a competitive and fun weekend of hockey and it’s always great to be involved in, and although it’s disappointing to not make the final, my girls played with true College passion and determination which is all you can ever ask for, and they definitely did the school proud. Congratulations to St Mary’s on the win.”
In their impressive record, College have three Golds (2013, 2014, 2015), three Silvers (2012, 2016, 2017) and now their second Fourth place (2011, 2018).

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