Glory on the Turf!

Glory on the Turf!

27 Mar

30 Mar

Outdoor Hockey

Glory on the Turf!

Amidst the blazing heat of competition, where 278 games had been fiercely battled, only two contenders remained standing on the grand stage of the Belgotex Sport Easter Hockey Tournament. It was a showdown electrified with anticipation, where champions were destined to be crowned in the heart of the Southern Suburbs.

In the boys final two excellent teams were looking to deny each other the opportunity of lifting the title. Bodies were bruised and beaten but undefeated as they looked to etch another remarkable notch on the history books as Paarl Gimnasium took on Worcester Gimnaisum.

Like two prized fighters in the final round of a title bout, these two giants of the tournament swung at each other with abandon, but the attacking prowess was cancelled out by the defensive brilliance throughout a pulsating battle. Paarl Gim would eventually land what could be the telling slog when they scored with two minutes remaining in the first half from a penalty corner. Juan Swanepoel put it straight through the defensive wall to put the defending champions closer to a back-to-back title.

Paarl Gim would have felt they had the trophy almost in their hands when LD Nel converted to make it 2-0.

But hold up, Worcester Gymnasium wasn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. They clawed their way back with a goal from Driesie Burger, setting the stage for an epic comeback. They even got a last-minute shot at leveling the score with a penalty corner, but couldn't quite pull it off. And just like that, Paarl Gimnasium clinched the title again, sending their fans into a frenzy.

Durbanville were the Plate champions, the Shield was won by Hermanus. The Super Bowl saw Northcliff High victorious while the Bowl was lifted by Strand High School with Stellenberg winning the bronze medal playoff.

Boys Individual Awards

Top Goalscorer - LD Nel (Paarl Gimnasium) & James de Jager (Private School Swakopmund)
Goalkeeper of the tournament – Barko de Wet (Worcester Gimnasium)
Player of the Tournament – Juan Swanepoel (Paarl Gimnasium)

Meanwhile, in the girls' final, a tale of underdogs and giants unfolded as Middelburg dared to challenge Somerset College for supremacy. The field crackled with intensity as both teams showcased their prowess, each refusing to surrender an inch in the battle for dominance.

In a moment of brilliance, Alexia Kontopirakis etched her name in the stars, propelling Somerset College towards glory with her indomitable spirit. With her second goal, she sealed their fate, capping off a tournament marked by sheer dominance.

Fairmont won the Plate, Kingswood won the shield, Bellville won the Super Bowl and it was Pro-Ed Akademie who were victorious in the Bowl. Monument won the bronze medal match 2-1 against Rustenburg Girls.

Girls Individual Awards

Top Goalscorer - Keovaan Jansen (Northcliff High)
Goalkeeper of the tournament – Skye Edwards (Somerset College)
Player of the Tournament – Julia Brown (Somerset College)

At the end of the tournament Somerset College were awarded the overall Co-Ed trophy with their combined finishes (1st for the girls and 5th for the boys) the best of any school present.

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