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Monday, 13 August 2018 09:51

Hockey: Oranje Meisies win DSG U14 Tournament

Fourteen of the best U14 Girls Hockey teams in the country assembled in Grahamstown this past weekend (10-12 August) to compete in the DSG Invitational Tournament.

This is the second year that the Diocesan School for Girls have hosted this tournament for the U14’s and how the event has grown was evident in the huge support given by parents who travelled from all parts of the country to witnesses some high class hockey.

From the opening match it was clear that Oranje Meisies, who are arguably one of the powerhouses in school hockey, were going to be a very difficult team to beat. Brushing aside a strong St Cyprian side and then the hosts 4-1 on the first morning of play helped to boost the confidence of the Bloemfontein side who went on to record win after win for the remainder of the tournament. Tuane van der Westhuizen in particular was impressive for Oranje as she worked herself in position and found the back of the net with habitual precision.

The surprise package at the tournament was St. Cyprians who bravely took on some of the big names and invariably came away with the victory. The tenacity of the Cape Town school which was borne out in how they held their collective nerve in their semi-final penalty shootout win over St.Mary’s Waverley, and they earned the right of face Oranje Meisies in the final match.

Oranje however showed their class to win the final match over the gutsy St.Cyprians with a narrow 1-0 victory.

Scoring a record 28 goals in the tournament they were by far the stand out team of the tournament and defensively they only conceded 2 goals which underline their overall dominance.

Already the DSG U14 Tournament is regarded as one of the premier U14 hockey event in the country and there are plans that 16 teams will be invited to participate in 2019.

Prize winners at this years event were:

York High School – Fair Play Trophy

Best Striker and Player of the Tournament – Tuane van der Westhuizen (OranjeMeisies)

Best Midfielder – Kristin Leonard (St Mary’s Waverley)

Best Defender – Tamryn Louw (Woodridge College)

Best Goalkeeper – Shannon Wylde (Pearson)

Final placings for 2018

1st           OranjeMeisies

2nd          St Cyprians

3rd           St Mary’s Waverley

4th           Woodridge College

5th           Clarendon and Collegiate (final match drawn)

7th           Bloemhof and Pearson (final match drawn)

9th           Springfield

10th         DSG

11th         Somerset College

12th         Oakhill

13th         York High School

14th         VG

Full results from the tournament can be found on www.dsghockeyfestival.co.za             

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