Back to back victories by Oranje Meisies have secured them the No.1 spot in the country and there are few who would challenge the supremacy they have shown this season.
AS if the beautiful winter’s day in the Mother City wasn’t enough to warm the cockles of the heart, day one of the Cape Town Under-18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival had it all on the pitch as well.
There is some massive hockey taking place this week and it is the Girl’s in particular that will be very busy with several high profile matches on the go and the much anticipated ISSF Festival taking place in Pietermaritzburg.
The response to the SA School’s Girls Top 40 Rankings continues to astound as more schools express interest in getting their schools on the system.
CJ Velleman of Grey High School, a 2012 CW veteran, will captain the Eastern Province U18 Craven Week side in Craven Week 2013.
After having received literally hundreds of emails requesting School Girls Hockey rankings from players, parents and coaches we are happy to release the first Top 30 Girls Hockey rankings.
A supreme effort from Paarl Gim against Outeniqua over the weekend catapulted Gimmies into pole position and in the process extended their unbeaten run this season.
What a Game
The first team game at Pearson High School turned out to be a cracker as expected with both schools being ranked in the top 40 in South Africa , The game started and Pearson Dominated most of the first half with great carries by a powerhouse pack .
The majority of the teams have now played the minimum of four matches to be included in the rankings and this saw several teams make some steady advancement.
GREY FIGHT FOR VAN STADEN’S CUP TROPHY
After an absence of a year, the Van Staden’s cup was back in full flight with 10 teams entering from around the Eastern Cape. Among the teams were the top ranked sides from Grey High School, Pearson and Kingswood College. After two days of exciting and competitive water polo which produced some stunning play, there were only two teams remaining, Grey High and Pearson.
The First Teams of Pearson and Grey had played near flawless water polo during the tournament and it promised to be a memorable final between two powerful teams. Grey High, who are ranked 3rd in South Africa) had their reputation on the line as they faced a courageous Pearson side who had match after match punched above their weight.
At the end it would be Grey High that would prevail winning the final and the Van Staden’s Cup 8-0. Congratulations to Grey for their outstanding play. Credit must also go to Pearson for hosting the tournament and also for the way they played showing that they have grown into one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Cape after securing wins against Graeme College 11-0, Woodridge 7-1, Selborne College 4-2 and Grey 2nds 2-0.
|Friday 8 February|
|White Cap||VS||Blue Cap||Results|
|Port Rex||VS||Pearson 2nds||3-3|
|Pearson 1st||VS||Grey 2nds||2-0|
|Grey 1st||VS||Pearson 2nds||8-2|
|Saturday 9 February|
|White Cap||VS||Blue Cap||Results|
|Grey 1st||VS||Port Rex||7-0|
|Semi 1 (Pool A 1st) Grey 1st||VS||Semi (Pool B 2nd) Kingswood||6-3|
|Semi 2 (Pool B 1st) Pearson 1st||VS||Semi (Pool A 2nd) Selborne||4-2|
|5th Pool A Pearson 2nds||VS||5th Pool B Graeme||9th/10th||3-0|
|4th Pool A Port Rex||VS||4th Pool B Woodridge||7th/8th||8-0|
|3rd Pool A Alexander||VS||3rd Pool B Grey 2nds||5th/6th||1-4|
|Loser semi 1 Kingswood||VS||Loser semi 2 Selbrone||3rd/4th||7-1|
|Winner semi 1 Grey 1st||VS||Winner semi 2 Pearson 1st||1st/2nd||8-0|