Led well by the Player of the Tournament, Natasha Rootenberg, Somerset College won the girls’ final of the Cape Town International Under-18 Schools’/Clubs Hockey Festival at Hartleyvale late Sunday afternoon, underlined their class with an emphatic 7-0 win over a spirited DF Malan after leading 3-0 at half-time.
Somerset’s seven goals came from a brace apiece by tournament leading goalscorers Megan Engelbrecht (tournament tally of 10) and Kaira Day (nine goals), as well as one goal each to Carly Rose, Savannah Burns and Tayla Senekal.
The semi-finals in the morning produced excitement and skill worthy of the final, and the girls of Somerset were made to work very hard by the determined Paarl Gim lasses to turn a 0-0 half-time score into a 2-0, victory thanks to field goals from Day and Hayley Walker.
The second girls’ semi-final was of equal value as DF Malan and Bloemhof slugged it out toe-to-toe in a clean yet highly competitive match, played with great passion and in a positive manner, the difference being Simone Strydom’s penalty corner winner in the 49th minute.
Final Classification and Trophy Matches at the Cape Town International Schools’ and Clubs Under-18 Hockey Festival at Hartleyvale, on Sunday, 22 July: Gold Medal match: Somerset College 7-0 DF Malan 0 (3/4) Paarl Gim 2-1 Bloemhof 1 (5/6) Stellenberg 1-0 Pretoria Girls’ High (7/8) NSW Bushrangers 4-3 Outeniqua 3 (9/10) Chisipite (Zimbabwe) 1-0 York High 0 (11/12) Rhenish 3-0 Pinelands 0 (13/14) Parel Vallei 2-0 Edgemead (15/16) Reddam House 1-0 Bergvliet Semi-Final Fixtures (Postponed to Sunday, 22 July): 08h30: Paarl Gimnasium 0-2 Somerset College (Hartleyvale Stadium) 08h30: Bloemhof 0-1 DF Malan (Hartleyvale B) Friday Results: Edgemead 2-0 Bergvliet Parel Vallei 3-0 Reddam House Chisipite 2-0 Rhenish York High 2-0 Pinelands Stellenberg 4-0 NSW Bushrangers Pretoria Girls’ High 3-0 Outeniqua Day 2 Results: Chisipite (Zimbabwe) 1-1 Stellenberg Somerset College 15-0 Edgemead Paarl Gimnasium 1-0 New South Wales Bushrangers (Australia) Bloemhof 5-0 Outeniqua Pinelands 1-0 Reddam House DF Malan 3-0 York High School Stellenberg 8-0 Edgemead Pretoria Girl’s High 0-0 Parel Vallei Rhenish 6-0 Bergvliet Reddam House 1-1 Bloemhof Paarl Gim 3-2 Rhenish Pretoria Girls’ High 1-1 DF Malan Day 1 Results: Outeniqua 3-1 Pinelands Pretoria Girls’ High 2-1 York Stellenberg 3-3 Somerset College Chisipite (Zimbabwe) 8-2 Edgemead NSW Bushrangers 5-1 Bergvliet DF Malan 4-1 Parel Vallei Outeniqua 6-0 Reddam House Bloemhof 4-0 Pinelands York 1-0 Parel Vallei Paarl Gim 14-0 Bergvliet Somerset College 6-0 Chisipite NSW Bushrangers 1-0 Rhenish