The outcome of several matches on day two at the Cape Town International Schools’ and Clubs Under-18 Hockey Festival at Hartleyvale and surrounding venues Thursday held the key to the fortunes of a number of top sides in this 32-team tournament.
There are a number of teams who can consider themselves unfortunate that the odd goal here, and mistake there, cost them a spot in the main matches, but that is the cut-throat nature of tournament hockey.
A titanic contest in the girls’ competition saw Group A semi-final contenders Paarl Gimnasium and the Australian lasses in the New South Wales Bushrangers side knowing full well that the winners would stay in the hunt for a berth in Sunday’s girls’ festival final, which will kick off at 2.30 pm at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium.
Honours remained even throughout a passionate match and it took until the last minute for the teams to finally be separated, the Paarl Gim fans at Hartleyvale erupting when Michelle Marx netted the winner from a penalty corner.
Another match at Hartleyvale that exemplified the value this tournament holds for the teams was the Group A clash between top contenders Parel Vallei and the Bushrangers from New South Wales, who hail from the Sydney area of that great hockey country, Australia.
The hard-fought 0-0 draw was played with enormous passion as both sides put everything into hammering out a victory.
Day 3: Semi-Final Fixtures: 15h00: Paarl Gimnasium v Somerset College (Hartleyvale B) 16h30: Bloemhof v DF Malan (Hartleyvale B) Day 4: Final: 16h30: Winner Semi 1 v Winner Semi 2 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