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Sunday, 27 July 2014 19:47

Hockey: Millfield & Rondebosch Take Gold at Cape Town International Festival

Written by  Jonathan Cook

 Almost 150 matches later, played over a five-day period, two school first teams emerged as winners of the Cape Town U18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival in dramatic fashion at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium late Sunday afternoon.

RONDEBOSCH School hockey win Cape Town Festival The closely contested boys’ event was won 1-0 by defending champions Rondebosch over South African College School (SACS) after a golden goal in the sixth minute of extra-time by the skilful Tayo Walburgh, while the girls’ gold medal match went the way of English school Millfield over 2013 and now 2014 finalists Stellenberg following a dramatic penalty shootout won 2-0 after the scores were still level at 3-3 after extra time.

Stellenberg were beaten in the gold medal match last year by Somerset College, while Millfield won the girls’ title on their last visit a few years back.

Sunday’s semi-finals saw some hotly-contested affairs, although Stellenberg had more than the measure of a game Springfield Convent in wrapping up a 5-0 victory at Western Province Cricket Club’s turf.

At Hartleyvale, the three other semis were much closer matches, SACS edging out Wynberg 3-2 after trailing 1-0 at half-time in the first boys semi-final, while defending champs Rondebosch shaded last year’s finalists Paul Roos 1-0 with a penalty corner strike by Chad Muller three minutes from full-time.

The other girls’ semi-final saw Millfield beat Port Elizabeth’s Pearson High School 3-1 after leading 2-1 at the changeover.

Shaking off the disappointment of losing out in the semi-finals, Pearson beat Springfield Convent 1-0 in the bronze medal match with Cammy Riddle netting the golden goal in the fourth minute of extra time.

In the bronze medal match for third place in the boys’ section Paul Roos beat Wynberg 1-0.

What a Super Sunday it was, chock-full of drama, elation and what might have been.

The English schools pushed the South African schools hard and the hockey spirit amongst all the teams was a pleasure to witness, the playoffs for final placings that involved all 44 school teams was just as competitive as the title matches.

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