The annual five-a-side hockey tournament grew in stature at Creston College on Freedom Day.
The third edition of the event saw it transform into a festival as hosts Port Shepstone Hockey Club incorporated a senior tournament along with the junior primary tournaments that proved so popular in 2014 and 2015.
The new senior/open and Under-16 sections got the action underway with 13 teams – comprising a maximum of two boys and the balance made up of girls – vying for top honours.
After exciting round robin matches, “Bleed Orange” and “That Other Team” advanced to the open division final to be contested on the astro. The decider was a very intense affair that garnered a lot of support from the crowd and in the end “Bleed Orange” emerged as inaugural champions.
This tournament was followed by the senior primary tournament which had a total of 17 teams entered across Under-11 boys and girls and Under-13 boys and girls divisions.
A round robin was played and the eventual winners were Flying Piglets (Under-11 boys), Monster High (Under-11 girls), Fast And Furious (Under-13 boys) and Sure Fire (Under-13 girls).
The Players of the Tournament were (open/Under-16) Jared Higgins and Cassidy Calder, (Under-14) Thomas Schnakenberg and Keara Dunford, (Under-13) Kai Hielkert and Zamo Nyawose and (Under-11) Bruce Bohrman and Alice Kuhn.
“Overall, the tournament was a massive success,” said Port Shepstone Hockey Club chairman Donovan Rothman.
“The tournament is growing in strength each year with our aim being to get people on the South Coast involved in hockey as well as made aware of the Port Shepstone Hockey Club.
“I’d like to thank our major sponsor Powerade as well as Creston College for the use of their facilities. There were so many local businesses that supplied prizes for the festival which is very welcomed. It shows a good support for hockey on the South Coast.
“I’d also like to thank the Port Shepstone Hockey Club committee and all the club members who assisted in the day such a success.”