DSG U16A hockey team’s unbelievable season comes to an end

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DSG U16A hockey team’s unbelievable season comes to an end

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The DSG U16A hockey team has had a season to remember for the ages. This group of remarkable young hockey players have had an astonishing year, as they have played a total of 35 matches, starting in late March and finishing this past weekend in Paarl at the Girls Top 12 Hockey Tournament hosted by Paarl Gim, almost going through unbeaten as they suffered just one loss along the way, and are ranked amongst the best in the country. On their journey they have swept all before them in the Eastern Cape, with dominant and mature performances, but it is their consistency in performance which has been truly amazing, as they compiled an unbeaten run from March to August. They also travelled to the Western Cape earlier this year and won the Rustenburg Champions Cup in Cape Town, taking on and beating the best the Western Cape had to offer. Going into this weekend’s Top 12 competition, which see’s the top 12 U16 hockey teams from around the country gather in Paarl, DSG were unbeaten in 28 matches. In Paarl DSG dominated their pool with wins over St Anne’s, St John’s, Durban Girls College, Herschel and Bloemhof, however in the semi-final their goal scoring form deserted them and despite dominating the game in all areas, St Mary’s Waverley managed to snatch a goal on a rare counter attack to ruin the perfect ‘unbeaten’ season for DSG as the Grahamstown outfit lost 1-0. The playoff for 3 & 4 was again against Herschel and DSG ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. Josie Apps was named as the tournament’s top goal scorer as she finished the weekend with 10 goals in 7 matches. The DSG U16A hockey team ended the 2019 season with an astonishing record of - played 35, won 31, drew 3, lost 1. Goals for 130, goals against 8, and in the process confirming their place as one of the best U16 teams in the country for 2019. (Chris Hibbert)