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Tait’s hattrick key to Grey’s triumph over Queen’s in Gqeberha

By Avuyile Sawula , in Hockey | Featured Hockey | News , at 2024-05-13 Tags: ,

Photo: Grant Howard
Photo: Grant Howard

It was a jovial atmosphere, with a sea of blue and white, as Grey High School put up another impressive performance to thump Queen’s College 6-0 in Gqeberha on Friday night.

The match, part of Grey’s reunion celebrations, was played at Grey’s sister school, Collegiate Girls’ High, in honour of Collegiate’s 150th anniversary.

Entering the clash, the hosts were fresh off an impressive third place finish in the stacked Hibbert Shield, where they pushed SACS all the way in the semi-finals before going down 2-4 from the penalty spot. They claimed bronze with a 4-1 win over Garsfontein.

As for the side from Komani, their last outing before facing Grey was a clash with Dale College at their 166th reunion in April, and they went down 2-3 in that match.

In Friday’s night’s showdown, Grey got off to a swift start, quickly controlling possession of the ball and opening the scoring with just two minutes played. Captain Kian Cambier set up Caleb Humphreys, on the far post, and he tapped in to give his side the lead.

Queen’s, showing good composure, fought to gain a foothold in the match, and their defenders knuckled down to keep the hosts out, for a while…

Grey made it 2-0 through a Xander Elkington drag flick from a penalty corner, but the visitors came close to pulling one back with 30 seconds to play in the opening chukka. However, Grey goalkeeper Kaino Broadhurst was able to clear the danger.

The second chukka was goalless, but Andrew Beynon‘s charges, playing where Beynon enjoyed so much success with Collegiate, created plenty of opportunities to add to their score. However, Queen’s ‘keeper Rowan Miles wasn’t having any of it, pulling off save after save, to keep the score at 2-0.

In the third chukka, Grey tacked on another goal, with Tait striking from a superb reverse stick shot that found the right-hand corner.

Grey made it an emphatic victory in the final quarter, with Tait completing his hattrick, before captain Cambier netted to put an exclamation mark on a 6-0 win.

Next, Grey’s attention will shift to their local rivals, Pearson High, whom they meet on Friday.

In other matches around the province, Graeme College edged Westering High 3-2. Pearson, playing away from home, grabbed a 3-0 win against Kingswood College.

Woodridge College was on the backfoot early on in their game versus York High. They threatened a comeback, but the team from George recorded a 2-1 win.

St Andrew’s College went on a goal scoring spree, thumping Cambridge High 7-1 at the Webster Astroturf in Makhanda.

Eastern Cape results

Westering 2-3 Graeme College
Kingswood College 0-3 Pearson
Stirling High 2-2 Merrifield College
Woodridge College 1-2 York High
St Andrew’s College 7-1 Cambridge High
Grey High 6-0 Queen’s College

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