Schools battle at Golden Girls hockey tourney

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s top hockey playing schools are set to re-ignite their rivalry when the 32nd edition of the Inter-schools Golden and Silver Girls tournament gets underway this Thursday at Arundel School.

The presence of four members of the famed Golden Girls in the form of Trish Davies, Anthea Stewart, Linda Fraser and Sarah English will certainly add lustre to the Inter-schools competition.

The three-day tournament will see the country’s top hockey-playing girls high schools battling for honours in two categories each consisting of 12 teams, the Golden Girls section and Silver Girls category.

A lot of focus will understandably be on the Golden Girls category which will feature 12 of the most competitive girls’ hockey teams in the country.

Defending Champions Peterhouse Girls School are favourites to win the title after an outstanding Zimbabwe hockey schools season.

But last year’s runner up Chisipite Senior School see themselves with a chance to rise above last year’s runner up heartache.

Arundel who are the only school in Zimbabwe that has a full artificial turf where the games will be played are hoping to make their home advantage count and bag the title for the first time in recent memory.

Lomagundi, Harare Convent, Girls College, Midlands Christian, Hellenic, Petra and Kyle College complete the teams that will battle for honours in the Golden Girls section.

The Silver Girls category which consists of emerging schools hockey teams will feature Cornway, St John’s Emerald Hill, Eaglesvale, Bulawayo Convent, Westridge, Heritage, Peterhouse 2nd team, Chisipite 2nd team and Arundel 2nd team.

The tournament has been held annually since 1981 in an attempt to recapture the glory days of Zimbabwean hockey marked by the gold medal won by Zimbabwe women’s hockey team at the Moscow Olympics.

To commemorate that remarkable feat the Golden Girls Trophy was presented by the City of Harare to the Zimbabwe Women’s Hockey Association.

Since then first team hockey sides from all affiliated secondary schools in the country have competed for the prestigious tournament and the bragging rights that come with it.

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