Another year, another Oamaru school winning the Jenny McDonald Cup.
St Kevin’s College won the tournament, one of the fourth-tier events in the Hockey NZ programme, in Gore last week.
It gets its name engraved on the trophy next to cross-town rival Waitaki Girls’ High School, which won the tournament for the first time last year.
The St Kevin’s girls showed character to triumph in a series of tight games at the event.
They started with 2-1 wins in pool play over Papanui High School and St Peter’s College.
A 3-0 win over Roncalli College in the quarterfinals was followed by a gutsy 2-1 win over Dunstan High School in the semifinals.
That set the stage for the final against Cromwell College, and St Kevin’s ran away with it, leading 2-0 at halftime and banking a 3-0 win to cue the celebrations.
Amber Cunningham, who wields a hockey stick as well as she flashes a cricket bat in the summer, led St Kevin’s with four goals at the tournament.
Trish Chikowore chose the perfect occasion – the final – to bag her two goals.
It was very nearly an all-Oamaru final at the tournament.
Waitaki Girls’ High School narrowly missed the opportunity to defend its title when it was pipped by Cromwell, 1-0, in the semifinals.
It had the consolation of thumping Dunstan 7-1 in the playoff for third.
Waitaki Girls’ romped through the early rounds with wins over Buller High School (5-0), Roncalli (6-3) and Papanui (4-1).
Star forward Jordon Cunningham led all scorers at the tournament with a whopping nine goals, while younger sister Charlotte contributed four.
Meanwhile, Waitaki Boys’ High School (ninth) and St Kevin’s (15th) competed at the Coaches Cup secondary schoolboys tournament in Greymouth.
Marshall Hore was third in scoring at the tournament with eight goals, and Waitaki Boys’ team-mate Bradley Jones scored four.
Zac Dickie led the St Kevin’s boys with three goals.