Another exciting chapter awaited the First team Hockey Girls as they took on the best of what Hockey SA has to offer in the annual Knysna Hockey Festival, hosted by Backward Point Tours.

 

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Teams came from far and wide to attend this event. The teams ranged from schools far up north, to schools that travelled from Port Elizabeth to attend this prestigious event. The Girls enjoyed a beautiful, rainy drive all the way to Riviersonderend , for a quick and well deserved pitstop.

Lunch was served at Heidelberg where Liana discovered a “ not so welcome” ingredient in her meal. All jokes aside, The trip to Knysna was a smooth sailing one and the girls enjoyed each others company, accompanied by their eclectic song choices!

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Our stay at the Point Lodge proved to be a fine choice, as the girls were welcomed by the friendly locals. Our first Evening at the waterfront was a special one as all the teams partaking in the event came together for meet and greet.

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O’ Pescadors restaurant hosted us for dinner that evening, and as always, the girls left with tummies full and faces full of smiles. Back at the lodge, the girls had quick break, followed by a informal hockey workshop, where their roles and responsibilities were highlighted for their upcoming matches.

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The first day saw the girls play the likes of Eversdal, Micklefield, and Charlo. A tough pool draw, but a worthwhile experience nonetheless. A great day of competition and a few battle scars later, the girls left the field feeling confident about their game, and ready for round two.

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That afternoon, the girls tested their ten-pin bowling skills at the Mountview Resort and Lifestyle Village. Jordan Lawrence and Floor Bakker have some hidden talents when it comes to bowling. Lots of laughs and a whole bunch of interesting snacks later, the girls returned to the Knysna Waterfront, where an interesting rendition of a “ Bunny-Chow” awaited them.

It must have been something in the air, but a faint sound of Abba’s Dancing Queen could be heard and the girls joined their friends from Renish House for a spectacular performance that left onlookers wanting more.

The team set off back to the lodge where they enjoyed some free time and an early night.

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Day two saw the girls energized and ready for action. Great victories over the likes of RAMPS, Applewood and Eversdal were welcome achievements and the girls were ready to take on the ever exciting Adventure land.

Dressed in towel-like diapers, dummies, baby bibs, and their favourite pants for hats, the girls were ready to grace the waterfront with their presence and a few “planned baby tantrums”. The girls were in their element as they enjoyed the attention and the wonderful seafood that Ocean Basket had to offer.

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Back at the lodge the girls packed their bags and for ready for bed as they final day was approaching.

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The last day of tour was another special day as the girls continued to make lasting memories. Three more games awaited and some impressive victories over Knysna Primary and Oakhill Prep filled the girls with a real sense of success and development. Some delicious chicken burgers made a great snack for the trip back.

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A Steers Lunch stop at Riviersonderend and the welcoming sight of the Fish Hoek Valley as the team came over Ou Kaapse weg, summed-up what was an incredible journey in itself and one tour that was sure to be remembered for years to come.

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Thanks for the memories Girls!

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