Dates and venues have been confirmed for the fifth year of the SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament.
The tournament kicks off in the northern regions of KwaZulu Natal with Pionier hosting the Northern KZN regional on 21 February. Defending champions, Ferrum will be back in the hope of securing their fifth regional win.
March will be a bustling hockey month with six tournaments all around Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The Durban South hosted by Amanzimtoti will be taking place at 3 Schools Trust on 7 March followed by the Durban North Regional at Crawford La Lucia on 8 March. The next weekend sees Durban Central Regional being played with the overall defending champions Durban Girls’ College playing host to this regional. Durban Girls’ High School will for the first time be playing in this regional.
A double header up in Pietermaritzburg on 21 March will have both the Pietermaritzburg Central at Epworth and Pietermaritzburg North regionals at UKZN being played. Host schools are Treverton College and Howick High.
Concluding the March games will be the Highway Regional with Westville Girls hosting this on 22 March. Westville upset St Marys in a thrilling game last year so it should be a humdinger of a regional.
Moving south, the South Coast and Kokstad areas will be played on 18 April in the Sisonke and Ugu Regional with Southcity High hosting the tournament at their grounds. The Zululand Regional will be played on the 25 April with Grant Leigh hosting. Finally, the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi takes place at Hermansburg on 9 May.
MD for SPAR KZN, Rob Philipson stated, “We are extremely proud of this tournament. In such a quick period of time it has become a much talked about fixture in school calendars. Schools take this tournament incredibly seriously as it gives their girls an opportunity to play teams they wouldn’t ordinarily get to meet.”
After a bit of a break, the grand finals will be played over the weekend of 25 and 26 July. As usual, the tournament rolls out at Thomas More College and St Mary’s DSG for the pool games on the Saturday. On Sunday, the cross pools and podium position games will be played at St Mary’s DSG.
Tournament Director, Les Galloway said, “It is great to see how much the teams enjoy these SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament and certainly look forward to some exciting hockey.”
The tournament’s first whistle gets blown in Newcastle at the end of February that kicks off the fifth SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament.
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