SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge Big Derby Weekend for Hockey

Pietermaritzburg- North and Central and Durban South Regionals
Next weekend, is a big derby weekend for hockey. Three hotly contested regionals will be played in the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge – both Pietermaritzburg North and Central Regional and the Durban South Regional.
Kicking off the second and third regionals on Saturday March 11, are the two Pietermaritzburg regionals running concurrently: The North is hosted by Hoërskool Voortrekker at UKZN, and the Central is hosted by Epworth College and takes place on home turf. Then on Sunday, March 12, the Durban South Regional, hosted by Hoërskool Werda takes place at the Three Schools Trust in Glenwood, Durban.
The Pietermaritzburg North Regional will no doubt see defending champions and five times winners St Anne’s and third in last year’s Grand Finals, aiming to hold onto the honours. Always a strongly contested regional other schools participating include Wykeham Collegiate, Treverton, Alexandra High School, Hoërskool Voortrekker and Grace College.
The Central Regional’s defending champs and six times winners Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High will be working hard to retain their 100% record against Howick, Epworth, St John’s, Russell High and Maritzburg Christian School.
Both these regionals will be played in round robin format with 25 minutes games, with a change over at half time.
The Durban South will also be played in round robin format and games last 20 minutes one way. Participating schools include regional winners and defending champs Amanzimtoti High who have raised the regional trophy twice, Kingsway High School, Kuswag Hoërskool, New Forest High School, Queensburgh Girls’ High School, and Hoërskool Werda.
“We are looking forward to a real festival of hockey this weekend, which will be packed with action and loads of fun,” says Tournament Director, Les Galloway. “Now in our seventh year, the tournament continues to provide opportunities for young talent to hone their skills. To be able to play against a number of schools, and learn from skills and techniques of other players, is hugely beneficial to growing the game.”
MD for SPAR KZN, Max Oliva says, “We wish all the players best of luck for these regionals, and although there is a focus on the game of hockey, we invite everyone to have fun and enjoy the spirit of playing with like-minded peers.”
The winners of these regionals will join Ferrum High School from Newcastle from who recently won the Northern KZN Regional, along with six other teams still to be decided from around KwaZulu Natal at the Grand Finals that will be hosted at St Mary’s DSG in July.
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