Carter High hosts Maritzburg Cup to round off school football season

2013-09-11 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg school football season will come to an end in emphatic style this weekend with the Maritzburg Cup taking place at Carter High School.

In its third year, the competition has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2011, the tournament featured just eight boys’ teams, and was won by Ixopo High School.

Last year, eight boys’ teams were joined by four girls’ teams, and both competitions were won by Alexandra High School.

Organiser Dan Haswell yesterday told The Witness that this year’s tournament will see another expansion, and feature nine boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams.

“It’s the finale for the schools’ football season.

“A number of schools use it to prepare their teams for next year, and a lot of matric players are unavailable due to exams,” Haswell said.

Also a first, the semi-finals and finals of the tournament will be shown on SuperSport’s school sport segment, a sign, according to Haswell, that “a lot of people are starting to realise the quality that is in Pietermaritzburg”.

Unfortunately, the tournament will clash with Maritzburg United’s trip to Johannesburg to face league champions Kaizer Chiefs, so coach Ernst Middendorp won’t be there to see some of the quality, but there will be scouts from the club present.

Maritzburg College coach Haswell, who is also in charge of the Maritzburg United U19 Colts team, said the tournament was another chance for youngsters to be included in United’s newly formed junior side.

The big goal for Haswell was to have a similar tournament in Durban with the winner of that taking on the winner of the Maritzburg Cup.

“We could have it over two legs. One game could be played at Moses Mabhida Stadium, and the second leg could be held at Harry Gwala,” he said.

Carter High School sports co-ordinator Ismail Kajee told The Witness that they expected a large number of people to attend the tournament on Saturday.

“There are 17 teams … There’s also going to be family attending , so we’re going to have in excess of 500 people,” he said.

BOYS

Group A: Carter High School, Voortrekker High School, Haythorne Secondary School

Group B: Alexandra High School, St Charles College, Greytown High School

Group C: Maritzburg College, Linpark High School, St Nicholas

GIRLS

Group A: Carter High School B, Voortrekker High School, Linpark High School, Alexandra High School

Group B: Haythorne Secondary School, St Anne’s DSG, Carter High School A, Epworth School

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