KZN hockey teams invited to festival

2012-11-13 00:00

THE organiser and founder of the hugely successful Cape Town International U18 Schools’ Hockey Festival is looking for KZN boys’ and girls’ first teams to take part in next year’s 10th anniversary of the event, which is taking place from July 16 to 21.

“I am looking to sign up the top hockey schools in KZN, not just any school, as I am trying to keep the festival as exclusive as possible,” said tournament founder and director Chris Brothers.

“In our 10th anniversary year we have already signed up, or are in the process of negotiation, with top international school and U18 age-group boys’ and girls’ first teams from Holland, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, so it’s going to be a very prestigious year with a high level of hockey on display.”

This year’s annual July tournament saw the classy Somerset College first team beat DF Malan in the U18 girls’ final. The boys’ gold medal match saw highly-rated Cape Town boys’ hockey school Rondebosch firsts, upset reigning champions the New South Wales Bushrangers 2-0, a fast, efficient side from the world’s second-best hockey country who were expected to retain their title.

Top English hockey school Millfield is one possible Cape Town tournament entry. Millfield will also be playing in the prestigious Nomads U18 festival for South Africa’s top-tier boys’ hockey schools next year — the 2013 Nomads tournament taking place on Pape’s Astro over Easter in honour of Maritzburg College’s 150th anniversary.

Other top English schools who are lined up for the 2013 Cape Town festival include the Uppingham, Portsmouth, Kingston and Queen Elizabeth grammar schools, as well as Wakefield, Dauntseys, Clifton, and Sevenoaks.

Having been to the 2012 festival, I can confirm that this well-organised event is run very professionally and to International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards. The accommodation for each 14-player team’s coach and manager is free of charge; all matches are on top-rated turfs with tech tables and top umpires included. First aid, festival T-shirts, medals and trophies plus exciting opening and closing ceremonies are just a few more components of the overall package.

Contact Chris Brothers at chris@teamsports.co.za or Jeffrey Parker at jeffrey@teamsports.co.za for more information.

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