KZN looks forward to some top hockey

2008-08-08 00:00

ONE of the most promising club hockey teams in England, Durham University, are in KZN for an eight-match tour that begins Saturday and finishes on Tuesday, August 19.

Durham’s head coach is former SA men’s Olympic Games coach, Gavin Featherstone. The Michaelhouse hockey captain of 2005, Hadley Smorthwaite, who also represented KZN Midlands U18 in his schooldays, is a member of the Durham team.

Durham won the Northern Premier League in England this year and for the first time in their history, have been promoted to the National League in England’s notoriously tough club competition.

Durham’s KZN tour coincides with the much-anticipated four-Test series between SA U18 and the Australia U18 boys’ line-up, and they will play both sides during their stay.

Durham’s talented side, which includes age-group internationals in captain Danny Barstow, goalkeeper Jamie Cachia and Daniel Coultas (both Scotland) and England’s Josef Francis and Dave Hall, will have their hands full against some of the top club teams in KZN.

• The SA U18 boys meet Australia U18 on Pape’s Astro at Maritzburg College on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3 pm, and at 10.30 am next Friday.

“Access to the … ground is free and we welcome banners, flags and much vocal support for our SA U18 boys,” said Maritzburg College head of marketing Graham Bennetts.

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