THE dates for the ninth annual SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge have been announced with the regionals set to take place around KZN. The year gets underway a week later than previous years with the usual Northern KZN regional nestling in midway on the 2019 calendar. A bumper March has four tournaments taking place back-to-back over two weekends. Kicking off the year is the Pietermaritzburg Regionals, with the Central and Northern Regionals set to be played on Sunday, March 3, hosted by one-time winners St John’s DSG and The Wykeham Collegiate. Saturday, March 9 sees the Durban North Regional taking place at Crawford, La Lucia. Durban Girls High School hosts the Durban Central Regional at Three Schools Trust on Sunday, March 10.The fifth regional tips off the first of two tournaments taking place in April. On Sunday, April 7, Amanzimtoti will see the teams for the Durban South Regional at Three Schools Trust. Heading further south, the challenge moves down to Port Shepstone for the Sisonke and Ugu Southern KZN Regional tournament on Saturday, April 13 at host school Creston College. The final four tournaments all take place in May where the action moves inland to Newcastle’s St Dominic’s for the Northern KZN Regional on Saturday, May 4. Remaining inland for the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi Regional on Saturday, May 11, defending champs Greytown High School host. Unfolding the next day. The Highway Regional will take place at Thomas More College. Wrapping up the regionals, Grantleigh will host the Northern KZN Coastal Regional on Sunday, May 19.Once all the winners are revealed at the ten regionals, the ten regional representatives converge at St Mary’s DSG two months later for the Grand Finals. The riveting Grand Finals gets underway on Saturday, July 20 and continues on Sunday, July 21, where the ninth victorious team will be crowned. For more info on the tournament like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram. — Supplied.