The hockey team of Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC Badgers) will be hoping to return with the silverware and prize money they won in Durban last year when they return to the annual Greenfields Elite Club Challenge at the Riverside Sports Centre in Durban North on Friday 15 July and Saturday 16 July.This is the only tournament in the history of South African hockey to offer the largest prize money to the winning team. This year’s winners will be walking away with a R26 000 cheque courtesy of Greenfields. Matthew McConkey, manager for WPCC Badgers adds that they look forward to the event every year and that they will not be giving up their crown easily.“The quality of hockey played and the fantastic facilities at Riverside makes this tournament a highlight in our hockey calendar. We have seen the level of hockey improve year upon year since the first tournament in 2013 and its these initiatives that are so important to grow and develop our country’s talent from grass roots level so when the 2020 Commonwealth Games come around our SA teams will be a force to be reckoned with. We are very proud of our title as reigning champs for two consecutive years and we’re looking to make this year a hattrick.”Not only will there be top class hockey being played over the two days, but the spectators will also enjoy great music, delicious food and kiddies entertainment that has been lined up for both days. South Africa’s top club hockey teams consisting of multiple national and provincial players from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Western Province, will battle it out from 11:00 for the prize money and prestigious Greenfields Elite Club Challenge title. Some of the other teams include Riverside Hockey Club, Malik Old Albanians Hockey Club, Old Edwardians Hockey Club, Kearsney Hockey Club and the Wanderers Hockey Club. “Over the final two weeks we will be joining forces with RHC’s Exco team to finalise preparations for the tournament. We are also very proud to be able to support and sponsor an event that allows for some of SA’s talented hockey players and sport enthusiasts to come together. These tournaments give players the opportunity to experience first-hand playing on a world-class synthetic turf surface. We would like to wish all the players the best of luck with their final preparations and training,” states Ayden Shrives, Greenfields’ synthetic turf manager. The tournament was established in 2013 by Riverside Sports and Riverside Hockey Club to showcase proficient top class hockey by premier players in a festival type tournament. According to the Tournament Director of Riverside Hockey Club, Wayne Phillips, the level of hockey that is played at the Greenfields Elite Club Challenge is absolutely spectacular. “We would like to thank our main sponsors, Greenfields –Belgotex Sport for their unwavering support over the past three years. I would like to encourage everyone to bring their friends and families to come and enjoy a weekend of festivities and watch world-class hockey at its best,” Phillips enthuses.The matches will be played over the two days of the tournament with prize-giving taking place straight after the final play-offs.