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Schools gear up for SPAR hockey regionals

Local schools are getting into gear as the dates for the much-anticipated SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament were released this week.

WITH school children back in classrooms, dates and venues have been confirmed for the fifth year of the SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament.

The tournament kicks off in the northern regions of KwaZulu-Natal with Pionier High School hosting the Northern KZN regional on 21 February. Defending champions, Ferrum High School, will be back in the hope of securing their fifth regional win.

March will be a bustling hockey month with six tournaments all around Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The Durban South, hosted by Amanzimtoti, will be taking place at Three Schools Trust on 7 March, followed by the Durban North Regional at Crawford La Lucia on 8 March. The next weekend sees Durban Central Regional being played, with the overall defending champions, Durban Girls’ College, playing host to this regional. Durban Girls’ High School will make their debut here.

A double-header up in Pietermaritzburg on 21 March will have both the Pietermaritzburg Central at Epworth and Pietermaritzburg North regionals at UKZN being played. Host schools are Treverton College and Howick High.

Concluding the March games will be the Highway Regional on 22 March with Westville Girls as host.

Moving south, the South Coast and Kokstad areas will be played on 18 April in the Sisonke and Ugu Regional, with Southcity High hosting the tournament at their grounds. The Zululand Regional will be played on 25 April with Grant Leigh hosting. Finally, the Umvoti, uThukela and uMzinyathi take place at Hermannsburg on 9 May.

MD for SPAR KZN, Rob Philipson, said, “We are extremely proud of this tournament. In such a quick period of time it has become a much talked-about fixture on school calendars. Schools take this tournament incredibly seriously as it gives their girls an opportunity to play teams they would not ordinarily get to meet.”

After a bit of a break, the grand finals will be played over the weekend of 25 and 26 July. As usual the tournament rolls out at Thomas More College and St Mary’s DSG for the pool games on the Saturday. On Sunday the cross pools and podium position games will be played at St Mary’s DSG.

Tournament Director, Les Galloway, said, “It is great to see how much the teams enjoy the SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament, and we certainly look forward to some exciting hockey.”

The tournament’s first whistle gets blown in Newcastle at the end of February, which will kick off the fifth SPAR KZN Regional Hockey Tournament.

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