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Dates announced for SPAR KZN schoolgirls’ hockey challenge

New Forest High School will host the Durban South Regional at the 3 Schools Trust astroturf, in Glenwood on April 6.

THIS year, the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge celebrates its 14th anniversary of showcasing schoolgirl hockey across the province.

The tournament began in 2011 and has fast become a firm favourite for young hockey players.

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Around 75 girls’ first teams from high schools around KwaZulu-Natal will take to the various hockey fields to compete in the compact and exciting 10 regionals in the build-up to the Grand Finals that takes place in July.

The much-anticipated schoolgirls’ annual hockey challenge kicks off with Maris Stella hosting the first tournament, the Durban Central Regional, on Saturday, March 2, at Durban High School.

Back-to-back action in Pietermaritzburg will be hosted by the two defending regional champs: on Saturday, March 9, The Wykeham Collegiate welcomes teams participating in the Pietermaritzburg North Regional to their home turf, while Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School hosts teams for the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional at the UKZN fields on Sunday, March 10.

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Another action-packed weekend features the Durban North Regional that takes place at Curro Salt Rock, in Ballito, on Saturday, March 16, and the highly competitive Highway Regional at Westville Girls’ High School the next day, Sunday, March 17.

Tipping off the April tournaments, New Forest High School hosts the Durban South Regional at the 3 Schools Trust astroturf, in Glenwood, on Saturday, April 6. A week later, heading north, Grantleigh College is the venue for the North Coast Regional. The defending champs will host schools from Richards Bay and surrounds on Saturday, April 13.

Concluding the April action, St Patrick’s College in Kokstad will be a hive of hockey activity on Saturday, April 20, for the Sisonke and Ugu Regional.

In the penultimate tournament, the uMvoti and oThukela Regional travels to Greytown High on Saturday, May 4. Wrapping up the 10 regionals, the KZN Northern Regional commences at Ferrum Hoërskool in Newcastle on Saturday, May 11.

All games will be live-streamed on SuperSport Schools.

For more info, like the tournament’s Facebook page SparSchoolGirlsHockeyTournament.

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