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SPAR KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge

Nine first team girls’ schools will take to the field in the first of the SPAR KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge at St Dominic’s Academy on Saturday 27 February.

The exciting news is the nine teams get to ‘christen’ the recently laid astro-turf at host school, St Doms; the first astro-turf in Newcastle.  The tournament will be the first major action that the turf sees.

“It is fantastic to see how the game is growing throughout our region.” stated Tournament Director, Les Galloway. “Since its inception we have seen turfs being laid at a number of the ‘outlying areas’ which is a very encouraging sign, and just awesome to see that the schools are encouraging the sport to grow and advance.”

Schools that will be joining host school St Dominics Academy are five times winner of the tournament, Ferrum High School, runners up in last year’s tournament Dundee High School and Pionier Hoër Skool who placed fourth last year. Raring to go are Pongola Akademie who were silver finalists in 2014, together with Utrecht High School; Vryheid High School; Newcastle High School and Sarel Cilliers High School from Glencoe, Umzinyathi.

25minute games will be played on two fields with the teams being broken up into two pools with the winners of the pools going into a semi-final format. In pool A are Ferrum; Dundee; Pongola and Utrecht and in pool B are Vryheid; St Doms; Newcastle; Sarel Cilliers and Pionier.

In charge of the games, the schools have nominated their best umpire to represent them. At the end of each regional, an umpire is awarded the status of the Most Promising Umpire.The most promising umpire of each regional receives an invitation for them to expand their umpiring career at the finals in Durban in July.

The umpires this year are T. Van Niekerk from Ferrum High School; L. Rebeiro from Dundee High School; K. Mazibuko from Pongola Akademie; T. Labuschagne from Utrecht High School; C. Boack from Vryheid High School; last year’s Most Promising Umpire Ansie Joubert from St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle; O. Leach from Newcastle High School; D. Pinder from Sarel Cilliers High School and S. Currie from Pionier Hoër Skool.

MD for SPAR, Rob Philipson enthused, “Our tournament has certainly grown and it is truly great to see how every corner of our province has become involved in this fantastic game. I wish the nine teams participating in this regional, and every team taking part this sixth SPAR KZN School Girls Hockey Tournament this year, the best of luck.”

The winner of the Northern KZN Regional will travel down to Durban to participate in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG over the weekend of 23 and 24 July.

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