2019 SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge

Getting ready for a festive season of hockey, SPAR School Girls’ Hockey Challenge Tournament Director Les Galloway (centre) is pictured at the announcement of the 2019 Regional tournament dates with invited players from the first two regionals in Central and Northern Pietermaritzburg, with SPAR’s Sponsorship Controller Claire Hogg (centre back). In front are captains representing host schools, The Wykeham Collegiate, Jade Brandis (left front) and St John’s DSG’s, Kelsey Dellar (right front). Alongside Hogg are players representing the two regions’ defending champs, Grace Kitshoff (back left) from St Anne’s – the 2018 PMB Northern Regional champs – and Cara Waud, Captain of Epworth, the 2018 PMB Central Regional champs. Picture by Jonathan Burton.

The dates for the ninth SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge have been announced, with the 10 regionals taking place around KZN.

The year gets under way a week later than in previous years, 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. The Central and Northern Regionals of Pietermaritzburg will 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 3 Schools Trust on Sunday, March 10.

File picture by Jonathan Burton: Slotting one in for St Anne’s College, Danni Rhodes pushes the ball past a diving keeper, Kezia Dewing while May Zondi attempts to block the shot and Channel da Rosa stands in support. March 2017

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 3 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.

Wrapping up

The final four tournaments all take place in May, with the action moving 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 are the hosts. 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 10 regionals, the regional representatives converge at St Mary’s DSG two months later for the Grand Finals. The finals gets under way on Saturday, July 20 and continue on Sunday, July 21, where the ninth victorious team will be crowned.

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