SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge
Pietermaritzburg Central and Northern Regionals
St John’s D.S.G. and The Wykeham Collegiate: Sunday 3 March
Firing up the 2019 SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, the first two regionals tip off in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 3 March.
Host for the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional is St John’s D.S.G. while up the road, The Wykeham Collegiate will play host to the Pietermaritzburg Northern Regional. The central games get under way at 07.30am and half an hour later for the northern regional. The top two teams for both regionals will duel it out for their regional final at 01.25pm at The Wykeham Collegiate, and at 02.50pm at St John’s D.S.G. The prize givings will follow the finals for each regional.
Central hosts, St John’s are one times winners having advanced to the Grand Finals in 2017, they take on defending champs Epworth School together with six times victrix, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School. Also part of the central regional are Russell High, Alexander High, Maritzburg Christian School and Carter High.
Wykeham have also earned the regional title once in the second tournament in 2012. St Anne’s College have dominated the area winning the regional crown seven times. Hoping to topple Saint’s domination are schools from Voortrekker High, Grace College, Howick High and Treverton and of course host The Wykeham Collegiate.
Both regionals will be using the round robin format with a win earning them 4 points, a draw with goals 2 points, a goalless draw 1 point and a loss zero points. The match duration will last 20 minutes rolling time.
Following the first two Pietermaritzburg regionals, the tournament then travels to Durban for the Durban North and Durban Central Regionals taking place the weekend after. Once all the regionals have concluded, the regional finalists converge on the Grand Finals which takes place on 20 and 21 July at St Mary’s D.S.G.
Photo 1 Caption: Pictured placing the 89th and 90th ball on the pyramid of balls, representing the overall number of tournaments played in the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge are captains representing hosts schools The Wykeham Collegiate’ Jade Brandis and Kelsey Dellar from St John’s D.S.G. Jumping into action are Cara Waud, Captain of Epworth defending champs for the PMB Central Regional and Grace Kitshoff from St Anne’s, defending champs for the PMB Northern Region. Photo: Jonathan Burton
With editing by gsport