WP Aim to Keep Honours at Home
Traditional rivals Western Province and Southern Gauteng will be among the teams battling it out for top honours when the SPAR Interprovincial Women’s Hockey Tournament gets underway at Hartleyvale in Cape Town next Monday.
Western Province and Southern Gauteng are the only teams to win the title since unification in 1992 – Western Province five times, and Southern Gauteng 10 times, and they are once again considered favourites for the final on Saturday August 25.
The tournament will be played in two sections, with Eastern Province, KwaZulu Natal, KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Northerns, Southern Gauteng and Western Province making up the A-section, and Boland, Eastern Province B, Free State, North West, Peninsula and Witwatersrand the B-section.
Each team will play one match a day, with matches starting at 8.30am each day, until the final play-offs on Saturday, which will start with the battle for fifth and sixth position in each section, starting at 8.00am. The final for first place will begin at 3.20pm.
The provincial teams will be strengthened by the return of the SPAR SA Women’s Hockey Team from Beijing, where they took part in a four nations tournament featuring Argentina, Australia, China and South Africa.
“Hockey fans in the Western Cape can expect some scintillating hockey,” said Paul Richards, General Manager of the South African Hockey Association.
“Teams such as Northerns and KZN Midlands are getting tired of seeing just two names on the trophy, and will be going all out to show how good they are, while Southern Gauteng and Western Province will not give up their status as top hockey provinces without a good fight.”
Roelf Venter, Group Marketing Director of SPAR, also expected a week of outstanding hockey. “We have been involved in South African women’s hockey for some years now and we are very proud to be associated with this event, which is always very well organised,” he said. “We wish every team success at the tournament.”