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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 08:42

Hockey: Cape Town International Festival Looks for Top Teams

Written by  Jonathan Cook

THE organiser and founder of the hugely successful Cape Town International U18 Schools’ and Clubs Hockey Festival is looking for the top South African boys’ and girls’ high school first teams to take part in next year’s 10th anniversary of the event, which is taking place from July 16 to 21 in 2013 at the festival's Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium headquarters and surrounding hockey turfs.

D“I am looking to sign up the top boys' and girls' school first teams in South Africa, as well as on the African continent and from the top hockey countries overseas, as I am trying to keep the festival as high-class and competitive as possible, and offer our Western Province schools some top-class competition,” said tournament founder and director Chris Brothers, the Cape Town-based owner and MD of TEAM Sports (Tourvest Event Activation Management).


“In our 10th anniversary year we have already signed up, or are in the process of negotiation with, top international school and club Under-18 age-group boys’ and girls’ first teams from Holland, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, so it’s going to be a very prestigious festival with a high level of hockey on display.”

This extremely well-organised event is run very professionally and to International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards. Cape Town's Chris Brothers is the father of Nick Brothers, the recently retired England and Great Britain goalkeeper.

The accommodation for each 14-player team’s coach and manager is free of charge; all matches are on top-rated turfs with tech tables and top umpires included. First aid, festival T-shirts, medals and trophies plus exciting opening and closing ceremonies are just a few more components of the overall package.

This year’s annual July tournament saw the classy Somerset College first team beat Western Province rivals DF Malan in the U18 girls’ final while the boys’ gold medal match saw highly rated Cape Town hockey school Wynberg upset reigning champions the New South Wales Bushrangers 2-0, the NSW Rangers a fast, efficient side from the world’s second-best hockey country who were punted as favourites by some observers to retain their title.

An indication of the quality of the festival is that arguably Engand's best hockey school over the years, Millfield, who have appeared in the Cape Town event before, will be playing in the prestigious Nomads U18 Festival for South Africa’s top-tier boys’ hockey schools next year, the 2013 Nomads tournament taking place on Pape’s Astro at Maritzburg College over Easter in honour of the school's 150th anniversary.

Other highly regarded English schools, whose boys' and/or girls' first teams have played in the Cape Town international schools' hockey festival include the Uppingham, Portsmouth, Kingston and Queen Elizabeth grammar schools, as well as Wakefield, Dauntseys, Clifton and Sevenoaks.