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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:23

Hockey: Entries Open for 2014 Cape Town International Festival

Entries are still open for the 11th annual Cape Town Under-18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival, which takes place from July 22 to 27 in the Mother City next year.

“We have already had an excellent response from the international teams, especially the UK, with entries including Millfield School (two Girls’ teams), Kingston Grammar School (Boys and Girls), Wakefield (Girls), Merchant Taylors (two Boys), King Edward School Birmingham (Boys) and Felsted School (Boys), while other confirmed entries include clubs and school sides from Australia, The Netherlands, Canada and Zimbabwe as well as a host of top SA schools,” said Tournament Director and MD of TEAM Sports, Chris Brothers.

There will be 24 boys’ first school or club teams and 24 girls’ sides at the same level of excellence from schools and clubs, who jet in to Cape Town from around the world and within Southern Africa to take part in the event.

“The tournament was a massive success this year, the 10th anniversary of the event, and we anticipate an even better 2014 tournament, as the Cape Town U18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival has grown in stature with each passing year,” said Brothers.

Interestingly, Brothers is the father of a Millfield Old Boy, Nick Brothers, the former Reading, England and Great Britain goalkeeper who was desperately unlucky to miss out on GB selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The finals at last year’s Festival were won by Somerset College girls’ first team, rated fourth in South Africa by and Rondebosch Boys’ High School’s first side, also rated fourth in SA by the SA School Sports website.

Somerset coach Mark Pickering had this to say: “To win the prestigious 10th Cape Town U18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival girls’ final in 2013 was an awesome achievement for the girls. It was our second year of taking the title and it means a whole lot to us, earning the winners’ trophy again and the gold medals against extremely tough opposition from inside and outside South Africa. I am sure the 2014 festival will provide red-hot competition once again, as well as a whole lot of fun for the participants and coaching staff.”

All Festival matches are played on top-rated Astros in and around Cape Town and umpires/first aid are provided for all fixtures. A grand opening ceremony at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium on Tuesday, July 22 will kick-start the Festival. All players receive a Festival shirt and brochure, as well as a team photo in their entry package.

Top quality team medals and trophies are provided for five competitions within the Festival and there are individual awards as well. All will be presented at the closing ceremony at Hartleyvale on Sunday, July 27.

All players are required to be under the age of 18 as at 31 December 2013.

Tailor-made packages include flights, accommodation, and transport and Festival packages etcetera.

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* Written by 2013 SA Sports Journalist of the Year finalist Jonathan Cook, who will be media officer at the Festival for the third consecutive year and rates it among the most well-organised and enjoyable hockey events among the elite world-level tournaments he has attended in Europe, Japan, India and South America over the past three years.

The attached pic of this year's girls' final winners, Somerset College, tells a story.