The SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge will take place at Clarendon High School on Sunday and the host school’s players is ready to show what they’ve got in the competition.
Clarendon goalkeeper Thando Mtalana, 18, could not contain her excitement ahead of the tournament.
“It really creates that hockey spirit that we all enjoy and allows us to play teams that we don’t meet in our annual derby days. I think that is great because it opens us and other schools to new skills and styles from which we can learn,” Mtalana said.
Her sentiments were echoed by teammate Bianca Wood, 19, who said the camaraderie was one of the main features of the tournament. was the camaraderie it fostered.
“One of the big things is that we get to bond more with other players and it allows us to make more friends through the game of hockey,” said Woods.
“All the sides who have entered will have a chance of winning due to the unique format for this tournament as it is geared to provide upsets,” SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said.
“We are sure it will again be well contested, with the emphasis on the special spirit among the players.”
Matches start at 8am and pool winners will meet in the final at 2.45pm.