Once again, the Cape Town International Hockey Festival was a great success with matches taking place all around Cape Town.
The Cape Town International Hockey Festival took place over 4 days in perfect sunny conditions throughout the event. There were 48 teams that participated in the festival, 24 boys and 24 girls teams that played a total of 176 matches. This year we also had 13 international teams which was a great opportunity for local teams to experience different styles of hockey. The international teams included squads from the UK, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
This year we had the pleasure of welcoming Sportsmans’ Warehouse onboard as our title sponsor. They certainly added a new dimension to the festival bringing in their expertise and helped create a professional event atmosphere at Hartleyvale Stadium with all the branding that was wrapped around the turfs. Sportsmans provided a pop-up store at Hartleyvale which was great for all the players to see all the new hockey equipment which is available.
Friday Night Lights
Once the first two days had come and gone it was finally time for the much anticipated ‘Friday night lights’ quarterfinals. Even though it was an extremely cold winters evening, there was a vibrant atmosphere at Hartleyvale Stadium with all the top teams going head to head. Whilst all the other teams and supporters watched on from the stands listening to the music or enjoyed all the vendors that were on offer including Pierre’s Pancakes, Caffé Pronto and No Ordinary Burger (NOB).
Before finals day, the teams were given Saturday to rest and the international teams were given the opportunity to explore all the amazing sights and activities that Cape Town has to offer, from climbing Table Mountain to learning to surf at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg.
Finals Packed with showdowns
Before we knew it, finals day was upon us! In the morning all the final placings matches took place in the green and gold section as well as some semi final action. In the boys Green Section Semi Finals, Paul Roos dominated Pearson and SACS beat Fairmont. In the girls Semi Finals, it was Parel Vallei who overcame their Boland rivals, Rhenish and Pearson who were able to defeat Chisipite, the only school representing Zimbabwe.
In the afternoon it was time for the hotly contested finals. There was an awesome crowd, one of the biggest we have had in years at Hartleyvale which just added to the atmosphere. First up was the Girls Final between Pearson and Parel Vallei, who were the runners up last year. The Girls Final was a very close and tense affair and went right down to the wire ending in showdowns. In the end Parel Vallei capitalised in the showdowns winning the match.
Finally, it was the Boys Final between defending champions Paul Roos and SACS, the oldest school in South Africa. It was always going to be an exciting encounter and definitely lived up to all the hype! In the early stages, Paul Roos dominated putting in 2 goals in quick succession. It looked as if they were controlling the match, this is when SACS began to fight back and eventually scored their second goal to equalise just before the final whistle. The Boys Final would be decided by showdowns. In the showdowns SACS took all their chances effectively with some wonderful goals whilst Paul Roos seemed to struggle in finding the back of the net. The final score in the showdowns was 3-0 to SACS. What a final it was!
The winners were crowned with a presentation of all the medals, as well as awarding of best players and finally an ending off message from Neville Rothman the Tournament Director.
We would like to once again thank everyone who was involved in the festival including all the staff, security, players, parents, vendors and all the sponsors including Sportsmans Warehouse, Pura Soda, Tsogo Sun, Protours, Grays, Tayla and PVM. Without everyone involved this festival would not continue to be a success year on year.
Keep an eye on our festival Facebook page for next year’s festival date announcement.