Having missed out last year, Kingswood College aim to go one better when they compete in the PE North edition of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Challenge in Grahamstown on Saturday.
A total of seven schools will vie for the honour of representing the region in the provincial finals in August and Kingswood will be keen to show what they can do on their home turf.
New Kingswood coach Bevan Bennett said the tournament was the perfect opportunity to grow the game of hockey in schools.
“In this tournament you get to play teams you don’t traditionally meet so it is a great experience for everybody.”
He added that the nature of the tournament meant you had to be up to speed from the outset.
“Matches which are limited to 20 minutes make for a format which doesn’t allow you to be able to come back that easily, so you really have to make sure you start well.”
Bennett added that there was an unknown element to the competition which increased the exciting nature of the event.
“There are some opponents we don’t know a lot about so we have to be ready for anything.”
Having observed previous matches and heard about the format, Bennett said he was looking forward to being involved this time.
“This is my first real exposure to it so it’s going to be an interesting experience,” he said.
“We have a couple of girls back from last year who will be influential, but we also have a fairly young team with some U16 and second team players coming through the ranks.”
The teams taking part are Brandwag, Cradock High, DSG, Gill College, Kingswood, Victoria Girls’ and Volkskool.