Hudson Park will be chasing their third title in four years when the East London leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge takes place at Clarendon High in East London on Sunday.
The defending champions have had a fascinating duel with Clarendon in this annual tournament since the inaugural event in 2016.
They won that event, but Clarendon took the honours a year later, before Hudson reclaimed the title in 2018.
Hudson are in a pool with Cambridge, Lilyfontein and Green Point, while Clarendon, Stirling, Merrifield, Alphendale and Port Rex make up pool B.
Play will start at 8am and the pool winners will meet in the final at 2.45pm.
SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said they anticipated another fun day, with plenty of competitive hockey.
“All the sides who have entered will have a chance in the unique format for this tournament as it is geared to provide upsets,” he said.
“We are sure it will again be well contested, with the emphasis on the special spirit among the players which the day generates.”
Meanwhile, Clarendon High star Bianca Wood will have a spring in her step when she runs out for her school as she has just been included in the South African senior team to compete in the FIH Hockey Series final in Valencia, Spain, in late June.
The national squad will be competing with seven other nations for one of the two berths available from the event for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
After initially being named in a national training squad, Wood said her excitement was even greater when she was included in the actual team for Spain.
“That really was a dream come true and I owe a lot to my Clarendon coach Cheryl Pope,” she said. “If it wasn’t for her and all the tournaments she takes me to, I would not have received the exposure.”
She added that she also owed her family a great deal.
“I would not have achieved what I have without the support of my mother and my brother,” said Wood.
“My brother was the one who introduced me to the game and taught me to play, while my mother has been a massive support in getting me to tournaments.”