The annual Saints Sports Festival, which traces it roots back to 1984 making it the oldest and largest Easter School Sports Festival, got underway today in Johannesburg. The Festival features rugby, hockey, netball, tennis, squash, football and cross country. For the purposes of this blog, we obviously chose to hone in on the hockey side of the festival. There will be a host of games taking part at the Premier School Festival in Johannesburg, but to help you with your planning we picked six games not to miss!
Boys – Thursday 29 March – 09:30
St. Albans College (16) vs. Maritzburg College (2)
What a way to start the viewing tomorrow as one of the schools with the best hockey pedigree head up to Johannesburg to take on their Pretoria opponents. Martizburg College has some eyes on the Commonwealth Games with Tyson Dlungwana, Siya Nolutshungu, and Tevin Kok all playing for South Africa having previously represented the school. Its a great opportunity for the next generation to make their mark.
Girls – Thursday 29 March – 11:45
St. Andrews School for Girls (28) vs. Springfield Convent School (19)
Growing up in Johannesburg I always enjoyed watching the brand of hockey that St. Andrews played as a school with some exciting players and a great brand of hockey. They will come up against a Cape Town school that saw themselves in the top 20 in the school rankings. This game is tough to separate between the two and could produce a real cracker.
Girls – Saturday 31 March – 14:30
Voortrekker High School Bethlehem (11) vs. Hoerskool Menlopark (7)
Two of the top-ranked sides in the tournament will give you a delightful game on Saturday in amongst platter of epic matchups. Its almost like you will get served all you can eat all day and then get offered fresh lobster on top, you definitely make space for that fresh sea creature!
Boys – Saturday 31 March – 19:00
St. Stithians Boys College (49) vs. Hilton College (6)
The hosts are up against a team coached by national indoor captain Matt Fairweather and that in itself offers an antagonising and exciting prospect. Saints are a lot better than their 2017 ranking suggests (There is lots of debate on those rankings anyway). For the hosts, it will be a great step in building towards a successful Aitken tournament this year and proving their ability in the province.
Girls – Monday 2 April – 14:45
St. Stithians Girls College (5) vs. Hoerskool Waterkloof (13)
What a great match up to end the weekend and with eyes already moving onto the St. Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival starting next week, these two will be keen to get the mental edge before they meet again in that tournament on Friday night. There is something special going on with St. Stithians hockey and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them hurt a few teams over the weekend.
Boys – Monday 2 April – 16:20
St. Davids College (22) vs. Uplands College (52)
Its the final fixture of the weekend and after a meal of satisfying proportions, you get dished with a beautiful homemade malva pudding to round it off. St. Davids should secure a win comfortably, but tired legs and full hearts often dont follow the script. It promises to end the festival on a super high!
You can stay up to date on all happenings at the festival on https://www.saintsfestival.com/ or download the app using the QR Code on the site. You can also join the conversation on social media using #SaintsFest2018