The 2019 South African Hockey U21 IPT gets underway at Randburg Astro on the 8 April 2019. In the Ladies competition Western Province will be looking to defend the title they won in Pretoria last year when they defeated North West 2-1 in the final. In last years Men’s final it was a titanic clash between the Gauteng sides that saw the Pretoria side win 2-1.
The 2019 Men’s competition will see a host of teams vying for the title. The likes of Southern Gauteng as hosts will be one of the favourites but will once again face stiff competition from the Northern Blues and Western Province. There will also be a fierce competition within the tournament as the Northern Daisies, SG Witsies and WP Pens battle to be the top second side, an unofficial title that the Daisies won last year in finishing fourth.
In the Ladies competition Western Province look a fantastic side once again but will face stiff competition from KZN Raiders, North West, Northern Blues and Southern Gauteng. Its tough to pick a winner up front but home ground advantage could play into the favour of the hosts.
The Randburg Astro has been a home for many great South African Hockey moments over the years and to step onto the turf is to step onto a piece of South African sport history. For many of the players this will be a massive opportunity to play at the home of the Premier Hockey League, a goal for most players involved. Some will be lucky enough to play in the 2019 edition later this year.
The finals will take place on Saturday 13 April, with the Ladies final taking place at 16:00 and the mens at 18:00. Download the fixtures here.