Tomorrow marks the start of the 3rd Belgotex Sport Kearsney Hockey Fives tournament to be played on the Masons Astro at Kearsney College. The tournament now entering its 3rd year is building on a marked upswing in the popularity of the format since the introduction of the format at the 2014 Youth Olympic games in Nanjing, China.
Hockey 5s is based on the format of the highly successful T20 cricket, Sevens Rugby and Basketball 3on3 models, with shorter matches and faster paced action. With these modifications it is sure to be an exhilarating and enjoyable game for both players and spectators this coming weekend.
There had been rumours that the marked success of the short format, particularly at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, may prompt the FIH(Hockey’s governing body) to scrap the 11 v 11 format for future Olympic games but this option was not taken further.
Participating boys high school teams include Clifton College, DHS, Garsfontein, Grey College, Jeppe Boys, Kearsney College, Michaelhouse, Parktown, St Andrews, Thomas More College, Waterkloof and Westville Boys’ High School.
Primary school teams taking part are Ashton, Bonisanani, Curro HCA, Highbury, Hillcrest Senior Primary, Northlands, Reddam Umhlanga, St Peters, Umhlali Prep and Westville Senior Primary School.
For a full set of fixtures and times Click here.
From Thursday 8 August – Sunday 11 August the action is sure to fierce. For a festive way to spend your long weekend head down to Bothas Hill.