It’s not that far away. In fact, before we know it, it’ll be upon us.
You’re no doubt reflecting like I am, how unbelievably fast this year’s KZN10 schoolboy sports year went, leaving us clinging to amazing memories and new friends made.
But so be it. The magic of KZN10 schoolboy sport is that before we know it, it’s the new year, the new season, the fresh first team faces – and some of those who cut their teeth on first team sport the year before and are now the first team seniors.
Antony Cohen feature image caption: The-then grade 10 Suubi Mugerwa-Sekawabe of Hilton firsts sets up goal-time against the Selborne College lads of his hometown East London during the epic 2017 Nomads first team Hockey Festival hosted by Hilton College.
Suubi put that experience to good use and this year the multi-talented Hiltonian played for SA U18 against Australia U17 Schoolboys in the KZN capital.
The umpire is internationally experienced Ayden Shrives of the Belgotex Greenfields Hockey Astro connection.
Ayden played in numerous Nomads during his time at Maritzburg College, including his grade 12 year as captain of the Red Army.
And here are the first dates to diarise for the many fans of KZN10 schoolboy hockey – the first term holidays, the loosely termed “Easter” and surrounding dates.
The dates and period of the year when the elite hockey festivals in which our favourite KZN10 hockey schools will have teams in action.
These top-tier schoolboy hockey events feature the likes of Pretoria Boys’ High School (2019 Nomads First Team Festival hosts), KES, Maritzburg College, Michaelhouse, Hilton College, Wynberg, Grey PE/Grey Bloem, Jeppe, St John’s and and I could go on.
These are Festivals where there are no “gimme” games – each one is a strength vs strength clash against the replica quality hockey schools from across the land.
For proof go here – my 2017 live FB commentary on Nomads Hilton College: https://web.facebook.com/NomadsHockeyFest2017/?ref=your_pages
So book your accommodation, set yourself free of work obligations and get to your chosen festival of exciting, action-packed schoolboy hockey at its best.
NOMADS ‘n MORE FESTIVAL DATES
U14 Nomads Hockey Festival = Wynberg Boys’ High School (Friday 15 March – 18 March 2019);
U16 Nomads Hockey Festival = KES (Friday 15 March – 18 March 2019);
1st team Nomads Hockey Festival = Pretoria Boys’ High School (Friday 15 March – 18 March 2019).
* The 1st team Saints Hockey Festival at St Stithians College from the 16 April – 20 April 2019 (Easter Long Weekend).
The Keith Fairweather Hockey Festival from Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April 2019.
* One Jono Cook will be the host and event manager for the Michaelhouse venue of the KFHF.