6 Early Pace Setters at Cape Town International Hockey Tournament

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:52

EARLY RUNNERS



The boys’ medals race sees SACS, Paul Roos, Wynberg, Rondebosch and London’s Kingston Grammar both winning two matches from two starts on Wednesday.

 For the girls, Stellenberg reigned supreme in winning two from two, scoring 15 goals with only one against in the process.

* It must be pointed out that some top schools have only played one game to date.



GENERAL IMPRESSIONS



My initial impression is that the star individual players are from the South African schools​

Former England and Great Britain international Nick Brothers was impressed with the quality of hockey he witnessed during day one. "My initial impression is that the star individual players are from the South African schools, however I expect the touring schools from abroad to feature heavily in the knockout stages through having a greater depth of player resource.”

There were some very, very talented boys and girls on show Wednesday.

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There were some very, very talented boys and girls on show Wednesday.

 Visual and spatial awareness, tactical know how, an appreciation of discipline in defensive situations and some exceptional technical skills were all most impressive to see.

 Indeed, some of the “lesser” schools – in terms of their standing as far as top tier, middle tier and lower-tier hockey schools are concerned in their region, exhibited aspects of combination play and individual skills that were quite remarkable.

 However, albeit that it is the end of the July holidays in South Africa, there were some skilled players on the ball in both the high-profile and lower profile hockey schools that were close to passengers when it came to support play, due to a marked lack of conditioning."

Hopefully this will improve during the next five days. 

That said, this also demonstrates the great value the CT International provides to local schools as it helps to get the players in good nick before the second half – the business end - of the Western Cape school season kicks off in earnest."

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