The Northern Suburbs of the Western Cape are about to witness an epic battle of hockey as 64 teams, hailing from all across Southern Africa, converge for the biggest Co-Ed Tournament in South Africa - the Belgotex Sport Fairmont Easter Hockey Tournament. With 224 matches scheduled, the tournament promises to be an exhilarating treat for hockey fans, pundits, parents, and players alike.
The defending champions, Paarl Gim (boys) and St Cyprians (girls), will return to defend their crown with a clear target on their backs. However, the 2023 tournament brings an exciting twist with the introduction of a World Rugby 7's style aligned tournament. With an updated format that gives everyone something to fight for in the closing stages of the tournament, teams defeated will shift into the Plate tournament, while the victorious march on to the Cup Round of 16. The bottom two will head off to the Shield Round of 16 with victorious teams continuing to fight for Shield glory while those defeated look for glory in the Bowl Quarter Finals.
Innovation continues to fly, with video referrals being introduced from the Semi-Finals for the cup tournament, while the medal matches across each tournament will also feature the video referral system. In a bold and exciting initiative, Travel and Sport will once again select and deliver a team for 2023, a tournament team will be selected and will get the opportunity to head to the Netherlands and Belgium to take on club sides.
None of this would be possible without the tremendous support of our partners, Belgotex Sport, Livingstone Baths, Travel and Sport, Princess Hockey,Enhanced Sports, Sioux Spur and RD Recruitment. The action will be largely available on the Supersport Schools app, so don't miss out on the opportunity to witness the greatest display of hockey talent in Southern Africa. The pledge from Fairmont Hockey each year has been to make the tournament bigger and better, and this year, they have once again smashed it out of the park!