The Four-Nations SPAR Cup women’s hockey tournament starts in Durban next week.
The tournament features South Africa, Argentina, Australia and India and is an important part of South Africa’s build-up to the eight-nations Champions Challenge in Cape Town in October.
The Champions Challenge involves the countries ranked from seventh to 12th in the world, as well as the team that finished sixth in the previous Champions Trophy. The winner of the Challenge competes in the next Champions Trophy.
Argentina are ranked second in the world, and Australia fifth, while India are ranked 14th – two places below South Africa.
The opportunity to play strong opposition in a tournament situation will provide South Africa with much-needed international experience in a tournament situation.
There will be two matches a day from June 2 to June 6, when the two top teams will play each other to decide the winner, and the other two teams play for bronze.
Argentina and Australia are among the world’s top hockey playing nations, with Argentina ranked second and Australia ranked fifth, and the tournament offers an ideal opportunity for fans to watch world class hockey. South Africa are ranked 12 and India 14th.
Tickets for the tournament will be available at the Queensmead Hockey Stadium. Adults pay R20 a day and people under 18 pay R10. A tournament package will cost R50 for adults and R30 for minors, but there is no charge for scholars wearing school uniform.
Tuesday June 2: Australia v India (2pm) South Africa v Argentina (4pm)
Wednesday June 3: Argentina v Australia (2pm) South Africa v India (4pm)
Friday June 5: India v Argentina (2pm) South Africa v Australia (4pm)
Saturday June 6: 3rd v 4th (12.30 pm) 1st v 2nd (3pm)