Content for the About section of the SA Masters Hockey App – IPT

The Masters Hockey Tournament was started in 1979 in Bloemfontein with only 6 sides participating. In 2018, this tournament had increased in size to 66 teams (25 women and 41 men’s).

The Medals section is classified as the competitive section and consists of the Ladies Gazelles for the Women and the Men’s Colts and Mustangs for the Men. The remainder of the pools participate in the Spirit Section of the tournament in which no medals are awarded. It should however be noted that the matches are nevertheless just as competitive as the Medals Section. The Spirit section is comprised of Ladies Pool A – C and Men’s Pool A – E.

Tournament Process

The tournament takes place over a 3 day period in various coastal and inland venues across our country. The tournament generally takes place in August, after our league seasons have completed.

Due to the level of interest and tournament size, 8 or 9 astroturfs/fields in a centralised venue are required. Some provinces are able to accommodate more astroturfs, which does require travelling to the different venues.

Tournament format

Each team in a pool plays 5 games over a 3 day period. These are full games (30min a side). Fixtures are allocated in such a way as to give the teams a breathing space between the games.

Age categories for the pools are:
For Men:
Medal Section – Colts 35 plus  – competitive pool
Medal Section – Mustangs 40 plus  – competitive pool

Spirit Section

A Section 35 to 44
B Section 44 to 54
C Section 44 to 54
D Section 44 to 54
E Section 55 plus

For Women:
Medal  Section – Gazelles 35 plus  – competitive pool

Spirit Section

A Section 35 to 44
B Section 35 to 44
C Section 45 plus

Tournament venue

In 2018 this venue is allocated to Durban and is hosted by the KZN Masters Hockey Association. The tournament will be run out of Queensmead. Queensmead has been the home of hockey in KZN for over 30 years and offers a fully water-based astroturf hockey field, car park, bar and braai facilities.

Our hosts of the event, KZN Masters Hockey, are looking to have as many games as possible on astroturf. This means that venues will be split up around the Durban area. There is however a plan to have 2 central hubs for teams to socialize between matches.

Fields confirmed are Queensmead, 3 Schools, Riverside 1, Riverside 2, Danville School and Northwood School. Negotiations are still underway to secure a further 3 astroturfs.

In 2019, the tournament will be hosted by Southern Gauteng Masters Hockey Association. The closest international airport to this venue is O.R Tambo International airport or Lanseria in the North of Johannesburg.

Tournament costs

The tournament levy is decided by the hosting province on approval from SAMHA, taking into consideration the budget and income factors annually. This levy is payable in South African Rands (ZAR). The levies cover the costs of organised functions, catering, equipment hire, astroturf costs, umpires, and other expenses. Certain medical facilities are available at the fields, (Physio, ambulances).

History of venues

  • 1979 Bloemfontein (Unofficial)
  • 1980 Port Elizabeth (1st Official)
  • 1981 East London
  • 1982 Johannesburg
  • 1983 Pietermaritzburg
  • 1984 Cape Town
  • 1985 Pretoria
  • 1986 Kimberley
  • 1987 Port Elizabeth
  • 1988 Welkom
  • 1989 East London (First Ladies attended)
  • 1990 Johannesburg
  • 1991 Pietermaritzburg
  • 1992 Benoni
  • 1993 Cape Town
  • 1994 Pretoria
  • 1995 Port Elizabeth
  • 1996 Welkom
  • 1997 East London
  • 1998 Pretoria
  • 1999 Johannesburg
  • 2000 East London
  • 2001 Nelspruit
  • 2002 Port Elizabeth
  • 2003 Randburg
  • 2004 Cape Town
  • 2005 Bloemfontein
  • 2006 East London
  • 2007 Pretoria
  • 2008 Durban
  • 2009 White River
  • 2010 George
  • 2011 Krugersdorp
  • 2012 Cape Town
  • 2013 Pietermaritzburg
  • 2014 Port Elizabeth
  • 2015 Potchefstroom                                 
  • 2016 East London
  • 2017 Benoni
  • 2018 Durban
  • 2019 Johannesburg

Future venues

  • 2020    Cape Town