All eyes will be on DHL Western Province at the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week starting on Monday at HTS Middelburg in Mpumalanga as they look to repeat the impressive feat of finishing all the Coca-Cola Craven Week tournaments as the top province.
In the last two weeks Western Province took the honours as the unofficial champions in the Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week, Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and the Under-18 Coca-Cola Academy Week competitions, and with only the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week remaining they will be determined to finish the SARU Youth Weeks on a high note.
This impressive showing follows a clean sweep in the Coca-Cola Craven Week tournaments last year, as they won the final match in the Coca-Cola Under-13 Craven Week, Under-16 Grant Khomo Week and Under-18 Craven Week respectively.
They are, however, expected to face tough competition in the next few days as the skills and level of physicality among the top school players continues to improve steadily across the country. The tournament in Middelburg will run from Monday until Saturday, and it will mark the 51st anniversary of the Coca-Cola Craven Week.
The Itec Limpopo Blue Bulls and Griquas will kick off the competition at 09h20 in the opening match on Monday, with the other big matches being SWD taking on KwaZulu-Natal and hosts the Pumas meeting Western Province in the final match of the day. In total five matches will be played on the first day.
All 20 participating teams arrived on Sunday and completed their registration. More than 400 players and their management teams will be based at HTS Middelburg for the duration of the tournament.
Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day one fixtures:
09h20 – Itec Limpopo Blue Bulls vs Griquas
10h40 – Eastern Province CD vs Zimbabwe
12h00 – Thepa Trading Griffons vs Border
13h20 – SWD vs KwaZulu-Natal
15h40 – Pumas vs DHL Western Province