Easter Hockey Tournaments in South Africa pre-date hockey unification and was a uniquely Cape Town event started by the Blackurn Hockey Club (a founder member of Central Hockey Club).
After hockey unification in 1993, Central Hockey Club continued the tradition of hosting pre-season Easter Hockey Tournaments. After two highly successful post-unity Easter Tournaments hosted by Central Hockey Club (1996 & 1997), there was growing pressure to rotate this event among other hockey centres.
As a result the baton was passed to East London, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg and back to East London with SAHA playing a facilitating role in determining the location and host. It is now an official event on SAHA’s annual calendar and is known as the KC March Easter Hockey Festival – named after the late Kenny March who was a key community personality highly respected for his contribution to the codes of hockey and baseball prior to unification.
Initially this event served the very necessary purpose of tracking the progress of historically disadvantaged clubs in a newly unified body. While continuing to retain some of these elements, the objectives of this tournament are much more diverse -- meaning many different things to many different people. In the final analysis it has developed into a FESTIVAL celebrating all the good things that hockey has to offer.
Cape Town last hosted the KC March Easter Hockey Festival in 2007. Central Hockey Club then hosted a highly successful event in collaboration with the Western Province Hockey Union, South African Hockey Association and the tremendous support of the City of Cape Town.
Seldom, if ever, has one event managed to achieve so many objectives under one banner, in the process sending a strong message for “Transformation” at all levels of the game of hockey.
For Easter 2012, CHC, in collaboration with the WPHU and SAHA again serves notice of its intention to continue being in the vanguard of efforts to promote hockey as a major national code.