All Star Series not the only hockey action

2011-08-05 00:00

WHILE there is much interest this weekend in the EagleTurf All Star Series II men’s hockey action in Gauteng, there have also been some recent KZN Super League matches to talk about.

The first match of the All Star Series that involves the country’s top 35 men’s hockey players took place at Cornwall College in Centurion last night when Brothers Sport Braves tackled the iTrainer Warriors.

A month ago in Durban, the EagleTurf All Star Series I event took place and the Braves, led by national captain Austin Smith, enjoyed a 3-1 series victory in four hotly contested matches against the Warriors, led by Justin Reid-Ross.

There are players in contention for the national team that are unavailable for the series due to injury or work commitments, but aside from that the group represents the most highly regarded men’s hockey players in the country, divided into the two teams,

Matches two, three and four between the Braves and the Warriors take place on Friday, Sunday and Monday at Krugersdorp High School with 5 pm start times.

The EagleTurf All Star Series II will run parallel with the SA Masters Interprovincial Tournament in Krugersdorp, which features more than 1 000 men (over 35) and women (over 30) who gather once a season to renew old friendships.

Other big tournaments to look forward to are the Men’s Interprovincial Tournament from August 14 to 20 in Randburg, the women’s IPT from August 21 to 27 in Bloemfontein, the African olympic qualifier in Bulawayo from September 1 to 10 and the Champions Challenge from November 26 to December 4 at Randburg.

Meanwhile, in KZN Super League women’s action, Durban Varsity were trailing 2-1 at half-time before coming back to beat Riverside 4-2 in what is a big win for the students. League frontrunners Rovers thumped Maritzburg Collegians 8-1 with promising young forward Jacinta Jubb bagging four goals.

The prolific Kerry Gaze got two in Durban Collegians’ 3-1 win over PMB Varsity, while Rovers II beat Durban Collegians II 4-1.

In men’s action, Riverside beat Pinetown 4-2 with Mondli Dlamini getting a brace, while Durban Varsity outplayed Rovers 5-2 and Riverside II went down 3-2 to Durban Varsity II. There was no news on the local derby between PMB Varsity and PMB Collegians, which was scheduled to take place in the KZN capital.

The KZN Super League has a break this weekend.

ALL STAR SERIES II TEAMS

iTrainer Warriors: Rassie Pieterse, Gowan Jones, Justin Reid-Ross (capt), Lloyd Madsen, Ricky West, Ashlin Freddy, Clinton Panther, Taine Paton, Wade Paton, Jonty Robinson, Nick Gonsalves, Owen Mvimbi, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Craig Haley, Thornton McDade, Geowynne Gamiet, Matt Botha.

Brothers Sport Braves: Brendon Botes, Jacques le Roux, Gareth Carr, Andrew Cronje, Francois Pretorius, Rhett Halkett, Matt Fairweather, Peter Bailey, Lance Louw, Austin Smith (capt), Grant Robertson, Clive Terwin, Shaun Davenhill, Tim Drummond, Miguel da Graca, Julian Hykes, Pierre de Voux, Ian Haley.

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