Collegians to take on arch-rivals

2013-07-26 00:00

THE highlight of the KZN Inland Premier Division men’s club hockey calendar takes place on Sunday when arch-rivals Maritzburg Collegians take on the University of KwaZulu-Natal at 2 pm on the UKZN Greenfields Turf at Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

The first-round match was a humdinger with the older Collegians lads taking the game to the students, who eventually ran out 3-1 winners.

These matches have a long tradition and while the students will be the favourites, you can be sure that the men in red and black will give them a run for their money. All the players are capped at least at provincial level, so while there will be respect, no one is in awe of any opposition players.

The outcome of the league is still uncertain, so there is plenty of incentive for both sides. Of added interest is that the two teams form the KZN Inland provincial squad for the National Men’s Inter-Provincial Tournament that takes place at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium in Cape Town at the end of next month, and with line-ups not yet finalised, there is much to play for.

Both coaches, UKZN director of coaching Fabian Gregory — who is also the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team’s assistant coach — and under-rated PMB Collegians player/coach Gavin Jelley, know the players in the opposing teams well and are sure to have game-plans up their sleeves. International umpire Ayden Shrives and the experienced Gary Carson, who is also the president of the KZN Inland Hockey Association, will have to control what is likely to be an explosive contest.

FIXTURES

Saturday — Women’s Premier League: Collegians A vs Country Districts (3.30 pm, AB Jackson Greenfields Turf).

Sunday — Women: Varsity B vs Collegians B (9.30 am UKZN); Standard A vs Varsity A (11 am, AB Jackson). Men: University of KZN vs PMB Collegians (2 pm, Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road).

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