Hockey: KZN Super League to start on Sunday with some great action

2011-05-13 00:00

THE long-awaited start to the 2011 KZN Super League is now finally over and there are eight men’s and women’s matches in Durban on Sunday.

The most intriguing action of all takes place at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North. The PMB Collegians men’s side under new player/coach Gavin Jelley will face the hosts at 12.30 pm.

Menacing KZN Inland striker Jelley took the courageous step to leave the KZN champion PMB Varsity line-up to join middle-table Collegians and indications are he has already made a difference.

The PMB Collegians ladies have a daunting challenge against Durban Collegians at 11 am and the outcome should provide a pointer as to where they stand at this early stage of the season.

Super League men’s defending champions Maritzburg Varsity have what should be a comfortable opening match when they take on Durban Varsity II at Queensmead Sports Stadium at 12.30 pm. The PMB Varsity ladies have a tougher proposition when they face Durban Varsity at 11 am.

The popular KZN Country Districts Quadrangular — hosted by KZN Inland — takes place tomorrow at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf and Maritzburg College’s Pape’s Astro from 7.30 am to 5 pm and includes men’s and women’s sides from Midlands, Zululand and Northern KZN.

In other news, while there were no KZN Inland players in the South Africa Under-21 Interprovincial hockey tournament team that was selected following the annual event — which was held at Hartleyvale in Cape Town — three players who made their mark in the province did catch the selection panel’s eye.

They are Phumelele Mbande, Celia Evans and Kara Stella.

Phume Mbande, last year’s Carter High School, KZN Inland U18 and SA U17 goalkeeper, who represented her country at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last August, was included in the team.

It is a remarkable achievement for a player just out of school. Mbande is on a hockey scholarship at the University of Pretoria and now turns out for Northern Blues at provincial level.

Celia Evans, the midfielder/defender who already has a healthy number of senior national Test matches behind her, now plays out of North West Province, where she is on a hockey scholarship at the University of North West in Potchefstroom. The former Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School and KZN Inland U18 captain had already represented the Inland senior team when just 17 years old.

The former Maritzburg Varsity and KZN Inland defender/midfielder Kara Stella won a handful of Test appearances for the South Africa senior side during the Investec International Series against China, Azerbaijan and Belgium in January and February this year in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, and now plays for KZN Coastals.

 

SA U21 WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT TEAM

Melissa de Koker (North West), Paul Dollman (Western Province), Demi du Toit (Kaspersky Southern Gauteng), Celia Evans (NW), Kaila Fleming (Kaspersky Southerns), Fay Irvine (NW), Nicole Kemp (Free State), Izelle Lategan (FS), Candice Manuel (WP), Jaime Martin (Kaspersky Southerns), Toni Marks (Eastern Province), Phumelele Mbande (Northern Blues), Tarryn Moses (Northern Blues), Samantha Prost (Northern Blues), Kara Stella (KZN Coastals), Franki Traini (KZN Coastals), Anele van Deventer (Kaspersky Southerns), Chanelle van Niekerk (Northern Blues).

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