Hockey: biggest tourney in hemisphere ends

2013-05-04 00:00

OVER 1 000 men’s and women’s hockey players aged 35 and older will be putting their tired, aching bodies through one last day of matches today as the Time Freight SA Masters tournament comes to an end in Pietermaritzburg.

The matches are taking place throughout the KZN capital in the biggest hockey tournament in the southern hemisphere. When it ends late this afternoon, a total of over 170 hockey matches will have been completed by the 43 men’s teams and 23 women’s teams.

The matches have been taking place at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf, The Wykeham Collegiate, Epworth, Hilton College, St John’s, the University of KZN Greenfields Turf, plus the university’s grass pitches at the PMB campus, as well as at Maritzburg College, PMB Girls’ High School (GHS) and Collegians Club.

Older, more social players have had the opportunity to reminisce with former rivals from teams from the nine provinces, as well as from Namibia and Zimbabwe.

There are also men’s and women’s teams in the 35 to 40 age group who have played in a competition format. A number of these players are former national and provincial players.

There could be as many as six national Masters teams going to the World Masters tournament in The Hague, The Netherlands in June next year. This will coincide with the men’s and women’s Hockey World Cup.

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