Howton aim to add value to KZN hockey

2014-03-06 00:00

HOWTON Hockey Club, newly established, have been included in the KZN Inland Premier League.

“Following the request by the KZN Inland Hockey Association for an electronic vote by the executive on the inclusion of Howton to the outdoor league, as well as inclusion to the Premier League for 2014, the majority vote was yes to both requests,” said Inland president Gary Carson.

“On behalf of the KZNIHA, I would, therefore, like to extend a warm welcome to Howton Hockey Club and look forward to seeing them playing in our men’s and women’s premier leagues for this year.”

The decision was praised by former SA player and well-known provincial and national level coach Jock Coombes.

“The KZNIHA’s willingness to consider the bigger picture is much appreciated,” said Coombes.

Howton aim to add value to KZN Inland hockey and to contribute meaningfully to the development of players with a goal of assisting the province to retain players, as well as to sustain players’ hockey careers in the province.

“A third Premier League club is definitely needed to complement Collegians and Varsity, and add to a broader base,” said Coombes.

Among the Howton HC core group of players are Craig Mullon (ex-Maties, WP, South Africa U21, and Holland and United Kingdom club teams), Chris McCathie (ex-Maties), Matt Hampson (ex-Maritzburg College, SA U18 and Maties), Michael Craig (ex-Maritzburg Collegians), Blessing Khumalo (the talented SA Country Districts’ player from Dundee who is interested in trying his luck at provincial level) and Matt Coombes (UK club, ex-SA U21, and PMB Collegians and Varsity).

The Howton HC women’s core group of talented players are SA-capped player Kara Stella, Heather O’Neill (ex-Maties), Ashton O’Neill (Rovers, Durban), and current and past PMB Varsity and KZN Inland players Kirsty Scott, Nadia Stella and Eloise Miskey.

Several schools have also expressed interest in their players being available for Howton.

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