Humphries and Hammond go head to head at campus sports banquet

2009-10-08 00:00

THE 47th annual University of KZN Pietermaritzburg campus sports banquet takes place at the Victoria Country Club tonight.

Arguably the highlight of the evening is the announcement of the sportsman of the year, and there are two nominees — Oliver Humphries and Tommy Hammond — in the running to be awarded the NUX trophy.

Humphries is a talented all-rounder for the University Cricket Club’s first XI, who he has now represented for four years.

The strike bowler, who is an integral part of the KZN Inland provincial team, is also a quality batsman. He hit a match-winning 131 not out against Tshwane University of Technology at the 2008 University Sport South Africa Cricket Week.

His performances at the week saw Humphries selected to represent the South African Universities’ cricket team against England U19 in January this year, while over the past two years the dedicated cricketer has also been invited to practice with the KZN Dolphins.

Hammond has been part of the SA men’s hockey set-up for the past four years. He was part of the national team that won the Four Nations tournament in Russia in June.

He also received the tournament’s top defender award at the Africa Cup of Nations won by SA in Accra, Ghana this year, and is a member of South Africa’s 2010 Hockey World Cup squad.

Hammond’s achievements have gained him respect in Pietermaritzburg and abroad.

He is a devoted and humble man with an obvious love and passion for hockey.

There was one nomination for the sportswoman of the year award and the recipient will be presented with the Professor ND Clarence trophy at the banquet.

Guest speaker for the evening, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, will be sportswoman, writer and activist Cheryl Roberts.

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