Midlands name strong hockey team

2008-03-20 00:00

THE KZN Midlands team to take part in the Men’s U21 Interprovincial Tournament at the AB Jackson GreenFields Turf in Pietermaritzburg from April 7 to 12 has been announced.

The side contains a number of players who excelled in the Midlands senior team that achieved an unprecedented second place at the Men’s IPT in East London last year.

They are Sibs Mkhize, Karl Oftebro, Justin Domleo, Dom Scott, Matt Coombes and Duzo Khanyile. The coach of that historic Midlands team — former national player and SA men’s coach Jock Coombes — will also be in charge of the province’s juniors in this SA U21 IPT in Pietermaritzburg.

A blow to Midlands U21 is the loss of talented forwards Dalan Philips — as an U18 a member of that Midlands senior side in East London — and new Varsity recruit Ryan Fensham, one of last season’s outstanding strikers in the SA schools team.

Both will be playing in the SA U19 team that is also competing in the SA U21 IPT in Pietermaritzburg.

Meanwhile, two long-standing Durban hockey clubs have made the decision to merge.

Current SA men’s club champs Tech (Durban University of Technology), and one of the oldest hockey clubs in the country, Berea Rovers, will now be known as DUT Rovers.

The Tech women’s team dominate the KZN (Durban) Premier League.

Their practice venue is the Riverside Poligras, with legendary SA hockey star, the 199-Test veteran Mike Cullen, at the helm in the coaching field.

KZN Midlands U21: Sibs Mkhize, Karl Oftebro, Justin Domleo, Dom Scott, Matt Coombes, Jethro Eustice, Tim Drummond, Duzo Khanyile, Harry Shaw, Michael Craig, Wanda Mtshilibe, Andrew McIntosh, Ryan Crowe, Clinton Panther, David Zwemke, Rohn Barron. Coach: Jock Coombes. Manager: Harry Suckert.

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