Striking play by Varsity College’s hockey teams

2017-07-19 06:05
The IIEVarsity College men’s hockey team.PHOTO:SUPPLIED

The IIEVarsity College men’s hockey team.PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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THE Independent Institution of Education (IIE) Varsity College women’s hockey team put in a flawless performance at the recent University Sports South Africa (USSA) Hockey Championship as they beat University of Cape Town in the final 4-1, qualifying for the A section 2018.

The Varsity College women’s team dominated their games against Rhodes, the Durban University of Technology and Central University of Technology. Donna Small from IIE (BA Honours), Durban North, said: “Winning the B section this year was our goal. We reminded ourselves constantly what we were working towards. To win felt incredible because we had all bought into what we wanted to achieve. I definitely believe this team deserves to play in the A section at USSA next year. They are a fabulous group of girls who play a competitive brand of hockey. I might have to register for another year at IIE Varsity College.”

The IIE Varsity College men’s hockey team were in the pool of death and lost their first two games to University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Wits University. However, in possibly the upset of this stage of the tournament, they beat Maties, the 2016 USSA men’s title holders, 2-0. The team sailed through the quarter-finals and met Maties again in the fifth and sixth playoff match. Maties stepped up to the plate in this match and beat IIE Varsity College 5-2. The team finished sixth in the A section.

Richard Curtis, goalkeeper for IIE (BCom Honours) Durban North, said: “Beating Maties showed that we can compete against other top universities in the country. This proud achievement illustrated how much we, as a team, have developed and that IIE Varsity College is on the right track and its structures are in place. I am really proud to end my IIE Varsity College USSA career having achieved great things, and having taken the IIE Varsity College team from the C section in 2013 to the A section in 2017.”

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