NMMU’s Malgraff tops Premier Hockey League scoring

2016-10-05 06:00
NMMU Madibaz’s Ignasius Malgraff in action. Photo: THYS LOMBARD

NMMU Madibaz’s Ignasius Malgraff in action. Photo: THYS LOMBARD

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NMMU-Madibaz hockey star Ignatius Malgraff emerged as the leading goal-scorer after the inaugural Premier Hockey League (PHL) drew to a close in Johannesburg recently.

Thirteen Madibaz players – 10 men and three women – were chosen for the PHL, which saw five men’s and women’s teams playing in a month-long competition.

Malgraff’s seven goals saw him top the list ahead of Lloyd Norris-Jones and Ricky West, who notched five each.

The Human Movement Sciences student said being the top scorer was not necessarily his aim.

“Honestly speaking, all I did was take my chances in front of the goals and, in the end, I was the top goal-scorer,” said Malgraff.

“I’m happy that I got this award but I couldn’t have achieved it without the help of my teammates.”

The 23-year-old striker, who made his debut for the national team two seasons ago, turned out for the Addo Elephants alongside fellow NMMU students Devon Clarke, Chad Durrheim and Joshua August.

They qualified for the final where they lost 2-0 to the Maropeng Cavemen, who had Madibaz player Dillan Langeveld (as well as Michael Abrahams of PE’s Lakeside Cavaliers) in their ranks.

While the PHL essentially consisted of franchise squads, each team was allocated four marquee players who turned out for the region in which they were born.

The Madibaz players were:

Men: Chad Durrheim, Muzimmal Sheik, Grant Kapp, Devon Clarke, Dillan Langeveld, Joshua August, Chad Cairncross, Kirwin Christoffels, Ignatius Malgraff, Cerezo Comeresamy; Women: Kiona Sequeira, Lauren Nina, Zimasa Dunywa

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