WPCC wins richest prize in SA hockey

2015-07-21 06:00
The Western Province Cricket Club Badgers team is elated with their second consecutive win in the Greenfields Elite Club Challenge tournament held in Durban on the weekend.

Greg Labuscagne

The Western Province Cricket Club Badgers team is elated with their second consecutive win in the Greenfields Elite Club Challenge tournament held in Durban on the weekend. PHOTO: Greg Labuscagne

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The Western Province Cricket Club Badgers (WPCC) hockey team has repeated last year’s heroics and successfully defended their Greenfields Elite Club Challenge title in Durban at the weekend.

The tournament boasts the largest total prize money for a South African hockey tournament.

WPCC pocketed R25 000 for its efforts in securing the tournament’s top honours, which is the highest prize money ever awarded in South African hockey history.

The Greenfields Elite Club Challenge is the only non-tertiary national hockey tournament on the SA circuit to feature the country’s top club hockey teams.

The tournament was established in 2013 by Riverside Sports and Riverside Hockey Club to showcase proficient top class hockey by premier players in a festival type tournament.

This year, spectators were treated to an even more exciting display of intense hockey performances from SA’s top players and clubs.

Participating teams included the Badgers, Kearsney Hockey Club (2nd), Riverside Hockey Club (3rd), Wanderers Hockey Club (4th) and Old Edwardians Hockey Club (5th), who were also newcomers to the tournament, and Malik Old Albanians Hockey Club (6th).

The Badgers would seal the deal in the final match of the festival, beating Kearsney 3-0, with goals from captain Andrew Cronje, Matthew McConkey and Ryan Crowe.

According to Jon Cook, the Badgers were fully deserved champions: “Throughout this outstanding event, the Badgers were compact in defence, inventive in midfield and composed in front of goal.

“The Cape Town side were also indebted to their inspirational goalkeeper Mark Turner, who made a number of breathtaking saves at vital moments in his team’s four matches.

“The impressive Kearsney outfit made the Badgers work hard for the victory, yet the goal scoring opportunities they created didn’t translate into dividends.”

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