SA cool on home ice

2018-05-08 06:00
Uthman Samaai from Newlands attempts to go for a goal against Georgia during the Hockey World Championship Division III at GrandWest last month. South Africa won the encounter 4-2. PHOTO: Carina Roux

Uthman Samaai from Newlands attempts to go for a goal against Georgia during the Hockey World Championship Division III at GrandWest last month. South Africa won the encounter 4-2. PHOTO: Carina Roux

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South Africa had a less than perfect start at the recent Ice Hockey World Championships Division III at the GrandWest Ice Arena, placing fifth, with Deen Magmoed being named the South African player of the tournament.

Western Province was well represented in the national team with Andre Marais (Cape Town), Uthman Samaai (Newlands) and Jean-Michel van Doesburgh (Pinelands) all playing a role.

“We did not start off that well, losing against Bulgaria 4-0 in our first game. Bulgaria was seeded second in this division with us being seeded in at the fifth spot, so the chances of us winning the first game against a stronger team for the opening game were expected [to be small].

“Our second game was the one to win against Chinese Taipei, seeded at number six, but we unfortunately could not pull that one off and lost 5-2 in that game,” says Jason Cerff, president of Western Province Ice Hockey and vice-president of South African Ice Hockey.

It didn’t get any easier when South Africa faced the number one seeded team of Turkey. The South Africans took a beating, losing 7-1.

It was at this stage that the hosts were staring down the barrel and facing a possible relegation to a qualifying division.

The team showed courage and pulled off a massive win against the eventual winners, Georgia, beating them 4-2. This was just what the doctor ordered as they kept their winning ways by comprehensively beating Hong Kong 6-0 in their final match.

“We are now preparing for next season already, as we have learnt a lot about what our mistakes were and are planning to have them corrected before the next world champs. We have a lot of talent and the guys showed that they are more than good enough to compete on this level,” says Cerff.

According to Cerff the sport is growing consistently across the country, but it lacks funding as it’s a unique sport which requires ice rinks. Cape Town only has one to offer, and ice hockey must share ice time with figure skating, as well as the normal day-to-day public sessions.

The Super League season is in full swing and the next tournament here will be from 28 to 31 July against the Wildcats from Gauteng. The league consists of three teams: Gauteng Wildcats, Pretoria Capitals and Cape Town Kings.

South Africa had a less than perfect start at the recent Ice Hockey World Championships Division III at the GrandWest Ice Arena, placing fifth, with Deen Magmoed being named the South African player of the tournament.

Western Province was well represented in the national team with Andre Marais (Cape Town), Uthman Samaai (Newlands) and Jean-Michel van Doesburgh (Pinelands) all playing a role.

“We did not start off that well, losing against Bulgaria 4-0 in our first game. Bulgaria was seeded second in this division with us being seeded in at the fifth spot, so the chances of us winning the first game against a stronger team for the opening game were expected [to be small].

“Our second game was the one to win against Chinese Taipei, seeded at number six, but we unfortunately could not pull that one off and lost 5-2 in that game,” says Jason Cerff, president of Western Province Ice Hockey and vice-president of South African Ice Hockey.

At this stage of the tournament it didn’t get any easier when South Africa faced the number one seeded team of Turkey. The South Africans took a beating, losing 7-1.

It was at this stage that the hosts were staring down the barrel and facing a possible relegation to a qualifying division.

The team showed tremendous courage and pulled off a massive win against the eventual winners, Georgia, beating them 4-2. This was just what the doctor ordered as they kept their winning ways by comprehensively beating Hong Kong 6-0 in their final match.

“We are now preparing for next season already, as we have learnt a lot about what our mistakes were and are planning to have them corrected before the next world champs. We have a lot of talent and the guys showed that they are more than good enough to compete on this level,” says Cerff.

Cerff adds that the sport is growing consistently across the country, but it lacks funding as it’s a unique sport which requires ice rinks. Cape Town has only one to offer, and ice hockey must share ice time with figure skating, as well as the normal day-to-day public sessions. Ice time is limited and the sport and can only grow as far as they have ice time available.

The Super League season is in full swing and the next tournament here will be from 28 to 31 July against the Wildcats from Gauteng. The league consists of three teams: Gauteng Wildcats, Pretoria Capitals and Cape Town Kings.

South Africa had a less than perfect start at the recent Ice Hockey World Championships Division III at the GrandWest Ice Arena, placing fifth, with Deen Magmoed being named the South African player of the tournament.

Western Province was well represented in the national team with Andre Marais (Cape Town), Uthman Samaai (Newlands) and Jean-Michel van Doesburgh (Pinelands) all playing a role.

“We did not start off that well, losing against Bulgaria 4-0 in our first game. Bulgaria was seeded second in this division with us being seeded in at the fifth spot, so the chances of us winning the first game against a stronger team for the opening game were expected [to be small].

“Our second game was the one to win against Chinese Taipei, seeded at number six, but we unfortunately could not pull that one off and lost 5-2 in that game,” says Jason Cerff, president of Western Province Ice Hockey and vice-president of South African Ice Hockey.

It didn’t get any easier when South Africa faced the number one seeded team of Turkey. The South Africans took a beating, losing 7-1.

It was at this stage that the hosts were staring down the barrel and facing a possible relegation to a qualifying division.

The team showed courage and pulled off a massive win against the eventual winners, Georgia, beating them 4-2. This was just what the doctor ordered as they kept their winning ways by comprehensively beating Hong Kong 6-0 in their final match.

“We are now preparing for next season already, as we have learnt a lot about what our mistakes were and are planning to have them corrected before the next world champs. We have a lot of talent and the guys showed that they are more than good enough to compete on this level,” says Cerff.

According to Cerff the sport is growing consistently across the country, but it lacks funding as it’s a unique sport which requires ice rinks. Cape Town only has one to offer, and ice hockey must share ice time with figure skating, as well as the normal day-to-day public sessions.

The Super League season is in full swing and the next tournament here will be from 28 to 31 July against the Wildcats from Gauteng. The league consists of three teams: Gauteng Wildcats, Pretoria Capitals and Cape Town Kings.

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