Fixture: Maties 6-2 Kovsies


Maties march over Kovsies

The opening round of day two of Varsity Hockey, hosted by UCT saw Maties thump six goals past Kovsies, while Kovsies struggled to keep up with their two.

Maties made no mistake with an early short corner opportunity. Lenta Cullinan slapped one past Kovsies’ keeper Wiane Grobler.


Kovsies were quick to take the lead with Antonet Louw’s head-directed blow that seem to rattle the Maties keeper!

Spectators had to wait until the second half for more points when Aimee Pote placed Maties right back in the lead! Maties continued their goal-scoring with their skipper Paige Phillips increasing their lead at the end of the third quarter.

There were unreal scenes in the final quarter. Maties were down to just eight players because Maties were green-carded and Kovsies opted for their power play, but the lack of numbers did not stop Aimee Pote from bagging her second of the day.

FNB Player of the Match: Antonet Louw
Mugg & Bean Star Saver: Simone van der Colff
MTN Connect Award:  Aimee Pote

Maties: 6
Goals: Lenta Cullinan, Aimee Pote (2), Paige Phillips

Kovsies: 2
Goal: Antonet Louw

Maties: Kristen Block 3, Simone van der Colff 13, Paige Phillips (C) 8 , Sandisiwe Tabata 1 , Stephanie Botha 4, Lenta Cullinan 10, Fran Darkoh 20, Tammy Minnaar 6, Zola Nompuku 12 , Monique Bartsch 11, Lida Kotze 7, Jamie Southgate 2, Amaarah Hendricks 18, Lee-Ann Louwrens 5, Angela Welman 23 , Lara Stevens 24, Caitlin Odendaal 22 , Aimee Pote 9

Kovsies: Wiane Grobler 1, Chane. Hartel 2, Mikayla Clasasen 4, Anke Badenhorst 5, Casey Jean Botha 6, Shindré-Lee Simmons 7, Esté Van Schalkwyk 8, Nadia Van Staden 9, Antonet Louw 10, Michelle Ngoetjane 11, Olin Heraldine 12, Lizanne Jacobs 13, Rafilwe Ralikontsane 15, Mielanka Van Schalkwyk 16, Nela Mbedu 17, Simoné Gouws 18, Fracces Louw 20, Kia-Leigh Erasmus 23


Fixture: NWU 4-1 Wits

NWU come from behind to beat Wits 4-1

Wits held the lead and the possession for the first half but the tides changed drastically in the second half as NWU led the trot from 1-0 down to a final score of 4-1.

Although there was lots of action on the field in the first quarter, both Wits and NWU were deadlocked at a goalless draw.

NWU were put on the back foot early into the second quarter when Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren scored for Wits off a short corner, taking a 1-0 lead.

Wits’ defence remained intact as NWU held most of the possession in the third quarter but were not able to convert their efforts into goals.

NWU would have held their breath when Wits’ missed out on an open goal opportunity.

Just before the end of the third quarter, NWU were able to equalise 1-1 thanks to a penalty stroke.

The start of the final quarter saw Wits fired up to go as they nearly scored just 20 seconds in but NWU keeper Caitlin Grant cleared the danger area.

To the dismay of Wits, NWU were awarded a second penalty stroke which Carli Pretorius successfully bagged to take a 2-1 lead for the first time in the match. NWU continued to apply the pressure as they netted a beautiful reverse stick to exponentially increase their lead to 4-1.

FNB Player of the Match: Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren
Mugg & Bean Star Saver: Caitlin Grant
MTN Connect Award: Jessica de Bruyn-Smith

Wits: 1
Goal: Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren

NWU: 4
Goals: Carli Pretorius (2), Saré Laubscher

Wits: Tamsin Copeland 1, Michelle Dykman2, Nolwazi Ngubane 3, Imogen Bangert 4, Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren 5, Angelique Pieterse 6, Nomnikelo Veto 7, Ashleigh Readhead 8, Mandisa Sigudla 9, Nompilo Thenjwayo 10, Ashleigh Datnow 11, Danielle Quin 12, Nolwazi Zondi 13, Erin Haupt 14, Lisa Bone 16, Johnson Storme 17, Rethabile Tsebiso 19, Sisipho Magwaza 24

NWU: Caitlin Grant 1, Mischka Ellis 2, Jessica de Bruyn-Smith 5, Kirsty Adams 6, Miecke Flemming 7, Mia Barnard 8, Adelaide Siddell 9, Meeghan Klomp 10, Kelsey Minnaar 11, Charné Maddocks 12, Carli Pretorius 13, Courtney Du Preez 15, Candice Silent 16, Chanté Ferreira 17, Saré Laubscher 19, Jacolene McLaren 22, Kutlwano Moshugi 23, Christa Ramasimong 24,


Fixture: UJ 4-3 Tuks


UJ bring A game to beat reigning champions Tuks, 4-3

The power duo of Kristen Paton and Jivanka Kruger for UJ set a steady platform to beat Tuks 4-3 on Saturday evening at the UCT astro.

Tuks converted their first short corner opportunity to take the lead just 7 minutes into the first half.

Gabriella Terblanche was quick on the counter-attack with her field goal to peddle UJ into the lead – a lead which they were to hold on to for the remainder of the game.  

Deep into the game, Dinisha Coopoosamy slapped in a sliding shot far post to double UJ’s score to 4.

Tuks brought themselves right back into the game with Natalie Esteves dispatching a successful shortie, closing the gap to 4-2.

Natalie Esteves was on the money early for Tuks in the third quarter as they trailed UJ by just one.

Moments later unfortunately, the medics were brought onto the pitch to attend to Tuks’ player Thandokazi Chithi, who had to leave the field due to injury after she put her body on the line, taking a serious blow to the leg to defend a shot on target.

The crowd were entertained in the final quarter although no goals were conceded by either side, as the score remained 4-3 in favour of UJ.

FNB Player of the Match: Jivanka Kruger
Mugg & Bean Star Saver: Nadia Mattana
MTN Connect Award: Thandokazi Chithi
Goals: Onthatile Zulu, Natalie Esteves (2)

Goals: Gabriella Terblanche, Dinisha Coopoosamy

Tuks: Megan Anderson (C)5, Aimée Anticevich 11, Thandokazi Chithi 17, Jean-Leigh du Toit 16, Natalie Esteves 15, Kaylin Fourie 10, Maxine Hannan 8, Anemé Jacobs 18, Lerato Mahole 14, Marizen Marais (VC) 7, Maikemisetso Marokoane 4, Jessica-Lee Redfern 21, Micaela Roos 20, Alexis Steyn 1, Demi Tait 23, Ashleigh Thomas 6, Mase Thotse 19, Onthatile Zulu 3

UJ: Nadia Mattana 1, Paula Rebelo 23, Jivanka Kruger 10, Phia Gerber 7, Lethabo Nkoe 16, Dinisha Coopoosamy 2, Tanika Schram 11, Celine Da Silva 3, Kristen Paton 8, Zeena Martin 4, Demi Harmse 13, Kelly Hewitt 18, Lisa Hawker 9, Gabriella Terblanche 14, Kaylim Bowers 15, Tenika Kriel 12, Thato May 5, Pauline Jacobs 6


Fixture: UCT 5-4 Madibaz


UCT clinch narrow 5-4 victory over Madibaz in close encounter

In a match that delivered in all respects, it was UCT who emerged victorious on Saturday night with a 5-4 win over Madibaz.

It was a busy first quarter, which included six short corners, but neither side managed a breakthrough. This was mostly due to the solid defence on display from both sides.

Despite the score remaining 0 apiece heading into halftime, the match was far from a slow and defensive performance. Both sides survived a barrage of short corners, displaying steel-wall-like defence. This was the first game in Varsity Hockey 2019 that saw zero goals scored in the first half.

The third quarter got underway with two goals scored in quick succession – one by either side. First up were the Madibaz who seemed undisturbed by a UCT crowd as they made the first breakthrough, placing them 2-0 up. UCT decided to show their worth, slapping a blow right past the keeper to square matters up again at 2-2.

The suspense continued to build as UCT and Madibaz headed into the final quarter of the match with the scores still locked at 2-2.

UCT made perfect use of their powerplay as Aaliyah Dollie netted a goal in the final 10 minutes of the game, edging the home side 4-2 for the first time in the game. UCT continued to increase their lead when captain Andrea Leader easily converted a penalty flick.

Madibaz’s use of the powerplay deep into the final minutes of the game boded well for them as Caitlin Brooks scored a goal, separating the teams with just a single point difference.

Madibaz were clawing their way back into the game but it was time up in Cape Town as hosts UCT walked away with their second win of the tournament.

FNB Player of the Match: Caitlin Van Goeverden
Mugg & Bean Star Saver: Tumishang Shirinde
MTN Connect Award: Jess Hutchinson

UCT: 5
Goal: Jess Hutchinson, Aaliyah Dollie, Andrea Leader

Madibaz: 4
Goals: Zhanique Sissing, Caitlin Brooks

UCT: Nope Serage 1, Rosi Church 3, Gillian Hermanus 4, Jess Hutchinson 6, Andrea Leader 7, Michelle Winter 8, Nicole Koenig 9, Chelsea Manoek 10, Clem Goldig 11, Francesca Vercellotti 12, Moletlo Somo 13, Michelle Tullus 14, Megan Pryce-Lewis 16, Courtney Wheeler 17, Modjadjl Maake 20, Candice Ewing 21, Cameron Beckett 24, Aaliyah Dollie 28

Madibaz: Kerryn Frost 1, Emma Fraser, 12 Hannah Knott-Craig 3, Lara Cunningham 5, Caitlin Van Goeverden 16, Britany Reddy 11, Staci Edwards 6, Kanyisa Gwata 8, Zhanique Sissing 4, Shaneal Fernandez 10, Awuraama Asmah-Andoh 15, Caitlin Brooks 17, Cassidy Holmes 21, Shae O’Reilly 20, Caitlin Gouws 7,  Emma Hobson 22, Sinead Walsh 9, Tumishang Shirinde 24

Day Three’s fixtures:

·         13h30 – Maties vs UJ

·         15h15 – Madibaz vs Wits

·         17h00 – NWU vs Kovsies

·         18h45 – UCT vs Tuks