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Southern KwaZulu-Natal made their presence felt in the KwaZulu-Natal Inland and Country Districts Quadrangular hockey tournament in Pietermaritzburg at weekend.
For the first time in seven years, Southern KwaZulu-Natal returned to the competition with three teams – one men’s and two ladies sides.
The teams were made up of Port Shepstone and Amanzimtoti players, Port Shepstone Hockey Club providing the bulk of the ladies teams with 15 of the 26 players.
They competed against Zululand, Northern KwaZulu-Natal and Midlands with each team playing three games over two days.
The ladies A-team won one and lost two, the ladies B-team one won, drew one and lost one and the men’s A-team put up a gallant effort but were unable to come away with a win.
“I am very proud of how each team performed in their sections and although it was very tough going against experienced teams, they performed well,” Port Shepstone Hockey Club chairman Donovan Rothman told eHowzit.
Rothman was named Umpire of the Tournament, Toti-based ace Jess Wiggill won the Ladies Player of the Tournament award and Sheppie star Marozaan Pretorius grabbed the Save of the Tournament award.
Several Sheppie players were rewarded for their form with places in the KwaZulu-Natal Coastals A-teams who’ll be representing the region in the South African Country Districts tournaments in July.
Kelly Rothman, Fortunate Mnikathi, Portia Ntobela-Malimba and Amy Wigmore will run out for the ladies side, while Chris Stewart, Lionel Wentzel, Matt Redinger, Jarred Ross, Ruben Myburgh, Grant Bowles and Cameron Bowles will feature in the men’s side.
“This is an outstanding achievement from these players and as one can see, Sheppie Hockey Club is going from strength to strength,” said Rothman.