2017 Year Planner

We are super excited for the upcoming season! Please see below our 2017 year planner. Please note that dates & times are subject to change.

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2017 Coaching Vacancies

Please see the attached document for more information about the 2017 coaching vacancies. Please contact our club manager for more information. Reggie Smith (rjs@sun.ac.za)

 

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Steinhoff Maties Hockey Camp 2017

Come join us at our 35th hockey camp next year! We want to go bigger & better!! Please contact Scharlize Crafford for more information: hockinst@sun.ac.za // 021 808 2814  

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Swanepoel en Glasby groot wenners by Steinhoff Maties Hokkie se Toekenningsaand

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Dylan Swanepoel en Tarryn Glasby was die twee groot wenners by die jaarlikse Steinhoff Maties Hokkie-toekenningsaand.

Glasby is aangewys as Afrigter se Speler van die Jaar en die voorste doelskieter vir Maties Vroue. Sy het ook die Kotie Smuts-trofee as Vroue Klubspeler van die Jaar ontvang. Glasby het ‘n totaal van 25 doele aangeteken wat haar die voorste doelskieter van die klub in die algeheel gemaak en het haar die Jakie Wiese-trofee besorg. Glasby is deel van die Suid-Afrikaanse o.21-span wat later vanjaar aan die Wêrelbeker-toernooi gaan deelneem.

Swanepoel het ook met ‘n handvol toekennings weggestap. Die kaptein van die Maties Mans is as Mees Waardevolle Speler van die Jaar, Spelers se Speler van die Jaar en Afrigter se Speler van die Jaar aangewys. Hy het toe ook nog die Voorsittersbeker as Mansklubspeler van die Jaar ontvang. Dit was Swanepoel se laaste seisoen by Maties.

Ander toekennings vir die vroue het gegaan aan Heather McEwan – Mees Waardevolle Speler van die Jaar – en Quanita Bobbs is as Spelers se Speler van die Jaar aangewys. Natasha Rootenburg is die speler wat die meeste vordering gemaak het vir Maties Vroue en in die klub. Laasgenoemde beteken sy het die Rennie Rose-Innes-trofee ontvang.

Maties Mans se voorste doelskieter was James Drummond. Die doelskieter het ook die Jan Kelder-trofee gekry vir die meeste doele in die klub vir mans. Eerste jaar Tom Richardson is die speler van die meeste vordering gemaak het in die manspan. Doelwagter Rob McKinley het die JH Black-trofee ontvang vir die manspeler van die meester vordering gemaak het in die klub.

Maties Sport se jaarlikse Toekeningsaand is op 19 Oktober.

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Swanepoel and Glasby big winners at Steinhoff Maties Hockey awards

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Dylan Swanepoel and Tarryn Glasby were the two big winners at the annual Steinhoff Maties Hockey awards ceremony.

Glasby was named Coach’s Player of the Year and the leading goal scorer for Maties Women. She also received the Kotie Smuts Trophy for Women’s Club Player of the Year. Glasby scored a total of 25 goals making her the leading scorer of the club. She received the Jackie Wiese Trophy. Glasby is part of the South African u21 team that will compete in the World Cup tournament later this year.

Swanepoel also received a handful of awards. The captain of Maties Men was named Most Valuable Player, Players’ Player and Coach’s Player of the Year. He also received the President Cup as Men’s Club Player of the Year. It was Swanepoel’s last season at Maties.

Other awards for the women went to Heather McEwan – Most Valuable Player of the Year – and Quanita Bobbs was named Players’ Player of the Year. Natasha Rootenburg was the player who made the most progress for Maties Women and the club. The latter means she received the Rennie Rose-Innes Trophy.

Maties Men’s leading scorer was James Drummond. The striker also received the Jan Cellar Trophy for most goals in the club for men. First year Tom Richardson is the player who made the most progress in the men’s team. Goalkeeper Rob McKinley received the JH Black Trophy for men’s player who made the most progress in the club.

Maties Sport’s annual Awards evening is on 19 October.

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Last timer: Daniel Bell

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‘Live and train the Maties way’

Daniel Bell, one of the most popular players in the Steinhoff Maties Men’s hockey team – evident from his 2015 Players’ Player of the Season award – believes Maties is the best place for any younger hockey player.

“Youngsters should come to the Stellenbosch University and become a Matie because it’s the best hockey environment to train and play in. The coaching staff and players are at an international level and you only benefit from this.” He is currently in Belgium where he plays club hockey.

Bell may not be sure how many matches he has played or goals he has scored, but he hasn’t missed much action in his time at Maties. “I only missed two league games in my four seasons and did not play USSA in my first year because of the Student Games in Russia where I was part of Team South Africa.”

Being coach by the likes of Paul Revington, Neville Rothman and this season Ashlin Freddy, having access to world-class facilities and the Maties Sport High Performance programme makes the Maties environment one of excellence, but also one of fun. “I’ll remember Maties by the incredible bond the players have with one another and the intensity we train and play at. I’ve learnt a lot of things that are crucial to become a successful hockey player – the way you train, live and play. Some of the best memories are intense trainings with my mates with a beautiful sunset setting the scene.”

Like many of the players whose time at Maties came to an end this year, Bell emphasises in his final message how important it is to live and experience all that Matieland has to offer. “Enjoy every moment you have at this special place we call Stellenbosch. Take advantage of the awesome facilities and live and train the Maties way.”

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‘Leef en oefen op die Maties manier’

Daniel Bell, een van die gewildste spelers in die Steinhoff Maties manshokkiespan – duidelik uit sy Spelers se Speler van die Jaar-toekenning in 2015 – glo Maties is die beste plek vir enige jong hokkiespeler.

“Jongelinge moet na die Universiteit Stellenbosch kom en vir Maties speel, want dit is die beste hokkie-omgewing om in te oefen en te speel. Die afrigtingspan en spelers is op internasionale vlak en jy kan net baat vind hierby.” Hy is tans in België waar hy klubhokkie speel.

Bell mag dalk nie seker wees van hoeveel wedstryde hy gespeel of doele hy vir Maties aangeteken het nie, maar hy het nie veel aksie gemis in sy tyd by Maties nie. “Ek het net twee ligawedstryde in my vier seisoene nie gespeel nie en was nie by die USSA-toernooi in my eerste jaar nie, want ek was in Rusland vir die Studentespele waar ek vir Suid-Afrika gespeel het.”

Afrigters soos Paul Revington, Neville Rothman en die seisoen Ashlin Freddy, toegang tot die wêreldklas geriewe en die Maties Sport Hoë Prestasie-program maak die Maties omgewing een van uitnemendheid, maar ook een van die pret. “Ek sal Maties onthou danksy die ongelooflike band wat die spelers het met mekaar en die intensiteit waarmee ons geoefen en gespeel het. Ek het baie dinge geleer wat noodsaaklik is om ‘n goeie hokkiespeler te wees – die manier waarop jy oefen, speel en leef. Van my beste herinneringe is die uitmergelende sessies saam met my spanmaats met ‘n besonderse sonsondergang om die toneel af te rond.”

Soos baie van die spelers wie se tyd by Maties vanjaar tot ‘n einde gekom het, het Bell in sy laaste boodskap beklemtoon hoe belangrik dit is om die hele ervaring van Matieland te geniet. “Geniet elke oomblik wat jy hier op spesiale plek wat ons Stellenbosch noem het. Maak gebruik van die ongelooflike geriewe en leef en oefen op die Matie manier.”

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Residence AGM – 27 September

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Congratulations to all the trophy winners! Well done on a great year of hockey! The respective winners are: First Year Tournament: Medies Men & Heemstede Inter Res Tournament: Eendrag & Aristea Summer League: Libertas & Oud Studente Super League: Medies … Continue reading

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Steinhoff Maties part of winning PHL team

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Two players from the Steinhoff Maties Hockey club were part of the team that this past weekend won the first ever South African Premier Hockey League.

James Drummond and Jacques Bleeker played for the Maropeng Cavemen that won the final against the Addo Elephants 2-0. Other Maties’ who played in the PHL were Keenan Horne, Reece Arendse (Garden Route Gazelles), Luke Schooling (Drakensburg Dragons), Alex Stewart, Matt de Sousa, Charlie Bowren and Rob McKinley (SA u21 team as Golden Gate Gladiators); Heather McEwan, Natasha Rootenburg, Nicole la Fleur (Wineland Wings), Tarryn Glasby, Christine Seggie, Dani Cairns and Alegra Dijkstra (SA u21 team as Namaqualand Daisies). The Gazelles finished third after a victory over the Gladiators, while the Wineland Wings also won bronze.

“To be honest I had no idea what to expect from the PHL, but it was tempting so gave my name up for the drafting. Especially after winning USSA I was amped to play some more hockey,” said Drummond.

“I got drafted in the first round of the process by the Maropeng Cavemen. It is pretty much a Johannesburg core team and I realised that I will experience something very different. Bonus was my Maties teammate Jacques Bleeker also being in the squad. It was clear from the start that our focus was to be a close-knit team and that each player worked towards the same goal. In Rassie Pieterse we had a strong leader who made sure we all remained focus and on the same page. It was a very interesting experience being part of a team in which we had very little in common, but for our love of hockey! Having been a Province boy all my life it was a great experience to play in the same team as players I have never played with before. I was very lucky to be part of the Cavemen.”

First year Matie Schooling played for a team who struggled in the PHL, but that did not take away from the big learning experience and opportunity it was for the youngster. “It was really an epic experience being exposed to such a quality range of players from across the country that you’d never really expect to play with, especially with the senior national players from our team that really helped me with certain aspects of game. The professionalism of the league was also really awesome, despite a long and successful season for Maties and all the high performance exposure we get, it was incredible having the opportunity to see what the top level of hockey looks like on a national scale. I’m really looking forward to next year after the success of the inaugural league.”

Drummond also mentioned the excitement that this league brought to hockey in South Africa. “The PHL gives hockey players something more to play for. I have been playing hockey for the past 10 years and ever since I could remember this is what players have been asking for: a professional league for local hockey. The ultimate goal is for hockey to be a professional sport. This year was just the first step I believe and I am sure it will only get bigger and better. Next year is going to be epic after the groundwork that has been done this year. I think more players will want to be involved after missing out due to injury or other commitments. The 2016 PHL was a treat and pleasure to be part of.”

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Steinhoff Matie-spelers deel van seëvierend PHL-span

Twee spelers van die Steinhoff Maties Hokkieklub was deel van die span wat die afgelope naweek die eerste Suid-Afrikaanse Premier Hokkieliga (PHL) gewen het.

James Drummond en Jacques Bleeker het vir die Maropeng Cavemen gespeel wat in die eindstryd die Addo Ellephants met 2-0 geklop het. Ander Maties wat in die PHL gespeel het, was Keenan Horne, Reece Arendse (Garden Route Gazelles), Luke Schooling (Drakensberg Dragons), Alex Stewart, Matt de Sousa, Charlie Bowren en Rob McKinley (SA o.21-span as die Golden Gate Gladiators); Heather McEwan, Natasha Rootenburg, Nicole la Fleur (Wineland Wings), Tarryn Glasby, Christine Seggie, Dani Cairns en Alegra Dijkstra (SA o.21-span as Namaqualand Daisies). Die Gazelles het derde geëindig ná ‘n oorwinning oor die Gladiators, terwyl die Wineland Wings ook brons gewen het.

“Om eerlik te wees ek het nie geweet wat om van die PHL te verwag nie. Dit was egter ‘n aanloklike idee. En veral na die USSA-sege wou ek baie graag nog hokkie speel,” het Drummond vertel.

“Ek is in die eerste ronde van die proses deur die Maropeng Cavemen gekies. Dit is grotendeels ‘n Johannesburgse kernspan en ek het besef dat ek iets heel anders gaan ervaar. Bonus was my Maties spanmaat Jacques Bleeker wat ook in die groep was. Dit was uit die staanspoor duidelik dat ons gefokus was om ‘n hegte span te wees en dat elke speler met dieselfde doel voor oë gewerk en gespeel het. In Rassie Pieterse het ons ‘n sterk leier gehad wat seker gemaak het ons almal bly gefokus en op dieselfde bladsy. Dit was ‘n baie interessante ervaring om deel te wees van ‘n span waar ons baie min ingemeen gehad het, behalwe ons liefde vir hokkie! Ek speel nog my hele lewe in die Westelike Provinsie en daarom was dit ‘n wonderlike ervaring om saam met die spelers te speel en nie teen hulle nie soos altyd. Ek was baie gelukkig om deel van die Cavemen wees. ”

Eerste jaar Matie Schooling het vir ‘n span gespeel wat grotendeels gesukkel het, maar dit het nie weggeneem van die groot leerervaring en geleentheid wat dit vir jongeling was nie. “Dit was regtig ‘n epiese ervaring om blootgestel te word aan die verskeidenheid van gehalte spelers van regoor die land saam met wie jy nooit regtig verwag het om te speel nie. Die senior nasionale spelers in my span het my veral baie gehelp en geleer oor verskeie aspekte van die spel. Die professionaliteit van die liga was ook regtig wonderlik, ten spyte van ‘n lang en suksesvolle seisoen vir Maties en al die hoë prestasie blootstelling wat ons kry, was dit ongelooflik om te sien hoe die boonste vlak van hokkie op ‘n nasionale platform lyk. Ek sien regtig uit na volgende jaar na die sukses van die eerste PHL.”

Drummond het ook verwys na die opwinding oor die betekenis van die PHL vir Suid-Afrikaanse hokkie. “Die PHL gee hokkiespelers iets ekstra om voor te speel. Ek speel al vir die afgelope 10 jaar hokkie en vir solank as wat ek kan onthou, is dit waarvoor spelers vra: ‘n professioale plaaslike liga. Die uiteindelike doel is om hokkie ‘n professionele sport te maak. Ek glo vanjaar was net die eerste stap en ek is seker dit sal net groter en beter word. Volgende jaar gaan epies wees na die goeie grondslag van die eerste PHL. Ek dink meer spelers sal betrokke wees nadat hulle vanjaar weens beserings of ander verpligtinge uitgemis het. Dit was baie lekker en spesiaal om deel van die 2016 PHL te wees.”

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STEINHOFF MATIES HOCKEY CAMP 2017

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Come join us at our 35th hockey camp next year! We want to go bigger & better!! Please contact Scharlize Crafford for more information: hockinst@sun.ac.za // 021 808 2814  

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Changing of the guard

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When Dylan Swanepoel handed him the captain’s armband in one of the most crucial matches of the season, Alex Stewart new that something big is happening.

In the final match of the season for the Steinhoff Maties Hockey Men’s team – Western Province Grand Challenge final against WPCC – club captain Swanepoel was injured in the first chukka. It was only at halftime though that he handed over the captain’s armband to Stewart because he realised there was no way he could play again in what was his last match for Maties.

For both Stewart and Swanepoel it was an emotional moment. “To be honest, I was a bit shocked at first. I even said: ‘What must I do with it?’ Dylan just replied: ‘Put it on!’ It was then that it hit me that he wasn’t going to play the remainder of the match due to his injury. I knew from that second on that I was hugely responsible for the organisation and the communication of the team, especially in defence as everyone in defence was a first year player and they were looking to me for guidance and tactical awareness. I just went with my gut and trusted what leadership experience I had gained over the years and through the SA u21’s and basically just did what had to be done,” said Stewart.

Looking back on that moment Swanepoel said with brutal honesty that if this happened some 300 days ago, it would not have been easy at all to give his captain’s armband to the youngster. “A year ago I probably would not have been comfortable giving my captain’s armband to Ali, just because I didn’t know him that well yet. We got closer this season and I got the opportunity to get to know him better on and off the field. Giving him my captain’s armband was not an issue at all. It felt right. It actually was a pleasure to give it to him. Alex is ready to lead the team…of that I’m sure,” said Swanepoel.

There is no doubt that Stewart – next year a third year student and player at Maties – has been groomed for this position within the club. “At the beginning of this year I didn’t really think about the captaincy because there are guys who have played more seasons for Maties and I assumed they would take over. But after everything that has happened the past months I started to think about it. I never thought though that it would happen so soon and in such a bizarre situation.”

Stewart is the son of former Matie and national hockey player Leith Stewart. “It does feel quite weird that I seem to be accomplishing the same accolades as my dad. However I have never consciously tried to achieve what he has, it has almost just happened. I’m really inspired to have a dad that has achieved so much and for me to be marginally compared to him is really awesome.”

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Die oomblik toe Dylan Swanepoel aan hom die kapteinsarmband oorhandig in een van die mees kritieke wedstryde van die seisoen, het Alex Stewart geweet iets groots is aan die gebeur.

In die laaste wedstryd van die seisoen vir die Steinhoff Maties Hokkie-manspan – die Westelike Provinsie Grand Challenge-eindstryd teen WPCC – is klubkaptein Swanepoel reeds in die eerste chukka beseer. Dit was egter eers teen halftyd wat hy besef het hy sal nie weer op die veld gaan in sy laaste wedstryd vir Maties nie en die kapteinsarmband aan Stewart oorhandig het.

Vir beide Stewart en Swanepoel was dit ‘n emosionele oomblik.

“Om eerlik te wees, ek was aanvanklik ‘n bietjie geskok. Ek het selfs gesê: “Wat moet ek daarmee doen?” Dylan het net geantwoord: “Sit dit om jou arm!” Dit was toe dat dit my tref dat hy nie van plan was om die res van die wedstryd te speel nie as gevolg van sy besering. Ek het toe besef dat ek in die uiters belangrike wedstryd verantwoordelik gaan wees vir die organisasie en die kommunikasie van die span, veral in die verdediging omdat almal in die verdedigingslyn eerstejaar-spelers was en hulle na my gekyk het vir leiding en taktiese bewustheid. Ek het net met my instink gegaan en vertrou op die leierskapervaring wat ek oor die jare en met die SA o.21’s gekry het en basies net gedoen wat gedoen moes word,” het Stewart vertel.

As hy terugkyk na daardie oomblik sê Swanepoel met brutale eerlikheid dat as dit sowat 300 dae gelede gebeur het, dit nie so maklik sou gewees het om die kapteinskap aan die jongeling te oorhandig nie. “ ‘n Jaar gelede sou ek waarskynlik nie gemaklik gewees het om die kapteinsarmband aan Ali te gee nie, net omdat ek hom nog nie goed genoeg geken het nie. Ons het die afgelope seisoen baie meer gepraat en ek het die geleentheid gekry om hom te beter te leer ken op en van die veld af. Om hom die kapteinsarmbad te gee was nie ‘n probleem nie. Dit het reg gevoel. Dit was eintlik ‘n plesier om dit aan hom gee. Alex is gereed om die span te lei … daarvan is ek seker,” het Swanepoel gesê.

Daar is geen twyfel dat Stewart – volgende jaar ‘n derdejaar student en speler by Maties – goed voorberei is op die posisie binne die klub. “Aan die begin van die jaar het ek nie regtig oor die kapteinskap gedink nie, want daar is ouens wat meer seisoene vir Maties gespeel het en ek het gedink hulle sal seker oorneem. Maar na alles wat die afgelope paar maande gebeur het, het ek begin om daaraan te dink. Ek het egter nooit gedink dit sal so vinnig en in sulke bisarre omstandighede gebeur nie.”

Stewart is die seun van die voormalige Matie en nasionale hokkiespeler Leith Stewart. “Dit voel nogal vreemd dat ek besig is om alles te bereik wat my pa bereik het. Maar ek het nog nooit doelbewus probeer om in sy voetspore te volg nie, tans gebeur dit net. Ek is geïnspireer met my pa wat soveel bereik het en vir my om net in ‘n mate met hom vergelyk te word, is ongelooflik.”

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