Steinhoff Maties Women once again student champions

Steinhoff Maties women’s hockey team are once again the South African Student Champions after winning last week’s USSA tournament in Pretoria. Maties finished second the past two years. It is Maties’ 17th USSA title.

This year they beat Pukkie in the final after a penalty shoot-out. Going into the final Pukke were the favourites because they got the better of Maties in the group matches by winning 3-1. In the final though the match ended 1-1. The one on one penalty shoot-out then decided the winner. Tarryn Glasby was the goal scorer in the match and then Glasby, Cath Morris and Heather MacEwan scored in the shout-out.

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In the earlier group matches Maties beat NMMU (4-1), UCT (4-0) and then in the semi-final got the better of UJ (1-0).

It was not the best tournament for the men’s team though. University of Johannesburg defended its title successfully. Maties finished fifth after losing out on the semi-finals to KZN and NMMU due to goal difference. They finished 2nd last year. In this year’s tournament they lost against NMMU (0-4) and draw the match against Wits (1-1). They won the matches against KZN (2-0), Rhodes (5-1) and Ikeys (4-1). In the end of the day the draw against Wits was the big difference.

Four players form the Maties Hockey Club are now off to play in the Commonwealth Games for South Africa. They are Pierre de Voux, Illse Davids, Jade Mayne and Quanita Bobbs. The Games is from 23 July to 3 August in Glasgow, Scotland.

In the mean time the Western Province women’s team for IPT was announced. Jade Mayne, Illse Davids, Erin Hunter, Hanli Hattingh, Bronwyn Kretzman, Suleke Brand, Leigh Boardman, Farah Fredericks and Sarah Bingham represent Maties in the WP team.

Nicole Le Fleur, Rezanne Villet, Margaux Reynecke, Rosey Lombard, Kim Rennie, Teagan van der Wath, Taryn Horner and Sabrina Miles will be in action for the WP Peninsula team.

The tournament is in Pietermaritzburg from 18 to 24 August.

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Mixed results for Steinhoff Maties at USSA

It was a sombre start to the USSA tournament for the Steinhoff Maties Hockey as they observed a minute silence for Prof Russel Botman who passed away.

Minute silence

The match itself ended with Steinhoff Maties winning 3-0 over the Madibaz.

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Then it was the turn of the men to also play against NMMU.  Unfortunately the men lost 4-0 .

For Day 2, the men play against UKZN at 11:30 and thereafter ladies will take on Pukke at 13:00

 

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Steinhoff Maties ladies in provincial teams

Congratulations to the Steinhoff Matie ladies who were selected to represent the WP and Peninsula teams at the Senior IPT.

Well done ladies.

Ladies Senior A Team Announcement 2014

Ladies Senior Pens Team Announcement 2014

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Four Steinhoff Maties’ in WP Men’s team

Four players of the Steinhoff Maties Men’s hockey team will play for the Western Province team in the upcoming national tournament in Durban.

Dylan Swanepoel, Jacques le Roux, Pierre de Voux and Daniel Bell will be in action for WP from 26-30 August. It will be Swanepoel and Bell’s first time playing for the WP senior team. De Voux and Le Roux were part of the team that won the national title last year in Cape Town.

Seven of the Maties will play for WP Peninsula.

The WP men’s team: Andrew Cronje, Ashlin Freddy, Clive Terwin, Cuan Burton-Moore, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Matt Botha, Rhett Halkett, Wade Paton (all WPCC); Austin Smith (Pinelands); Craig Haley (Fish Hoek); Daniel Bell, Dylan Swanepoel, Jacques le Roux, Pierre de Voux (all Steinhoff Maties); Grant Robertson (UCT); Lungile Tsolekile (Langa).

Matie players in the WP Peninsula team: Brad Logan, Dave Agar, Keenan Horne, Marc Fourie, Matt Anderson, Rob Edwards and Shannon Boucher.

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Winter Camp 2014

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USSA teams announced

USSA teams

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Dylan best player in Varsity Hockey

Steinhoff Maties’ Dylan Swanepoel was named Player of the Series in the 2014 Varsity Hockey. It was a consolation prize for the Steinhoff Maties Men’s team after losing in the final of the series against UJ in a penalty shoot-out.

The final weekend of Varsity Hockey was held at the University of Johannesburg. Steinhoff Maties won their last group match against Rhodes by 5-3. Steinhoff Maties finished third on the log and played in the semi-final against Tuks and won 1-0. The other semi-final was contested between UJ and Kovsies. The home team won 2-0.

The final was a revenge match for UJ who was beaten by Steinhoff Maties during the second weekend of the series in Stellenbosch. Tempers were high in that match. In Monday’s final Steinhoff Maties took the lead early on with a goal from speedster Shannon Boucher. Swanepoel followed up with a magic piece of individual brilliance to give Steinhoff Maties a 2-0 lead. But UJ came out fighting in the second half of the match and with 15 minutes left scored the equaliser. The title was decided with a penalty shout-out that UJ won 2-0.

It was of little consolation for Swanepoel when he was awarded the Player of the Series award. He was nominated along with Tuks’ Matthew Guise-Brown and Clinton Panther from UJ. The disappointment was visible for Steinhoff Maties. “It is disappointing that we could not get the win tonight. It is heart sore to lose in a penalty shoot-out. But we have to move on and focus on the rest of the season,” said Swanepoel. His captain Robert Edwards added: “It is disappointing to lose in this way, but we have grown so much as a team and we have worked really hard. We still have a long season ahead to focus on.”

Swanepoel and his Steinhoff Maties teammate Pierre de Voux joined up with the South African national team in preparing for the Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherland. The tournament stars on 31 May and the final is on 15 June.

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All out action over the weekend past

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De Sousa red-hot for Steinhoff Maties

A fiery war of attrition ended by a goal from red-hot red head Matt de Sousa is the best way to describe the Varsity Hockey match between Maties and the men from UJ.

De Sousa, who made his debut for Maties only a few weeks ago, scored the only goal in the 1-0 victory over the current USSA champions. The match against UJ was the third of the weekend. Maties won the Intervarsity match against Ikeys 4-0 and followed it up with a win over NMMU with 3-2.

After the second weekend of the 2014 Varsity Hockey series UJ, Maties, Tuks and Kovsies are all on 20 points after four victories from six matches. UJ is at the top thanks to a better goal difference.

De Sousa, James Drummond (2) and Charles Bowren scored the goals against Ikeys, while De Sousa and Shannon Boucher (2) kept the scoreboard ticking against NMMU. In both these games De Sousa were awarded the Super Striker of the Match title. Boucher took the honours against UJ. Dylan Swanepoel was the man of the match against Ikeys. Daniel Bell was the best player on the field in the games against NMMU and UJ.

The match between UJ and Maties was labeled the highlight of the weekend in Stellenbosch. And the players did not disappoint. In the first of three chukkas Maties controlled most of the play. They had a few penalty corners but could not capitalise. The second and third chukkas were very tense and tempers were high especially from the UJ players.

When De Sousa scored, some of the UJ players lost their tempers and no less then three players were send off in the final minutes.

This while Maties kept their cool in front of some 600 fans.

The final round is this weekend in Johannesburg. Maties will play Rhodes on Saturday and the semi-finals between the top four teams are on Sunday. The final and play-off for third and fourth places is on Monday. The Sunday and Monday games will be broadcasted on television.

For more information visit www.varsitysportssa.com.

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