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NC Hockey ready to shine again

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According to the newly-elected chairman of the Northern Cape Hockey Federation Brynmor Le Hanie, hockey in the Northern Cape is back.

Newly-elected Executive of the Northern Cape Hockey Federation are (from left): Donna Burgess (secretary), Brynmor Le Hanie (chairman), Soraya Rosenberg (vice-chairman), Kevin Martin (treasurer); Absent: Riaan Petersen (rule and technical officer), Farhad Adams (development officer), Josman Visagie (facilities officer). Picture: Danie van der Lith

FOR WHAT seems like the longest time, rugby, netball and soccer have been the main sporting events that are played on a regular basis, but the game of hockey has just been lagging behind the rest.

In fact, hockey is seemingly generally disregarded, but this seems to be especially true in the Northern Cape. For too long the game has not featured much as a widely appreciated sport.

But all this is being overturned after the Northern Cape Hockey Federation elected the New Executive at the Annual General Meeting that was held on May 2. Speaking to the Executive, I could see the fire within and the burning passion to bring hockey back to the forefront and into the limelight again.

According to the newly-elected chairman of the Northern Cape Hockey Federation Brynmor Le Hanie, hockey in the Northern Cape is back.

“As custodians of the sporting code in the Northern Cape, our future plans are to foster hockey on all levels in accordance with the statutes of the South African Hockey Association (SAHA),” Le Hanie told the DFA. “We are also aiming to support and maintain the rules of the game of hockey as determined by SAHA and in accordance with the spirit of the Olympic Movement,” he added.

Le Hanie said that their mission as a federation is to advance the interest of hockey in the Northern Cape, regardless of politics, race, religion or gender, while at the same time improving the visibility of the sport within the province.

The Under-18 B Boys are (back, from left): Ashley Norman, Blaine Baartman, Storm Carls, Zenzozintle Mdutyana, Wilhelm van Staden, Jovan Krause, Jayton Booysen, Louw De Klerk, Ben-tony Gerber, Sakir Samuels, Lemuel Mafaro Caden Da Silva. (Front (from left): Thato Mothibi, Trey Meas, Brannan Gertze (coach), Donna Burgess (manager), Motheo Mogoiwa, Realeboga April. Picture: Danie van der Lith

“Hockey was mainly known to be active within the Frances Baard district. However, we can confirm that through an active school league and regional body we have a footprint in the JTG district, the ZFM district as well the Pixley Ka Seme district,” Le Hanie said.

He said that the NC Hockey Federation executive is pleased to announce that the past weekend saw the first Master’s Games being played, a welcome first for the province.

“We hope that this will encourage all former hockey players to return to the sport so that they can be part of this exciting new initiative,” Le Hanie said. He added that they currently have seven men’s teams and four women’s teams participating in their premier division.

Senior provincial teams will be selected of which the Senior Men’s Team will be participating in the Inter-Provincial Tournament.

The Inter-Provincial School Hockey Tournaments will also be taking place in Stellenbosch from June 25 to July 13.

The following teams will be taking part in the event:

June 25 – July 1 in Stellenbosch

Under-18 Girls

Under-18 A Boys

Under-18 B Boys

July 7-13 in Stellenbosch

Under-16 Boys

Under- 16 Girls

Le Hanie sent out an invitation to all hockey-loving spectators to come out and support all the hockey games taking place this year, saying, “We really value our spectators, and their support next to the field on game day is really appreciated.”

Hockey U/18 A Boys. From left back: Thlalefo Efunga, Phemello Rautenheimer, Thandolwethu Moitsemang, Lethlogonolo Mosegomi, Pierre Van Niekerk, Jano Malan, Fareez Alexander, Igsaan Alexander, Thsepang Mobita, Yanga Kies, Makgotla Mosiapoa, Tumiso Seetelo. From left front: Johan Maritz, Nabeela Adams (Manager), Jason Snyman, Dayllen Sagrys, Lyndon Fredericks (Coach) Daniel Economon
Hockey U/18 Girls: From left back: Karla De Beer, Danielle Posthumus, Yzelle Hewitt, Amaal Samsodien, Narike Hoft, Boitumelo Molelekwa, Chante’ Petrus, Dorothy Slabbert, Lara vand Den Heever, Oratile Manoto. From left front: Duraan-Shay Boughan, SD Botes (Coach), Nadine Venter, Aleck Kruger, Soraya Cader (Manager), Casidy Koeberg. Absent: Kimlyn Bartlett, Zeah Botma
Hockey U16 Boys: From left back: Sibusiso Gabuza, Mathew Morudi, Jayden van Rensburg, Juan Martin, Tyrique Joseph, Dante Peters, Thato Moipolai, Jiyaan Bosch, Diego Drude, Lifa Nogwili. From left front: Migael van der Colf, Jayesh Kanjee (Coach), Katlego Moleli, Landon Manuel, Donna Burgess(Manager), Nico van der WesthuizenAbsent: Ruaan Moncho, Tristan Strauss and Thabo Bantubetse
Hockey U/16 Girls: From front left: Lizelle Human, Christelle Erasmus (Coach), Aleah Kock, Elzaan Schon, Layla Cornellissen, Mari Human. From left back: Lauren Matthews, Melaine Ludik, Chloe’ Nagel, Zoe van Der Ross, Gabriella De Gois, Tyhanna Jv Renseburg, Deandre; Jacobs, Mia Joseph, Annique van Wyk, Reese Jacobs, Nazneen Alexander, Vera-Lee Mulder, Nelise Hattingh
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