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USSA hockey – lots to play for
Shindré-Lee Simmons, one of the veterans in the Kovsie women’s hockey team for this year’s national student championship.

The Kovsie men’s and women’s hockey teams have positive expectations for the University Sport South Africa (USSA) national student tournament.

The USSA championships were hosted by the University of the Free State (UFS) from 2 to 6 July 2018. This year’s championships will have 45 competing teams and will thus be the biggest ever USSA hockey tournament.

For the female squad to qualify for the 2019 Varsity Sports tournament, they have to secure a spot among the top-seven teams. In order to get back into the A section, the Kovsie men’s team must win their tournament. 

The matches are scheduled to take place on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus astro fields.

The UFS women’s team, captained by Antonet Louw, is set to play on Monday at 15:35 against Nelson Mandela University (NMU); on Tuesday at 17:00 against the University of Johannesburg (UJ); and on Wednesday at 18:25 against North-West University (NWU). The play-off matches will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The men’s team, with Cheslyn Neethling as captain, will play on Monday at 17:00 against the Central University of Technology; on Tuesday at 15:35 against the Tswane University of Technology; on Wednesday at 17:00 against the Vaal University of Technology; on Thursday at 18:25 against the University of KwaZulu-Natal; and on Friday at 15:35 against Rhodes University.

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Shimlas beat TUT by a convincing 52-26

Charl Weideman
Photo: Van Zyl Naudè

In the second last match before the semi-finals, which will be played later this month, the FNB Shimlas made a clean sweep when they beat the team from Tshwane University of Technology by 52-26. Pieter Labuschagne, Shimla flank, scored the first try for his team, after which there was no stopping the Shimlas, who taught the FNB TUT team a good lesson at their own TUT Rugby Stadium.

With a halftime score of 26-5, the Shimlas smelt victory and very quickly George Whitehead, who is very successful with his kicks, contributed to the scoreboard with six successful goal kicks. Other Shimla players who excelled were the scrumhalf Enrico Acker and eighth man Erik Le Roux.
The FNB Shimlas are playing against the FNB NMMU team next week at the Xerox NMMU Stadium.

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