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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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Three from university now play SA u/21 hockey
2012-07-26

Tanya Brits in action.
20 July 2012

The University of the Free State (UFS) boasts three hockey players who have been included in the SA u/21 teams that will take part in the interprovincial hockey tournament for seniors during August 2012.

The two Protea players, Izelle Lategang (a second-year B.A. student), and Tanya Brits (a first-year B.A. Arts student), who toured with the Proteas in Europe during May and June this year, are the pride of the university. A further honour for the Kovsie Hockey Club was the naming of Izelle as captain of the SA u/21 team. Nicol Walraven from Eunice Girls’ School is also in the team. Nicol is the sister of Brett Walraven, who plays for both the Kovsies’ men’s first team and the Free State.

For the first time in more than 30 years, the university’s men’s hockey team has produced a SA u/21 player. Richard Pautz, a first-year B.A. student, played for the SA Schools team two years ago and made a return to hockey when he became a student of the UFS this year.

Two other students from this university, Cornelle Botha and Niel Roode, were in the final training group.
 

 

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