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Kovsies aim top 6 in Varsity hockey Cheslyn Neethling
Cheslyn Neethling will lead the Kovsie men’s hockey team in the Varsity Hockey tournament.

The Kovsie men’s hockey team hope to draw inspiration from their victory over the North-West University recently when they face their old rivals in the opening round of the Varsity Hockey tournament.

The tournament for men, which is contested biannually, starts on Friday 4 May 2018.

The Kovsies played the Pukke in two matches in Potchefstroom at the end of March with both sides on the winning side once each.

According to the coach Braam van Wyk it will give them a lot of confidence when they come up against the Pukke on Friday afternoon (4 May) in Johannesburg.

“We hope to finish in the top six, anything better than that will be a bonus,” said Van Wyk, in his third year as coach of the team.

They reached the semi-final in 2014 and ended seventh in 2016.

It is a short tournament of just two-and-a-half weeks with the final on 21 May 2018. 

On Saturday 5 May they tackle the University of Johannesburg who won the inaugural men’s tournament in 2014 and defended it in 2016.

The Madibaz lay in wait on Sunday 6 May and on Monday 7 Mayat the University of Cape Town. 

Van Wyk, who played for the Kovsies between 2006 and 2009, said he is in favour of the power play. Each side has one in a match. For three minutes the team will be without two players, with goals worth two points. In addition, all field goals are worth two points. If a match is drawn it will go straight to a shootout.

The Kovsies are led by Cheslyn Neethling. Two players, Egon van der Merwe and Jan Willem Ras, will feature in their third Varsity tournament.

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