A CHAMPIONS START TO THE NEW SEASON
By: Nomfundo Zuma and Khetho Dlamini
The Durban University of Technology’s hockey girls picked up where they left off in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament by winning their first game of the new season.
The “Tigers”, as they are affectionately known, won 2-0 on Saturday at Riverside Sports Ground against Thomas More.
The first few minutes of the game were tough for DUT with Thomas More attacking at every chance that they got.
The coaches were kept on their feet as they constantly were giving instructions to the teams that battled for a win.
The Tigers came back in the second half conceding a penalty flick when one of their players was obstructed in the circle. Both of the goals were scored by the captain Zaba Mthembu.
“I am happy with the team’s performance today, I think winning the Gold at the USSA tournament really helped us a lot to play as a team,” said an excited Mthembu.
The coach Nathi Ngubane who recently won Silver with his SA U15 boys’ hockey team in Austria had mixed reactions with regards to the girl’s performance in their first game of the season.
The coach said, “I’m happy that the girls won but I think that there are still a few more things that need to be worked on.”
The coach for the losing team was very disappointed with his team’s performance; as a result he refused to have an interview.
The next game for the DUT hockey girls will be this Saturday against UKZN- their arch rivals.
This will be an away game for the Tigers.
“There is no two ways about it we have to win thegame next week because we lost against UKZN in the first half of the season,” said Ngubane.