Bat­tles royal this week­end as teams vie to close on log-lead­ing Maties

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - AL­LAN ISAACS

THE lo­cal hockey league is set to light up this week­end with three crucial men’s Grand Chal­lenge games tak­ing place and two ladies grand chal­lenge games as well.

Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity are cur­rently on their mid-year break and will only be in ac­tion again to­wards the end of July.

Both Maties men’s and ladies teams are cur­rently log-lead­ers in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions and it bears tes­ta­ment to the su­perb work been done by di­rec­tor of hockey, Paul Rev­ing­ton, and coaches Ash­lin Freddy and Jenny King.

The Vic­to­ri­ans teams are also well-placed with the men’s team third on the log and the ladies team fourth.

The Maties are un­beaten in eight matches, win­ning seven and draw­ing one (against sec­ond­placed UCT). Their last vic­tory was against a youth­ful WPCC team and they com­fort­ably beat them 4-2.

The pre­ci­sion and skill of the Maties team was ex­quis­ite and they have the abil­ity to change gears when they need to.

Char­lie Bowren, Alex Stew- art, An­drew Hob­son and cap­tain, Kee­nen Horne are play­ers that are hav­ing an out­stand­ing sea­son thus far. Horne’s omis­sion from the na­tional set-up re­mains a mys­tery as he his com­fort­ably one of the top at­tack­ers in the coun­try.

Maties lead the log on 22 points with UCT 2nd on 14 points. There is an almighty scrap be­low them with four teams vy­ing for two spots in the top four.

It will be crucial for teams hop­ing to end in the top four with Fish Hoek, Cen­tral and WPCC hop­ing to bag wins and move up the lad­der.

The match of the week­end sees WPCC host UCT at Av­enue de Mist on Sun­day af­ter­noon at 1.30pm.

WPCC will have Rhett Halkett back and his pres­ence adds another di­men­sion to their play. UCT are play­ing well this sea­son and Gregg Clarke has done won­ders with his squad.

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