THE pre-season club indoor hockey tournament held at the YMCA and St John's courts in Pietermaritzburg last weekend brought together some of the top names and club teams in the country and the outcome was tough competition and some nail-biting results
Durban North Hockey Club pipped PMB Varsity by just one point (86 to 85) on the log to take the men's tournament honours in a three-day event that brought in a wide range of new methods in earning log points. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) men were third, Durban Varsity first team ended fourth with Tukkies, Durban Varsity seconds and PMB Collegians to follow in this seven-team competition.
No less than 116 goals were scored in the men's competition with 77 being action goals, 39 via the penalty corner route and just one penalty stroke.
The seven-team women's tourney saw UJ win by 11 points from runners-up PMB Varsity with the GHS Old Girls/Country Districts combination in third spot. Tukkies, Durban North, PMB Collegians and the Durban Varsity women followed.
The top goalscorer in the men's section was the underrated PMB Varsity player Justin Domleo, who netted 10 times from penalty corners with Brandon Panther and Shaun Davenhill (both UJ) plus Matt Botha of Durban Varsity firsts on six goals apiece.
The most successful attacking player in the circle in the women's division was Kara Stella of PMB Varsity, who netted 10 times with Bernadette Coston (UJ) second on nine goals and Kelly Pearton (Durban North) in third spot. Celia Evans (GHS), Roxy Turner (UJ) and Dirkie Chamberlain (Tuks) followed with six goals apiece.
A further indication of the exciting indoor action was the fact that of the 104 women's tournament goals scored, 73 were from field play with just 28 from penalty corners and three via the penalty stroke route.