Although the odds are stacked against them, the University of Johannesburg women’s team still have designs on a place in the top four when the Varsity Hockey tournament resumes this weekend.
The teams will meet in Potchefstroom for the second round of matches and hockey manager Elize le Roux said they would be going all out to make the semifinals.
UJ are fifth on the log after winning just one match in Stellenbosch last weekend and Le Roux said they had assessed their position during the week.
“This year the competition is very strong,” she said. “But we have had a chance to reflect on our matches and have regrouped for this weekend.”
The unbeaten Maties team lead the log on 12 points, followed by UP-Tuks, Wits and NWU-Pukke on nine points apiece. UJ, NMMU-Madibaz and Free State are all grouped on three points.
Le Roux said they remained positive going into this weekend’s matches against Wits, UP-Tuks and Madibaz.
“We have been working on the players’ belief in the processes we want in place. We want to create a belief in the brand and in what we want to achieve.”
The UJ hockey manager said the standard of women’s hockey had risen because players were being increasingly exposed to tournaments such as Varsity Hockey and the Premier Hockey League.
“Hockey is a growing sport so these sorts of competitions increase the chances for the girls to develop in a competitive environment.”