The University of Johannesburg’s hockey teams claimed the men’s gold and the women’s silver medals as they underlined their ability in the University Sport South Africa tournament that finished on Sunday.
The men’s team had last won the title in 2014 and were pushed all the way before holding their nerve to shade NMMU-Madibaz 4-3 in the final.
The women’s outfit topped their pool after the first phase and then faced some tough games, eventually losing in the closing stages of the final to a single goal by Pretoria University.
UJ hockey manager Elize le Roux said the success was due to the hard work by the players and the coaching staff in their preparations for the tournament, which was jointly hosted by UJ and Wits.
“We must say massive congratulations to both teams for their performances and hard work,” she said, while also commending the staff’s role in the teams’ success.
While Le Roux said teamwork was the principal factor behind their success, she added that players such as Kristen Paton, goalkeeper Robyn Ormond and men’s senior members vice-captain Gareth Heyns and captain Taylor Dart had played massive roles.
She said it was a satisfying outcome for both teams, which included some young players.
“The matches didn’t always go our way as the pools are tough, but it was a relief and pure joy to have seen such great results from both teams in a gold and a silver.”
Le Roux said the final results would be an invaluable experience for the younger players in the squads.
“As we lose seniors through finishing their studies, the youngsters will have to take the reins and I am sure they have learnt that hard work is needed for performances like these.
“The youngsters are new but experienced enough to take UJ hockey further.”