The Limpopo Club Hockey League kicked off this weekend on the sand-based astro at Ben Vorster. For some of the more mature players it was a welcome return to the pitch after a lengthy break, but the blistering hot conditions made it difficult for even the local favourites, Tzaneen Club, to manage any really noteworthy performances.
After Sunday’s games it was the University of Limpopo who topped the log standings in the Men’s division on three points after winning their first away game by 2 goals to 0 which added the bonus point. Second on the log is Polokwane on 1 point with Tzaneen in third place after these two teams played to a 2-2 draw. Polokwane received the extra point for playing away which separated them from Tzaneen on the log through goal difference.
The Badger, Limpopo Development, U/18 IPT and Phalaborwa teams completed the standings on zero points each after having a dismal start to the new season. The Phalaborwa Hyenas are notoriously strong attackers and with the season only just beginning, it would be foolish to write them off just yet.
In the Women’s Division the University of Limpopo again tops the log standings on three points with Tzaneen in second spot also on three and only behind the Uni-girls by way of goal difference. Levubu lies securely in third place also on three points while the Duchess, Masters, Phalaborwa and Bosveld fill out the bottom of the log. Phalaborwa having suffered a 4-1 defeat to Tzaneen in the closing match of the day after their star keeper, the notoriously impenetrable Alana Troger, suffered from what is commonly referred to in the sport as “a very bad day.”
The next round of the Club League will be played on the 28th of April on the water-based astro at Stanford Lake College which is sure to test the fitness levels of every player in the field. Not only is the water-based pitch faster than the sand-based, but the altitude upon which it is situated at Stanford Lake College will play a deciding role.