We were the champions!!!!
This is the first time a team from Natal has won the Men’s A league of SA Interclub championships.
We also won the bronze medal for placing 3rd in the overall standings of the tournament, which included the French and SA Elite. Their final was played after ours.
After an epic final showdown between these two top teams, the French narrowly beat the Bok Elite 3-2 in a thrilling test match.
These teams drew against each other in the round robin, and in the matches on the Sunday after the tournament the Boks beat them twice. Prize giving followed soon afterwards so everyone could get to a TV to watch the Boks smash England, so overall a great day for us.
Final results as follows:
- DUC Men’s A – 1st place in the Men’s A League
- DUC Ladies A – 3rd place in the Ladies A League
- PMB – 4th place in the Men’s B League
- DUC Men’s B – 6th place in the Men’s B League
A festive final function was held at the Border Boat Club on the beachfront, and a great time was had by all. A training camp was held at the pool on the Sunday morning for all the SA Elite players, as well as those trying to get into the squad, and the French national side. After the two test matches all the players were split into 4 teams of 11, and each team played each other once. These games were great fun and the level of hockey was very high.
The flights back on the Sunday were a lot more organised than on the way there, and everyone got home safely. So now we can celebrate our hard efforts for the year as we move into the Festive season, before the hard work and training starts off again early next year.
There will be 2 mini tournaments between DUC, PMB, Richards Bay and the South Coast underwater hockey clubs to look forward to in the new year, so if you are interested in playing the best sport on earth, contact the club or myself for more info.