After winning their second successive Varsity Hockey title on Monday, the University of Johannesburg side will switch their focus to other objectives when they return to the Southern Gauteng premier league this week.
“We dive right into playing league again this weekend, against Wits,” said UJ coach Garreth Ewing, “and then we begin the build-up towards Ussa.”
The University Sport South Africa tournament will take place in Johannesburg from July 4 to 9, where Tuks will be defending their title.
“We had a tough pool and didn’t get through it last year,” said Ewing. “We only managed fifth.”
“It is a difficult tournament with only eight sides, so it’s always a bit of a hit and run affair. Playing in Johannesburg will be to our advantage though.”
Meanwhile, the university’s women’s team will be hoping to defend the title they scooped last year.
The result of the final was in the balance until the closing stages.
Leading 3-2 with minutes remaining, UJ conceded a penalty corner, but Le-Neal Jackson stormed out, blocked the ball and set off on a run upfield.
His first shot was blocked by Tuks substitute goalkeeper Keagan du Preez, but the rebound fell to Tyson Dlungwana, who scored a goal to make it 4-2 with just seconds left on the clock.
Ewing said they were thrilled to win the title again.
“I think it’s really good for us in terms of momentum for the rest of the season.
“On the day anyone can win, but we are happy to take this title again. We knew we would make chances and we did.”