University of Johannesburg coach Tsoanelo Pholo says their match against UCT will be the key to qualifying for the semifinals in the Varsity Hockey women’s tournament this weekend.
The sides meet on the opening day of the second weekend of matches in Potchefstroom on Friday.
UCT are in third place after winning three of their four matches in the tournament’s opening weekend.
“The win over Wits gave us a huge psychological lift, but we have a big match against UCT on Friday,” said Pholo.
“They had a great run on their home turf and it will be interesting to see how they perform at high altitude.
“We need to maintain our momentum because this weekend will decide the semifinalists, so everybody will be gunning for that.”
UJ won two and lost two of their four matches in Cape Town and Pholo said she was encouraged by the resilience of the players.
“Of course there is plenty of room for improvement, but what I am proud about is the way we were able to bounce back from those defeats.
“The girls are very happy at this stage, if somewhat tired after four games in four days.
“They really executed well against Wits and worked hard on defence. I was delighted with the maturity they showed and it was a massive three points to take into this weekend.”