Maritzburg College hockey has long produced high numbers of schoolboy provincial players and this year is no exception.
Out of the total of 46 players named in the recently-selected 3 provincial age-group A teams (U14, U16, U18) in the KZN Inland hockey province, no less than 20 (or 43%) are Maritzburg College boys.
In the 2 KZN Inland B teams that have been chosen (in the U16 and U18 age groups) Maritzburg College boys make up 15 (or 48%) of the 31 players selected.
That is a total of 35 Maritzburg College boys (45%) out of the total of 77 boys selected for the KZN Inland provincial teams.
This achievement speaks volumes for the dedication of both the boys and their coaches.
Let us hope that the government will backtrack on the recently introduced ban on school contact sports in time for all the selected KZN Inland boys to experience the challenges of playing for their province in an SA Interprovincial Nationals Hockey Tournament.
MARITZBURG COLLEGE’S 2021 PROVINCIAL AGE-GROUP HOCKEY REPRESENTATIVES
KZN INLAND U18A
RF Marais, NL Khumalo, CD Osborne, RW Dobeyn, AT Mthalane, JCR Jansen, CJ Fulton, TS Conolly.
Coach: Robin Jones (Maritzburg College’s director of hockey)
KZN INLAND U18B
MR Ponter, GD Winlock, RJ Crookes , AT Chiliza,
Non-Travelling reserves: A Carter, J Lalor, C McKean
KZN INLAND U16A
MJ Barnardo, A Khumalo, GR Aranky, PA Dlamini
KZN INLAND U16B
NI Holmes, KH Dobeyn, LN Akerman, LD Armstrong, S Sithembu, IG Mosupye, BU Dlamini, L Seshemane, AO Sithole, JH Konigkramer, A Makhanya
KZN INLAND U14A
BJ Thornton-Dibb, DC Jackson, KHB Botha, A Mthalane, GA Askew, S Sithembu, A Dlamini, KR Jenkins
Non-Travelling Reserve: R van der Vliet
(Missing from the photograph: R Crookes, A Chiliza, G Aranky, L Seshemane, A Sithole, S Sithembu)