AFTER being thoroughly tested in the Varsity Cup, NMMU Madibaz and Rhodes will be aiming to make an impact when they return to the EP men’s premier hockey league this weekend.
Due to their earlier commitments, neither side have played a league match yet and they face two teams who have momentum on their side in Gelvan Hurricanes (against Rhodes) and Old Grey. Yet, the varsity teams should also be in fine fettle, even if they have just come through a strenuous Varsity Cup programme which saw them play eight matches in three consecutive weekends.
Rhodes will have home ground advantage against the Hurricanes on Sunday and the visitors will know they are in for a stiffer contest than the 9-1 romp over Pirates last weekend.
Pirates will also be in Grahamstown and, hurting from the Hurricanes result, they will be seeking redemption against Rhodes Thistles in the early game (4pm).
Old Grey drew their first game with Gelvan Hurricanes (3-3), but have produced impressive wins over Pirates (5-0) and Lakeside Cavaliers (4-1) since then.
Champions NMMU will be their stiffest assignment yet and it will be interesting to see if Old Grey can challenge the students’ recent domination of the league.
The fixtures are:
Women, tomorrow, 4.15pm: Uitenhage v Rhodes at KC March; 7.15pm: Old Collegians v Gelvan Tornados at KC March
Men, Sunday, 1pm: NMMU Madibaz v Old Grey at NMMU; 2.30: NMMU B v Lakeside Cavaliers at NMMU; 4pm: Rhodes Thistles v Pirates at Rhodes; 5.30pm: Rhodes v Pirates at Rhodes -Neale Emslie