RHODES ARE USSA CHAMPSDate Released: Fri, 2 August 2013 10:10 +0200
At the recent USSA Hockey National Institutional tournament held at UCT from 01 – 05 July 2013, Rhodes Hockey men and women beat all the odds to reach the finals in their respective sections. Following few years of coming close to winning the B Section, Rhodes men finally get the monkey off their back by beating the host (UCT) in the final to claim the big prize. Yes they came champions. Their victory guaranteed their passage to the A Section where from 2014 they will be playing against the old campaigners. Their victory also guaranteed their old nemesis, Tuks’s relegation to the B Section.
Unfortunately for our women’s side, they came very close, AGAIN, but lost to UCT in the finals. Asked about this achievement, the Head of Sport, Mandla Gagayi, said “well I actually realized during their pre-tournament camp that our hockey teams are ready to take on the best an win. Everyone was so focused, from the management team to players, their body language was that of professionalism and hunger for success. I am very excited that at least one of the teams came through. We are actually planning a small social function to celebrate this achievement.”
Rhodes Netball also came very close to winning their C Section in Pretoria, but unfortunately they fell short and only settled for bronze. Indications from the Club are that they will definitely win this section in 2014 and go back to B Section where they were before they got relegated due to non-participation in 2012. Other sports also did not do bad at their USSA tournaments because Squash came 6 out of 10; Golf 4 out of 7.
“We can only keep improving from these results – we are working very hard to instill the culture of competitiveness into our sportsmen and women. You must remember that we come from the past where Rhodes is was only known for mass participation with minimal attention to high performance. Our duty is now to make sure that we strike a balance between the 2. Gone are those days that our teams will go to national tournament only to participate or add numbers.”