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Pro Series returns to Hartleyvale

There were goals aplenty as the Princess Pro Series returned to Hartleyvale in a splash of colour on Sunday. The tournament is played annually by four teams made up of the top 80 men and women hockey players in the Province, and is an early chance for the club stars to display their talents to the provincial selectors.

The two early games were a touch one-sided. In the opening mens’ match, the Printing Press Pharaohs put four unanswered goals past the Strata Civil Serpents, scoring two in each half. Lungile Tsolekile (2008 Beijing Olympian) was named Man of the match for the Pharaohs while Mark Williams took the honours for the Serpents.

On the A field, the opening encounter for the ladies was dominated by the Eurolux Fireflies, for whom SA women’s player Ilse Davids won the pink socks awarded to the player of the match.┬áCandice Manuel was named as the TEAM Strikers Player of the Match although her team was on the wrong side of a 2-0 drubbing.

The two later games both proved to be thrillers. The Jewel Africa All Stars had the better of a hectic first half, leading the Maidens 4-2 at the break. Four more goals were recorded in a more even second half, although the All Stars, whose Player of the Match was captain Jenna Cunliffe, ran out 6-4 winners in a ten-goal thriller. Nicole Bartsch walked away with the pink socks for the Maidens.

In the mens’ late game, the Synsport Snipers were in charge at the half-time break, leading 2-0 against the Enriching Life Eagles.┬áHowever, the Eagles struck back hard to level the match at 2-2.┬á There is always a winner in the Princess Pro Series, and the Eagles continued to soar, taking the Princess showdowns (1v1 vs the goal keeper with eight seconds to score) by three goals to nil.┬á Andrew Winter was the Player of the Match for the Snipers, while Keenan Horne took the honours for the Eagles.

The next round of matches will be played on Friday 15 March.

Results
Men
Printing Press Pharaohs 4, Strata Civils Serpents 0
Enriching Life Eagles 2, Synsport Snipers 2
(Enriching Life Eagles won Princess showdowns 3-0)

Women
Eurolux Fireflies 2, Team Strikers 0
Jewel Africa All Stars 6, Maidens 4


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