Masters hockey tournament set to thrill in Benoni next week

Skilful Easterns master player Andy Dudley.

Men and women masters hockey players (over the age of 35) from all provinces in South Africa will gather at Benoni Northerns Sports Club for the festive event, hosted by the Eastern Gauteng Hockey Association (EGHA), from the night of August 9 to August 12.

There will also be some international flavour, with teams from Namibia and Zimbabwe making the great trek to the East Rand.

It is the first time the masters’ tournament will be hosted by the EGHA at Northerns since 1992 (which was on a much smaller scale).

Over 1 000 competitors (67 teams) will battle it out at different local venues (the EGHA AstroTurf, Benoni Northerns’ grass fields, St Dunstan’s College’s AstroTurf and grass fields and the newly constructed St Dominic’s AstroTurf, in Boksburg).

The tournament will open with a function on the Wednesday night, at Benoni Northerns, with matches taking place from Thursday to Saturday.

For the first time, an intuitive smartphone application “Eastern’s Masters 2017” is available for download with all the vital information for participants and spectators (itinerary, fixtures, pools, teams, results, places of interest and shuttle times, among others).

Residents who live around the venues are urged to take heed of the happenings during the tournament.

Spectators are welcome to attend, watch the hockey action and join in on the fun. – @SabeloBoksburg

Sabelo Mashego
Sports Journalist

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