HOCKEY fans on the Border please all raise your glasses and drink a toast to the Border Masters men’s and women’s teams who set the pace at the recent Masters tournament in Port Elizabeth.According to long-serving Border Masters Hockey Association president, John Lawrence, the teams returned with arguably their best results ever.
The women’s A team won their Pool and in so doing earned themselves gold medals. The outcome of the final log was decided by the slimmest of margins as Border and Southern Gauteng ended equal on points after five games.
The women drew against Zimbabwe with a minute and 20 seconds remaining and then beat KwaZulu-Natal 6-1 which enabled the eventual count back decision to swing in their favour. Fourteen goals, with just six conceded, was the final result of their five games played.
The men were equal to the task and won all five of their games, scoring a massive 20 goals conceding only six.
John says it was a superb team effort but special mention must be made of Ralton Fortuin who scored 12 goals. The team was well marshalled by captain Greg Davis who also was the coach of the women’s A team.
The women’s B team were also unbeaten, securing three wins and two draws. They managed to score nine goals, conceding only one in a further superb team effort.
I’m told the Border teams took the tournament so seriously beers were banned and players were tucked up in bed by 8pm each night. Only joking.