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MIDDIES neem deel aan die PUK Super 16 Reeks, daarna speel ons in die Mpumalanga Makroskole-liga gevolg deur die Noordvaal uitspeelwedstryde. Middies-hokkie is 'n krag om mee rekening te hou, soos wat die vele Noordvaal finale getuig.

Golden goals for the golden boys

By Nathan Lombard

MHS first boys’ hockey team were on fire this season, riding the wave of success in the centenary year.
The first team kicked off the season with the successful York Tournament in George where tough opponents like Rondebosch, SACS, Outeniqua, Edbaston, Edgmead, York and Bishops were faced. They played 7 games, won 5, lost 1 and drew 1. During this tournament the team scored 18 goals; the opposing schools only managed to score three goals against the MHS team.
The team continued its winning streak in the Super 16 NWU series against schools like Driekhoek, Zwartkop, Jeugland and HTS Witbank - here the honour of winning the trophy was realised. The match against Potchefstroom Gimnasium was drawn; this is an accomplishment in itself. MHS then won the Super 16 series by scoring 17 goals and allowing only 2 through the goal box.
After the Super 16 series, the League began with a bang as the first team hockey boys were able to show some muscle against teams like Cambridge, Witbank High, HTS Middelburg, HTS Witbank, Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog and Curro Bankenveld. They ended the series with 33 goals to their name and only 1 against.
With much pride and determination, the first team continued to the Mpumalanga Semi Final after beating all the schools in the Quarterfinal. In the Semi-Final they had a brilliant win against Secunda by scoring 4 goals to 0. They were crowned League winners after beating Oosterland 5 goals to 0.
During this remarkable season these hockey boys scored 97 goals, with only 10 goals scored against them.
Die ander spanne stel ook nie teleur nie. Die 0/14- en 016-spanne is ligawenners en beide spanne eindig 3de in Mpumalanga. Die 0/16-span eindig 2de by Noordvaal.
Die volgende seuns is verkies tot die Mpumalangaspan: Kevin Santos, Hilton Jacobs, Vincent Mostert en Jaco Jacobs (O/17). Janco Scheepers en Keagen Venter is ingesluit in die O/16B-Mpumalangaspan.
Janco Swart het in 2009 gematrikuleer en hy het regtervleuel gespeel vir die eerste seunshokkiespan. Hy was in sy matriekjaar ook kaptein van die span. Janco is tans ‘n boekhouer in Pretoria en ‘n “playing coach” vir Nova Hokkieklub in Centurion waar hy steeds die doele laat klap. Sy boodskap aan die hokkieseuns is:
“By MHS kon ek my passie vir hokkie ten volle uitleef. Die waardes wat ek geleer het deur die jare by verkseie afrigters het bygedra tot my suksesse vandag. Dit is moeilik om te bewoord wat die vyf jaar by MHS en MHS se hokkie vir my beteken het. Ek kan dit wel opsom met drie woorde: respek, nederigheid en dankbaarheid.
Dus, my boodskap aan huidige en toekomstige hokkiespelers van MHS: Handaaf altyd respek teenoor jou afrigter, spanmaats asook jou opponent. Wees altyd nederig in alle fasette van jou lewe. En laastens, toon altyd dankbaarheid aan die Hemelse Vader vir jou talente."