Hippo Valley continue dominance in Zim Hockey

HIPPO Valley continued with their dominance in local hockey when they trounced Chiredzi neighbours Rams 7-1 in the men’s final of the Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) Cup at Khumalo Hockey Stadium yesterday to qualify to represent the country in the Africa Cup for Club Championships (ACCC) to be held in Zambia in December.

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Donald Mutupo notched a hatrick with two penalty corners and one field goal while Cydreck Starch grabbed a brace with field goals with other scores coming from Ranga Mungwiniri and Batsirai Ncube.

Rams got their face-saver through a Geliant Mkono field goal.

Mutupo opened the scoreline in the fifth minute and Starch got the second in the 10th minute with Mutupo weighing in with another two minutes later. Mungwiniri got his in the 14th.

Mkono scored for Rams in the 23rd minute before Ncube was on target a minute later for Hippo Valley’s fifth, Starch getting the sixth in the 26th minute. Mutupo then scored the last goal in the final half, converting his penalty corner in the 48th minute.

Meanwhile, Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) would be the women’s representatives in ACCC after beating Scorpions of Harare 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.

Sharne Mayers, who also plays for the women’s cricket national team, Dorothy Chisare, Melissa Sibanda and Michelle Williams converted the spot-kicks for BAC while Scorpions got theirs through Kristina Manolios and Mandy Sisters.

Chisare had scored for BAC in regulation time in the 33rd minute with a field goal while Sjaan Lambrecht was on target for Scorpions. To reach the final, Hippo Valley beat Enthusiasts of Harare 4-2. In the semi-final Rams edged Queens Sports Club 5-4 in the men’s category.

In the women’s section, BAC got the better of Harare Select 2-0 while Scorpions thrashed Harare city neighbours 5-0 to book a place in the final.

Haz vice-president and tournament director Humphrey Chigwedere said the competition went on well as programmed and they were happy with the tournament which was hosted successfully by the Matabeleland Hockey Board.

“We have achieved what we wanted to achieve and that was to determine the champions of club hockey in Zimbabwe,” he said.

“Winners from each section now have an option to represent the country in the Africa Cup for Club Championships in December”.

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