The ladies’ title defense was capped with impressive statistics, scoring 105 goals and only conceding one while going through the entire season unbeaten. The growing stature of UP’s hockey club was highlighted by both the men’s and the women’s teams finishing second at this year’s University Sports South Africa (USSA) hockey tournament, narrowly losing out on gold in their respective finals. UP was well represented by hockey players at provincial level in the men’s, women’s and u21 division. Both men’s and women’s teams finished fourth and first, respectively, making their case for selection for the inaugural Premier Hockey League (PHL). The success of the 2016 hockey season, under the leadership of SA Women’s Hockey captain Nicolene Terblanche, has proved to be another stepping stone for building the talent of the future.

The PHL kicked off this year as an attempt to increase exposure for the sport in South Africa. The tournament consisted of both men’s and women’s competitions which ran over four weekends from Saturday 3 September to Sunday 25 September 2016 at the Randburg Astro in Johannesburg. UP had a number of representatives playing in the PHL in both the men’s and women’s teams. 

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