Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Summer League Hockey

It's October, and although the short-and-sweet winter has passed on, the hockey season has not. We see the triumphant return of our school's top hockey players in the annual summer-league mini hockey tournaments.

For those of you who didn't know, summer league hockey is when kids from different hockey teams and of different ages play friendly hockey games together in teams of 11, with 8 on the field at a time. These matches take place in the 'off-season' when our hockey teams aren't playing against other schools.

Another huge difference between normal hockey and summer league hockey is the part of the game called "power play".
A team's captain can call "power play" at any time, and then their opponent's captain and another player has to go off the field for two minutes. The captains each get a chance to call a power play, and they can both call for power play at the same time. This, combined with the shorter games and the combinations of ages and genders, makes summer league very exciting to watch.

Here's what some of our school's top hockey players have to say about summer league.

CerΓ©t Goosen
Captain of Team 5
What is your favourite part of summer league hockey?                                                                       

My favourite part about summer league is enjoying the game with the different age groups. My team is excellent (the best, in fact πŸ˜πŸ˜‚) and I love the fact that we can just enjoy the game together no matter what the outcome.

What are the positives and negatives of summer league hockey?

Positives: getting to play with different age groups, only playing 20 minutes, and being a mixed team.

Negatives: the fact that the summer league is so late in the year. I'd suggest it to be in the beginning of the year before hockey season starts. Also the fact that it's quite hot when we play πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚.

Jeanette Roux
Player in Team 6

Do you prefer summer league hockey or winter hockey? Why?

They are impossible to compare. The summer league hockey is only played for a few weeks, which makes it exciting and different, whereas normal hockey is played for half of the year, which means you get really close to your team and leave the season with a family.

What are the benefits of summer league hockey?
  • It's a great way to stay fit
  • You get to meet new people
  • Short games don't take up a lot of time
  • Great team spirit builder

Tiaan Bester
Player in Team 7

What has summer league hockey taught you?

Ek het geleer om as een span te speel al is jy 'n klomp individuele spelers. Jou ouderdomme strek van o/14 tot o/18. Daar is 'n groot verskil in 'skill', en dit maak dit juis lekker om op dit 'gameplan strategies' te beplan om dan te wen.

Do you think it is beneficial for players in different age groups and genders to play together? Why or why not?

Ja, dit leer jou 'n verfynde 'skill' om as een saam te werk, al is jy 'n gemengde span. Jy beplan goed rondom jou sterk en swak punte en dit is baie kosbaar.

Shane Blom
Captain of Team 8

What was the best and the worst for you in summer league hockey?

Die beste van die summer league vir my is om saam met die jonger kinders te speel van die skool, soos die graad 8's, en om vir hulle sterker te maak as hokkie spelers. En nog iets is dat meisies en seuns gemeng is - ons kan albei van mekaar af leer.

Van die slegte dinge vir my is: eerstens, ons speel mos nou net een keer in een rigting, en tweedens, ek hou ook nie 'actually' so baie van die power play nie, want een goal vir die power play tel mos twee goals.

Do you enjoy being captain of your team?

Om kaptein van my span te wees is nogals baie lekker. Dit leer my ook nou om meer te praat en mense aan te moedig, soos die wat stres en die wat nou nie 'confident' genoeg is nie.

For those Gimmies who want to go watch the matches, you are more than welcome. The teams play on Tuesdays (and next Thursday) from just before 17:00 till around 18:30.

Results will be posted on the blog as soon as they are available.

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