UJ Hockey assembles new squad for 2023 sport season

Date: Feb 13, 2023 | Hockey, Sport

On Thursday, 09 February 2023, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) senior men’s hockey club has assembled and unveiled its 2023 senior men squad with new and returning student-athletes. The squad boasts ten (10) new first-year students and thirteen (13) returning students, who hail from various parts of South Africa and Namibia.

This initial phase of the programme is focused on the development of the cultural code, team building and physical assessments. From 13 to 17 February 2023, the club will host open trials and all aspects of training will commence a week later.

Head Coach, Moabi Malebye, said they are excited to start afresh and tackle the 2023 season.  “Each year is different and has its own challenges. We are eager to start preparation and build towards the key events of 2023.”

UJ Hockey Squad
UJ Hockey Squad. Photo: UJ/Nokuthula Mbatha

In 2022, the UJ senior men’s hockey team finished in 5th position in the USSA championships in Cape Town, while also coming 4th in Varsity Hockey in Pretoria in the same period.

With the assistance of the senior players who competed in various competitions such as the University Sport South Africa (UUSA) and Varsity Hockey in 2021 and 2022, the new players have adapted to the UJ hockey culture and playing style.

Head Coach, Moabi Malebye, said he was eager to start competing and finishing at the highest position. In 2022, the UJ senior men’s hockey team finished in 5th position in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) championships in Cape Town, and finishing in  4th position in Varsity Hockey in Pretoria in the same period.

The UJ Hockey squad:

**New players

SurnameFirst NameYEARCourse
De JagerCullin4thBCom in Finance
RyanKapanda1stCEP – Logistics Man
HoffmannCade1stDip Sports Management
GongoJordan1stConstruction Studies
Gie **Joshua3rdDiploma Sport Management
BartlettHayden1stBA Extended
Britz **JP1stBCom Indus Psych
Britz **David2ndBCom Information Systems
Leong-ColomKeownPost GradAdv Dip in Business Management
SteinmannStephan1stBCom Logistics
Dube **ManassehPost GradPG Diploma , Operations Management
MokanyaneKabelo1stBCom Marketing Man
NdondoOthembayo1stDip Sports Management
KrumplesTravis2ndBA Industrial Design
MasekoTebogo2ndBCom Sport Management
WilliamsJoshua2ndBCom Business Management
NoweleUnako2ndB Com Industrial Psychology
MeyerJoshua2ndBCom Marketing
Russell**Jason1stCEP – Logistics Man
ModibelaNhlanhla1stCEP – Logistics Man
2022 Varsity Sports Hockey tournament: UJ lost two matches on Wednesday, 05 and Thursday, 06 October 2022, respectively at the University of Pretoria.

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