Months of hard work and preparation have finally culminated in two gruelling championships for management and players of Bloemfontein’s premier hockey academy, BloemHawks.
Last weekend, senior members of the academy had the opportunity to show their mettle in the very first Senior BloemHawks Championship played at the St Michael’s School for Girls’ hockey astro. This coming weekend, the juniors will battle it out in the first Junior BloemHawks Championship, to be played at the same venue.
Some of the top achievers in the senior championship were Taheera Augousti, Player of the Championship, Girls; Cloete Jansen van Vuuren, Player of the Championship, Boys; and the Top Goal scorers, Trusten Barnard, Sibusiso Ndaba and Giovani Fourie.
“We really can’t wait to see our little Hawks players performing and showing what they are made of,” said Braam van Wyk, BloemHawks franchise owner.
According to Van Wyk, their main aim is to provide all junior hockey players (U12 – U18) with the opportunity of being involved in a high-performance hockey structure. Hence the slogan: “BloemHawks, where Hockey meets Professionalism”.
He said the lack of competitive schools hockey was the primary motivation to start the BloemHawks Championship. “School leagues, inters, as well as IPT tournaments have been cancelled, which left many hockey players in Bloemfontein deprived from competitive hockey.
“Secondary to this, BloemHawks wanted to provide a local platform that can see our players growing and experiencing an environment where everyone can enjoy themselves but still play competitive hockey, build new friendship and build lasting memories.”
Although widely popular among the best players in Bloemfontein, the BloemHawks Championship is not the only platform where young hockey talent can measure their skill level.
Through the BloemHawks Franchise, which is part of The BloemHawks Academy’s product range, players are provided with an opportunity to participate in various Hockey Junction Franchise Championships. These championships include the HJ Regional Free State/ Northern Cape League, which normally takes place in October each year. There is also The BloemHawks 5’s League, which is more of a social fun event that provides something different than the norm of 11-a side and indoor. It includes the HJ Intercity National Championship, where 27 franchises across South Africa (who operate under the HJ umbrella) take each other on.
“Our franchise teams will also play in a Winter Cup, where we will invite various academies and franchises from across South Africa to play against us. We would also like to take our franchise teams to travel overseas every second year to play the top clubs in Europe,” Van Wyk concluded.