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LVCC and White River secure Ehlanzeni men’s and ladies’ club hockey titles

The two first divisions of the Ehlanzeni Senior Hockey League have been decided after the latest round of fixtures, with LVCC winning the ladies' title and White River retaining the men’s title.

There is still one more round of fixtures to be played in the 2024 Ehlanzeni Senior Hockey League, but the two first division winners have already been determined following the matches played on Sunday May 26.

Lowveld Country Club (LVCC) have reclaimed the title in the ladies’ first league, having lost their grip on the title in 2023, after winning it in 2022.

White River, meanwhile, have continued their dominance in the men’s first league, with 2024 marking the fourth consecutive year in which they’ve won the title.

Tara Haycock of LVCC. > Photos: Blake Linder

LVCC’s ladies had a perfect season, winning all six of the matches they played, walking away with a full allotment of 18 points to their name. They scored 17 goals and conceded six across the season. They have no more matches to play, but Impala and White River will face off on the last day of the season on Sunday June 2.

For the White River men, they’ve gone unbeaten in their five matches so far but haven’t won all of them having drawn one match against LVCC. They have scored 19 goals; conceding eight. They have one more match on Sunday June 2, against Impala, who are still hoping to earn their first points of the season.

Tiffany Payne (blue, LVCC) and Ané Janse can Rensburg (red, Impala). > Photos: Blake Linder

Over in the two second divisions, a variety of scenarios can still play out. In the ladies’ second league things are slightly simpler than the men.

If Impala 2 beats LVCC 2 on Friday May 31, they win the league. However, if they lose, and White River 2 beats KaNyamazane on Sunday June 2 with a large enough goal difference they can win the league instead.

LVCC’s Jenaed Brodell. > Photos: Blake Linder

In the men’s second league the two frontrunners for the title are LVCC 2 and Impala 2, but KaNyamazane and White River 2 both have an outside chance of winning. If Impala 2 beat LVCC 2 on Friday May 31, they win the league. If they lose, they have to beat White River 2 on the final day to win the title. If LVCC 2 wins, they will need Impala 2 to either draw or lose against White River 2.

For either KaNyamazane or White River 2 to win the title, LVCC 2 and Impala 2 need to draw their match. Then, KaNyamazane and White River 2 need to win their matches on Sunday June 2 by significant enough goal differences to have a shot.

It has been an exciting season of Ehlanzeni club hockey, which is now coming to a fittingly exciting finish.

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