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Melrick Wins Second PHL Title

This past Saturday the CTM Premier Hockey League produced the men’s final where reigning champions, Drakensburg Dragons, hoped to defend their title against the Mapungubwe Mambas. It was a pulsating tournament finale and there was no doubt that both teams deserved to be in the final.

It was the Dragons who emerged victors and put an end to the unbeaten streak of the Mambas this season. The reigning champions welcomed back the PHL trophy with open arms after a hard fought 4-0 victory. Amongst the mix, was none other than local talent Melrick Maddocks, who has now won the title for the seconded consecutive time with the Dragons.

It’s a massive achievement for the Kimberley player after overcoming some setbacks in the sport. But boy, do we love a good story about beating the odds and the triumph of the human spirit over what seemed to be insurmountable odds. Maddocks points out the emotion of not being included in the tournament squad before saying, “It’s an unexplainable feeling when it comes to the PHL because the teams are picked by means of a draft so not all the hockey players in the country gets to play in the competition. I’ve experienced not being drafted in the first instalment in 2016, which was a bitter pill to swallow”. Maddocks later professed “Winning any title brings a great feeling, it is always a great reward for the effort you put in”.

Through his work ethic, he had to execute disciplined measures to keep match fit being the only player in the Northern Cape to play in the PHL. Maddocks also gets an inadequate amount of time to train with his club team as they are based in Johannesburg. He hopes his success serves as inspiration to the younger players in the province, “I am not sure what this win means to the more senior hockey players in the province but I hope that it inspires the younger kids to have the dream to accomplish and execute the potential success I have been privileged enough to be a part of”. Melricks’ younger sister, Charne Maddocks, proved that talent runs in their genes as she secured a spot in the Orange River Rafters team and walked away with a bronze medal in the PHL ladies’ section.

Melrick Maddocks is also a co-founder of Kimberley Heat and will be hoping to replicate the aura of success with their indoor team which will be representing Kimberley at the PSI Nationals in Cape Town this December. PSI was started to introduce kids to broader platforms of the game and for them to embrace the Pro Series Indoor atmosphere which is the biggest indoor tournament in the country.

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