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HOCKEY ASSOCIATION OF ZIMBABWE
The Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) was established in 1925 and is responsible for the administration of hockey, at all levels, within the country.
Hockey took root in Zimbabwe in 1900, on a dusty piece of African veldt, in the City of Bulawayo. The first games were played between “The Home Born” settlers and the “Colonial Born” settlers – the results are recorded in posterity. The game was further boosted by British Soldiers following the Anglo Boer war in 1902. From this very colonial start, the sport has grown to one of considerable stature in Zimbabwe. Today it truly is a Zimbabwean sport, boasting players from all across the country, from every race, tribe and gender.
The first clubs were established in 1903, whilst the first interprovincial tournament was played in 1906 in Bulawayo. Ladies hockey was first played in 1906, also in Bulawayo. The first team to visit the country was that of “Cape Town Gardens” who played in Salisbury (now Harare) and then Bulawayo. In 1925 the first international was played, when the “All England” women’s team played the colony in Bulawayo. The Empire women’s tournament was hosted in 1930 in Salisbury, with teams from England, Scotland, Australia, and Rhodesia playing – the first international hockey tournament in the country.
The Rhodesia Hockey Association, the first national hockey administration, was established in 1925, and was affiliated to the South African Hockey Association.
The association affiliated to the Federation International de Hockey (FIH) in 1961, with the first official test match played in Bulawayo on 9th August, 1961 against Kenya. Whilst the home team won that encounter, the visitors drew the series with a win in Salisbury a few days later. Men’s teams participated in the Tokyo 1964 Olympics and qualified forthe 1968 Mexico Olympics, they could not actually participate.
In 1980 the association took on the new name Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ), and within a month of being readmitted to the FIH was invited to participate in the Moscow Olympics. It was here, in the first ever Olympics to include women’s hockey, that the Zimbabwe Women’s Team won the nations first Olympic Gold Medal.
In 1994 the Government of Zimbabwe, in preparation for the 6th Africa Games, being hosted in Harare and Bulawayo, constructed the world class Magamba and Khumalo Hockey Stadium’s. Crowds in excess of 6,000 watched the men’s final in Harare, whilst over 11,000 spectators cheered the home team in the ladies final in Bulawayo, where the Silver medal was collected. At the same time the two separate men’s and women’s associations merged to form a new Hockey Association of Zimbabwe in 1995.
The Headquarters of the HAZ are located at the Magamba Hockey Stadium, Harare. A regional office is located at the Khumalo Hockey Stadium, Bulawayo. A full time Administrator is employed by the HAZ, and an additional administrator works from the Bulawayo office.
Whilst there are eight sports provinces in Zimbabwe, the HAZ presently has five provinces affiliated. These provincial boards manage hockey at the local level, and are as follows –
Name City Provinces
Manicaland Hockey Board Mutare (Manicaland province)
Mashonaland Hockey Board Harare (Mash West, Central and East provinces)
Masvingo Hockey Board Masvingo (Masvingo province)
Matabeleland Hockey Board Bulawayo (Mat North and South provinces)
Midlands Hockey Board Gweru (Midland province)
The Zimbabwe Schoolboys and the Zimbabwe Schoolgirls Hockey Associations are also affiliated to the HAZ.
President Farai “Kays” Kanyangara
Vice President Virginia “Ginny” Ross
Secretary Sarah Bennet
Treasurer Gavin Stephens
Members William Birkett
Jackie “Jooks” Lowe
Office Hockey Association of Zimbabwe
PO Box CY 253
Regional Office Khumalo Hockey Stadium
The HAZ has five committees -
Technical Committee Responsible for umpires, judges and medical officers, as well as all technical matters.
Competitions Manages the National Hockey League, the HAZ Cup and prepares the national calendar, and five-year programme.
Coaching and Development This committee comprises two essential elements; (a) management and development of the national coaches, supervision of high performance coaching and arranging international coaching opportunities, and (b) development, probably the most active branch of the game in Zimbabwe at present.
Chairman Mr W Birkett
Marketing manages the marketing and fund raising of the HAZ, national teams and events. The HAZ has a marketing agreement with Indicom Pvt Ltd, a sports promotional company.
Chairman - vacant
The HAZ is affiliated to the
Federation International de Hockey
Africa Hockey Federation
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee
Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Commission
April – Aug National Hockey League Harare and Bulawayo
22 - 25 May Interprovincial Tournament Bulawayo
7 –10 August HAZ Cup Harare
28-29 August Southern Africa TriNations (Men) Bulawayo
28-29 August Southern Africa TriNations (Women) Bulawayo
2-10 Sept Africa Olympic Qualifier (Men) Bulawayo
13-18 Sept Africa Olympic Qualifier (Women) Bulawayo
30 Sept Annual HAZ Awards Dinner
2005 April – Aug National Hockey League Harare and Bulawayo
22 - 25 May Interprovincial Tournament Bulawayo
7 –10 August Interprovincial Tournament Harare
28-29 August HAZ Cup Harare
Coke Cola Young Winners, Harare
Cheredzi Development, Cheridzi
Mini Hockey, Bulawayo
National Development Programme, FIH sponsored
U/12 and U/14 Leagues, Bulawayo and Mutare
Teacher Training Courses, Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Masvingo
School Holiday Camps, Bulawayo and Harare
National League -
HAZ Cup National Merchant Bank
U/21 The Label
The HAZ Awards for 2003 went to the following winners -
Men’s Award Women’s Award Single Award
Sportsman of the Year R King J Lowe
Jnr Sportsman J Flynn J Palmer
Official of the year P van Zyl
Administrator / Service D Barkhausen
Team of the Year BAC Men
Presidents Award C Stewart
The official Newsletter of the HAZ
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
The HAZ administers a National Hockey League for the top men’s and women’s clubs in the country. The league is played on a home and away basis, and all matches are played on artificial pitches, in either Harare or Bulawayo. The national League Sponsor for 2000 and 2001 is SALTRAMA, a division of Bertgold Investments, Harare.
The results of the National League for 2003 are –
Men BAC (tenth consecutive win) Women OH
THE HAZ CUP
The HAZ Cup Tournament is a club knockout event. In principle all club teams are eligible and capable of reaching the finals. The tournament starts at Provincial level, then proceeds to Regional level, and thereafter the winner and runner-up of each of the two regions, play in the finals.
The results of the 2001 Finals of the HAZ Cup were as follows-
Men BAC (Fifth consecutive win) Women BAC
Hippo Valley QSC
There are two Senior Inter-provincials played each year, hosted respectively by the Matabeleland and Mashonaland Hockey Boards on behalf of the HAZ.
IPT’S are also played at U/21, U/18, U/16, U/14 and U/12 levels. The later two are played at a regional level, whilst the first three are played at a full national level. Participation in the IPT’s is essential for selection purposes.