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Student becomes national ice hockey champion

CHAMPION: Bradley Morris (standing) is a member of the Western Province Senior Men’s Ice Hockey team which won the inter-provincial tournament held in Pretoria.

A CPUT student is in the Western Province Senior Men’s Ice Hockey team which won the interprovincial tournament recently held in Pretoria.

The team was crowned this year’s champions of the South African Ice Hockey Federation, and would not have achieved this milestone without the efforts of its centre forward Bradley Morris, a Masters student in Chemical Engineering.

“It feels good. We played as a team and won as a team. Some games were tough but we pulled through with the victory and that’s all that counts,” says a thrilled Bradley.

To be crowned the tournament’s national champions the team won all its round robin matches against Gauteng A (4 – 1), Gauteng B (7 – 6) and Coastal (18 – 2).

Bradley’s proud lecturer and supervisor Aziz Aziz: “It is quite an achievement for such a hardworking fulltime MEng student busy with research to also have energy to be an amateur ice hockey player at the highest level.”

Bradley adds that a super league for the sport starts in February 2019 and will include teams from around the country. “The ultimate goal for me is to make the South African National Senior Men’s team. So, it’s mostly hard work ahead,” says the tenacious 22-year-old.

He started playing the sport in 2016 after falling in love with three of its aspects. On his debut match he scored two goals and won Most Valuable Player of the Match.

“The reasons I was attracted to ice hockey – hockey is a team sport, hockey players are warriors and hockey is about pure speed. Everything about this sport is fast-paced – the slap shots, the game pace, the players.”

CHAMPION: Bradley Morris (third from left in back row) is a member of the Western Province Senior Men’s Ice Hockey team.

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