HARARE – Arundel School first team hockey captain Rumbidzai Mhinga is confident her side will win the Inter-Schools Golden Girls tournament that begins on Thursday at the Mt Pleasant-based school.
The three-day event sees the country’s top hockey playing girls high schools battling for honours in two categories each consisting of 12 teams, the Golden Girls section and Silver Girls category.
Defending champions Peterhouse College and last year’s runner ups Chisipite Senior School are amongst the top contenders to win the trophy that aims to recapture the glory days of Zimbabwean women hockey. Zimbabwe shock the sporting world when they won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
Arundel have had the honour of hosting the tournament for the past seven years, but their last victory came way back in 2007.
But Mhinga, who was selected to be part of Under-18 Zimbabwe Schools hockey team after a good performance at the inter-provincials at Khumalo Hockey Stadium in Bulawayo two weeks ago, wants all that to change.
“Our chances of winning this year are very high,” Mhinga told the Daily News.
“We have an amazing team and an amazing coach. The players really want this because it’s like we have always almost been there but never there.
“We have a lot to prove. People always say ‘hey you guys have the astro-turf, you practise on it all the time but you still don’t win’,” she added.
Apart from Mhinga, who plays centre link and generally holds the shape of the team, Arundel will be banking on forwards Mufaro Hungwe and Chiedza Chieya to provide the goals.
They will also feel safe in defence as they boast of Zimbabwe Schools A team goalie Varaidzo Kamhunga.
The Golden Girls Trophy begun 1981 after it was presented to the Zimbabwe Women's Hockey Association by the City of Harare in commemoration of the gold medal won by Zimbabwe's women's hockey team at the Moscow Olympics.
The annual event has grown in popularity with first teams from all affiliated high schools across Zimbabwe battling for the title and the bragging rights that come with it.
Four members of the famed Golden Girls team, Trish Davies, Anthea Stewart, Linda Fraser and Sarah English will grace the event.