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Hippo High School Finishes Second in Zimbabwe
Written by Pritchard Matambo   

HockeyHippo Valley High School hockey team finished the hockey schools season as the second best team in Zimbabwe after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Falcon College in a high tempered final match at Khumalo Hockey stadium in the Super 12 tournament.

The Super 12 tournament brings together the schools which would have finished amongst the top twelve in the schools league. This year, the top 12 teams comprised of Falcon college, Peterhouse, Lomagundi College, Prince Edward, Watershed, Petra, Eaglesvale, South Eastern College, Churchill, Christian Brother's College and Gateway.

By finishing 2nd, Hippo High School improved on last year's 4th place finish. The Hippo High school team which is part of Hippo Hockey's development process showed no signs of mercy from their first game and looked more threatening from the first whistle until they gave it away in the final match.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 August 2012
Huletts Spring Surprise as Hippos Stand Firm
Written by Pritchard Matambo   

HockeyThe Lowveld based hockey teams (Hippo and Huletts) showed a remarkable performance over the weekend when they outclassed the Bulawayo giants BAC and Kings Hockey clubs during the National hockey league games at Khumalo Hockey stadium in Bulawayo over the weekend of 21/22nd of July 2012.

The defending champions, Hippo Hockey Club, had to put aside their agonising first defeat in three years that was inflicted by Enthusiasts, and began a fourth title chasing hunt with a 5-0 drubbing of Kings. The City of Kings was silenced in just 20mins with a well crocheted Hippo-manufactured passes which left the Kings' defence badly exposed and had no clue on how to prevent the goal. The opening goal proved to be the flood gates opener. The Hippo front line comprising of Anold Mpofu, Ranga Mungwiniri, Luckson Sikisa, Cydreck Starch, Edward Takavarasha and Paul Dakarai started to dictate the pace. Hippo could have banged in more goals if it wasn't for lack of precision in front of the goals.

Huletts hockey sprung a shocker when they managed to hold the Bulawayo champions BAC to a 3-3 draw later on the same date. It was Huletts's major achievement against BAC and it signalled a warning to all other teams that they are not push overs in the National league. A stunning performance from Huletts was through team work and cohesion within all departments. The tireless Trycos Mako engineered most of the moves and Joram Gonyora created two penalty flicks which helped the team to salvage an elusive draw.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 July 2012
Hippo Dominates Hockey Tournament
Written by Pritchard Matambo   

HockeyHippo Hockey maintained their dominance in Zimbabwean hockey with a spirited consistence performance during the inaugural Mantra sponsored hockey tournament played at Arundel Hockey stadium on the 14/15th July. The tournament featured Mabvuku HC, Eradicators HC, Bindura HC, Mutare HC and the two Lowveld teams Hippo HC and Huletts HC. The event saw teams from around Zimbabwe that do not regularly play on Astroturf, competing in what is seen as the first of many development events to promote hockey in formerly disadvantaged communities.

Bindura HC this year put up a spirited performance to finish 4th. This year Alistair Chando, a 1st Year medical student-in-waiting, scooped the Most Promising Player award. One of the clubs junior development programme products, Alistair has shown great growth and is now one of their star players. He will no doubt feature in Provincial and National events in the near future. The award for the tournament's Most Outstanding goal keeper also went to Bindura, with Prosper Machuwe collecting the accolade.

Newly formed Huletts HC showed they are a real force to be reckoned with, winning 3 games and scoring 15 goals yet conceding 6 goals. Huletts HC is another team from the Tongaat Hulett Chiredzi based operation in the Lowveld; the team, alongside Hippo HC, is currently playing in the National league that features the top 6 sides in the country. The derby game Hippo against Huletts Hockey proved to be a thriller with no love lost between the 2 Tongaat teams. However experience won the day with Hippo overcoming their younger siblings 52. The team finished on 10 points joining Eradicators on 2nd place with similar goal difference.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 July 2012
The Story of a Small Community
Written by Khesani Matatise   

Gaza Trust LogoOne little girl had a story to tell.

She is doing grade four at Chikombedzi primary school in rural Chiredzi.

Her story is about her struggle to get a decent education that will adequately mirror her inner sense of dignity yet her parents can barely manage their large family and with her sisters already married off, pressure may be on her to marry after sitting for her grade seven or ordinary level examinations.

As the socio-economic and political environment rapidly changes, she has held on to education as a principle that will never betray her, one which unfortunately, is difficult to achieve due to the challenges thrown onto her way by circumstances out of her control.

As she told the story at a recent career guidance day held at Alpha Mpapa High School at Chikombedzi growth point deep in south east Chiredzi, everyone else present did not hear it except this writer. The story is uniquely set in the Shangani community but it strikingly resembles that of many African children told on the 15th of June which is the day of the African Child.

Connected with that story is a youth initiative called Gaza Trust that has taken up the promotion of the holistic cultural recognition and development of the marginalised peoples as its mandate. This group was the official co-ordinator of the career guidance day which was attended by thirty-one exhibitors and hundreds of school children.

CHIRRA Petitions DA
Written by Henry Madakadze   

CHIRRA PetitionLast week in Chiredzi on the 13th of June 2012, we saw a peaceful demonstration conducted by the Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (CHIRRA). The objective was to administer a petition to the District Administrator (DA), Ms Muzenda. The demonstrators marched from Chiredzi Town Council escorted by the ZRP. CHIRRA clearly outlined that the demonstration was completely non-political and that it was meant to address burning issues from the residents of Chiredzi town. Speakers took turns to deliberate the areas of concern.

The issue of service delivery took priority. The Chairperson of CHIRRA voiced his concern regarding our water supply. He voiced that water shortages could lead to a lot of problems like Cholera and other waterborne diseases. He further explained that if a Cholera outbreak was to hit Chiredzi, many people would be affected. The health of the general public was said to be in great danger.

Next in line was the issue of Chiredzi Town Council worker salaries:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Cholera in Chiredzi District
Written by Henry Madakadze   

WaterThe recent incidence of Cholera in Chiredzi District was dealt with in a massive way.

The outbreak was reported in Matibi II, at Old Boli Clinic. District Nursing Officer, Mr. Bhasera stated that the first case was recorded on the 3rd May 2012 and the last case was dealt with on 24th May 2012. In total, nineteen cases were reported, (14 male and 5 female), with only 9 of these patients testing positive for Cholera. The youngest patient was an 8 month old boy who fortunately tested negative and the oldest was a 90 year old male who tested positive and received immediate treatment. Villages affected in the area are Njinga, which recorded the highest number of patients, 11, followed by Manyise that had 4, Chingweme had 2. Takunyai and Ranganai both reported single persons respectively.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012
Chiredzi Lions Aid Hospital

Chiredzi Hospital DonationChiredzi Lions Club continues to work hard to improve the lives of the less fortunate in our community. Recently they donated 17 blankets to the male ward at Chiredzi District Hospital. The male ward was identified as being the most in need of assistance at this present moment. Although a lot still needs to be done, it is inspiring to know that people are able to reach out to others even when things are very difficult.


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