South Africa and Namibia locked horns for one final time tonight in Stellenbosch as the SA Teams looked to complete a clean sweep as the teams competed for the Allistar Fredericks African Challenge Trophy.

The girls started the evening off with the two teams having a good go at each other in the early exchanges. Namibia was looking dangerous creating opportunities by winning a couple of penalty corners, but throughout the series the profligacy had been costly.  

South Africa established the lead with a wonderful counter attacking play that saw series top scorer Jan van Antwerpen to run off the back post and finish superbly from a great but of work. Both teams had a few opportunities but neither could add to the scoring at the half time break.

South Africa would double their lead in the second half when a penalty corner was awarded and the sheer weight of power in the shot from Anja Tromp mean Andrea Rakow could not keep it out. The South Africans were looking to put a convincing score line on the board having failed to dismiss the Namibians in the first two tests, and coach Andi Bernstein will be pleased with what she saw.

Captain Kirsty Leonard made it three at a time when South Africa were down to 10 players having received a green card. Tromp won the team a penalty corner and Leonard smashed home a straight hard low strike, reminiscent of the great Pietie Coetzee-Turner, giving the Namibian defence no chance.

South Africa had enough time to score one last goal. A penalty corner from the South Africans wasn’t cleared and it bobbled across to Taheera Agousti who finished with a dismissive strike that would look good in the world of cricket too. Full time South Africa 4-0 and a series win 3-0.

Player of the match on the night was awarded to Jana van Antwerpen.

SA Schools Test Series Results – Girls

1st Test – SA 3-1 Namibia
2nd Test – SA 3-2 Namibia
3rd Test – SA 4-0 Namibia

The two boys side met in the final game of the series following the conclusion of the girl’s game. The Namibians were looking to start better having conceded three goals in the first quarter of the opening two games, and they lived up to that with a far more solid starting. They charged down the first SA penalty corner effectively and caused a little bit of trouble themselves.

But South Africa found the goal that gave the m the lead. A wonderful diagonal overhead by James Flint setup the attack. The cross that came in was simply finished by Jamie Seale and the hosts held the advantage before the end of the first quarter.

It was double before the end of the quarter with a sublime penalty corner from Ross Montgomery that hit the top corner of the net giving Namibia no chance and the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break.

South Africa made it 3-0 superbly. A wonderful pick up and pass from Kossman saw Akha Mda score a goal that was made on his positioning, something many coaches will use as a video in future.

Another one for the videos is the penalty corners and tonight it was Ross Montgomery dishing out the lessons making it 4-0 with a blinding strike. Before the half time break it was 5-0. A quick break from the South Africans and a reverse shot from Mentoor from the top of the circle added cherry to a very tasty first half cake.  

South Africa were knocking on the door more frequently than Eskom Load shed in the third quarter but were frustrated by their inability to convert. But Brett Horn did manage to get one when he was afforded space to make it 6-0.

7th heaven arrived when James Flint came to the party and found his target from the penalty corner with a rocket that sent him off his feet, but almost split the back of the net too.

South Africa continued looking to add to the score line but weren’t successful and at the end of the day it remained 7-0 to the South Africans on the night and 3-0 in the series.

Bagcine Gqweta was adjudged as the player of the match.

SA Schools Test Series Results – Boys

1st Test – SA 4-0 Namibia
2nd Test – SA 10-1 Namibia
3rd Test – SA 7-0 Namibia

 

The South African and Namibian U18 sides returned to Stellenbosch this evening in order to take each other on in the second of a three match junior test series, contesting for the Allistar Fredericks trophy. The South African sides had won the opening test on Sunday on looked to seal the series at a chilly Maties Hockey Stadium.

South Africa’s boys side wanted to get more goal mouth activity and goal scoring opportunities from open play compared to the opening day. They got exactly that through Ross Montgomery when his attempted cross was deflected in, and they hosts had the lead. Namibia though was not here just to make up the number and instead produced a sublime moment of quality through captain JP Britz. A solo run of great strength was capped off with a scintillating strike into the top corner on the reverse side.

South Africa were lethal at the penalty corner time on day 1 and continued that with James Flint adding his fourth goal of the series and restored the South African lead. It was a flick with a wonderful disguise that would make a number of universities probably take note. That one goal advantage was double when Shaun Hensilwood played a good advantage and James Seale finished with a brilliant upright reverse stick, reacting earlier than anyone else.

Early in the second quarter there was a goal of great quality. Carlon Mentoor fired in an early low and hard cross and Captain Alex Blows dived in to score the fourth for the hosts. It was five for South Africa shortly afterwards as the number 5 James Flint took a penalty stroke and smashed it past Zander Smit in goals for the Namibians. It was six of the best before half time. Montgomery latched onto a loose ball in the circle and slid it into the bottom left corner to compound the agony for the Namibians.

A goal line clearance from Namibia offered a momentary break for the Namibians, but the resultant penalty corner saw James Flint net his hat-trick, his second of the tournament. A wonderful penalty corner variation saw the German spin and Flint had acres of space; he only needs centimetres.

At the half-time break it was 7-1 to the South Africans as a painful first half drew to a conclusion for the Namibians. The break brought a renewed focus from Namibia as they tightened the ship a bit more. The goal eventually came when Maart and Den Bakker combined for Maart to pick up the loose ball and fire it home superbly.

It took almost the entire final quarter before Alex Blows powered home a powerful flick that was not amiss on an indoor hockey court and there was still time to complete the 10 out of 10 performances. Moses Kossman had number 10 on his back and had the simplest finish to make it 10 for the hosts and confirm victory in the test series with a game to spare.

The man of the match on the day was Daniel Den Bakker and he was awarded R1000 from Planet Hockey for his award.

The SA and Namibian women offered a tantalising prospect of activity in the second match of the night. And once again it was the Namibians who opened the scoring. They won a penalty corner and Caitlin Gillies, who scored fore the senior Indoor side at the African Hockey indoor Cup of Nations last year opened the scoring with a powerful strike.

As we saw in the opening game though, the South Africans were looking to get back into the game immediately with Malikah Hamza showing tremendous skill and unsettling the defence. Her endeavours won the team a penalty corner and it was only apt that she would pick it up on the rebound and finish it superbly to restore the parity.

The parity would not be there for long as the South Africans turned one into two with the superstar from Day 1 Ntsopa Mokoena found a pocket of space and fired home to the delight of very cold crowd as the half time break brought a one goal lead for South Africa.

Namibia found themselves level in the second half early on when Anthea Coetzee hit a shot straight at Leane McLaren, but in the pouring rain the shot bobbled and crawled its way into the back of the net. The weather was not playing its part, but the teams were playing a riveting battle that was all square into the final quarter. At least that’s what everyone other than Jana van Antwerpen thought as she reacted to the brilliance from Tromp and with the last hit of the quarter she finished into the empty goal.

Namibia though came out swinging winning a couple of early penalty corners as the rain started to pour even harder. They managed to find the ball in the back of the net, but the whistle had already gone for a re-award much to the disappointment of the visitors. It was an opportunity that would be wasted as the South Africans were given the opportunity to wake up from the mini slumber they had found.

It was a final quarter that seemed largely influenced by the elements as both teams turned the ball over far too easily. The South Africans were able to hold on for the victory and with it they sealed the series ahead of the final game.

The player of the match was awarded to Azaylee Philander from Namibia.

Tomorrow both series conclude with the third and final test.

For the first time in three years the SA U18 teams got to play in an international test series. The U18 Boys and girls who were selected at the end of the recently completed IPT had the opportunity to don their national colours for the first time in a three-game series against Southern African neighbours Namibia. The series would be contested to win the Allistair Fredericks Trophy, named in honour of the late South African hockey icon.

The girls opened the program in game one and it was immediately apparent the Ntshopa Mokoena was going to be a central character to the series as she was a pivotal figure in all the moments of significance in the opening exchanges. In truth she was the undoubted highlight of the opening quarter as the dominant South Africans were unable to open the scoring.

Anja Tromp produced a wonderful reverse stick shot that looked destined for the roof of the net, but Jaime Henckert was dialled in. Just seconds later it was 1-0 to the Namibians as a turnover was affected and Kyla Landsberg scored a goal against the run of play. South Africa were desperate to get back into the game and there was no surprise that the goal came for Mokoena who turned well in the circle and fired into the bottom right corner. 1-1 at the break, Namibia undoubtedly the happier of the two sides.

In the opening minute of the second half Jana van Antwerpen was found isolated with the keeper, and she was taken out. The penalty stroke was rightly awarded but van Antwerpen fired it wide. She wouldn’t be reflecting on it for long as Tromp ran up the side crossed it and van Antwerpen finished to give South Africa their first lead of the day. That lead should have been doubled seconds later but the ball parted the attack like the red sea.

South Africa were still creating the most dangerous opportunities, but Namibia reminded them of the danger on the counter when they won a penalty corner. They were unable to convert, and the third quarter ended with the South Africans holding a slender lead.

South Africa would double the lead when Jana van Antwerpen doubled her individual tally, and the South Africans earned a two-goal cushion which they would ultimately hold until the end of the game and secure the opening test match 3-1.

There were no surprises as Ntshopa Mokoena was nominated as the player of the match!

The SA U18 Boys were next up as they also took on their Southern African counterparts and watched on by head coach Devon van der Merwe were donned in all green with gold socks taking on the Blue and red of Namibia.

It took South Africa exactly 90 seconds to earn the games first penalty corner through a great run by Horne. From the resultant penalty corner, the lanky form of Ross Montgomery made no mistake with a great disguised drag flick to give the hosts the lead. Namibia did have an opportunity to pull one back, but JP Britz flick was fairly easily saved. As the quarter drew to a conclusion the SA boys were awarded a second PC and James Flint stepped up and smashed it home. Within another minute it was a copy and paste, or maybe a retweet is the right terminology, as Flint repeated his feat and made it 3-0.

Early in the second quarter Namibia were denied first on the line before the ball struck the post and then shot wide. James Flint was the man on the post who denied the shot. Namibia was growing in the game and had another opportunity to force the breakthrough with a one-on-one that was saved superbly.

South Africa looked dangerous every time they went forward but lacked the first quarter intensity in the second quarter and Namibia felt they were in with an opportunity. James Flint though had his own ideas and completed a first half hat-trick on the hooter to make it 4-0!

South Africa played a more technical astute game in the second half controlling possession a lot better and dictating the pace of play. As much as that would have impressed the coaching staff, they will be disappointed at the number of times when decision making was less than optimal. However, there was another penalty corner won by some wonderful 3D skills by Jamie Seale, but for the first time he failed to get hold of the flick well enough. The third chukka ended with no work for the score keepers as it remained 4-0.

In the final quarter it was Jamie Seale who was doing the most to add to the score but he was met by resolute defence or indecisive finishing as the game lost a bit of momentum. South Africa were awarded five consecutive penalty corners with just under five minutes remaining, but despite the waves of pressure they were unable to convert and complete the 5 star performance.

James Flint was awarded the player of the match on the back of his first half hat-trick.

Tomorrow sees the games played in reverse order as the Boys will play first at 18:45 and the girls at 20:45 in the second test. The matches will be live on the Supersport Schools app, as well as on Supersport Variety 4 (Channel 209)

 

After a week of tough competition both the South African boys and the South African girls have emerged as champions of the African Youth Games. The tournament played in Algeria was contested as a Hockey 5s tournament and is a qualifier for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires later this year.

The boys were in Group A of the tournament alongside Namibia, Zimbabwe and Algeria and emerged victorious without conceding a goal. With only 7 teams competing in the boy’s competition the South African Boys received a bye to the semi-finals where they would take on Nigeria.

Two first half goals by Peter Jarvis complimented by his third in the second half and a same minute double from Luke Wynford and Matthew Lewis were enough to see the boys into the final with a 5-2 win. In the final South Africa took on Zambia and scored through Mustapha Cassiem, the younger brother of national star Dayaan Cassiem, early in the match. Zambia pulled a goal back and the match ended 1-1. The title would be decided by a shootout.

Cassiem and Wynford converted their chances while Taine Bird denied both chances that he finished. It was absolute joy for Sihle Ntuli and his team. Peter Jarvis finished the tournament as the top scorer having netted 12 times on the way to the trophy.

The girl’s tournament featured six sides and one group round robin before semi-finals and finals. South Africa were outstanding in the group stage winning four of their five games, with the dramatic come from behind 3-3 draw with Zimbabwe.

Ironically the pool stage finished with Zimbabwe in fourth meaning the only team to deny South Africa a win, would face them in the Semi-Finals. It was a tense and tight affair for the South Africans with opportunities limited, but South Africa took advantage of the quickfire double so prevalent in the game scoring in the 7th and 8th minutes through Angel Nkosi and Angela Welham respectively.

Taking on the Namibians who featured the Indoor World Cup star Kiana Cormack and coached by Namibian legend Shayne Cormack, Tsoanelo Pholo will be delighted by the performance of her team. After showing fantastic defensive resolution South Africa took the lead through Angela Welham who netted a second to wrap up the title.

Both teams have now won the right to be selected by SASCOC for the Youth Olympic Games, however the criteria should be considered too. The qualification criteria as set by the IOC stipulates that each National Olympic Committee can only send 1 Team sport per gender. That means SASCOC will only be allowed to send one boys and one girls team across football, hockey, rugby and handball. In considered for this spot the SA boys and girls must ensure they qualify through the African Qualifier at the Youth African Games. Whether they end up going or not, they have once again shown us that the future is incredibly bright!

On a cool night in Pietermaritzburg the iWYZE International U18 series between South Africa and Australia came to an end on a thrilling note. Heading into the final night the South African girls had already secured the series with two fantastic wins, but the boys series was still in the balance as both games had been tied in electrifying circumstances.

Girls | South Africa 2-0 Australia Having secured only their first ever victory against Australia in the opening match, South Africa completed their first ever clean sweep as Lenise Marais enhanced her own growing reputation as a coach with a 3-0 series win. The final game saw the wounded Australians taking on a highly encouraged SA girls side who were being watched by South African U21 coach Robin van Ginkel.

The first half was a little bit of a tentative affair with few high-quality chances being created. The lack of intensity due to the series being decided was clear but half-time words seemed to create the urgency that was missing. South Africa took the lead when Jean-Leigh du Toit, who will be headed to the African Youth Games in Algeria, netted from a penalty corner with the type of finish that you associate with Lisa-Marie Deetlefs for the National team. South Africa confirmed the victory in the 56th minute when the sensational Bianca Woods scored the goal of the series with some scintillating aerial skills to create and finish her chance.

A superb series for the South African Girls and a great statement about the strength of the future of girl’s hockey in South Africa.

SA Girls Team – Mishka Ellis, Jacolene Mclaren, Ammaarah Hendricks (c), Edith Molikoe, Angela Welham, Carienke Jacobs, Kayla de Waal, India Hardie, Thati Zulu, Bianca Wood, Francisca Darkoh, Zimkhita Smayile, Laila Williams, Samantha Smuts, Julia Hoal, Jean-Leigh du Toit & Elita van Staden

Boys | South Africa 3-6 Australia Australia were strongly favoured for the series but had met a South African boys side who were nothing short of resolute in the opening two games. They took that favoured tag seriously at the start of the series decider, when they gave the superb double fire in the opening 8 minutes. First Ky Willott from a penalty corner before Joshua Brooks scored a field goal.

The superb Cody Posthumus pulled a goal back for South Africa before Australia turned on the class to run away with the game. Kaleb Christensen (29th minute), the outstanding Craig Marais (36th) and Elias Fernandez (38th) all scored from field goals to make it 5-1 and probably settle the game. But Posthumus, who will be integral for the SA Youth team at the Algerian Youth Games, scored twice in two minutes to score the first hat-trick of the series and to set up a nervous finish. Both goals came from the spot as the umpires punished some poor defending.

As South Africa surged in an attempt to level the series it left opportunities at the back and after winning a penalty corner Australia sealed the victory with a Ky Willott penalty corner. An outstanding 6-3 win for Australia and with it a 1-0 series victory.

The boy’s series produced 23 goals in a scintillating series that really gave the crowd some fantastic exhibition hockey, played at a high intensity with a great spirit and both teams were fantastic.

SA Boys Team – Taine Bird, Suubi Sekawabe, Andre Bradford, Jared Campbell, Mpumelelo Maphumulo, Luke Wynford, Idrees Abdulla, Teven Petersen, Cody Posthumus, Peter Jarvis, Angelo Walstroom, Marvin Simons, Matt Dewar (c), Ivann van der Merwe, Joshua Findlay, Steven Conway, Niel Raath & Sihle Ngcongo

The second night of the Old Mutual iWYZE International School Series offered as much excitement as the opening night with more frenetic play and superb crowd support in Pietermaritzburg. Once again, the games were streamed on YouTube, with the likes of Cindy Hack and Jethro Eustice on commentary rounded off the product fantastically.

Boys | South Africa 4-4 Australia

The opening game of the series produced a pulsating 3-3 draw, where both teams felt they could be more clinical and take advantage of circle entries throughout the game. It was a less frenetic start this time round as both teams felt out the action tentatively in the early exchanges. The game ignited in the 19th minute when the superb Craig Marais gave the Australians the lead with a goal that came out of nowhere, showing his clinical ability. The goal spurred South Africa into action and Cody Posthumus hit the post from a penalty corner, the resultant melee produced another penalty corner which was eventually put away by Luke Wynford after a goal mouth scramble. Three minutes later it was Samuel Bell who scored with a simple effort from a PC, which would have disappointed the SA team with its soft nature. It took only two minutes though before Cody Posthumus levelled for the host team again with a superb drag flick. South Africa then took the lead through another goal mouth scramble and it was Angelo Walstroom who converted. 3-2 at half time.

A more technical astute second half saw Australia level through a Ky Willott penalty stroke in the 40th minute, South Africa though took the lead again through a Peter Jarvis deflection. But for the second game in a row South Africa did not protect their lead giving away another debatable penalty stroke, which I think the umpire got spot on, which Ky Willott converted to secure a second draw and keep the series very much in the balance for the final match.

SA Boys Team – Taine Bird, Suubi Sekawabe, Andre Bradford, Jared Campbell, Mpumelelo Maphumulo, Luke Wynford, Idrees Abdulla, Teven Petersen, Cody Posthumus, Peter Jarvis, Angelo Walstroom, Marvin Simons, Matt Dewar (c), Ivann van der Merwe, Joshua Findlay, Steven Conway, Niel Raath & Sihle Ngcongo

Girls | South Africa 3-1 Australia It was a far more conservative game to start when the girl’s sides played in the later game and took a full 29 minutes before the opening goal of the game when Kayla de Waal capitalised for the South Africans on the profligacy of the Australians. It was a brilliant finish by de Waal to give the South Africans the lead.

The score remained the same until the second half and Australia were delighted when Ruby Harris levelled from a field goal in the 58th minute to set up a superb finish to the match.  With just 10 minutes remaining it was over to the player of the match from the opening game, Bianca Woods, to separate the two sides with a great finish after Laila Williams fantastic skills set up the goal.

As Australia pushed to level the game and keep the series alive it left gaps at the back and Edith Molikoe, who has just been selected for the SA Indoor side to play in Zimbabwe, converted a late goal with the reverse strike to seal the match and a historic first series for the South Africans over the Australians.

SA Girls Team – Mishka Ellis, Jacolene Mclaren, Ammaarah Hendricks (c), Edith Molikoe, Angela Welham, Carienke Jacobs, Kayla de Waal, India Hardie, Thati Zulu, Bianca Wood, Francisca Darkoh, Zimkhita Smayile, Laila Williams, Samantha Smuts, Julia Hoal, Jean-Leigh du Toit & Elita van Staden 

Tonight will be the final match of the series with the boy’s game at 18:40 and the girls at 17:00. You can watch the matches live on YouTube.

On the back of the iWyze Under 16 Hockey Nationals in Pietermaritzburg, the now annual International U18 Series between the South African Schools and Australian District Schools kicked off in front of a fantastic crowd at the UKZN Astro. Not only was there a big crowd at the stadium, but the game was streamed live on YouTube much to the delight of the hockey supporting community.

Girls | South Africa 2-1 Australia

In the opening game it was the South African girls who made history when they beat Australia for the first time in the history of these series. It didn’t start well for the SA girls as they found themselves trailing to an Annika Toohey goal as the Australians looked to be up to speed quickly in the game. The South African girls, under the tutelage of double Olympian Lenise Marais, grew into the game and started to create more sustained possession and a few circle entries, but were probably not creating enough chances and it looked like it would remain 1-0 at half time before Bianca Wood produced a fantastic control and finish to pull it level.

The goal delighted the fans including South African U21 coach Robin van Ginkel who would have been impressed by some of the action that he saw. In the second half both teams created opportunities but were kept out by some incredibly disciplined defensive displays. The game looked like it needed a moment of quality to be the differentiator and ultimately it was Bianca Wood who created it with a great touch to create space before sliding it past Caitlin Barnard in the Australian goal to secure a historic victory for the South Africans.

SA Girls Team – Mishka Ellis, Jacolene Mclaren, Ammaarah Hendricks, Edith Molikoe (C), Angela Welham, Carienke Jacobs, Kayla de Waal, India Hardie, Thati Zulu, Bianca Wood, Francisca Darkoh, Zimkhita Smayile, Laila Williams, Samantha Smuts, Julia Hoal, Jean-Leigh du Toit & Elita van Staden

Boys | South Africa 3-3 Australia

Lightning does in fact strike twice in Pietermaritzburg as the Australian Boys mirrored the start of their female compatriots when they took a 1-0 lead in 2 minutes through a lethal bullet from Cambell Geddes at the penalty corner. South African star Jethro Eustice was on commentary and had remarked how impressive Geddes was in the warm-ups, we didn’t have to take his word after seeing that goal go in. But in the exact same way as the Girls game, South Africa started to grow into the game and the form of Cody Posthumus, Peter Jarvis and Jared Campbell was turning the momentum into the hosts favour and the increased pressure paid off when Jarvis finished off a brilliant bit of work by Posthumus. Both sides created chances but were unable to make them count as the first half came to an end.

The second half started with Australia starting stronger and they created a superb chance through the individual skill of Craig Marais but a fantastic save by Sihle Ngcongo kept it level. Ngcongo turned it on again when he saved a penalty stroke from Joshua Brooks to keep it level. Which didn’t stay that way for long as Steven Conway put SA ahead through a great PC variation. Australia pulled level eventually managing to beat the inspired Ngcongo in goals when Marais finished off a fantastic team goal to level with 15 minutes remaining. You may have been excused for thinking the game would peter out into a team draw but both teams had different ideas when Peter Jarvis put South Africa ahead with just sixty seconds left on the clock but Joshua Brooks atoned for the missed penalty stroke when he finished off in packed D to send the travelling support into celebration.

SA Boys Team – Taine Bird, Suubi Sekawabe, Andre Bradford, Jared Campbell, Mpumelelo Maphumulo, Luke Wynford, Idrees Abdulla, Teven Petersen, Cody Posthumus, Peter Jarvis, Angelo Walstroom, Marvin Simons, Matt Dewar (c), Ivann van der Merwe, Joshua Findlay, Steven Conway, Niel Raath & Sihle Ngcongo Tonight will be the second match of the series with the boy’s game at 17:45 and the girls at 19:30. You can watch the matches live on YouTube.

Innovation is the key to success. This is a mantra particularly relevant to sport, and one that will be put into practice in October when hockey 5s features on the programme for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, four years after debuting at the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014.

The 5-a-side rather than traditional 11-a-side version of the game, which is played on a smaller pitch, was a big hit in China, and the game’s governing body hopes that the second appearance of hockey 5s at the Youth Olympic Games will bring the sport to a wider audience and increase player numbers.

The Summer Youth Olympic Games took place for the first time in 2010 in Singapore, and are limited to the age groups of 14-18.  In 2010 South Africa took part in the girl’s tournament of traditional 11-a-side hockey. That team featured some stalwarts of the SA Women’s Hockey game including World Cup bound pair Quanita Bobbs and Phumelela Mbande. That team also featured the likes of Tiffany Jones, Stephanie Baxter and Jacinta Jubb who featured heavily at the recent IPT in Kwazulu Natal.

In 2014 the South African boys took part in the first Hockey 5’s competition and finished fourth losing to Spain in the Bronze medal match, while the girls finished 8th losing to Germany in their playoff game. A host of the players that featured in Nanjing have since gone on to represent the country and gain full national colours including Tyson Dlungwana, Kristen Paton and Bili Ntuli, further emphasizing the value of a Youth Olympic Games on player development.

The qualification criteria as set by the IOC stipulates that each National Olympic Committee can only send 1 Team sport per gender. That means SASCOC will only be allowed to send one boys and one girls team across football, hockey, rugby and handball. In order to be considered for this spot the SA boys and girls must ensure they qualify through the African Qualifier at the Youth African Games.

In the girls tournament the sides competing will be Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa and the hosts Algeria, while the boys competition will be competed between South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Zambia

The South African sides to compete in Algiers have been announced by SASCOC:

South African Boys Side

 

South African Girls Side

No

Name

 

No

Name

1

Tain Bird

 

1

Mishcka Ellis

2

Guy Morgan

 

2

Jacolene McLaren

3

Codie Posthumus

 

3

Jean-Leigh du Toit

4

Mustapha Cassiem

 

4

Angela Welham

5

Mphumelelo Maphumulo

 

5

Ammaarah Hendricks

6

Matthew Lewis

                  

6

Kayla de Waal

7

Jared Campbell

 

7

India Hardie

8

Peter Jarvis

 

8

Angel Nkosi

9

Luke Wynford

 

9

Laila Williams

Coach

Sihle Ntuli

 

Coach

Tsoanelo Pholo

 SA Hockey wishes the young boys and girls the best of luck as they look to secure victory in Algeria!