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Today we announce the South Africa under 21 Squads. Following the completion of the successful Under 21 IPT held in Potchefstroom, which was won by the Southern Gauteng Ladies and the Western Province Men.

The selected players will be gathered for selection and training camps, with an eye on both the Africa qualifying tournament for the Junior World Cup and of course the Premier Hockey League (PHL), which takes place in November this year. The Ladies selectors shared that they have selected players born between 1998 & 2000 as well as a few more experienced players with a keen eye on the importance of the PHL.

The Men’s under 21 Squad, which Garreth Ewing has been reappointed to coach after a successful Junior World Cup, features full Internationals Tyson Dlungwana, Rusten Abrahams and Dayaan Cassiem along with some of the most exciting talent ever seen in the country.

In the Ladies under 21 Squad under coach Rob van Ginkel there are a few players who played at the Junior Hockey World Cup last year included in the team, including the likes of Sandiswa Tabata, Kristen Paton, Ongi Mali and Sisipho Magwaza. While Cheree Greyvenstein, Kirsty Adams and Simone Gouws all got experience playing in the PHL last year.

South African U21 Ladies Squad

 

South African U21 Men's Squad

 

Name

Province

 

 

Name

Province

1

Mishka Ellis

Boland

 

1

Muzzamil Sheik

Eastern Province

2

Moya Smith

Boland

 

2

William Eveleigh

Boland

3

Sisipho Magwaza

Southern Gauteng

 

3

Duncan Fischer

Southern Gauteng

4

Marine Kock

North West

 

4

Tim Kirkman

KZN Raiders

5

Cheree Greyvenstein

KZN Raiders

 

5

Chris Rhode

Western Province

6

Thati Segaole

Northern Blues

 

6

Andrew Hobson

Western Province

7

Sare Laubsher

Free State

 

7

Tyson Dlungwana

Southern Gauteng

8

Edith Molikoe

Eastern Province

 

8

Courtney Halle

Southern Gauteng

9

Ongeziwe Mali

Eastern Province

 

9

Jared Cass

KZN Raiders

10

Kirsty Adams

Boland

 

10

Jacki Mohlaba

Western Province

11

Bianca Wood

Border

 

11

Dillon Langeveld

Eastern Province

12

Sonika Elizabeth van Heerden

Free State

 

12

Franco Carstens

Western Province

13

Julia Flemming

Southern Gauteng

 

13

Andile Ndlovu

KZN Inlands

14

Simoné Gouws

Free State

 

14

Rusten Abrahams

Southern Gauteng

15

Monique Baartsch

Boland

 

15

Sam Mvimbi

South West District

16

Daniela Rhodes

KZN Inlands

 

16

Connor Beauchamp

Western Province

17

Mia Barnard

Free State

 

17

Chris Makaba

Southern Gauteng

18

Mmamoagi Kungoana

Southern Gauteng

 

18

Ross Campbell

Western Province

19

Francisca Darkoh

Border

 

19

Mark Chong

Northern Blues

20

Hannah Pearce

Southern Gauteng

 

20

Matthew Roman

Western Province

21

Sandisiwe Tabata

Western Province

 

21

Dayaan Cassiem

Western Province

22

Jamie Southgate

Western Province

 

22

Luke Schooling

Western Province

23

Teegan Fourie

KZN Raiders

 

23

Che February

Southern Gauteng

24

Casey-Jean Botha

Free State

 

24

Spencer Botes

Southern Gauteng

25

Courtney Du Preez

North West

 

25

Laython Coombs

Eastern Province

26

Charne Maddocks

North West

 

26

Max Pike

Western Province

27

Thando Chiti

Northern Blues

 

27

Matthew Davies

Northern Blues

28

Minke van Heerden

Western Province

 

28

Jesse Martin

Southern Gauteng

29

Stephanie Botha

Western Province

 

29

Brad Sherwood

KZN Inlands

30

Francious Caarstens

Western Province

 

30

Michael Forrest

Northern Blues

31

Lezan Jacobs

Free State

 

31

Ross Vides

Eastern Province

32

Kelsey Minaar

Eastern Province

 

32

Winray Christoffels

Free State

33

Lezaan Janse van Vuuren

Southern Gauteng

 

33

Lungani Gabela

KZN Raiders

34

Meeghan Klomp

North West

 

34

Mbuso Mgobozi

Western Province

35

Pollert Mashua

Western Province

       

36

Nomnikelo Veto

Southern Gauteng

       

37

Lida Kotze

Western Province

       

38

Shindré-Lee Simmons

Free State

       

39

Miché Bennett

Western Province

       

40

Ashleigh Datnow

Southern Gauteng

       

41

Kristen Paton

Southern Gauteng

       

42

Nthabi Maine

Southern Gauteng

       

 

SA U21 men's hockey team for Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India from December 8 to 18

The South African Hockey Association has released the names of the players who will represent the South Africa U21 national men’s team at FIH Junior World Cup 2016 from December 8 to 18 in Lucknow, India.

SA U21 men's head coach Garreth Ewing said that the announcement of the 18-player team is the culmination of a process that started at the Interprovincial Nationals U21 tournament at Greenfields AB Jackson Hockey Arena in Pietermaritzburg last April.

"It's been a thorough process and there was a lot of competition for final places but now for those 18 selected players, this is when the hard work really starts.

"The players will also be participating in the upcoming Premier  National League, which takes place in September this year."

Ewing said that he is happy with the balance in the team in terms of specialist skills and overall ability.

"I'm reasonably pleased that this group have had good exposure during the selection phase at both the senior SA Interprovincial Nationals tournament as well as the Junior World Cup Africa Qualifier Tournament that took place earlier this year.

"I'm looking forward to the next phase of preparation and rising to the challenge of raising the necessary funds for the JWC tournament."

SA U21 Junior World Cup men's team

      1.  Robert McKinley WP
2. Siya Nolutshungu KZN
3. Kyle Lion-Cachet SG
4. Courtney Hallé SG
5. Jayson Reed KZN
6. Tylo Remke KZN
7. Ryan Julius WP
8. Matthew De Sousa WP
9. Charles Bowren WP
10. Alex Stewart WP
11. Nduduzo Lembethe NG
12. Tyson Dlungwana SG
13. Khumo Mokale  NG
14. Ryan Crowe SG
15. Nqobile Ntuli KZN
16. Walter Pfaff WP
17. Tevin Kok NG
18. Amkelwe Letuka SG

Reserves:

 

            19. Steve McManus KZN
            20. Bjorn Sorensen WP

South Africa and Egypt men and South and Zimbabwe women qualify for Junior World Cups

While the best senior teams in the world are preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the next generation of hockey stars will have their own moment in the spotlight at the end of the year when the Hockey Junior World Cups get under way.

Over the past few months a number of continental qualifiers have taken place which have decided who will compete at these Junior World Cups, the women's hosted in Santiago, Chile from 24 November to 4 December and the men's in India from 1-11 December. With several coveted places still to be won, the attention turned to Africa over the past few days, before the focus shifts on to the Pan-American region this week.

On the African continent, the men’s and women's Junior African Cup was held in Windhoek in Namibia between 18-28 March.

In the men's event, Egypt demonstrated once again why they are a nation that is on the rise when it comes to hockey. The north African side reversed an earlier 2-0 loss at the hands of South Africa in the pool matches to win 3-2 in am exciting final.

In that game, the Egyptian team rushed into a 2-0 lead with goals from Mohamed Ali and Ahmed Arafa in the 14th and 22nd minute. South Africa fought back with a goal from Nqobile Ntuli just after half time.

It was all South Africa for the next quarter and Ntuli struck again to even the scores. However, with five minutes left on the clock, Egypt once again seized the initiative and Mohamed Nasr was on hand to shoot home the winner from open play, giving Egypt their first gold medal in this event.

Zimbabwe beat Namibia 5-3 in the bronze medal match while South Africa's Ntuli and Egypt’s Ahmed Elganaini were top scorers with 14 goals a piece.

The women’s Junior African Cup was a clear-cut victory for South Africa. They beat Namibia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania in a round-robin format to emerge as the gold medal winners. Zimbabwe finished in second place to take the only other automatic qualification spot for the Junior World Cup in Chile.

South Africa's Marie Louw was top scorer with 14 goals, closely followed by Tarryn Glasby on 13. In all, the South Africa team scored 63 goals and conceded none.

Who will be representing the Pan American region will be decided through two events: the women’s event gets under way on Thursday 31 March in Trinidad and Tobago, while between May 20-28 the men are off to Toronto in Canada.

Eleven women’s teams will be competing at this year’s Junior Pan-Am Championship and with the Rio Olympics taking place on the continent just a few months later, there is bound to be increased interest in this event, especially with Hockey Junior World Cup places at stake.

The Junior Pan-Am Championships started in 1988 for the women and in that time, it has been an almost total Argentinian domination. The South American side has been beaten only once, by the USA in 2008.

Going into this year’s event, Argentina women will hope to continue winning ways. Their coach, Agustin Corradini said: “The young players who are selected at junior international level are already well on their way to being the ‘finished’ article. When they get selected for the national team, they have already been part of very good development programmes within their own clubs. We make sure that they have all the elements in place and then work with those qualities to make them even better – as a result our players have very good technical skills, they are perfectly physically trained, and they have a professional mindset.”

Canada’s coach is Steph Andrews and she makes no bones about Argentina’s ability. “Argentina, historically, have always been classy. Their ability to be creative and play with flair makes it hard for teams to match up against them and stop their flow. Any team that is going to beat Argentina will need to be good defensively and take their opportunities when it counts.”

However, Andrews also believes that Canada is catching up on their South American rivals at junior level. She pinpoints developing depth within the junior squad as being key to this. She said: “I believe we are establishing a good group under our senior team both at a junior national squad level and the development squads below that, all of which will aid in closing the gap between us and Argentina.”

The opening day’s matches of the women’s Junior Pan-Am Championship will see the reigning champions Argentina open their defence against Uruguay. Chile take on Barbados, Canada face Mexico and the 2008 winners USA will compete against the host nation Trinidad and Tobago.

The SA U21 men’s camp squad has been named.

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