The South African Hockey Association has today announced the final South African U21 Men’s squad. The team will take on rest of the continent at the African Junior World Cup Qualifiers in Ghana in March.

The U21 side will take on the likes of the hosts Ghana, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Namibia at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra. The top two teams from the tournament will qualify for the U21 World Cup set to take place in India later this year.

The South Africans will be looking to not just qualify but regain the title as the top Junior Hockey nation in Africa after Egypt had been victorious in 2016 in Windhoek.  Of course, this tournament will feel very different with extensive COVID Protocols in place to ensure player safety.

Guy Morgan has been given the captaincy and will be tasked with leading the team on the field along with co-vice captains Peter Jarvis and Jared Campbell. All three players were part of coach Sihle Ntuli’ s victorious team at the African Youth Games in Algiers in 2018. They were also joined in that gold medal team by Taine Bird and Mpumelelo Maphumulo who are in the final 18 for the current tournament.

Sam Mvimbi and Brad Sherwood have just completed a senior national outdoor camp and that experience will be massive for the team, while fully capped indoor players Aiden Tun and Marvin Simons will also contribute to that regard.

Coach Sihle Ntuli is excited about the upcoming challenge.

“It hasn’t been easy to get down to the final 18 due to the quality in depth of our extended squad. The players have all really committed to the process over the past 14 months both on and off the field. I am excited to get into the competition with them. As a group we are looking forward to a challenging campaign in Ghana.

The players showed massive growth from a technical and tactical approach at our previous camp and this gives me confidence in the limited contact time we have. Some players have had success on our previous travels, and I will look to their leadership in tough moments. The Olympic Squad members will bring a lot of guidance to the group too”.

The South African Hockey Association wishes the team best of luck and success for the tournament!

The South African Hockey Association has today announced the 24-man South African U21 Men’s squad. It is from this 24 that the final 18 will be selected to contest at the African Junior World Cup Qualifiers in Ghana in March. The squad initially assembled was 45 players.

With the global pandemic wreaking havoc and sports events, the U21 side have not been able to avoid it. With no U21 IPT this year and no opportunity to play in the Premier Hockey League or in the now cancelled series against India, the management team have been forced to change approaches. This has come in the form of secure environment training and selection camps.

The squad recently completed one such camp at the University of Pretoria and was the basis on which the current selection has been made. The 24-man squad has a few players already having experienced International Senior Hockey. Samkelo Mvimibi has featured for Garreth Ewing’s outdoor side, while Aiden Tun and Marvin Simons have both featured for David Joshua’s national indoor hockey men. Mustapha Cassiem has featured in both sides and his ability to produce magic out of nowhere will be a major draw card for the team.

The team is also filled with a litany of players that have been in the system for a while now including the likes of Brad Sherwood, Peter Jarvis, Tumi Ramphele and Clayton Saker. While Guy Morgan will be an integral asset for the penalty corners.

Coach Sihle Ntuli was glowing in his praise of the team and their commitment through the trying times:

“I am very excited with the squad as it stands. We have a superb balance in the squad, and it is a great batch of players. The boys have been very committed through the difficult period and the lack of hockey. They have worked incredibly hard and the discipline they have shown is far beyond their years. I think it bodes incredibly well for us as a country.”

The 24-man squad will gather for a final camp at the end of February from which the final 18-man squad will be selected and announced.

 

The South African Hockey Association have today announced Sihle Ntuli as the new head coach of the SA Under 21 Hockey Men, succeeding previous incumbent Neville Rothman, who has stepped down. The appointment will be for the period up to and including the 2021 FIH Junior Hockey World Cup.

Sihle is no stranger to the national set up in South Africa as he was the head coach of the SA U18’s at the African Youth Games and is one of the assistant coaches of the current senior men’s structure. In his time with the national team the men were victorious at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo as well as earning a silver medal at the FIH Hockey Series Final in Bhubaneswar. He was also previously the SA U16 Head Coach and has been one of the SA Indoor selectors for the past three years.

It was while he was at Kearsney College that he rose to prominence keeping the team in the top 10 of the school boy rankings and earning a crack with the KZN Raiders outdoor side. There he led the team to 5th and 3rd before a double success winning in 2017 and 2018. He also has the honour of leading the Drakensberg Dragons to three consecutive finals winning the SA Premier Hockey League in both 2018 and 2019.

This year saw him move to Pretoria where he has taken charge of the Tuks Mens First team. There are very few that doubt he will bring success with him to the role. When Rothmann stepped down, the decision was a unanimous one for the High-Performance committee of SA Hockey.

Speaking about the role, Sihle had the following to share:

“I am really excited by the squad that the previous coaching team has put together. The squad is filled with players that I worked with at the SA U16 level and being with them again feels like we have come full circle. I truly believe the players are not getting the rewards that their ability deserves and with that in mind a big focus for me and my team will be to raise the confidence into the next stage of our programme.

From a personal point of view, I would like to thank the South African Hockey Association for having the confidence in me to do the job. I am both honoured and humbled by this opportunity and I look forward to making the country proud!”

SA Hockey wishes Sihle success for his new role! 

Neville Rothman, Head Coach of the South African Under 21 side, has today announced the side selected to take part in the Mens Senior IPT. The Under 21 side has traditionally used the IPT as part of their process in building towards the next Junior World Cup.

The U21 Men are currently taking part in the Premier Hockey League in Randburg under the guise of the Golden Gate Gladiators. Some players have already taken the opportunity at the tournament to put their own names in lights, while all of them will hope to emulate Sam Mvimbi who earned his debut cap earlier this year.

Coach Neville Rothman shared his excitement about the team: “The only change from the CTM Premier Hockey League is that Bradley Sherwood returns and will add massive value from skills and leadership ability. Mpumelelo Maphumula is unavailable for selection as he will be playing football in the United States. This is another step on our process towards our ultimate goals of Junior World Cup in 2021.”

The Senior Mens IPT takes place in Bloemfontein between 26 and 31 August in Bloemfontein.

SA Men’s Under 21 Squad

Taine Bird (KZN Raiders)
Kyle Coker (Northern Blues)
Clayton Saker (Western Province)
Tevin Petersen (Western Province)
Michael Newland-Nell (Southern Gauteng)
Jacques v Tonder (Western Province)
Michael Horan (Southern Gauteng)
Guy Morgan (Northern Blues)
Matt Dewar (Northern Blues)
Sam Mvimbi (Northern Blues)
Jared Campbell (Northern Blues)
Luke Wynford (Western Province)
Tumi Ramphele (Southern Gauteng Witsies)
Simetu Bayanda (Western Province)
Idrees Abdulla (Western Province)
Peter Jarvis (Western Province)
Brad Sherwood (Northern Blues)
Angelo Walstroom (KZN Raiders) 

The South African Hockey Association have today announced Neville Rothman as the new head coach of the SA Under 21 Hockey Men, succeeding previous incumbent and now national coach, Garreth Ewing. The appointment will be for the period up to an including the 2021 FIH Junior Hockey World Cup.

Rothman is no stranger to the SA U21 setup having fulfilled the role of Assistant coach to Garreth Ewing in the previous years. Adding to his involvement in the school’s setup having been the head coach of the SA U18 side for the home series against Australia in 2014 and 2016, the latter a 3-0 series win for the hosts.

Rothman also took the U18 team to the Nanjing Youth Olympic games in 2014. That team playing Hockey 5s, featured a host of players who are currently with the men’s side in India including Bili Ntuli, Tyson Dlungwana and Tevin Kok. As the convenor of selectors for the SA Under 18 Boys, Rothman has knowledge of a host of talent that will undoubtedly be the future of South African Men’s Hockey,

“Having been involved at various age group structures, I am incredibly humbled to be given the opportunity to take the SA Under 21 Men to the Junior Hockey World Cup. There is so much young talent in this country that makes me incredibly excited for this role.” Shared Neville Rothman

Rothman is also a full-time hockey man as he is the director of hockey at Affies in Pretoria having made the move after 11 years at Paarl Roos Gymnasium. He also previously worked with Grey High School in Port Elizabeth.

The team will partake in the Premier Hockey League and the Senior IPT with the idea of developing the squad towards the African Qualifiers in 2020. Should the team be successful they will then head to the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup in 2021.

There will also be an expectation that the development of this players is important to guide them through this phase of their careers and assist them in making the step up to Senior International hockey.

SA Hockey wishes Neville success for his new role! 

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The teenager Dayaan Cassiem has established himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in world hockey. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

The South African Hockey Association announces the South African under 21 Invitational Mens Squad to take part in this year’s Senior Men’s IPT in Pietermaritzburg at the beginning of August. This represents the next phase of the squad's development towards the next FIH Junior Hockey World Cup. In September 2017 a 34 man greater squad was announced and a host of these players were selected to represent the iWyze Golden Gate Gladiators at the 2017 Premier Hockey League, with the balance of the players being drafted into the other five PHL teams.

On the back of this, the U21 IPT and the recently completed Varsity Sports tournament, coach Garreth Ewing is excited about the pick of players he has at his disposal. “I am looking forward to working with this new U21 team at IPT. This is the latest phase in our selection process, taking into account performances at U21 IPT as well as PHL and the Varsity Sports Hockey. Playing against “men” is always a challenge for the youngsters but it gives us a great idea of who can compete at Junior World Cup level.”

Dayaan Cassiem and Andrew Hobson have senior national experience that will be vital in the young team. While Samkelo Mvimbi and Che February will both be looking to find the back of the net and bring goals similar to the belters they scored at Varsity Sports to IPT. Mark Chong was the player of the final when Tuks upset Maties at the same tournament and will be of paramount importance to the SA U21 Invitational Squad in Martizburg. It’s an exciting team that promises to play a high-intensity level of hockey and don’t be surprised if they snatch results in the final quarter, a hallmark of the SA U21 sides over the past few years!

South African U21 Invitation Squad
  Name Province
1 Duncan Fischer Southern Gauteng
2 William Eveleigh Western Province
3 Andrew Hobson Western Province
4 Jarred Cass Northern Blues
5 Clayton Saker Western Province
6 Andile Ndlovu Southern Gauteng
7 Matthew Davies Northern Blues
8 Samkelo Mvimbi Northern Blues
9 Chris Makaba Southern Gauteng
10 Mark Chong Northern Blues
11 Che February Southern Gauteng
12 Spencer Botes Southern Gauteng
13 Max Pike Western Province
14 Matthew Roman Western Province
15 Brad Sherwood Northern Blues
16 Michael Forrest Northern Blues
17 Lungani Gabela Kwazulu Natal Raiders
18 Dayaan Cassiem Western Province

 

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