The SPAR Indoor Series came to a crescendo on Saturday night as the final games played out. In the final test a Cindy Hack inspired performance led SPAR South Africa to a 6-0 win over Zimbabwe in front of a capacity crowd at Danville Girls School. 

The Sports 24 Seven broadcast team were asked to elect the goalkeeper of the tournament and the player of the tournament. For the keeper it was awarded to Emerging South Africa's Nepo Serage. The Player of the tournament went to Cindy Hack for her 22 goals, while Tegan Fourie and Kara Botes were mentioned specifically for standout series. 

In a slightly different wrap up, we thought we would thanks some key stakeholders who helped a fantastic week take place!

Thank you to our hosts Danville Park Girls School in Durban North and St. Johns College for being absolutely fantastic venues for the game of indoor hockey. Thank you to our technical tables, our umpires and all officials that ensured everything took place consistently and well! Special thanks also to the clubs and players that featured in exhibition matches and to coaches that took time to share their knowledge with Botswana. Thank you to our Medics, security and team management for the roles they played and to Chris Murphy Photography for the wonderful photos. 

Thank you to Botswana Men and Women for adding some great value to the tournament and to Zimbabwe for being as passionate about indoor hockey as us. Thank you to Sports 24 Seven and Rayder Media for providing the live streaming and commentary. You can go back and watch the matches on Sports 24 Seven Facebook page. 

Alongside all of these a special thank you must go to SPAR. Their continued sponsorship and support of Women's Indoor Hockey in South Africa is unrivaled in the sport and we are grateful to have you in the SA Hockey family. 

 

A 19-player squad has been selected for the SPAR South Africa squad for a selection camp at Danville Park Girls High School from the 26-28 September. From this selection camp the team will then be selected to take on Switzerland in November in 6 test matches split between Durban and Cape Town.

SPAR South Africa shocked the world number 7 Switzerland in January by winning the series 3-1 so the Europeans will be fired up to try and get revenge against a team who has not lost a series since the 2017 African Indoor Cup of Nations.

The squad has been selected on the back of the SPAR Indoor Series earlier this year and includes players that impressed for both SPAR South Africa and the Emerging South Africa sides that took on Zimbabwe and Botswana. Eloise Walter is also back in the squad having missed the SPAR Indoor Series through injury.

In terms of emerging South Africa players from the SPAR Indoor Series, Ammaarah Hendricks, Kayla de Waal, Nepo Serage and Nompilo Thenjwayo are the players who will fight to earn their first international caps while Jess Lardant and Andrea Leader will be looking to earn themselves further caps for the SPAR South Africa Indoor side.

Greg White, convenor of selectors, shared his thoughts on the team:

“Our focus is quickly shifting to the African Qualifiers for the next FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup, but we are also constantly looking to build for the future by exposing new players to International Indoor Hockey and rewarding form shown for the Emerging South Africa side. We are delighted with the mix of players selected and look forward to seeing how they handle the pressure of a selection camp before selecting our final squad to take on Switzerland. We know they will be looking for revenge, so it promises to be a fantastic series!”

SPAR South Africa Selection Camp

No

Name

Province

1

Alex Kavanagh

Southern Gauteng

2

Ammaarah Hendricks

Western Province

3

Amy Greaves

KZN Inland

4

Andrea Leader

Western Province

5

Celia Evans

Northern Blues

6

Cheree Greyvenstein (GK)

SPAR KZN Raiders

7

Cindy Hack

SPAR KZN Raiders

8

Edith Molikoe

KZN Inland

9

Eloise Walters

KZN Inland

10

Jamie Southgate

Western Province

11

Jessica Lardant

SPAR KZN Raiders

12

Jessica O’Connor

SPAR KZN Raiders

13

Kara Botes

Southern Gauteng

14

Kayla de Waal

Western Province

15

Nepo Serage (GK)

Western Province

16

Nompilo Thenjwayo

Southern Gauteng

17

Robyn Johnson

Southern Gauteng

18

Tegan Fourie

SPAR KZN Raiders

19

Zimi Shange (GK)

SPAR KZN Raiders

Day four of the 2019 SPAR Indoor Series at Danville Girls High School in Durban North will be remembered fondly for the exhibition match between Zimbabwe and Emerging South Africa in the morning game. Following a decision from the tournament organizers, the exhibition match was streamed to allow the future players of South Africa to be seen from the hockey loving public. With Emerging South Africa having won 4-2 in the previous days encounter, Zimbabwe had revenge in their eyes! 

Emerging South Africa were superb in the first half and looked to have the game set with a 3-0 lead through goals from Cailynn den Bakker with a brace and Jess Lardant. In truth there seemed little hope for the Zimbabweans to produce a result and they looked a little tired after a superb performance against South Africa in the previous nights test match. 

But with a little over ten minutes left Zimbabwe produced a thrilling fight back to steal an improbable result. Natalie Terblanche, then Simone Herbst and then Terblanche again brought the game to a 3-3 tie before Herbst netted a winner that lifted the Zimbabweans to their best moment on the tour. It was a thrilling game and a superb advert of indoor hockey. 

Having put it all on the line Zimbabwe looked out of legs and their fire was doused by SPAR South Africa and in particular Tegan Fourie in the fourth test match. Zimbabwe netted the games opening goal through Giorgia Allardice before South Africa surged to victory. Kara Botes got the hat-trick, Cindy Hack a brace, and the Southern Gauteng pair of Robyn Johnson and Alex Kavanagh made the game safe in a 7-1 win. 

SPAR South Africa had also emerged comfortably victorious in the early morning game against Botswana. 

One more day remains and one more test between the two nations. 

 

The third day of the SPAR Indoor Series at Danville Park Girls School in Durban North started with the SPAR South African ladies playing their first ever indoor hockey test match against their neighbours Botswana. The game was extremely one sided as expected but the development of Botswana thanks to the involvement in series like this will be a great boost for African Indoor hockey. 

All eyes were of course on the SPAR South Africa vs. Zimbabwe test match in the evening with a packed Danville Park Girls School joined by hundreds of people watching on the Sports 24 Seven live stream. Zimbabwe were keen to give a better display for their families and friends watching from home and that determination was apparent. 

They trailed to a Kara Botes penalty corner and a field goal from captain Cindy Hack before the crowd was treated to 10 of the best minutes of the series for Zimbabwe. Michelle Williams, the star of the show for Zimbabwe pulled a goal back from the penalty corner for her side and a frenetic atmosphere was then created when Roxanne viviers broke from the back before laying off the ball and receiving a fine through ball from Williams and firing home the equaliser. 

With Zimbabwe having all the momentum ahead of half time, the SPAR South Africans showed their class with a goal that was a sucker punch for the Zimbabweans coming with the last play of the first half. Jess O'Connor received the ball from Botes at Penalty corner time, then fired it into the top left corner superbly. 

Kara Botes, in sublime form for SPAR South Africa, re-established the two goal lead with a penalty corner before Alexi Terblanche gave the Zimbabweans hope again with a penalty corner of their own. The nerves were massive in the crowd, but Robin Johnson produced the pefect run and fade to make it 5-3 for South Africa and seal the win. 

There was time for South Africa to put the nail in the coffin with crowd favourite Jamie Southgate getting a goal from a tight angle and celebrating with a Thriller dance! With that win South Africa had sealed the series

The SPAR Indoor Series moved to Danville Girls School in Durban North for the remainder of the series. And after an early knock around with KZN Invitational, all eyes turned to the second test between SPAR South Africa and Zimbabwe. The eyes were numerous as the match was being live streamed by Sports 24 Seven on their Facebook Page.

The South Africans had been tested in their series in Zimbabwe last year in August and were expecting another stern examination from their neighbours in front of the Danville crowd. The Zimbabweans themselves were buoyed after getting their first ever indoor hockey test win against Botswana in their first ever indoor test match. Stephanie Wilde and Alexi Terblanche both got hat-tricks for the Zimbabweans.

Lennie Botha’s side were in the mood and dominated the early engagments and deservingly went into a 5-0 lead with minutes of the break. Cindy Hack, Robyn Johnson, Celia Evans and a brace from Kara-Lee Botes proving the difference. There was a moment of cheer for Zimbabwe just before the break as Roxanne Viviers pulled one back from a penalty corner to take it to the break.

Zimbabwe emerged from the interval with a renewed determination and surged forward putting South Africa under incredible pressure. As the momentum continued to grow there was almost a sense that the game was swinging into Zimbabwe’s favour, Botha showed the perfect reading of the game in calling the timeout. A quick reshuffle and South Africa had regained the ascendancy brilliantly as Chris Fourie’s side failed to respond.

South Africa then ran away with Tegan Fourie netting four and romped to a 14-1 win, their biggest ever win over Zimbabwe. Celia Evans, Kara Botes and Jess O’Connor all got on the scoresheet as well as Alex Kavanagh, the Sports 24 Seven player of the match.

SPAR South Africa will play Botswana and Zimbabwe tomorrow as the action heats up in Durban

African Indoor Hockey is set for a timely boost this week as the SPAR Indoor Series gets underway in KwaZulu Natal. The series features Botswana Men and Women, Zimbabwe, SPAR South Africa and excitingly an Emerging South African side featuring U21 players.

It’s the first time that the South African ladies will be in action since their historic and triumphant tour to Europe earlier this year where they beat Switzerland and drew with the Czech Republic. Its also a South African squad with heaps of experience as Jess O’Connor, Cindy Hack, Kara Botes and Amy Greaves all have more than 50 test caps, while the return from injury of Celia Evans is extremely exciting for fans of the game.

Zimbabwe, who competed fantastically at the Psi Indoor Hockey Series in Zimbabwe last year, will look to continue building on their development and their goals to challenge their Southern African neighbours in the African Cup. Botswana are the unknown factor as they take their first steps into International Indoor Hockey, but there is a lot of excitement around this.

The South African Emerging Squad features some exciting talent including IPT top goal scorer Cloe de Souza and will be led by SPAR South Africa’s assistant coach AJ Spieringshoek, supported by Brighty Mashaba and Bridget Kee. It’s the first time an Emerging South Africa will play International opponents in exhibition matches, so it offers a superb opportunity to the fans.

Tournaments like this are only possible thanks to the backing of sponsor SPAR South Africa. Speaking to the Hockey 24 Seven Podcast by Rayder Media, Cindy Hack was quick to pay tribute to SPAR: “SPAR is not just our sponsor, they are our family. We can’t thank them enough for believing in us and supporting us right from the start. We will continue to work to make our sponsors and our fans proud!”

The full schedule is available here:

The following matches will be live streamed through the Sports 24 Seven Facebook page:

Wednesday 29 May 18:00 – SPAR South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Thursday 30 May 10:00 – SPAR South Africa vs. Botswana
Thursday 30 May 18:00 – SPAR South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Friday 31 May 10:00 – SPAR South Africa vs. Botswana
Friday 31 May 18:00 – SPAR South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Saturday 01 June 10:00 – Zimbabwe vs. Botswana
Saturday 01 June 18:00 – SPAR South Africa vs. Zimbabwe

In a fantastic opportunity to develop the pool of indoor hockey players at an international level, the South African Hockey Association has announced the Emerging South Africa Indoor side that will play exhibition matches against Zimbabwe, Botswana and the SPAR South Africa team at the SPAR Indoor Series in Durban from the 28 May – 1 June.

This is the second time an Emerging South Africa squad has been announced, but it will be the first time an emerging squad will play international opponents. It’s a fantastic opportunity to involve more of the players already in the system with a mix of youthful excellence in a squad that highlights the superb depth South African Women’s Indoor Hockey is currently experiencing in the country.

Jess Lardant and Andrea Leader all made international debuts for South Africa over the past month and are included adding superb experience to the Emerging squad. Cloe de Sousa earns her call up on the back of a top goalscoring performance for Southern Gauteng at the IPT, while Nompilo Thenjwayo is also called up after a highly impressive showing for Southern Gauteng Wits at the tournament.  

The other players selected for the Emerging South Africa squad all impressed at the Indoor IPT in Pietermaritzburg in February and all of them are 19 years of age or younger, with the impressive Yasmin de Meyer the youngest at a remarkable 15 years of age. Kayla de Waal was awarded the emerging player of the Indoor IPT and her continued development will be exciting to see.

The team will be led by assistant coach for SPAR South Africa in AJ Spieringshoek, who himself will be supported by Brighty Mashaba and Bridget Kee. The team manager will be Nolwazi Nkabinde, who has done a superb job in KZN Hockey.

Convenor of selectors Greg White was impressed by the depth of talent in the upcoming ranks.

“The series offered us a fantastic opportunity to rotate in terms of the greater squad for SPAR South Africa and to test new combinations. Selecting an Emerging squad, who will play International opposition for the first time, gives us the opportunity to also play some new exciting players in a challenging environment. We have put together a team of players in the national pool as well as players who impressed fantastically at the Indoor Hockey IPT. We believe that an opportunity like this will go a long way in developing the depth of indoor hockey in our country. The talent is immense, and I am excited to see the next phase of their progress in Durban!”

The Emerging South Africa squad will play three games against Botswana, two games against Zimbabwe and of course one against SPAR South Africa, in what promises to be an exiting series for fans. All their games will take place at Danville Girls High School in Durban North.

Emerging South Africa Indoor Squad

No

Name

Province

1

Kaylim Bowers

SG Witsies

2

Yasmin de Meyer

KZN Inlands

3

Kayla de Waal

Western Province

4

Cloe de Sousa

Southern Gauteng

5

Cailynn den Bakker

SPAR KZN Raiders

6

Amaarah Hendricks

Western Province

7

Jessica Lardant

SPAR KZN Raiders

8

Andrea Leader

Western Province

9

Nepo Serage (GK)

WP Peninsula

10

Charlise Swanepoel (GK)

Mpumalanga

11

Kelsey Swanepoel

SPAR KZN Mynahs

12

Nompili Thenjwayo

SG Witsies

Team Staff

AJ Spieringshoek (Head Coach)

Brighty Mashaba (Assistant Coach / Video Analyst)

Bridget Kee (Video Analyst)

Nolwazi Nkabinde (Team Manager)

The SPAR South Africa squad to play in a historic series against Botswana and Zimbabwe has today been announced. The series will be Botswana’s first venture into International Indoor Hockey and aligns with South Africa’s continued development of the game in Southern Africa.

SPAR South Africa will play 2 test matches against Botswana and 5 against Zimbabwe at Danville Park Girls School, the unofficial home of SPAR South Africa. While development is a key focus for the South African management team, an eye will be slowly glancing towards the World Cup Qualifying that will take place in 2020.

Convenor of selectors Greg White was happy with the depth of talent available at the Indoor IPT in Pietermaritzburg, offering the selectors a superb challenge:

“We had 14 teams playing in Pietermaritzburg, the most ever and it led to some great discussion in the selections. There are a few players coming back from injury or unavailability and we are excited to see how the team gels together. The depth of players is improving, and we are in a really good position!”

From the side that took part in the record-breaking European Tour Zimi Shange, Cheree Greyvenstein, Jessica O’Connor, Tegan Fourie, Jamie Southgate, Amy Greaves and Edith Molikoe retain their places. Cindy Hack will also continue to lead the team.

Celia Evans and Kara Botes, who both were part of the victorious Croatian Cup adventure in 2018, are both recalled, while Alex Kavanagh and Robyn Johnson will get to add to their caps after highly impressive IPT performances.

The management team will feature the same three that led the team to Europe. Lennie Botha will lead the team for the 80th time in the first test and will be joined by Robyn Morgan as Team Manager and Brighty Mashaba as the Video Analyst. Botha will also be formally be joined by assistant coach AJ Spieringshoek for his first official cap for SPAR South Africa.

TEST SERIES SCHEDULE

Wednesday 28 May 2019 – 10:00 – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Wednesday 28 May 2019 – 18:00 – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Thursday 30 May 2019 – 10:00 – South Africa vs. Botswana
Thursday 30 May 2019 – 18:00 – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Friday 31 May 2019 – 10:00 – South Africa vs. Botswana
Friday 31 May 2019 – 18:00 – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Saturday 1 June 2019 – 17:00 – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe

SPAR SOUTH AFRICA TEST SQUAD

NO

PLAYER

PROVINCE

 

1

Kara Botes

Southern Gauteng

 

2

Celia Evans

Northern Blues

 

3

Tegan Fourie

SPAR KZN Raiders

 

4

Amy Greaves

KZN Inland

 

5

Cheree Greyvenstein (GK)

SPAR KZN Raiders

 

6

Cindy Hack (c)

SPAR KZN Raiders

 

7

Robyn Johnson

Southern Gauteng

 

8

Alexandra Kavanagh

Southern Gauteng

 

9

Edith Molikoe

KZN Inland

 

10

Jessica O’Connor

SPAR KZN Raiders

 

11

Zimi Shange

SPAR KZN Raiders

 

12

Jamie Southgate

Western Province

 

TEAM MANAGEMENT

Coach

Lennie Botha

   

Assistant Coach

AJ Spieringshoek

   

Video

Brighty Mashaba

   

Manager

Robyn Morgan

   

 

The quarter finals of the Women’s Indoor Hockey IPT A Section have been completed and the top 4 for 2019 are known. On Saturday morning they will contest the semi-finals before the final is played on Saturday night. Here is what went down in the quarter-finals.

SPAR KZN Raiders 8-0 WP Peninsula

It was routine stuff for the 8-time defending champions as they dismissed the WP Pens challenge easily. Led by Kelly Reed in the absence of injured Cindy Hack, the Raiders stormed into a half time lead of 5-0 through Jodie Oakes, Jess Lardant, Karin Bowyer, Kelly Reed and Cailynn den Bakker. Calvin Price’s side then produced a solid second half which saw them comfortably see out the game. Kelly Reed, Jess Lardant and Jess O’Connor all netted in the second half. The SPAR KZN Raiders will take some incredible effort to beat.

KZN Inlands (2) 1-1 (1) Northern Blues

In the pick of the matches the hosts were expected to run out victors in a tough battle but found themselves chasing the game when Celia Evans put the fantastic Northern Blues ahead. They found themselves level through Rachel Barnard before half-time but neither team could take their opportunities in a thrilling encounter, which meant shootouts would decide the winner. To the delight of the home crowd it was Inlands who succeeded thanks to Edith Molikoe’s winning goal.

Western Province 5-0 Mpumalanga

It was a far tougher in the first half than Western Province had expected as they took on Mpumalanga. The game was scrappy, and the Province ladies failed to hold onto significant periods of possession but found the 1-0 half-time lead through Sasha Sivertsen. Although they got the second through Nidia Vermeulen they were constantly frustrated by the superb Charlize Swanepoel. Eventually the would make it a comfortable win with a trio of goals from Kayla de Waal (2) & Ammaarah Hendricks.

Southern Gauteng 4-2 KZN Mynahs

Southern Gauteng made sure they had a chance to try and improve on last years silver medal thanks largely to a fine first half display. Lilian du Plessis scored the first after great determination by Kara Botes to win the ball. They would add another three before half-time with the impressive Cloe de Souza getting two of them. Southerns did take their foot off the gas in the second half and that ultimately saw them allow the Mynahs back into the game, probably something they will look to improve on in the semi-finals. Mynahs two goals came through Kerry Gaze giving them a glimmer of hope, but it was not to be.

Women’s Indoor IPT A Section – Semi-Final Fixtures

12:00 at St. Johns – SPAR KZN Raiders vs. KZN Inland
14:00 at St. Johns – Western Provinces vs. Southern Gauteng

FINAL – 19:00 at St. Johns

It was a day of celebration for the SPAR South Africa indoor hockey team as their tour to Europe came to a resoundingly successful end. In the fourth test South Africa knew that only a victory would save the series after trailing 2-1 from the opening games. For the 16th ranked nation, it was a massive feather in the cap to be at this point against the 5th ranked team in the world.

The fourth test also saw the fourth South African join the 50-cap club. Amy Greaves, from KZN Inland, was presented with a small commemorative trophy from Lennie Botha as she raised her stick on an incredible achievement. It was a moment to be immensely proud of for a superb servant of the game of indoor hockey in South Africa.

The celebration from the award appeared to almost distract the South Africans as the Czech’s emerged with vengeance in the opening 8 minutes creating chances and having a lot of possession. The South Africans however stood up to be counted and produced a mesmerising defensive display to keep the scores level.

They then produced a Lennie Botha classic as they knocked away three goals in two minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Tegan Fourie netted a stroke before Cindy Hack and then Fourie again made it three. There was time for another display of brilliance as Cindy Hack finished off a brilliant team goal to make it a 4-0 half-time lead.

If the hosts expected the South Africans to back off they were sorely surprised as the Africans continued to move the ball around with almost disregard for the opposition and made it 5 through Edith Molikoe, six through Jess Lardant (The only penalty corner goal of the game) and seven through Lilian du Plessis.

A final score of 7-0 to the SPAR South African ladies was nothing short of what they deserved. In the past 18 months the team have produced some memorable and historic moments winning the Croatia Cup, winning a record 22-0 against Slovenia, beating the African Champions Namibia 3-0 and of course beating the Swiss 3-1 in Switzerland. All things considered, this result was nothing short of the highlight on a sensational 13 months.

We can’t wait to see where they go from here!