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Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018 | BlitzStoks end on a high
Photo - Facebook - Russel Field (Sunlife Vitamins) It’s been an incredibly tough week in Berlin for the BlitzStoks, having hoped to have closed the gap on the top end of the indoor hockey spectrum, but ultimately have identified differences that are there. Throughout the tournament, the South African men failed to capitalise on their moment of dominance and were then ruthlessly punished by the...
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Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018 | BlitzStoks beaten by Belgium
WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK All eyes would have moved from the group stages to the positional playoff game in Berlin, but the BlitzStoks still had a match to play that could alter the tournament for other teams. With that in mind, the South African men headed to the venue to take on the Belgians. It should be remembered that Belgium was on the back of finishing as runner-up at the...
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Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018 | A tough day in the office for the BlitzStoks
Such is the nature of the Indoor Hockey World Cup that South Africa’s BlitzStoks did not have time to wallow in the opening day defeats as the matches come quick and fast. Today the lads took on Switzerland and Iran knowing that they needed to pack up one victory at least to keep their hopes of top 8 alive. In the early game the BlitzStoks took on the Swiss, a team they lost narrowly to in a...
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Indoor Hockey World Cup | Bruising Day One for BlitzStoks
Photo - Helge Schutz  Far away from the fanfare that has surrounded the last three years of PSi Hockey Nationals, the men are now 10 000km away in Berlin facing an altogether different challenge at the 2018 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. The opening day was always going to be the opportunity for the BlitzStoks to test if they have closed the gap over the elite of the world Indoor Hockey circuit....
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Indoor Hockey World Cup | The BlitzStoks Braced for Berlin
The South African Indoor Hockey Men, the BlitzStoks, are in Berlin and gearing up to take part in the fifth Indoor Hockey World Cup, South Africa’s fourth. In the BlitzStoks three previous World Cup appearances the team finished 10th, 11th, and 11th. Those teams, however, were not afforded the opportunities together that the current team has had and as such, there is a massive level of optimism...
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Mark Hopkins is the new South African Hockey Men’s Coach
Image -  Marcel Sigg / Run Ride Dive Mark Hopkins has been named as the head coach of the South African Men’s Hockey for the period up to and including the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup in India. The new coach succeeds Fabian Gregory, who stepped down after the FIH World League Semi-Finals in South Africa, and interim head coach Sheldon Rostron who completed the unheralded double gold at the...
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South African Hockey Teams Announced for Commonwealth Games
The South African Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams that will take part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, were today announced by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. The South African Women, powered by Private Property, have stuck with consistency and stuck with largely a combination of the players that faired so well at the FIH World League Semi-Finals and...
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Croatia Cup 2018 | Glory for SPAR South Africa
The final day of the 2018 Croatian Indoor Cup offered the tantalising prospect of knock out hockey, something that has caused immense excitement in various tournaments around the globe over the last 12 months. The nerves for SPAR South Africa would be there as they know that more than anyone else about the possibilities of the winner takes all one-off games. Semi-Final – SPAR South Africa vs....
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Croatia Cup 2018 | SPAR South Africa show dominance in topping the group stages
SPAR South Africa vs. Croatia After a successful opening day SPAR South Africa was presented with, on paper, their hardest test of the group stages taking on the hosts and defending champions Croatia. Croatia was clearly out to stamp their early authority on the game and in truth the SPAR South Africa ladies were a little slow in starting. However, after four minutes of pressure from Croatia, it...
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Croatia Cup 2018 | SPAR South Africa off to a scintillating start
The weather had warmed up slightly in Zagreb as the 2018 Croatian Cup got underway at the Zelina Sports Hall. It was probably an early indication that things were about to heat up on the court and it didn’t take long for that to be the case. Slovakia vs. SPAR South Africa The SPAR South Africa ladies started the match on fire and were awarded for that dominant display up front as Kelly Reed won...
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Croatia Cup 2018 Preview
The SPAR South African ladies touched down in a freezing cold Zagreb yesterday, ahead of their first ever venture into the Croatian Cup. Following on from the successful SPAR test series against Zimbabwe, the Croatia Cup is seen as an apt opportunity to begin the journey to the next Indoor Hockey World Cup. The Croatian Cup will be contested between the hosts Croatia, SPAR South Africa, Slovenia...
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National coach hails quality of Premier Hockey League
  National women’s hockey coach Sheldon Rostron has hailed the Premier Hockey League as an important part of the bigger picture of the country’s hockey set-up and said the standard of this year’s tournament was a big step up from 2016. Speaking as the curtain came down on the 2017 event, Rostron was also enthusiastic about the growth opportunities for such a tournament. The unheralded...
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National coach hails quality of Premier Hockey League
  National women’s hockey coach Sheldon Rostron has hailed the Premier Hockey League as an important part of the bigger picture of the country’s hockey set-up and said the standard of this year’s tournament was a big step up from 2016. Speaking as the curtain came down on the 2017 event, Rostron was also enthusiastic about the growth opportunities for such a tournament. The unheralded...
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Rafters, Cavemen crowned 2017 PHL champions
    The Orange River Rafters completed their climb from rock bottom to the pinnacle of the Premier Hockey League, while the Crossroads Maropeng Cavemen stormed to a successful title defence in Johannesburg today.   After their extraordinary road to the final, the Rafters took the title with victory over the Private Property St Lucia Lakers while the Cavemen claimed a resounding win over the...
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Halkett, Evans named SA Hockey players of the year
Rhett Halkett and Celia Evans have been named the country’s best men’s and women’s hockey players for 2016. The duo were among the award winners announced today by SA Hockey in Johannesburg.   Halkett and Evans emerged as the standout players during the annual Cape Town Private Property Summer Series from January to March 2016, as well as the men’s series against Spain, Belgium, Canada...
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Remarkable Rafters pull off the impossible in PHL semis
It was a day for the underdogs as the Premier Hockey League reached the semifinal stage in Johannesburg today.   After a tournament of turnarounds, the teams that finished bottom of both the men’s and women’s logs in 2016 booked their places in the 2017 final, to be played at the Randburg Astro tomorrow. The Orange River Rafters will face the Private Property St Lucia Lakers for the...
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Thrilling semis ahead as PHL reaches business end
  Photos by Marcel Sigg    The Tivoli Blyde River Bunters suffered their first defeat of the Premier Hockey League in Johannesburg today. And it came at the unlikely hands of last year’s women’s wooden spoon recipients – the Orange River Rafters.   But apart from slightly denting their confidence, it did nothing to affect the outcome of the Bunters’ progress to the playoff stages of...
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Rangers get PHL playoff mission back on track
  Photos by Marcel Sigg   The Cavemen, Dragons, Mambas and Bunters have all secured their spots in the semifinals of the Premier Hockey League. But it was the TopT Madikwe Rangers who were breathing some of the biggest sighs of relief after securing a crucial win over the Private Property St Lucia Lakers to keep their playoff hopes alive.   It certainly wasn’t a convincing victory – a 1-1...
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South African Indoor Hockey BlitzStoks for the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup
Having previously announced a 15 man squad for the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup next year, today SA Hockey is pleased to announce the final 12 players for the SA Indoor Hockey BlitzStoks, powered by Tops at SPAR, which will head to Germany in February to take on the World. Matthew Fairweather, who has captained the team since the last Indoor Hockey World Cup, will once again be the man asked to...
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Gladiators geared up for PHL’s final weekend battle
Photo by Marcel Sigg  There’s an intriguing weekend of action ahead as the Premier Hockey League heads into the final round of games before the playoffs. And one man who will be watching the log very carefully will be coach of the SA men’s under-21 side, playing as the Old Mutual iWYZE Golden Gate Gladiators, Garreth Ewing.   His side pulled off the most dramatic comeback of the tournament...
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