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International All-Stars produce flawless performance in victorious second match
An expectant crowd at UCT awaited the SPAR South Africa and PSI International All-Stars for the second match of the four-match series. The two sides had played out a scintillating opening fixture that ended 3-3 and set the scene for an exciting second match. The South African Womens team vs The All Star International Womens Team match held as part of the PSI 2018 Nationals matches played at UCT...
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Superb SPAR South Africa draw with International All-Stars
SPAR South Africa Indoor Hockey Ladies arrived at the Pro Series Indoor Nationals on the back of a superb 2018 that saw them win 13 of the 15 test matches they have played, without tasting defeat. They were expected to see that run end when they took on a star studded International All-Stars at UCT in the first of a four match exhibition series. They had other plans. Although the matches do not...
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South Africa eliminated from the Word Cup on Goal Difference
The odds were stacked massively against the South African Hockey men as they took on World number 3 Belgium in a backs-against-the-wall battle to try and secure progress to the cross overs. They would also be up against another South African coach as Belgium have the services of Craig Fulton, an Olympian for South Africa, as their assistant Coach. Having not beaten Belgium in their competitive...
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South Africa held to a draw by Canada leaving World Cup hopes in the balance
SA Men celebrate the opening goal scored by Bili Ntuli - Picture - FIH It was a pulsating match between the fifteenth ranked South Africa and Canada ranked four places higher in the second group C match up. With the both sides having lost their openers the match had added importance that the losers would face an early elimination from the FIH Hockey World Cup. The South African men also knew that...
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South Africa open World Cup Campaign with Defeat
The South African Hockey Men began the 14th FIH Hockey World Cup with a humbling 5-0 defeat to India. In the 12th encounter between the two nations, India underlined their dominance with their seventh victory. The game marked 100 caps for Jethro Eustice who scored the goal that qualified South Africa for the World Cup in the final of the African Hockey Cup of Nations in 2017. India may have been...
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Joint Statement by The South African Hockey Association And The Players For Transformation Movement 18 November 2018 (Johannesburg)
The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) and the Players for Transformation (PFT) movement held a meeting today that was facilitated by Mr Barry Hendricks (2nd Vice President) from the South African Olympic Committee (SASCOC). At the meeting, SAHA and PFT discussed various issues relating to transformation of hockey in South Africa and the way forward. The main outcomes of the meeting were as...
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SPAR South Africa squad named for upcoming series
Picture - South African Women's Indoor Hockey Team (Facebook) The South African Hockey Association today announces the SPAR South Africa Indoor Hockey squad for the upcoming series against the Pro Series Indoor World All-Stars in Cape Town in December. The same squad will also take part in two test series in Europe in January. The All-Star series in December will feature a collection of the best...
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Triumph for France in the final test
IMAGE - MARCEL SIGG / RUN RIDE DIVE On a day when the national rugby teams of France and South Africa locked horns, it was also the day of the final battle between the two National Hockey Teams. It was the final test of a well contested series in which France led 2-0 after three matches. The match was also the 100th test match for French captain Victor Charlet. And while the series may have given...
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France seal series with thrilling 3-1 win in third test
 IMAGE - MARCEL SIGG / RUN RIDE DIVE The South African and French Men’s Hockey sides locked horns at Wits Hockey Astro tonight in the third test of the four-match series. The game was scheduled to get underway at 16:30 before a water supply issue delayed the start to 18:15. The delayed start saw both teams struggle to get their formations going straight away and that led to two goals in the...
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South African Hockey Announces New Head Coach
The South African Hockey Association today has pleasure in announcing Robin van Ginkel as the new South African Women’s Hockey head coach. Van Ginkel will be tasked with leading South Africa through to the 2022 Hockey World Cup. Van Ginkel has a glowing hockey CV that includes time as the Assistant Coach to the Austrian National Mens team, where they finished 7th in the EuroHockey Championship,...
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French Superior Finishing Decides Second Test
Picture - Peabo Lembethe in his first series for South Africa. (Marcel Sigg / Run Ride Dive) The South African Men’s Hockey team took on France in the second test match of the series at Wits Hockey Astro this afternoon after the opening game had been drawn 2-2. The match marked the 150th cap for 2016 SA Hockey Player of the Year Rhett Halkett and the lads were looking to build on the positive...
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South Africa and France play out entertaining draw to open the series
On a windy and warm afternoon in Johannesburg, South Africa and France played out a thrilling 2-2 draw to open the four match test series. Both sides are gearing up for the Hockey World Cup in India and are using this series to fine tune their final preparations. For South Africa, captained by Keenan Horne, it was also a celebration on two ends of the experience spectrum. Long-time servant of the...
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South Africa to take on France in a Four Match Test Series
France will be taking part at their third FIH Hockey World Cup in India, their first since 1990. They achieved qualification in South Africa at the FIH World League Semi-Final last July when they defeated Egypt in the 7/8th playoff game. They are big fans of the country as they also won the FIH World League Round 1 in Cape Town in 2015. With those happy memories in place, France will come back to...
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Indoor IPT 2018 | The Mynah Men that became Raiders that became Champions
In 2017 the KZN Raiders romped to the title dismissing all before them. 12 months later and the team looked significantly different. Of the 11 to feature in the tournament in Durban last year, 9 were not available leaving only Jarryd Jones and Greg Last. A host of players that featured for the Mynahs last year, finishing fifth, took the step up including Keegan Hezlett, Jayson Reed and Jonty...
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Indoor IPT 2018 | SPAR KZN Raiders continue to reign Supreme
For the fourth time in succession the SPAR KZN Raiders are the champions of women’s indoor hockey in South Africa. They earned the title through a show of supreme dominance throughout the week and although they were gainfully tested in the final against Pietie Coetzee’s Southern Gauteng, the weight of pressure paid off and earned the team the gold. They did not have it all their own way as...
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Indoor IPT 2018 | Day Three provides the Final Four
After three days of indoor hockey at the Belville Velodrome we are left with the top four in both the Mens and Women’s tournament. The tournament structures meant that the men had four quarter finals to decide the final four while the women completed their group stage and the top two from each group progressed to the trophy matches. Mens Indoor Hockey IPT 2018 | Quarter Finals Namibia 13-0...
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Indoor IPT 2018 | Top picks from a top day of indoor hockey
It was as hot as I have experienced in Cape Town today and the action on the pitch did nothing to cool the arena down. In a day of 22 games I pick out five of my favourite ones on a thrilling day of action at the Velodrome. Mens IPT 2018 – Northern Blues 6-6 Namibia Namibia were sensational in opening an early 4-0 lead through Neethling, Finch, Cleak and Martins and they looked to be cruising...
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Indoor Hockey IPT 2018 | Goals Galore on opening day at Belville Velodrome
Photo - Cindy Hack - Facebook The opening day of the 2018 IPT saw a remarkable 119 goals scored across 12 games at an average of just under 10 goals a game. Incredibly 10 different players bagged themselves hat-tricks on an opening day that featured four shut outs as well. It was another day advertising how entertaining the sport of indoor hockey can be as an average of a goal every four minutes...
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Indoor is back as Western Province host the 2018 Indoor IPT
The outdoor club season has winded down across South Africa and attention has shifted back to indoor hockey as the provincial sides prepare to face off for a battle of supremacy. The Belville Velodrome, which hosted the 2016 edition, will once again play host to 22 teams playing off over four days for the title of South African Men’s or Women’s indoor champions. We start with the girls, with...
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South Africa Men to take on France in a Four Match series
The South African Mens Hockey team are furthering their preparation for the Hockey World Cup in India in December. South Africa will be competing for the sixth time at the 14th staging of the event and will be hoping to emulate or better the class of 1994 and 2010. In building up for the World Cup, South African hockey are pleased to be hosting France in a four match test series to be played at...
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