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CWG 2018 | South Africa show class to defeat Canada
  The Commonwealth Games was always due to be a learning experience for the young South African team led by Mark Hopkins for the first time. It had been an incredibly tough start but in small patches, there had been signs of the quality for the South African Men. Taking on Canada was about continuing this learning experience but also it was a chance to take the upper hand in the mental game...
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CWG 2018 | South Africa fall short in chase for Semi-Finals
The South African Women’s hockey side today fell short in their quest to qualify for the Semi-Finals of the Commonwealth Games when they were defeated by India on the Gold Coast. South Africa entered the match knowing that only victory would be sufficient. India, however, set up to frustrate the South Africans and set about sitting off of their African opponents and waiting for the opportunity...
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CWG 2018 | SA Women keep hopes alive
It was a much win game for the South African women’s hockey team as they came up against their Welsh counterparts. Sheldon Rostron’s team had shown glimpses of quality against Malaysia but were frustrated by their inability to control the game, it was clear that the team set about getting this right against Wales. South Africa would not underestimate the Welsh who themselves celebrated the...
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CWG 2018 | Men fall to the might of New Zealand
The Commonwealth Games have been a baptism of fire for the young South African Men's squad featuring 9 players under the age of 25, and a handful of those playing at their first ever major tournament. After the opening defeats to Scotland and Australia, a meeting against bogey side New Zealand would not have been the most exciting appetiser for the South Africans.  However, that is the way that...
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CWG 2018 | Improved performance from Team SA not enough for victory
Both the SA Hockey Men and SA Hockey Women approached their second match at the Commonwealth Games with a renewed determination to change their fortunes after opening defeats. The SA Men had the toughest possible opponent to attempt that against as they came up against Australia the current World League, Azlan Shah and Oceania Cup champions and the only team to ever win a Commonwealth Games Gold...
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Meet Phumelela "Phumz" Mbande
The South African Hockey Women are currently in Australia at the Commonwealth Games with a goal to try and secure a medal against the odds. If they are going to be successful then they will be looking towards Phumelela Mbande in goals to be a differentiating factor. The Carter High School product has earned 25 caps since her debut against Chile in 2013 and before she darted off to Australia we...
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CWG 2018 | Tough day one for SA Men and Women
Photo: Quanita Bobbs in action, courtesy Anton Geyser/Saspa The South African Women’s hockey team were always going to face a tough encounter as they opened their 2018 Commonwealth Games against the much fancied England. There was a cautious optimism in the South African fan base as the ladies have shown glimpses of truly world-class performance in the past, and the team was eager to make that...
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The Breakaway with Allistar Fredericks
Allistar Fredericks became a hero for many when he became the first player of colour to represent South Africa’s Hockey Men. In a career that saw Fredericks feature at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the striker collected 57 goals in his 59 caps.   The Atlanta Olympics stood out for Ally as a special moment in his career as he also got to make the whole Olympic Team speech to Nelson Mandela at his...
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Thierry Weil named as FIH Chief Executive Officer
Former FIFA and Adidas Global executive set to join in April 2018 Mr Weil's 'experience and knowledge will prove invaluable', says FIH President  French national Weil succeeds Jason McCracken Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) today announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with Thierry Weil set to join the organisation in April 2018.Mr...
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Commonwealth Games 2018 | SA Women call up Kara Botes
Photo: Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix The South African Hockey Association today has confirmed the call up of Kara Botes to the Commonwealth Games squad to replace Bernadette Coston, who is unavailable to travel with Team South Africa. An urgent “Late Athlete Replacement” application was submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation who subsequently approved the inclusion of Botes. Kara Botes...
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Meet Nqobilie "Bili" Ntuli
Original image - Marcel Sigg The South African Hockey sides head to the Gold Coast to take on the Commonwealth Games. The SA Hockey Men feature an exciting and youthful squad including one of the most refreshing attacking talents in some years, Nqobile “Bili” Ntuli. Bili is now 22 and has already earned himself 21 caps and picked up six goals for the Amastokke. This includes the FIH World...
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The Breakaway with Marsha Cox
South African hockey has been blessed with some incredible players over the years. These players have broken world records, become household names and endeared themselves to the South African public. In our newest feature, The Breakaway, SA Hockey will be catching up with former national players and finding out what exactly they have been up to since calling an end to their careers. We couldn’t...
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SA U21 Ladies | South Africa under 21 Invitational Ladies named for IPT
Coach Robin van Ginkel will be looking to add more gold to his trophy cupboard with the Invitational U21 side at the IPT In September 2017 South African Hockey released the 42-player greater squad on the back of the Under-21 Interprovincial tournament held in Potchefstroom. The rationale for the larger squad was shared by SA U21 convenor of selections Marcelle Keet as follows: “This is the...
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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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