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Dragons roar in opening day of 2019 CTM Premier Hockey League
The opening day of the 2019 and fourth edition of the CTM Premier Hockey League saw the defending champions the Drakensberg Dragons Roar, the Maropeng Cavemen spark, the Mapungubwe Mambas sizzle, the Madikwe Rangers hunt, and the Wineland Wings break a four-season curse. The 2019 Premier Hockey League is back and we re delighted. There is often a sense of trepidation in the opening fixture of a...
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South African Hockey partner up with Tac Pulse
The South African Hockey Association are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with Tac Pulse as a sponsor for the CTM Premier Hockey League and the African Road to Tokyo Event in Stellenbosch. As part of the sponsorship Tac Pulse will provide paramedical support to both events ensuring rapid medical intervention in the event of an injury to any of the players. Going a step...
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Fixtures released for African Road to Tokyo Event
The fixtures for the African Road to Tokyo Event in Stellenbosch from the 12-18 August have been released today. The tournament which will decide who Africa’s representative at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 will be, so there is more than enough carrot ahead of the horse. The opening game of the entire tournament, which features both the men’s and women’s tournaments, will see the Ghanaian...
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CTM Premier League opening weekend offers tantalising start
The fourth edition of the CTM Premier Hockey League gets underway on Thursday at the Randburg Astro with a few tantalising match ups, new look teams and of course some new coaches guiding the various teams. With world class coverage from SuperSport, the CTM PHL promises to raise the game once again. The opening day offers supporters the tantalising prospect of repeats of the 2019 finals with...
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THE CTM PHL for 2019 ready to go after draft completed
The highly anticipated fourth season of the CTM PHL took a step up in preparation tonight as the teams were finalised after the draft. The draft, which is based on the American sports draft system as seen in the likes of the NBA and NFL, sees the selected coaching teams battle for players to fill their squads. The draft is seen as a great curtain raiser to the tournament and such is its...
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SA Hockey Men named for Africa Road to Tokyo Event
The South African Hockey Men’s side to take on the African Road to Tokyo Event in Stellenbosch from 12-18 August has today been announced. The South African men, who recently rose in the world rankings from 16th to 14th will be looking to build on the form shown in their fantastic FIH Hockey Series Finals in India and defend their title as African Champions. South Africa’s main opponents in...
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Five Fiery Minutes seals third for Italy
Undoubtedly the worst game in sports tournaments is the third-place playoff. Less than 24 hours after tasting defeat in the semi-finals, Italy and Supergroup South Africa had to take to the field to decide the destination of the bronze medal at the FIH Hockey Series Final in Valencia. With the South Africans having played the later and more mentally exhausting semi-final there was always going to...
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Supergroup South Africa fall just short against Spain
Little under a year ago the South African women’s hockey side took on Spain at the FIH Hockey World Cup and tasted a very one-sided defeat. Spain went on to finish third at the World Cup. Throw in the fact that the Spanish side were the hosts of the FIH Hockey Series Final, as well as the program the national team are involved in, and the challenge that awaited the South Africans was nothing...
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Experienced Players lead from the front in rout for SuperGroup South Africa
The Supergroup South African ladies side gave themselves the front foot in securing top spot in Pool B at the FIH Hockey Series Final with a dominant 7-0 win against Thailand on Saturday morning. With Wales starting the day tie on points with the South Africans, they would have to wait on the result of the later game to know their fate but went about doing everything they could to put all the...
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Supergroup South Africa make it count against Italy
After their opening stalemate the South Africans were looking to produce a display that laid down a marker in the FIH Hockey Series Final in Valencia. To do that they would play Italy, a team that finished ahead of them at the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup. Celia Evans was celebrating her 150th cap for the country. This would serve as a powerful motivator for the Supergroup South African side as a...
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Supergroup South Africa open Spanish Series Final with draw
The South African women started their FIH Hockey Series Final with a stutter as they drew 2-2 with Wales in their opening pool game. The South Africans, featuring four new caps, started the game somewhat apprehensively, while the Welsh, who can’t qualify for the Olympics due to England being selected as Great Britain’s qualifying applicant, started a little more positively. The first quarter...
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Supergroup South Africa set for Spanish Exam
No sooner had the dust settled on the FIH Hockey Series Finals in India than South African hockey eyes switched to Spain for the Valencia based Hockey Series Final. The tournament is a Road to Tokyo Olympic Qualifying event, where the top 2 teams progress to the Olympic Qualifying Matches later this year. For South Africa’s Hockey Women, there is the added incentive that SASCOC will be using...
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Final Defeat for South Africa but goals achieved
Heading to Bhubaneswar for the FIH Hockey Series Finals in India, South African hockey fans would have been hopeful but not overly optimistic of a top 2 finish. The men were at the start of a new coaching process and had very little time together heading to India. That they started the tournament with two disheartening defeats properly added to the lack of optimism. But on the edge of elimination...
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South Africa superb in comeback win to secure final place
South Africa had overcome a slow start to find themselves in the FIH Hockey Series Finals final four. On a sweltering hot Bhubaneswar, the African champions took on the team that defeated them in the opening game USA. USA had finished top of the pool and skipped the Quarter-Final stage, while South Africa had secured their place in the semi-final with a thrilling 2-1 win over Russia. The South...
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Neville Rothman appointed SA U21 Men’s Coach
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...
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Superb Defensive Display sees South Africa into the Semi-Finals
The FIH Hockey Series Finals in Bhubaneswar hit the business end as the cross over Quarter finals took place on the hottest day of the tournament so far. South Africa had finished the group stage in third place and took on Russia in what form dictated would be a mouth-watering clash. The tempo of the game was blistering as both teams gave 100% effort in creating a spectacle of hockey. The game...
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In Memoriam of Audrey Laidlaw (nee Mayne)
(9 May 1931 - 8 June 2019) Audrey, widow of Stan and beloved mother of Mark, Kerry and Craig, passed away in hospital on 8 June 2019. She never recovered fully from a hip replacement procedure in June of 2018 and although she remained fiercely determined, she unfortunately lost much of her independence in the last year of her life. She was born in Pietermaritzburg and attended Pietermaritzburg...
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South Africa dismiss Mexican challenge and qualify for Quarter Finals
South Africa and Mexico took on each other for the first time in a winner takes all group stage game at the FIH Hockey Series Final in Bhubaneswar in India. Both teams knew that if they failed to win their tournament would be over but for placement games. With the pressure cranked up to its highest level, South Africa took only 32 seconds to open the scoring, the quickest goal of the tournament....
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Polished Japan perform professionally to defeat South Africa
The South African Hockey Men were looking to dust off the bruises and shake off the opening games performance at the FIH Hockey Series Final in Bhubaneswar. Having seen a dominant performance against USA produce a 2-0 defeat, the South Africans would have been keen to put in a better performance against Japan. The two nations had met at the FIH World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg in 2017,...
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USA surprise South Africa in Hockey Series Finals Opener
The South African Hockey Men returned to the scene of the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup, the Kalinga Stadium, with a view on creating better memories and beginning their Road to Tokyo at the FIH Hockey Series Final. They opened their campaign this morning against United States of America. With the FIH Hockey Series Final an Olympic qualifying event, the top 2 nations qualify for the Olympic...
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