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The South African Men’s Hockey side will be heading to Egypt to attempt to win the African Cup of Nations for the 8th consecutive time and defend the title that they won in a heated encounter in Johannesburg in 2015. The tournament will decide who Africa’s representative will be at the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup in India.

About a month ago the 32 man squad was announced by SA Hockey and today it gives us great pleasure in announcing the final 18 man squad for the African Cup of Nations. In goals veteran, Rassie Pieterse is joined by outstanding young talent Siya Nolutshungu.

Amongst the defenders, Tyson Dlungwana and Gareth Heyns join in having missed out on the FIH Hockey World League and are joined by the supreme trio of Jethro Eustice, Dan Bell and Rhett Halkett.

The middle of the park sees Clinton Panther, winner of the last two IPT’s with Southerns and Raiders respectively, recalled after injury saw him left out previously, while the always reliable Jonty Robinson and Reza Rosenberg are joined by two of the most exciting talents in Ryan Julius and Dan Sibbald. Of course our skipper Tim Drummond will lead the team again in the middle of the park and will be desperate to strike revenge against the Egyptians.

Up front, there are some exciting prospects with Ryan Crowe and Melrick Maddocks in the squad and joined by Nqobile Ntuli, Tevin Kok and a man with more than 100 caps in Julian Hykes.

Coach Sheldon Rostron, who will lead both Mens and Womens side, has his work cut out as Ismalia is notoriously a tough place to visit, but it offers great opportunity to underline South Africa as the African hockey powerhouse. The SA Men will face the hosts Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia from the 22-29th October 2017.  

SA MENS SQUAD FOR AFRICAN HOCKEY CUP OF NATIONS

Name

Province

Erasmus Pieterse

Southern Gauteng

Siya Nolutshungu

KZN Raiders

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

Dan Bell

Western Province

Rhett Halkett

Western Province

Tyson Dlungwana

Southern Gauteng

Gareth Heyns

Southern Gauteng

Tim Drummond

KZN Raiders

Clinton Panther

KZN Raiders

Jonty Robinson

KZN Raiders

Reza Rosenberg

Southern Gauteng

Ryan Julius

Western Province

Dan Sibbald

Western Province

Nqobile Ntuli

KZN Raiders

Ryan Crowe

Southern Gauteng

Julian Hykes

Southern Gauteng

Tevin Kok

Northern Blues

Melrick Maddocks

Southern Gauteng

 

Sheldon Rostron

The current SA Women’s Hockey National Coach, Sheldon Rostron, has been appointed as the Interim Head Coach for the SA Men’s side. Rostron will be in charge of the SA Hockey Men for their World Cup qualifying bid at the African Hockey Cup of Nations in Egypt in October this year. The appointment will see a first for SA Hockey as the Men and Women will have a Joint Team Management Structure for the tournament.

The SA Hockey High-Performance Committee had set a range of criteria in place for the Interim position including International Head Coach experience, knowledge and experience of the SA coaching landscape, the ability to facilitate contact sessions in the build-up and previous experience as a Head Coach in qualifying for major Tournaments.  The Committee believed that Rostron would be the right man and the SAHA Board and Executive Committee have approved and accepted the recommendation.

Sheldon Rostron has been the Head Coach of the Women’s National team since Giles Bonnet resigned in 2014, after serving as an assistant before that, and has amassed over 90 caps as the Ladies Head coach. His international repertoire is as impressive and includes winning the African Cup of Nations in 2015,  the World League semi-final in Valencia, Spain in 2015 and of course the recently completed World League semi-final in Johannesburg where the SA Women qualified for the FIH Hockey World Cup.

“This is a great opportunity for me to work with both teams and I am extremely excited to get started,” shared Rostron, “the task will be incredibly challenging but I have a great team around me and that will help immensely.”

Rostron, who is well qualified through the Coach Education structure, will lead both the SA Hockey Men and Women at the African Hockey Cup of Nations, something previously done incredibly well by Carlos Retegui when he led the Argentina Men and Women to Bronze medals at the 2014 Hockey World Cup.

The appointment of Rostron as the Interim Head Coach is only for the duration of the African Hockey Cup of Nations. The current process to find the new Head Coach is ongoing and it is anticipated that the new Coach will assume responsibilities in the period after the conclusion of the African Hockey Cup of Nations.

The African Hockey Cup of Nations takes place in Ismailia Egypt from 19-29 October 2017 and the winner of each tournament will qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup in 2018.

Tyron Barnard

The South African Hockey Association is calling for applications for the position of the men’s national hockey coach. 

Each applicant must complete the application form and submit a short CV. 

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  Application Form

An interim coach will be appointed for 2017 Africa Cup for Nations in October.

 Closing date for applications:  Friday 18 August 2017

Fabian Gregory

Head coach of the South Africa men’s hockey team, Fabian Gregory, has resigned, the SA Hockey Association has announced. Gregory has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Valley Hockey Club in Hong Kong and will start work there in September this year.

Fabian was selected as the Men’s Coach in 2014 after the resignation of Charlie Pereira and has led South Africa to the FIH Hockey World Cup in 2014, where we finished 11th, as well as the Commonwealth Games in 2014, finishing fifth.

The hallmark of Gregory’s reign will be his commitment to bringing youth players through as could be seen once again at the FIH World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg as youngsters like Cassiem, Ntuli and Kok formed part of the squad.

Gregory’s involvement in South African hockey stems back almost 20 years when he was first elected as a national U16 coach and subsequently spent time in various roles including a long stint as the assistant coach to the National Ladies side.

“My journey with SA Hockey has been an incredible one and one that I won't forget. The new opportunity is one that is too good to turn away and I look forward to coaching in a full-time structure at Valley Hockey Club.” Shared Gregory. “I have so many people I need to thank, from the back room staff at SA Hockey to the players who I have been privileged to work with and learn from. To the likes of former president Dave Carr who taught me so much as a coach! Good luck to the lads for the African Cup!”

SA Hockey CEO Marissa Langeni thanked Gregory for his services. "'We would like to thank Fabian for his services to the game in South Africa and in particular for his work as the SA Men's Coach for the last three years. We wish him well in his new venture with Valley Hockey Club in Hong Kong," 

The South African Men’s Hockey side’s next challenge will be attempting to qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup at the 2017 African Hockey Cup of Nations, which will be held in Egypt in October. SA Hockey have confirmed that they will be appointing an interim coach for this series and an announcement will be made when this has been finalised.

Tyron Barnard

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