There was some fire in the belly when the South African and Namibian Men took each other on in the final group stage game of the Indoor African Cup. With both sides having easily dispatched of Botswana as well as securing their places in the final, the evening game offered a momentum opportunity but little else.

South Africa took this momentum with a Dayaan Cassiem inspired performance seeing off the challenge of their Southern African Neighbours. Both teams left a player out as a precautionary decision making but the game offered incredible feistiness regardless. There was lots of needle between the Hansen brothers and the Cassiem brothers adding to the showpiece for the viewers.

It was a tight battle for three of the chukkas but Dayaan Cassiem was the difference maker scoring a hat-trick of goals that all arrived at different levels of sublime. Although the Namibians fought admirably there was little they could do to stop the Dayaan train from coming home.

The South Africans, as defending champions, will be pleased that they have got through the tournament with a perfect record and particularly will be happy with the squad depth being tested and passing impressively.

Coach Ryan Hack, who led the team at the 2015 Indoor World Cup, was very pleased after the result.

“Its been a good tournament so far. We set ourselves some targets for the group stages and we managed to achieve every one of them. We have some great game changers in our team, but our team works well enough that the game changers are able to do their moments of magic.

The South Africans will look to the final at 16:00 to defend their crown and qualify for their fifth of six Indoor Hockey World Cups, while Namibia will be attempting for number 2. The answer to these questions will be revealed at 16:00 today live at Thomas More College.

Watch it live on Watch Hockey or on Rayder Media YouTube.

Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Results Day 2 – Men

South Africa 30-0 Botswana
Namibia 37-0 Botswana
South Africa 9-3 Namibia

Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Fixture – Final

16:00 South Africa vs. Namibia

The Africa Indoor Cup, the African Qualifier for the 2021 Indoor Hockey World Cup in Belgium, is set to take place in mid-April in Durban. The South African Indoor Hockey Men will be looking to defend the title that saw them compete in both the 2015 and 2018 Indoor World Cups. The team that will represent the country in the continental showpiece against Botswana and Namibia has now been announced.

Justin Domleo has been to two Indoor Hockey World Cups for South Africa and his experience will be called on in the big game moments. He is the most capped player in the squad and is joined by Jethro Eustice and Rusten Abrahams as players who have world cup experience in Ryan Hack’s first squad since his appointment as interim head coach.

There will be debut caps for Bongumusa Mngoma and Dan Sibbald, who has played outdoor for South Africa. While the likes of Dayaan and Mustapha Cassiem, Aiden Tun and Chad Futcher will look to continue their impressive starts to their international Indoor hockey careers after featuring in the series shutout against Switzerland. The team will once again be supported by Tops at Spar.

Anton van Loggenberg, the man who starred at the most recent indoor hockey IPT, will be the man tasked with stopping opposition attacks, a role he loves.

Ryan Hack, who coached the team at the 2015 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup, was pleased with his squad.

“I am really excited to be a part of this new generation of indoor hockey players. They are undoubtedly some of the most talented players we have ever had in the system. We have a great blend of youngsters and experience in the squad, with really good balance in the key areas. I’m expecting some big things from this group of players and I know they will make the country proud. The future is definitely bright for South African Indoor Hockey!”

SA Hockey Men – Africa Indoor Cup 2021

 

Rusten Abrahams

Southerns

Mustapha Cassiem

Western Province

Dayaan Cassiem

Western Province

Justin Domleo

KZN Raiders

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

Chad Futcher

Southerns

Lungani Gabela

KZN Raiders

Bongumusa Mngoma*

KZN Raiders

Steven Paulo

Northern Blues

Daniel Sibbald*

KZN Mynahs

Aiden Tun

Western Province

Anton van Loggenberg

Western Province

* denotes uncapped player.

The African Hockey Indoor Cup of Nations takes place in Durban from the 16-18 April 2021. With the current COVID Protocols in place it is unlikely that spectators will be allowed. Broadcasting details will be shared in due course.

The last time SA Indoor Hockey Men’s Jethro Eustice took to the indoor court to represent the Green and Gold was on the 11 February 2018, 637 days ago, when his two goals helped the BlitzStoks beat Kazakhstan to secure 11th place at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. Remarkably, since that time he has played in the Commonwealth Games, the FIH Hockey World Cup, the FIH Hockey Series Final and the African Road to Tokyo 2020 Qualifier. Throughout all those tournaments, his passion for indoor hockey never wavered, so the newly elected captain will be delighted to be back on the court with the SA Indoor Men against Switzerland.

Of course, Eustice is not the only fantastic story in this squad. Keagan Robinson was a paramount part of the SA Indoor Hockey Men’s team that qualified for the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup, but fate dealt him a cruel hand when he tore his ligaments in his knee. Despite a near miraculous recovery Robinson unfortunately missed out on the World Cup. His 868 day wait to sing the national anthem for the SA Indoor Hockey Men again is about to be over. To cap it off he will do so standing side-by-side with his brother Jonty Robinson.

Speaking of brothers, the Cassiem duo will get the opportunity to show the rest of the World what many South Africans already know. They are a superb duo. The two used to terrorise together for the Barracudas in the Pro Series Indoor and were part of the victorious Western Province men’s side earlier this year. Although Dayaan has already tasted considerable appearances for the national indoor men’s side, this will be the first time they represent a senior side together.

The brilliant stories continue with the newly appointed coach David Joshua. Joshua who has coached for the Gauteng Gryphons for over a decade at indoor hockey was given the opportunity to lead a national team for the first time. His passion for the game of indoor hockey is second to none and the Men will no doubt be inspired by a coach who has gone through the South African Indoor Hockey System all the way to the top.

The BlitzStoks, as they are affectionately known, will be eager to get on the court against Switzerland. That they can do so is testament to the hard work of so many others behind the scenes who do it not for their own credit but for a pure passion for the game. Its also a testament to the fantastic support of Tops at SPAR for this series.

The BlitzStoks are Back and we can’t wait!

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There is much excitement ahead of the indoor hockey test series between Switzerland and hosts South Africa next month taking part in Durban and Cape Town. It will be the first men’s indoor hockey test match played on South African soil in almost 5 years. Of course, the men have played a host of exhibition games at the Pro Series Indoor Nationals over the years, but those have not counted as official test matches.

To add to the excitement the South African Hockey Association have announced the coaching staff for the test series. David Joshua has been announced as the head coach to take on the Swiss, while Ryan Hack has been named as the Assistant Coach, a role he performed at the 2018 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup having previously coached the team at the 2015 Indoor Hockey World Cup.

Joshua is no stranger to the South African Hockey circuit having coached provincially at both indoor and outdoor hockey for a few years. Having previously served in many different capacities across a range of age groups, Joshua headed to Northern Blues to take on the Indoor challenge of coaching the Men’s Senior side. At the past two tournaments he led a highly unfancied Blues side to consecutive top 6 finishes and is well respected and liked by the players and coaches. His hockey resume includes a remarkable cv that includes winning four U18A National titles at the Pro Series Indoor, as well as one silver. He has also featured consistently in the Premier Hockey League and his tactical nous could be a major weapon in the BlitzStoks arsenal for the series.

Ryan Hack has been appointed as the Assistant coach for the series. Hacker’s as he is known, is an indoor addict almost. His pedigree is fantastic having won IPT several times with the SPAR KZN Raiders. His experience in the International Indoor game will be massive in supporting Joshua through the series and their ability to read the game together could offer the exciting BlitzStoks side an opportunity to bring their flair to the series.

The South Africans, powered by Tops at SPAR for the duration of the series, will take each other on in six test matches in November. The first three tests (10-12 November) will take place at Danville Park Girls School in Durban North before heading to Cape Town for three tests (14-16 November) at Sunningdale.

You can follow all the series updates on SAHockey.co.za

The South African Hockey Association has today announced the South African Men’s Indoor Hockey side that will take on Switzerland in a 6 match test series in Durban and Cape Town in November. We are also pleased to share that the team will be backed by Tops at SPAR for the Switzerland Series.

It’s the first taste of international indoor hockey for the South African Men since the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in February last year where the team finished 11th. Its also the start of the cycle that will see the team compete in the African Qualifier in a quest to qualify for the next edition of the Indoor World Cup.

The team selected features 22 players that will play at various times against Switzerland and includes just Jarryd Jones, Jethro Eustice, Justin Domleo and Rusten Abrahams from the World Cup Squad. Keagan Robinson, who was ruled out of the World Cup, is the only other player in the squad with International caps.

The team will remarkably include two sets of brothers with outdoor centurion Jonty Robinson joining his brother Keagan, while 2019 Player of the Indoor IPT Dayan Cassiem is joined by 2019 Young player of the Indoor IPT Mustapaha Cassiem.

In goals it will be an interesting battle between Sizwe Mtembu, Cameron Goodwin and Anton van Loggerenberg. The team will also feature some incredibly exciting youngsters including Aiden Tun, Chad Futcher and Marvin Simons from Southern Gauteng.

Convenor of selectors Alistair Fredericks was pleased with the exciting young squad that has been selected:

“We selected the players that impressed at the Indoor IPT in February and we are delighted about the depth of talent we have in our indoor structures. The players are being rewarded for their good form and we look forward to seeing them back on the indoor hockey court again!”

SA Men’s Squad

No

Name

Province

Caps

1

Rusten Abrahams

Southern Gauteng

11

2

Dayaan Cassiem

Western Province

0

3

Mustapha Cassiem

Western Province

0

4

Justin Domleo

KZN Inland

24

5

Kyle Esau

Western Province

0

6

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

16

7

Chad Futcher

Southern Gauteng

0

8

Lungani Gabela

KZN Raiders

0

9

Cameron Goodwin (GK)

KZN Raiders

0

10

Keegan Hezlett

KZN Raiders

0

11

Jarryd Jones

KZN Raiders

20

12

Dalpiarro Langford

Southern Gauteng

0

13

Melrick Maddocks

Southern Gauteng

0

14

Ignatius Malgraff

Eastern Province

0

15

Sizwe Mtembu (GK)

Northern Blues

0

16

Steven Paulo

Northern Blues

0

17

Jonty Robinson

KZN Raiders

0

18

Keagan Robinson

KZN Raiders

5

19

Bradley Sherwood

Northern Blues

0

20

Marvin Simons

Southern Gauteng

0

21

Aiden Tun

Southern Gauteng

0

22

Anton van Loggerenberg (GK)

Western Province

0

 

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The SPAR South Africa women are gearing up for their January tour to Switzerland and Czech Republic where they will play ten test matches. With the focus on that, the Psi All-Star series has been an excellent opportunity for the ladies to train and play together as they build towards the tour.

On the third night of the series SPAR South Africa team took the game to their much-fancied opponents and twice took the lead deservingly through Kelly Reed and then again through Jessica Lardant. But as good as South Africa were in the first half, the internationals kept fighting back with Janne Muller-Wieland and Kiki van Wijk pulling the strings. At half-time it was 2-2 thanks to Kiana Cormack from a stroke and Marlena Rybacha from a penalty corner.

If there was ever a performance to epitomize what an All-Star is, Rybacha, the Polish captain, produced it in the second half. Her no nonsense all action approach delighted the crowd and her player of the match performance was crowned with her own hat-trick. To settle the result Allison Meeke, a world cup silver medallist, and Muller-Wieland got late goals to add gloss to a fantastic match of indoor hockey.

There were many positives for coach Lennie Botha. His team contested the match brilliantly in the first half and created some great opportunities that the World Class Alexander Heerbaart. The form of some of the youngsters in Jessica Lardant, Jamie Southgate and Tegan Fourie is looking good, while Cindy Hack is arguably playing the best hockey of her life. Her connections with Kelly Reed are sublime and something the internationals have taken note of.

Another player who has been tremendous for South Africa since her debut against Zimbabwe earlier this year is Edith Molikoe. She shared her feelings after the game:

“It’s so amazing to play for the national team. I am still a “PSI Kid” but I am already living my dream. It’s been such an honour to play for the national team. To the kids, don’t give up, no dream is to big!”

After the game Rybacha, the energetic player of the match, shared her thoughts on Psi and the game of indoor hockey:

“Psi is an amazing event. I have played at three World Cups, but this crowd is special in such a different way. The kids want to enjoy the hockey, but they also want to learn from us. I would love to say to the kids, play with fun. You can play hockey for a long time, so never give up, keep trying, keep training and have fun!”

Psi Exhibition Series – Game 3

South Africa 2 (Kelly Reed & Jessica Lardant)
International All-Stars 6 (Marlena Rybacha [3], Kiana Cormack, Allison Meeke & Janne Muller-Wieland)

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 more efficient opposition. It gives the next era of BlitzStoks something to work on going forward.

Of course, after the disappointment of the group stage, the lads still had to get up for one more time and take on Kazakhstan for the 11th place in the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018. The game itself is worth an additional 50 World ranking points, so there was more than just pride up for grabs.

It was another good first half by the South Africans but this time they did not concede the late goals that have plagued them throughout the tournament and led through two goals from Matthew Fairweather, their skipper, playing in his 30th indoor hockey test match.

In the second half the BlitzStoks raised their game and showed the German crowd how devastating they could be in attack as Jarryd Jones, Ryan Julius and a Jethro Eustice brace took the South Africans to a convincing 6-0 lead that was only scuppered by a late consolation goal for Daulet Urmanov.

So after 6 matches, the BlitzStoks finish 11th, which has equalled their performances in 2007 and 2015, the ranking points will mean that South Africa will probably move into the top 10 in Indoor World Hockey as well. There is also a good sense of pride in the future as Richard Curtis, Jarryd Jones, Mo Mea, Ryan Julius and Rusten Abrahams are all 25 or younger and the experience will prove crucial in the future of South African Indoor Hockey.

Jethro Eustice shared: “FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018, has been an amazing experience. The BlitzStoks tried their best, but the margins are even tighter than anything I would’ve expected. I feel like I left a lot out there. And I wanted to give my best throughout. Just can’t believe how amazing this tournament is and hopefully make this process better for the next group to come through”

Special thanks to the BlitzStoks sponsors Tops at SPAR, Sunlife Vitamins, Gem Schoolwear, Tayla Sportswear and Pro Series Indoor.

South Africa Results at the Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018

South Africa 0-5 Russia
South Africa 3-6 Austria
South Africa 1-3 Switzerland
South Africa 3-6 Iran
South Africa 2-8 Belgium

11th place Playoff
South Africa 6-1 Kazakhstan


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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 European Championship.

Once again the BlitzStoks appeared to employ a defensive setup, but in truth, it was just the class of the Belgians putting SA under immense pressure with each wave of attack. Within ten minutes Belgian had scored three goals through Maxime Plennevaux, Gaetan Dykmans, and Tanguy Zimmer. South Africa was offered a glimmer of hope when skipper Matt Fairweather scored and competed gamely for the next 10 minutes. However, on the stroke of half-time, the Belgians re-established their three-goal lead with Dykmans second. 4-1 at half-time and plenty to work on if they were to get back into the game and compete.

The second half followed a similar route before Tom Boon scored a penalty corner goal for the first time in the match by the Belgians. Skipper Matt Fairweather got his second of the game and third of the tournament and it again preceded a good period of opportunity that was not capitalised on. That period of dominance was put to a halt when Plennevaux popped up with his second. As the game wore down, South Africa wore down to and there was time for two more goals for the European Championship silver medallists, with both Tom de Groote and Dykmans getting on the score sheet.

The game had ended 8-2 and with it South Africa’s group stage of fixtures had come to an end without really showing their ability or class consistently enough. They will have one last chance to do so when they take on Kazakhstan for 11 and 12 on Saturday morning. The match is worth an additional 50 world ranking points for the winner and could prove massive in South Africa moving into the top 10 of the World Rankings.

Special thanks to the BlitzStoks sponsors Tops at SPAR, Sunlife Vitamins, Gem Schoolwear, Tayla Sportswear and Pro Series Indoor.

South Africa Results at the Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018

South Africa 0-5 Russia
South Africa 3-6 Austria
South Africa 1-3 Switzerland
South Africa 3-6 Iran
South Africa 2-8 Belgium

Fixture for 10 February 2018

11th place playoff - Kazakhstan vs. South Africa @ 10:30 (German Time)

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 warm-up game, and immediately looked like they knew the pressure they were under to force a result. Playing on the back foot and soaking up pressure the BlitzStoks produced only one circle entry in the entire first half and went into the break facing a 3-0 deficit through a Yves Morard hat-trick, but were thankful to Richard Curtis that the score was not more. Pierre le Roux and his coaching team would have been disappointed with the first half performance, but whatever they said at halftime kicked their side into action.

The game looked a complete mirror of the first half as the BlitzStoks laid siege after siege of attack and denied the Swiss any opportunities to re-establish control in the game. The BlitzStoks managed to pull a goal back through Reza Rosenberg, but the lack of finishing proved costly as South Africa were consigned to their third successive defeat of the tournament.

It was now all or nothing as the BlitzStoks took on the undefeated Iranians knowing that anything other than victory would deny them an opportunity to compete for the top 8 positions in world indoor hockey. With that in mind, the Lads finally played the brand of hockey that has made them so popular with the kids around the country. They played like a team with nothing to lose and found a halftime lead of 2-1 through Wade Paton and Jarryd Jones.

The scoreline remained that way until for another occasion in the tournament South Africa conceded twice in 1 minutes. Reza Norouzzadeh leveled from the PC before Behnam Sadi gave Iran the lead to punish the sloppy play. However, the BlitzStoks fought back and Reza Rosenberg pulled them square with his second goal of the day. But once again the lead did not last long and South Africa needlessly gave away a penalty stroke which Norouzzadeh dispatched. Try as they might the BlitzStoks could not pull level and conceded two more goals to give the scoreline a lopsided feel.

To add insult to injury, Switzerland were defeated by Belgium sending South Africa to the disappointment of the 11th and 12th place playoff with a group game remaining. The BlitzStoks will play against Belgium in tomorrow’s game before playing either Kazhakstan or Trinidad & Tobago in the 11th place match on Saturday morning.

Special thanks to the BlitzStoks sponsors Tops at SPAR, Sunlife Vitamins, Gem Schoolwear, Tayla Sportswear and Pro Series Indoor.