Celia Evans is back in the squad after recovering from a knee injury suffered at the 2018 IPT. Photo - Marcel Sigg / Run Ride Dive

The South African Hockey Association have today announced the South African Women’s Hockey Squad. This squad will be the first under coach Robin van Ginkel and will be used to select the final tournament squads for the FIH Open Series Final in Valencia in June.

With Tokyo 2020 having just passed the 500 days away threshold, the excitement for the various qualification tournaments is palpable. South Africa will head to Valencia with the objective of finishing in the top 2. The African champions will take on Italy, Wales and Thailand in Pool B of the Valencia tournament, with hosts Spain partnered in Pool A with Belarus, Canada and Namibia.

The 26-player team announced features an exciting blend of new players with Robyn Johnson, Sandi Tabata, Ashleigh Datnow, Nikki Veto, Stephanie Botha, Casey-Jean Botha, Bianca Wood, Hannah Pearse and Tegan Fourie all looking to earn their first caps for the country.

Alongside the new faces is also a blend of great experience with Lisa Deetlefs, Erin Hunter, Nicole Walraven, Quanita Bobbs, Phumi Mbande and Tarryn Glasby among the players that van Ginkel will look to blend the newcomers to International hockey into the team.

“I am really excited to take my first team to Spain and look to do well in the FIH Hockey Series Final. The team selected has a good core of experienced players that will help blend the new names into the team and into International hockey. I am really looking forward to the start of our four-year process and the success we can bring to South African Hockey!”

South African Women’s Hockey Squad

No

Player

Province

Caps

1

Stephanie Baxter

North West

23

2

Quanita Bobbs

Western Province

114

3

Kara Botes

Southern Gauteng

41

4

Casey Jean Botha

SA U21

0

5

Stephanie Botha

SA U21

0

6

Dirkie Chamberlain

North West

225

7

Ashleigh Datnow

Southern Gauteng

0

8

Lisa Deetlefs

Southern Gauteng

250

9

Lilian du Plessis

Southern Gauteng

119

10

Celia Evans

Northern Blues

145

11

Tegan Fourie

SA U21

0

12

Tarryn Glasby

Western Province

30

13

Erin Hunter

Southern Gauteng

41

14

Robyn Johnson

Southern Gauteng

0

15

Nicole la Fleur (GK)

Western Province

19

16

Ongi Mali

SA U21

10

17

Marizen Marais

Northern Blues

14

18

Phumi Mbande (GK)

Northern Blues

35

19

Mmathshepo Modipane (GK)

Southern Gauteng

5

20

Kristen Paton

Southern Gauteng

15

21

Hannah Pearce

SA U21

0

22

Sandi Tabata

SA U21

0

23

Izelle Verster

Northern Blues

7

24

Nikki Veto

SA U21

0

25

Nicole Walraven

Free State

45

26

Bianca Wood

SA U21

0