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Picture : Sean Burke / PHL . Julian Hykes celebrates the game winning goal for the Addo Elephants

The Addo Elephants struck a devastating blow as Julian Hykes netted a late winner for the 2016 Runners-up, the Orange River Rafters came from behind to win their opener and the Mambas gave coach Lungile Tsolekile the perfect start as the 2018 CTM Premier Hockey League got underway at Randburg Astro today.

The first goal of the 2018 CTM Premier Hockey League was struck within 90 seconds of the tournament getting underway. Luthando Jonas found himself in some space and finished like a seasoned striker. Things got even better for the Mambas, being coached by Tsolekile for the first time, when Michael Baiden made it 2-0. In the second half there was signs of a fight back for the Golden Gate Gladiators as they pulled a goal back through the impressive Michael Forrest. But the Mambas, who finished third in 2017, made sure of the victory when Jonty Robinson, a man with more than 100 caps for South Africa, settled the result for the Mambas.

The 2017 champions, the Orange River Rafters, got the Women’s competition underway as taking on the Wineland Wings. Both sides were missing some players currently on duty with the South African Indoor side in Zimbabwe. That didn’t stop the Wings though and Tarryn Glasby, fresh from duty at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, fired home in the opening minute. Almost systematically though the defending champions started fighting back and with the last play of the opening quarter Nicole Walraven, another World Cup member, equalised with a deft deflection at the penalty corner.

The second quarter ended in almost the same way when entering the final minute of the quarter and the half Chane Hartel scooped a loose ball into the D past Charlize Swanepoel in the Wings goal to give Shaun Hulley’s Rafters a half time lead. The Rafters turned up the tempo and scored again through Zeena Martin and four minutes later scored again through Chane Hartel. The fourth was reviewed however and chalked off for a foot in the build-up. The Wings fought back and Tarryn Glasby pulled one back to set up a grand stand finish but unfortunately for the Wings they could not find the goal to level giving the defending champions a good opening day win.

The Addo Elephants followed the example set by the opening two games by scoring early in the first quarter through Olympian Julian Hykes and quickly doubled through a fantastic tomahawk finish by Andrew Manson. The 2017 runners-up the Drakensberg Dragons started the uphill climb and would have felt a glimmer of hope when Francois Pretorius got one back for them. That hope grew when Richard Pautz scored a fantastic diving deflection to level. The Dragons had an incredible 54 circle entries over 20 from the Elephants but somehow with the game heading to a shootout, superb work by Andrew Manson set up Julian Hykes who finished to send the Elephants into delirium.

The crowd at Randburg were eagerly awaiting the appearance of the Blyde River Bunters captain Phumelela Mbande after her heroics against Argentina at the World Cup and they were not disappointed as she showed signs of the same form in denying the Madikwe Rangers any goals in superb victory for Marcelle Keet’s Bunters. It was a victory borne out of great rearguard defence but with a great opportunistic goal taken by Mmamoagi Kungoane, her second career PHL goal, after a ball through by Jessica de Bruyn-Smith was parried away by Mmatshepo Modipane.

The final game of day one had a bit of a slumbering first quarter but came to life sensationally in the second quarter when the Garden Route Gazelles took the lead through Tyson Dlungwana. The defending champions were then further stunned as they fell 2-0 down through a Reece Arendse goal. The Cavemen have not lost a game in open play since PHL 2016’s group stages and they showed their class as they fought back. They pulled one goal back sensationally through a Cameron Mackay deflection in the 30th minute before former South Africa U21 International Kyle Lion-Cachet levelled from a Penalty corner in the 49th minute.

The most exciting period of the day was still to come though as Lion-Cachet gave the double champions the lead for the first time in the 58th minute giving Siya Nolutshungu no chance from a penalty stroke. If the Cavemen thought they could celebrate their victory they would be mistaken as the Gazelles, under the leadership of the impressive Ashlin Freddy, fought back again and found the game-tying goal from Luke Schooling after a great piece of play from Dlungwana. As is in the CTM PHL rules, every game must have a result and it was down to a shootout to decide the winner.

In the shootout Estiaan Kriek, only playing for the Cavemen due to Rassie Pieterse’s unavailability, saved two ultimately being enough to see Mark Sanders team home with the 3 points. Of course, the nature of the CTM PHL is such that tonight the teams will go home, analyse video and prepare themselves for another day of action packed hockey tomorrow. What a start to the 2018 CTM PHL.

CTM PHL Weekend 1

Saturday 11 August
08:00 – Men – Old Mutual iWyze Golden Gate Gladiators 1-3 Elf Laminates Mapungubwe Mambas
10:00 – Women – Ceramic Industries Wineland Wings 2-3 Italtile Orange River Rafters
12:00 – Men – Kilamanjaro Addo Elephants 3-2 Pro Grip Drakensberg Dragons
14:00 – Women – Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters 1-0 Top T Madikwe Rangers
16:00 – Men – Origins Maropeng Cavemen (4) *3-3 (3) Garden Route Gazelles

Sunday 12 August
08:00 – Women – Private Property St. Lucia Lakers vs. Old Mutual iWyze Namaqualand Daisies
10:00 – Men – Old Mutual iWyze Golden Gate Gladiators vs. Kilamanjaro Addo Elephants
12:00 – Women – Top T Madikwe Rangers vs. Italtile Orange River Rafters
14:00 – Men – Elf Laminates Mapungubwe Mambas vs. Origins Maropeng Cavemen
16:00 – Women – Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters vs. Ceramic Industries Wineland Wings

Phumelela Mbande in action in PHL 2017 for the Blyde River Bunters - (Photo - Marcel Sigg / PHL)

The third edition of the CTM Premier Hockey League gets underway on Saturday 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.

Two coaches that will take charges of their teams for the first time are Olympian Lungile Tsolekile and current African U18 champion coach Lenise Marais. Lungile, who played over 100 times for South Africa, will lead the Mapungubwe Mambas for the first time. They get to start with the opening game of the tournament against the Golden Gate Gladiators, the SA U21 side. The game promises to be a baptism of fire as the Gladiators have just spent the week together at IPT training for PHL and will be raring to go.

“I’m looking forward to the surprise element of how the players we have drafted gel together. It’s an exciting challenge of building combinations from what we have and responding quickly to the opportunities. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity!” shared Tsolekile

Lenise Marais is another Olympian, who played a remarkable 232 games for South Africa, making waves in the coaching world she superbly led the South African Schools U18 to a white wash series victory against Australia in the iWyze test series in July. This was the first time South Africa had won a match against Australia at this level, they did it three times in a row! Many of these players continued on, to win gold at the African Youth Games! Lenise, who coached in PHL 2016 before assisting in 2017, will take over as the head coach of the Wineland Wings. The Wings had a tough 2017 where they finished bottom of the women’s section and continued a very unlucky tradition in the shootouts. They will open their campaign against the 2017 champions the Orange River Rafters, so there will be no time to find their feet.

Another tasty offering on the opening day sees the 2016 silver medallists the Addo Elephants take on the 2017 runners-up the Drakensberg Dragons. The Elephants will be buoyed by new marquee players Miguel da Graca and Dan Bell, while the draft of Tim Guise-Brown was a coupe for Cheslyn Gie’s side. The Dragons will offer a superb opponent led by IPT winning coach Sihle Ntuli, while Peter Jarvis looks like one of the most exciting young talents in the country.

The other game to watch on the weekend will be the 14:00 hit off between the Blyde River Bunters and the Madikwe Rangers. The Bunters, led by Marcelle Keet, will look towards the shot stopping ability of Phumelela Mbande, South Africa’s star player at the FIH Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup. The Rangers will again seek inspiration from Lisa-Marie Deetlefs who played her 250th game for South Africa at the World Cup.

CTM PHL Weekend 1 – Fixtures

Saturday 11 August 
08:00 – Men – Old Mutual iWyze Golden Gate Gladiators vs. Elf Laminates Mapungubwe Mambas
10:00 – Women – Ceramic Industries Wineland Wings vs. Italtile Orange River Rafters
12:00 – Men – Kilamanjaro Addo Elephants vs. Pro Grip Drakensberg Dragons
14:00 – Women – Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters vs. Top T Madikwe Rangers
16:00 – Men – Origins Maropeng Cavemen vs. Garden Route Gazelles

Sunday 12 August 
08:00 – Women – Private Property St. Lucia Lakers vs. Old Mutual iWyze Namaqualand Daisies
10:00 – Men – Old Mutual iWyze Golden Gate Gladiators vs. Kilamanjaro Addo Elephants
12:00 – Women – Top T Madikwe Rangers vs. Italtile Orange River Rafters
14:00 – Men – Elf Laminates Mapungubwe Mambas vs. Origins Maropeng Cavemen
16:00 – Women – Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters vs. Ceramic Industries Wineland Wings

You can follow all the action on the PHL website and social media channels as well as catch the games live on SuperSport.

OPRO, the world’s largest manufacturer of the most technically advanced mouthguard, today announced a new partnership with South African Hockey and the CTM Premier Hockey League.

As the official mouthguard providers for South African Hockey and the CTM Premier Hockey League, the long-term partnership will see OPRO supply elite level mouthguards to national teams. In addition, the scope of the partnership will include all CTM Premier Hockey League teams in a bid to ensure each player has the very best protection for their teeth.

The partnership comes at an exciting time for South African Hockey after their recent involvement at the 2018 FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup in London, and for the CTM Premier Hockey League as it goes from strength to strength as a key contributor to the growth of hockey in the country.

Specifically, the CTM Premier Hockey League features 240 of the best South African players, forming part of the South African Hockey Association’s (SAHA) high performance pipeline which is aimed at unearthing new talent and better equipping the national men’s and women’s teams for international competition.

With over 20 years’ experience, dedicated to bringing leading technology and safety to athletes at all levels of sport, OPRO’s partnership will run in unison with this vision, to aid the development of the game from grassroots level through to international level.

OPRO are the official mouthguard partner of over 60 teams including England Hockey, Hockey Ireland, Great Britain Hockey, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Australia Rugby and New Zealand Rugby.

OPRO Chief Executive Officer, David Allen commented: “It’s an exciting time for the game of hockey in South Africa and we’re delighted to be a part of it.

“At OPRO, providing the most comfortable, best fitting and reliable mouthguards is our passion and of course, safety is paramount. We look forward to what’s to come through this partnership.”

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SA Hockey, had this to saay about the partnership, “As South African Hockey we are pleased to be associated with OPRO as a leading premier brand of mouthguards. It is imperative to recognise the critical safety needs of our players and this association will assist us to ensure that players have the required adequate protection as they play the sport they love.”

For more information visit www.opromouthguards.com.

Men's PHL Coaches for 2018. From Left Ashlin Freddy (Gazelles), Cheslyn Gie (Elephants), Mark Sanders (Cavemen), Lungile Tsolekile (Mambas) & Sihle Ntuli (Dragons). They are joined by Brandon Swart (SA Hockey High Performance)

The highly anticipated third 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 innovative nature that it has been shortlisted for the Sports Industry Awards 2018 for  “Cutting Edge Sport Award”.

Each squad consists of 20 players, made up of 7 marquee players as determined by SA Hockey’s High-Performance team, a maximum of 8 players retained from the prior year squads and a new 6 players selected in today’s draft.

In the Women’s tournament a change for 2018 is that the Namaqualand Daisies are no longer the SA Under 21 side as the decision was made to integrate the younger players into the main tournament. In the Men’s tournament the Golden Gate Gladiators remained a South African Under 21 side, which would remain largely the same from the Men’s IPT.

As each round in the draft ticked by, the coaches were like the bargain hunters at an auction, changing plans, shifting ideas and hoping to pick up their first-choice targets. It was remarkable, for example, that the name of Tim-Guise Brown was scratched off by 3 other coaches from their wanted list when Cheslyn Gie picked the Northern Blues star. This was not the only time it played out like this as the coaches battled for the best South African talent in a quest to dethrone the Orange River Rafters and the Maropeng Cavemen.

“I am so excited to be moving into the head coach position with the Blyde River Bunters. It’s been an incredible journey with the team as an assistant and I can wait for this year’s CTM PHL,” shared Marcelle Keet, head coach of the Blyde River Bunters: “I am incredibly pleased with the draft process and the players I managed to get in, I got the targets I wanted! Thank you to CTM for getting on board, having a headline sponsor is going to just help this great tournament continue to grow!”

South African’s Men’s coach Mark Hopkins knows the process well having featured as a coach in 2017 and shared his thoughts after the draft: “I am very excited that we have a fantastic sponsor behind the PHL and it will continue to help develop hockey in South Africa. We have some exciting coaches that will raise the level of the tournament and it also gives players an opportunity of playing at a high level in front of a large tv audience. The CTM PHL is an exciting event that will help build high performance hockey in South Africa.”

Marissa Langeni, the CEO of SA Hockey, excitedly shared: “The CTM PHL is always an exciting event on the hockey calendar. I think the coaches have done some good hard work in planning their squads for 2018 and I think they will be happy with what they have done. We are delighted to partner with CTM as our headline sponsor of PHL for 2018. The CTM PHL has a fantastic legacy already of making sure we make top level hockey accessible to all players, and we look forward to growing this legacy going in 2018!”

Six men’s and six women’s team will contest the third edition of the CTM PHL which gets under way on August 11, at the Randburg Astro in Johannesburg, with the finals taking place on the 26 August.

Final Teams for CTM PHL 2018 – Women

Italtile Orange River Rafters (2017 – Champions)

Cheree Greyvenstein, Sulette Damons, Casey-Jean Botha, Zimasa Dunywa, Simone Gouws, Charne Maddocks, Nicole Walraven, Charne Hartel, Donna Small, Lerato Mahlangu, Kelsey Minnaar, Luche Klaassen, Zimkhitha Weston, Amy Etherington, Francisca Darkoh, Mia Barnard, Candice Silent, Zeena Martin, Anneke Beukman, Badrunnisaa Halliday Coach: Shaun Hulley. Assistant Coach: Taryn de Winnaar. Manager: Kgothatso Maboea

Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters (2016 – Champions)

Phumelela Mbande, Nicolene Terblanche, Izelle Verster, Kirsty Adams, Courtney du Preez, Mmamoagi Kungoane, Jessica De Bruyn Smith, Marissa Poolman, Meeghan Klomp, Elmien Marais, Julia Flemming, Anél Luus, Nicole Kemp, Thati Segaole, Carmen Smith, Lelethu Ndakisa, Kim Mentor, Sarah Bingham, Miecke Flemming, Minke van Heerden Coach: Marcelle Keet. Assistant Coach: David Joshua. Manager: Gloria Baartman

Old Mutual IWyze Namaqualand Daisies

Sisipho Magwaza, Chardinay Penniston, Dunell Van Taak, Marizen Maria, Natalie Esteves, Toni Marks, Lauren Nina, Refilwe Ralikontsane, Jacinta Jubb, Amy Greaves, Aimee-Leigh Pote, Gretchin Davids, Deneho Didi Mgwenya, Brady Wiseman, Carli Pretorius, Christine Seggie, Nicole Koening, Lize Steyn, Tayla Johnson, Cindy Bothma Coach: Andi Bernstein. Assistant Coach: Nelson Nkomane Nel. Manager: Marcel Lamont

Top T Madikwe Rangers

Lisa Deetlefs, Nomnikelo Veto, Mmatshepo Modipane, Monique Bartch, Kristen Paton, Sylvia van Jaarsveldt, Ashleigh Datnow, Isabella Da Rocha, Londeka Dlamini, Courtney Abrahams, Shindré-Lee Simmons, Claire Gibbings, Lezaan Janse van Vuuren, Amoré De Wet, Cheneal Raubenheimer, Malikah Potgieter, Nicole Bartch, Elan-Margo van Vught, Hildah Dikhudu, Andrea Leader. Coach: Bevan Bennet. Assistant Coach: Tarrin Ramsden.  Manager: Jo-Anne Deysel

Ceramic Industries Wineland Wings

Zimisele Shange, Stephanie Botha, Jamie Southgate, Jessica O'Connor, Tarryn Glasby, Sandisiwe Tabata, Candice Manuel, Robyn Johnson, Miche Bennet, Thando Chithi, Hope Nkosi, Sasha Sivertsen, Nompilo Thenjwayo, Michelle Dias, Lida Kotze, Sonika van Heerden, Edith Molikoe, Ashleigh Thomas, Michelle Dykman, Jessica Lardant. Coach: Lenise Marais. Assistant Coach: Cindy Brown. Manager: Lynn Abrahams

Private Property St. Lucia Lakers

Kara-Lee Botes, Moya Smith, Shelley Jones, Erin Hunter, Leratho Mahole, Stephanie Baxter, Teegan Fourie, Jenna Shuker, Tiffany Jones, Bianca Wood, Polly Mashau, Megan Anderson, Heraldine Olin, Paige Phillips, Karen Bowyer, Ayanga Baleni, Lisa Hawker, Alexandra Kavanagh, Demi Harmse, Chané Hill. Coach: Inky Zondi. Assistant Coach: Kim Hubach. Manager: Taryn McCreedy

Final Teams for CTM PHL 2018 – Men

Garden Route Gazelles

Siya Nolutshungu, Tyson Dlungwana, Clinton Panther, Taylor Dart, Michael Abrahams, Taine Paton, Keenan Horne, Reece Arendse, Gerald Mpopo, Dylan Coombes, Le-Neal Jackson, Jayson Reed, Berne Burger, Brandon James, Connor Beauchamp, Gertjie Lamprecht, Pierre De Voux, Pierre Bothma, Luke Schooling, Tom Richardson. Coach: Ashlin Freddy. Assistant Coach: Colin Fielding. Manager: Emmanuel Segale

Kilamanjaro Addo Elephants

Matthew Martins, Robin Jones, Tevin Pieterson, Dan Bell, Miguel da Graca, Julian Hykes, Ignatus Malgraaf, Sinoxolo Mbekeni, Onke Letuka, Jody Erasmus, Damian Kimfley, Andrew Manson, Joshua August, Zamokuhle Ngubo, Bjorn Sorensen, Tim Guise-Brown, Cody Postumus, Andrew Buckley, Cerezo Comerasamy, Roberto Bosman Coach: Cheslyn Gie. Assistant Coach: Anthony Woodhouse. Manager: Mark Jenneker

Elf Laminates Mapungubwe Mambas

Rob McKinley, Matt Brown, Alex Stewart, Jonty Robinson, Dalpiro Langford, Owen Mvimbi, Tevin Kok, Michael Marki, Callum Buchanan, Winchester Scott, Ross Gonzalves, Dillon Langeveld, Kyle Esau, Kewan Harries, Courtney Halle, Luthando Jonas, David Zwemke, Michael Baiden, Xola Maqula, Caleb Syce. Coach: Lungile Tsolekile. Assistant Coach: Geowynne Gamiet. Manager: Brighty Mashaba

Pro Grip Drakensberg Dragons

Gowan Jones, Jethro Eustice, Mo Mea, Matt de Sousa, Melrick Maddocks, Richard Pautz, Nqobile Ntuli, Chad Cairncross, Nick Gonzalves, Dylan Swanepoel, Cody Van Wyk, Mbuso Mgobozi, Amkelwe Letuka, Lance De Kock, Cameron Ryan, Francois Pretorius, Grant Robertson, Blake Tyack, Peter Jarvis, Keegan Hezlett. Coach: Sihle Ntuli. Assistant Coach: Luke Makaleni. Manager: Nkosinathi Nathi Ngubani

Origins Maropeng Cavemen (2016 & 2017 Champions)

Rassie Pieterse, Lance Louw, Tommy Hammond, Nduduzo Lembethe, Ryan Crowe, Rusten Abrahams, Reza Rosenburg, Brynn Cleak, Ricky West, Cameron MacKay, Thabang Modise, Chad Futcher, Kyle Lion-Cachet, Kingsley Botes, Travis Hardnick, Rayner York, Lethuxolo Thomo, Stephen Cant, Craig Wiid, Steven Paulo. Coach: Mark Sanders. Assistant Coach: Sandile Bosman. Manager: Lehlohonolo Maluke

Old Mutual iWyze Golden Gate Gladiators

William Eveleigh, Jared Cass, Andrew Hobson, Samkelo Mvimbi, Che February, Andile Ndlovu, Duncan Fischer, Gabela Lungani, Chris Makaba, Mark Chong, Matthew Roman, Michael Hora, Clayton Saker, Max Pike, Brad Sherwood, Matthew Davies, Michael Forrest. Coach: Garreth Ewing. Assistant Coach: Devon van der Merwe. Manager: Nhlanhla Mlambu

CTM, South Africa’s largest retailer of tiles and bathroom ware, is proud to announce its continued support of the South African Hockey Association, upgrading its role to chief sponsor of the Premier Hockey League (PHL) for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

CTM was first introduced to the PHL in 2017, sponsoring four of the nine teams, namely the Kilimanjaro Addo Elephants, Pro-grip Drakensberg Dragons, Tivoli Blyde River Bunters and the ever popular TopT Madikwe Rangers.  The team identities are inspired by famous tourist areas in South Africa and are linked to CTM products including its exclusive Kilimanjaro tile range, its Pro-Grip adhesive and grout products, the Tivoli tap range and also to CTM’s sister brand, TopT.

The Inaugural South African Premier Hockey League owned by the South African Hockey Association and funded by Sports and Recreation South Africa, was launched in 2016 in Randburg, Gauteng, and has shown great promise over the past two years since its launch.

The PHL model is an exciting, inventive new hockey format, created to transform the sport in South Africa. Comprising of three weeks of incredible hockey action, the best franchise teams representative of each of the nine provinces compete against each other in a series of top quality matches. 

 “CTM is proud to partner with the PHL – we share the common values of innovation and inventiveness, and this partnership enables both organisations to make a positive contribution to hockey development, propelling the sport forward in this country,” says CEO of CTM’s parent company, Italtile Ltd, Mr Jan Potgieter on the rationale behind the sponsorship.

Jan adds, “CTM strives to be a good corporate citizen and our social responsibility and sponsorship initiatives are aimed at making a meaningful difference in the communities in which we operate.  Sport is a powerful means of bringing people together in a positive environment, improving health and fitness, social skills and self-esteem, thereby contributing to a healthier, more productive society.” 

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SA Hockey, has the following to say on the relationship “The Premier Hockey League has become a much sought after event by our high performance players and continues to delight players and fans alike. The world class broadcasting of the event by SuperSport has ensured that fans of the game have been able to enjoy high quality hockey played by exceptional players.  The continued support received from Sport & Recreation South Africa is testament to the gem that the PHL is. We are pleased that CTM has seen value in the PHL and as such could not pass up the opportunity to back this prestigious event. The partnership with CTM will enable us to reach new highs and unearth more great young talents like Ongeziwe Mali and Dayaan Cassiem.’’

“In its short lifespan the PHL has achieved so much and has even gained recognition through a short listing from the SIG Awards as best new invention in sport for the PHL18 Draft,” Marissa concludes. 

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 fan base proud!

South Africa started on the back foot but a great triple save by Phumelela Mbande kept England out before a good opportunity was just out of reach for the diminutive Stephanie Baxter from a Dirkie Chamberlain cross.

The first goal of the game did arrive in the first chukka and unfortunately, it was in the favour of England as Grace Balsdon rocketed a short corner into the back net with a venomous drive. Such was the velocity on the drive that the ball rebounded out of the D after it hit the board!

England then doubled their lead nine minutes later as Susannah Townsend squeezed a shot beyond Mbande after brilliant build-up play from Ellie Rayer and Alex Danson down the right. Although Mbande and later le Fleur were the busier goalkeepers, South Africa created some great chances but Maddie Hinch, the FIH Goalkeeper of the year for 2016 & 2017, was dominant to deny Jade Mayne, Sulette Damons the skipper and Dirkie Chamberlain. Keeping the game goalless.

Final Score
South Africa 0-2 England

Next Fixture
7 April – 11:32 – South Africa vs. Malaysia

(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The South African Men are a young side and were keen to gain experience and show a gritty performance in front of a large Gold Coast Crowd, in Clinton Panther’s 100th test cap. They were to meet a regular foe of the SA Hockey men in the game against Scotland. That foe would be their lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

The Scottish men were in glorious form and mood and raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter incredibly through three field goals. Robert Hardwood and Alan Forsyth scored either side of the goal of the game by Kenneth Bain as he roofed the ball with an incredible back stick.

In the third quarter, South Africa finally fought back from the shell-shocked first quarter and Gareth Heyns, the former UJ captain, netted from a penalty corner before skipper Tim Drummond pulled us back to within a goal of the Scots.

But just as hope had emerged, it quickly vanished with Bain again netting from a field goal and made it 4-2 which it would remain until the end of the game. The men will be feeling frustrated not just by the result but the inability to deny goal scoring opportunities from open play, while also failing to create enough chances from their 18 circle penetrations.

Final Score
South Africa 2-4 Scotland

Next Fixture
7 April – 08:32 – South Africa vs. Australia

  • Golden Gate Gladiators and Namaqualand Daisies will be made up of the National u21 Men and Women’s squads
  • Both teams to be sponsored by Old Mutual iWYZE

The Premier Hockey League was designed to deliver the very best high performance event for South African Hockey. To this end 10 of the 12 playing squads (6 x Men and 6 x Women) will comprise the very best players in South Africa with the 2016 squads augmented by additional Marquee Players and a revised draft process taking place on 4th November in Johannesburg.

In line with SA Hockey’s high performance pipeline strategy the two remaining franchise teams, The Golden Gate Gladiators and The Namaqualand Daisies will be dedicated for the SA men’s and women’s u21 national squads respectively. 

Prior to the launch of #PHL16 last year, Marissa Langeni, the CEO of SAHA, stated that “If the u21 team experiment proves a success then we may make these age group national teams a permanent fixture in future PHLs”. With the success of their inclusion in the tournament and specifically the u21 Men’s success at the FIH Junior World Cup post #PHL16, the SA Hockey High Performance team agreed to make this a permanent part in u21 preparations for future international campaigns.

In even more exciting news for South African Hockey and particularly the u21 High Performance programme, Old Mutual iWYZE have signed on to sponsor both teams as an extension of their very successful iWYZE Hockey Nationals 2017 sponsorship of u13, u16 and u18 schools events for boys and girls.

“Hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa amongst both boys and girlssays iWYZE Head of Brand & Advertising, Presodhini Naicker. “iWYZE believes that the future of South Africa is dependent on the development of its youth. Through this sponsorship, we are given an opportunity to extend our support of schools hockey to the next really important developmental stage for young players, the national u21 programme. We are excited to be part of this great event and to further the development of South African youth who are also our future clients,” says Naicker.

 

Tyson Dlungwana, a member of the 2016 Gladiators and national u21 squad member said “It’s wonderful to be back in the Gladiators squad for #PHL17. Last year was an incredible opportunity for us as young players and I have no doubt that the new generation of u21 players joining us this year will gain enormously from the experience.” Included in the Men’s u21 squad is Western Cape schoolboy Dayaan Cassiem who has already represented the Men’s national team and proved during the recent FIH Hockey World League in Johannesburg that he is a global superstar in the making.

Exciting young talent Kriston Paton who has just returned from the African Cup with the National Women’s squad will again be representing the Daisies alongside 2016 Daisies’ veterans Sisipho Magwaza, Sadiswe Tabata, Tegan Fourie and Ongeziwe Mali.

#PHL17 will be broadcast live on SuperSport so please look out for the final match and broadcast schedules which will be published in the coming weeks.

The iWYZE Namaqualand Daisies

Kirsty Adams                                                             Coach: Rob van Ginkel
Monique Bartsch
Stephanie Botha
Frances Carstens
Ashleigh Datnow
Courtney du Preez
Tegan Fourie
Lizanne Jacobs
Mmamoagi Agi Kungoane
Charnè Maddoks
Sisipho Magwaza (gk)
Ongeziwe Mali
Kristen Paton
Hannah Pearce
Jamie Southgate
Sadisiwe Tabata
Nomnikelo Veto
Moya Smith (gk)
Simone Gouws
Casey Jane Botha

The iWYZE Golden Gate Gladiators

 

Muzzamil Sheik                                            Coach: Gareth Ewing

William Eveleigh

Andrew Hobson

Tyson Dlungwana

Courtney Hallé

Jared Cass

Jacki Mohlaba

Sam Mvimbi

Connor Beauchamp

Chris Makaba

Ross Campbell

Mark Chong

Matthew Roman

Luke Schooling

Che February

Spencer Botes

Dayaan Cassiem

Max Pike

Brad Sherwood

Laython Coombs

 

About iWYZE

iWYZE is the direct channel from Old Mutual providing car, home and life insurance. iWYZE car & home insurance is underwritten by Old Mutual Insure, a Licensed Financial Services Provider (FSP 12) The iWYZE Life policy is underwritten and issued by Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) Limited (FSP 703)

 

For more information about iWYZE, go to:

www.iwyze.co.za

The Premier Hockey League (PHL), the ground-breaking tournament in the South African Hockey that featured 200 of the best SA Hockey players last year, today can release the dates for the 2017 tournament. PHL is a proud partnership between SA Hockey, Sport and Recreation South Africa and Supersport. The tournament will once again feature the six Franchises that competed in the inaugural tournament last year. The Blyde River Bunters will look to defend the ladies crown, while the Maropeng Caveman will try and do the same in the men’s tournament.

The PHL will this year be played over three weekends rather than four with a bumper finals weekend from the 9th -12th December, featuring the final group games as well as the Semi-Finals and medal matches on Tuesday 12 December.

The tournament will kick start on Saturday 25th November with both Men’s and Ladies tournaments taking place simultaneously. Each team will play 5 group stage games. The top four teams in the log will progress to the semi-finals. The winning semi-finalists will progress to the finals of the men’s and Ladies competitions respectively.

Week 2 will be played on 2nd and 3rd of December with the second 10 matches of both tournaments before heading to the final weekend of 9-12th December.

“We are pleased to present the second edition of the Premier Hockey League together with our partner's Sport and Recreation South Africa and SuperSport. The PHL has become a much sought after event in our calendar for players and hockey fans alike.” Shared Marissa Langeni, CEO of the South African Hockey Association

All matches will be played at Randburg Astro, with the added excitement that all tickets will be free of charge. Fixtures and broadcast details to be communicated before the tournament begins. After seeing the incredible efforts of Supersport at the recently completed World League, you can bet it will be nothing short of incredible!

Tournament Dates

Weekend 1 – 25 to 26 November
Weekend 2 - 02 to 03 December
Weekend 3 – 09 to 10 December
Semi Finals – 11th December
Finals & Bronze Medal matches – 12 December

The South African national hockey sides head to the African Hockey Cup of Nations in two very different states. The SA Women’s side will go to Egypt as the favourites whose minds are already on their World Cup plans having secured qualification at the FIH World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg.

The SA Hockey Men are in a new rebuilding phase after a disappointing finish at the FIH World League Semi-finals and a current vacancy in the team’s management staff.  A stand-in coach will be appointed for Egypt, where they will be tasked with qualifying for the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup in India.

Regardless of the current position of both sides, the other carrot dangling at the African Cup of Nations is the rankings points, with both Men and Women looking to improve their current rankings of 15th and 13th respectively.

The SA Women’s side have announced their final squad of 18 ladies to do battle at the African Cup of Nations, sticking largely to the players that secured qualification to the World Cup.

There is an exciting recall to the squad for Olympian Dirkie Chamberlain who has just signed for Holcombe Hockey Club. Sylvia van Jaarsveldt, who was the joint top scorer at the Premier Hockey League, playing for the Madikwe Rangers, is also called up pointing towards Coach Sheldon Rostron’s desire to score more goals.  Izelle Verster and Erin Hunter both return to the national set up having missed out on the FIH World League Semi-Finals.

On the Men’s side, the selectors have called up a squad of 32 players that will be downsized to the required 18 when the coaching staff for the Cup of Nations is finalised. However SA Hockey were keen to announce the squad so that the players could plan accordingly.

Gowan Jones and Siya Nolutshunga join World League keepers Rassie Pieterse and Richard Curtis in the squad, while UJ captain Gareth Heyns and his team mate Tyson Dlungwana are also recalled. Indoor and Outdoor Hockey dual nationals Mo Mea and Robin Jones are called up after missing out on World League Selection to complete the defender line-up.

In the midfield, national skipper Tim Drummond is joined by World League team members in Ryan Julius, Owen Mvimbi, Jonty Robinson, Reza Rosenberg and Dan Sibbald. Those six are further complimented by Taine Paton, Clinton Panther and the exciting Rusten Abrahams.

In the striking department, where SA really struggled at the World League, the line-up has been boosted by the inclusions of Maties captain Keenan Horne, Brandon Panther, Ryan Crowe, Richard Pautz and Melrick Maddocks.

The SA Men will be up against bitter rivals Egypt who defeated them at the World League in Johannesburg in a shock result. The lads will be looking to bounce back and get one back over their Northern neighbours in their own back yards.

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.

SA Women’s Hockey Squad

No.

Name

1

Phumi Mbande

2

Nicole La Fleur

3

Nicolene Terblanche

4

Celia Evans

5

Kara Botes

6

Jessica O’Connor

7

Erin Hunter

8

Quanita Bobbs

9

Stephanie Baxter

10

Shelley Jones

11

Ilse Davids

12

Izelle Verster

13

Lilian Du Plessis

14

Candice Manuel

15

Tarryn Glasby

16

Sulette Damons

17

Dirkie Chamberlain

18

Sylvia van Jaarsveldt

 

SA Men’s Hockey Squad

No.

Name

1

Gowan Jones

2

Siya Nolutshungu

3

Richard Curtis

4

Erasmus Pieterse

5

Daniel Bell

6

Rhett Halkett

7

Austin Smith

8

Mohamed  Mea

9

Robin Jones

10

Jethro Eustice

11

Gareth Heyns

12

Mattew Guise-Brown

13

Tyson Dlungwana

14

Timothy Drummond

15

Owen Mvimbi

16

Ryan Julius

17

Jonathan Robinson

18

Reza Rosenberg

19

Clinton Panther

20

Taine Paton

21

Daniel Sibbald

22

Rusten Abrahams

23

Julian Hykes

24

Ignatius Malgraff

25

Tevin Kok

26

Dayaan Cassiem

27

Nqobile Ntuli

28

Keenan Horne

29

Brandon Panther

30

Ryan Crowe

31

Richard Pautz

32

Melrick Maddocks

Tyron Barnard 

 

  • Germany to meet Belgium in men's final after wins against Spain & Australia
  • New Zealand & Ireland maintain hunt for World Cup qualification with key victories
  • Women’s & men’s teams both in action on Saturday 21st July

Johannesburg, South Africa: The men’s final at the Hockey World League Semi-Final will be contested between Germany and Belgium following another dramatic day of action at the University of the Witwatersrand.

It was also a hugely significant day for New Zealand and Ireland, who claimed wins to take their places in the 5-6 classification match, the winner of which will be guaranteed a place at the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.

Germany (FIH Hero World Ranking: 3) were the first team to reach Sunday’s showpiece final, fighting back from a goal down against Spain (WR: 10) to tie the match before winning a tense sudden-death shoot-out. Die Honamas were made to work extremely hard to replicate the achievement of Germany’s women in reaching their event final, with Ricardo Sanchez putting the Spaniards ahead at the end of the first quarter. Germany’s equaliser did not arrive until five minutes from the end when Ferdinand Weinke smashed home from a tight angle to force the shoot-out.

The two sides were locked together at 2-2 after ten shoot-out attempts, with Sergi Enrique and Mats Grambusch making it 3-3 before the telling moment arrived. Spain’s Enrique Gonzalez - a young player who has had an outstanding tournament - failed to convert, with Christopher Rühr making no mistake to put his team into the final.

Germany's opponents in the final will be European rivals Belgium, a team the Germans defeated in the pool phase. However, the Red Lions will be looking to avenge that result following their hard-earned 2-1 victory over Australia's Kookaburras. Belgium netted either side of half time through Cedric Charlier and Amaury Keusters before Jeremy Hayward slammed home an Australian penalty corner at the end of the third quarter. Australia's Kiran Arunasalam had a goal ruled out in the final minute as Belgium clung on to set up an all-European event final. 

"It was a really exciting semi-final, both teams played pretty well and had some good opportunities even through to the last seconds of that game", said Belgium Head Coach Shane McLeod. "It made for a really good match and now we play the final game, which is what we came here for." 

In the 5-8 matches, Egypt (WR: 19) gave New Zealand (WR: 8) a run for their money before eventually being beaten 2-0. The Egyptians proved difficult to break down but eventually the Black Sticks got the breakthrough just after half time thanks to a high quality penalty corner routine expertly converted by Nick Haig. Kane Russell added a second ten minutes from the end with a penalty corner routine almost identical to the first, putting New Zealand into the 5-6 classification where that direct ticket to the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 is on the table.

“It was a tough game for us today and we probably started a bit slowly, we would have liked to get some more out of our chances in the first half”, said Kane Russell post-match. “We were able to hang on and put two goals on the board which was good and we need to come out firing for our last game to make sure we finish fifth and qualify for the World Cup.”

New Zealand’s opponents in that all important World Cup play-off match will be Ireland (WR: 9), who were taken to a shoot-out by France (WR: 17) before two times FIH Hockey Stars Goalkeeper of the Year David Harte made two important saves to see his side safely through. Hugo Genestet gave France the lead just five minutes into the match, an advantage that they held until late in the third quarter when Shane O’Donoghue netted a penalty stroke. In the shoot-out, goalkeeper Harte denied Guillaume Deront and Hugo Genestet before Chris Cargo scored the winner to keep his teams hopes of direct World Cup qualification alive.

Earlier in the day, Austin Smith scored twice to help hosts South Africa (WR: 15) finish their competition on a high, beating Japan (WR: 16) 4-2 to take ninth place on the final standings.

On Saturday 22nd July, the 5-8 classification positions in both the women’s and men’s competitions will be finalised. At 11:15 South Africa Standard Time (UTC +2), the women of India and Ireland will meet in the 7-8 classification match, with Japan and South Africa facing off at 13:30 in the women’s 5-6 contest. The attention then switches to the men’s 5-8 classification games, with Egypt playing France for seventh at 15:45, before New Zealand and Ireland take to the field at 18:00 for the battle for fifth place and the subsequent World Cup qualification ticket that comes with it.

Full coverage of the event is available on www.fih.ch, with reports, news stories, event imagery and much more. The FIH is also providing comprehensive coverage of the event via our social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the #HWL2017 hashtag. For information about the broadcasters covering this event, click here

Event website: click here.
Match schedule: click here.
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Hockey World League Semi-Finals - Johannesburg, South Africa

Men’s 9-10, 5-8 and Semi-Final Results
9-10: Japan 2, South Africa 4
5-8: Egypt 0, New Zealand 2
5-8: Ireland 1, France 1 (4-3 after shoot-out)
SF: Spain 1, Germany 1 (3-4 after shoot-out) 
SF: Australia 1, Belgium 2

Fixtures and timings
All times South Africa Standard Time (UTC +2)

Saturday 22nd July 2017
11:15: India v Ireland (Women 7/8) 
13:30: Japan v South Africa (Women 5/6) 
15:45: Egypt v France (Men 7/8)
18:00: New Zealand v Ireland (Men 5/6)

Sunday 23rd July 2017 

11:00: England v Argentina (Women 3/4) 
13:15: Australia v Spain (Men 3/4) 
15:30: USA v Germany (Women Final) 
18:00: TBC v Germany (Men Final)

 

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