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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) today revealed the match schedule for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Hockey tournaments, the perfect #GiftofHockey before Christmas. Both the South African Men and the South African Women will be taking part in the Olympic Games and looked on with added excitement.

The opening match will involve the Men’s national squads of Japan, the hosts, and the current number one team in the FIH World Rankings, Australia, on 25 July. The first match of the Women’s tournament will be played on the same day and sees the Netherlands – who are topping the FIH World Rankings – taking on India.

For Garreth Ewing and the South African Hockey Men will start their campaign on the opening day of the competition with a match against Great Britain, in their fifth Olympic meeting, starting the tournament. The African Champions will then be in action just over 24 hours later against Netherlands.

The South African men are next in action two days later taking on World Cup Champions Belgium on the North Pitch on 28 July. Germany are the next team for Ewing’s men on the 30 July before taking on former coach Gregg Clarke’s Canada in the final group gam on 31 July.

Should the South African men finish in the top 4 of the group, they will progress to the Quarter-Finals on the 2 August which are followed by the Semi-Finals on the 4th and the Medal matches on the 6th August.

The South African Women kick start their campaign on the 25th as well starting with a tough encounter against World Cup silver medallists Ireland. Two days later Robin van Ginkel’s team play the defending champions Great Britain before next up taking on World number 1 Netherlands on the 29th July.

South Africa round up their group stage with Germany on the 31st July before taking on India, who qualified through the Qualifying matches against USA, on the 1 August.

For the Women the Quarter-Finals will take place on Monday 3 August, the semi-finals on 5 August and the medal matches on the 7 August.

The matches will be staged in the brand-new Oi Hockey Stadium, in Japan’s capital city.

#GiftofHockey #Tokyo2020

The 2019 South African Hockey Executive Committee Meeting took place this weekend in Johannesburg. In the rotation of roles this year the portfolios for Corporate Governance, Events and High Performance were up for election at this AGM.

In the corporate governance the incumbent in the role Lwandile Simelane stood unopposed and will continue in the role that is an integral part of achieving our objectives over the next 24 months. Josie Milela who has done a fantastic role in the Events Portfolio, including the highlight of the wonderful African Hockey Road to Tokyo in Stellenbosch earlier this year, stood unopposed and will also continue in her role.

Alistair Fredericks has been elected to the High-Performance Portfolio succeeding previous incumbent David Viney. Ally is no stranger to the SA Hockey Community first became a national hero for many when he became the first player of colour to represent South Africa’s Hockey Men. In a career that saw Fredericks feature at the 1996 Summer Olympics the striker collected 57 goals in his 59 caps.  Since his retirement in 1998, Ally has served as a Provincial coach, an assistant coach at national level and of course has been the indoor and outdoor men’s convenor of selectors for the past couple of years. We look forward to the energy of Alistair in the new role.

Deon Morgan, SA Hockey President, thanked the volunteers for stepping up to take on the various portfolios. He also paid tribute to the outgoing David Viney for his contributions to the game of hockey in our country.

“To be successful in any walk of life, one needs to surround yourself with competent, committed, skilled and passionate people.  I am therefore grateful that both Lwandile and Josie availed themselves to serve hockey for another term.

It is also a good sign when more people are availing themselves to serve the game. I want to wish Alistair all the best as he joins the team and thank Dave Viney for all he has done while running High Performance.”

 

The South African Men’s and Women’s Hockey sides today received official confirmation of their place in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. The men have a best finish of 10th at the Olympic Games and will look to improve on that in their 5th appearance at the Games after Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The women will also have their fifth appearance having missed out on Atlanta 96, but having qualified for Sydney 2000. The women’s best finish has been 9th in 2004.

The teams have also had their pools confirmed for the 2020 tournament in Tokyo and will look to summon the spirit of the Springboks who have just lifted the Rugby World Cup in the same country. The Men will be in Pool B alongside Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Canada. Incredibly it will be the first time the South Africans play either Germany or Belgium at an Olympic Games, while they have drawn 2 of the previous 4 Olympic encounters with Great Britain. They will also take on former national coach and player Greg Clarke when they take on Canada.

Coach Garreth Ewing and his coaching staff have been hard at work and will know that the intensity of their programme will go up a gear as they build towards the tournament starting in July next year.

For the SA Women’s team, the announcement caused superb reactions as there had been a huge degree of uncertainty, however we are excited that the #giftofhockey will be there at Tokyo 2020. The Women’s team have continued their hard work since their victory in Stellenbosch and will now gear themselves up for the challenge of taking on the defending champions Great Britain. Alongside this they will also face world number one Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and India.

Having previously faced Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain at the ultimate multi-sport showpiece, it will be the first time Robin van Ginkel’s side play either Ireland, who remarkably won the silver medal at the Hockey World Cup, as well as India who confirmed their spot in a thrilling victory over USA in the FIH Olympic Qualifying event.

For now, the hockey community will be ecstatic as the countries participation at Tokyo now confirmed. The next eight months promise to be filled with massive excitement and thrilling build up as South African hockey rises to the opportunity!

Men
Pool A: Australia, Argentina, India, Spain, New Zealand, Japan
Pool B: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, South Africa

Women
Pool A: Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, India, South Africa
Pool B: Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Spain, China, Japan

The SA Hockey Association are pleased to announce the SA Mens 2019/2020 Squad as coach Garreth Ewing has a firm eye now on the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The squad selected features 36 players that impressed selectors at the August IPT in Bloemfontein. The Final was contested by Western Province and Southern Gauteng, with each finalist having ten players in the 36 selected players. A further 9 medically exempt players are included in the squad who will need final medical clearance prior to any team selection, taking the total selection squad size to 45.

Although the focus of the squad is the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, there is an added focus on building a squad capable of competing in the build up to and including the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the FIH Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The squad boasts an exciting mix of youngsters and experience with the likes of Tim Drummond, Austin Smith and Rassie Pieterse who are joined by first time senior call ups for the of likes of Mustapha Cassiem, Luke Wynford and Chad Futcher.

The squad will be streamlined throughout the next few months and cut to a final Olympic Squad for Tokyo 2020. Although selected in the 45, the hard work will only just be starting as the players below look to secure their spot in Japan.

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Player Name

Province

 

1

Alex Stewart

Western Province

2

Amkelwe Letuka

Northerns Blues

3

Andrew Hobson

Western Province

4

Austin Smith

Western Province

5

Brad Sherwood

Northerns Blues

6

Chad Futcher

Southern Gauteng

7

Charlie Bowren

Western Province

8

Clinton Panther

KZN Raiders

9

Cody van Wyk

Southern Gauteng

10

Connor Beauchamp

Western Province

11

Courtney Hallé

Southern Gauteng

12

Daniel Bell

Western Province

13

Daniel Sibbald

KZN Raiders

14

Dayaan Cassiem

Western Province

15

Erasmus Pieterse

Southern Gauteng

16

Estiaan Kriek

Southern Gauteng

17

Gareth Heyns

Southern Gauteng

18

Gowan Jones

KZN Raiders

19

Ignatius Malgraff

Eastern Province

20

Jared Cass

Northerns Blues

21

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

22

Keenan Horne

Western Province

23

Le-Neal Jackson

Northerns Blues

24

Luke Wynford

SA u21

25

Matthew Brown

Southern Gauteng

26

Matthew De Sousa

KZN Raiders

27

Matthew Guise-Brown

Northerns Blues

28

Miguel Da Graca

Southern Gauteng

29

Mohamed Mea

KZN Raiders

30

Mustapha Cassiem

Western Province

31

Nic Spooner

Southern Gauteng

32

Nqobile Ntuli

Northerns Blues

33

Owen Mvimbi

Southern Gauteng

34

Peabo Lembethe

Northerns Blues

35

Richard Pautz

Southern Gauteng

36

Rusten Abrahams

Southern Gauteng

37

Ryan Crowe

Western Province

38

Ryan Julius

Western Province

39

Sam Mvimbi

Northerns Blues

40

Siya Nolutshungu

KZN Raiders

41

Taine Paton

KZN Raiders

42

Taylor Dart

Southern Gauteng

43

Tevin Kok

Northerns Blues

44

Tim Drummond

KZN Raiders

45

Tyson Dlungwana

Northerns Blues

 

The South African Hockey Association would like to congratulate our technical officials that have been selected for the Tokyo Olympics. This follows an outstanding tradition of high-quality technical officials representing South Africa consistently at the highest stage of the game.

For the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, Marlize de Klerk has been selected as one of the four umpires’ managers, a role she completed superbly at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo event in Stellenbosch last month. Marlize umpired more than 200 international test matches in her career earning the golden whistle and has continued her passion for the game in developing other umpires now. This will be Marlize’s fifth Olympic games.

Michelle Joubert was recently awarded the top umpire in Africa after yet another stellar year on the FIH circuit. Having just recently umpired at the Tokyo test event, Michelle will be keen to get back to Japan for the main event. Michelle is another umpire who has earned the golden whistle for more than 100 caps including the Olympic Games Final in Rio in 2016. This will be Michelle’s third Olympic Games.

Annelize Rostron has been an impressive shining light for South African hockey over the past year and impressed with her performances in the FIH Pro League. Having previously umpired at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games, Annelize would be delighted to get the opportunity to add the Olympic Games to her hockey CV.

Peter Wright will join his brother John as an Olympian when he goes to Tokyo. Wright has already joined his brother to have earned the golden whistle and was the reserve umpire in this years FIH Pro League final between Australia and Belgium. He also recently umpired the final of the PAN Am games where Argentina sealed their spot at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Joining the aforementioned quartet will also be Dr Leigh Gordon as one of the FIH Medical Officers at the tournament, reprising a role she completed at the FIH Vitality Hockey Women’s world Cup in 2018 as well as at the FIH World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg in 2017. It’s another great achievement for the doctor who is also the team doctor for the Rugby Sevens. Another fantastic mark from a South African!

South African Hockey would also like to congratulate our African Neighbours Sarah Bennet (Zimbabwe) and Frank Oti-Mensah (Ghana) on their selection as technical officials for the tournament.

The 2020 Olympic hockey tournaments will be staged in Japan’s capital city from 25 July to 7 August next year.

In another exciting announcement for the South African Hockey Association, Nacsport have been announced as the video analysis sponsor for both the SA U21 Men’s and Women’s teams for the Junior World Cup 2021 Cycle.

Nacsport have a history of working with the biggest brands in sport across the globe including Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC, the Irish RFU, the Scottish Rugby Union, Gloucester Rugby, and the Spanish National Men’s Hockey team to name a few. In terms of the sponsorship, Nacsport will provide video analysis for both the SA U21 sides through the next three years. Nacsport have already been used by national coaching staff Ashlin Freddy, Devon van der Merwe, and Lenise Marais.

Head coach of the SA U21 Men’s team, Neville Rothmann shared his delight at the announcement. “Nacsport offer a world-renowned product. They have been used by the best around the world and we are honoured to be on board with such a quality product. In the modern game video analysis is a critical part of the coaching process and to be able to develop to our objectives this is going to be a massively effective help in that regard!”

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with SA U21 Hockey,” said Chris Freddy, CEO of Video Analysis Africa. “Both U21 teams will be working with our high-performance analysts who’ll be using our top-of-the-range Nacsport Elite software. Our involvement with SA U21 Hockey is part of a longer-term shared vision to improve the match performance of our top hockey players, as they progress from the junior into the senior ranks. The end game is a situation where coaches collaborate more with each other, and player performances are monitored far more closely, to create an environment of performance excellence throughout each player’s hockey career.”

The SA U21 sides are currently in action at the SA Hockey IPT in Bloemfontein.

The South African Hockey Association are saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Jacobs. Alan was a commanding hockey player who was known for his tenacity but almost more vitally for his leadership. It is no coincidence that he passed those on to his son Bruce who ultimately led South Africa to the Beijing Olympics.

Alan’s hockey career started at Mocambo Hockey Club before he later became a founder member of Blackburn Hockey Club, which dominated hockey in the Western Province. Alan captained both his club and province for many years. In 1982 he was selected as vice- captain of the SACOS Hockey team and eventually as captain of the 1988 SACOS hockey team.

Post-unification, Alan was one of the key drivers behind the establishment of the successful Central Hockey Club. Hockey was part and parcel of the Jacobs family. The entire family would support the KC March hockey festivals throughout the country.

As Gary Dolley has said: “Alan was a real role-model to many of us and we salute his contribution to the development of non-racial hockey. A huge thanks to his family for sharing Alan with us. It was indeed an honour and privilege to have played with and against this legend”

Tribute from Charles Smith

I am privileged to have known Alan Jacobs since the nineteen eighties through our involvement with hockey. I am convinced that there are many people that can regale and do justice about Alan's playing career. As years came and went on, I learnt more about his leadership qualities. He became an iconic leader of hockey teams, be it at club, provincial and a national level. Alan was a respected person, His tough leadership qualities with leading from the front had little if any to compare with.

I am fortunate to have remained a friend with Alan, Lilly, Bruce and Jonathan after his retirement. That relationship is of great value to me and certainly too many others. Alan remained a person that you wanted in your life. A confident man. A person you could test your viewpoint against and above all very good human being that enriched our lives. A quiet and reserved giant. The big one has now gone silent, but his memory will live on. A relationship with Alan had tangible benefits. He was always available if you needed conversation, guidance or even social company.

My enduring memory of Alan, the leader, will always be of a person that could listen to the views of others. His memory and spirit will live on with many of us for the rest of our lives. Alan, you may be quiet now, but you left us with a legacy that enriches, that act as guidance and will provide us with many an answer to pertinent questions that confronts us in this life.

Thank you, Lilly, Bruce and Jonathan, for letting us have Alan for so many years. Our friendship with you will continue. We share your grief today and trust that the good Lord will comfort you. Alan will remain the guy with the friendly disposition, the big presence, the wonderful personality and the caring spirit.

Charles Smith 

 

The South African men and Egyptian men locked horns in the final group stage game of the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 competition. The way the results had played out the game was in essence a final.

A packed crowd at the University of Stellenbosch greeted the two teams and they produced a fantastic display of the best of African Hockey. The Egyptians had four penalty corners at the end of the first quarter, but the South African defence managed to repel all four. On the edge of half-time though the Egyptians did take the lead with Ahmed Elganaini reacted first after a rebound and finished into the bottom corner.

South Africa waited for the final quarter before Nicholas Spooner stood up and raised his hand to be the hero. Having scored in the last minute of the FIH Hockey Series Final semi-final to get the South Africans to that final. He popped up again to be the man to count as he netted two quick goals to turn it around. He then popped up with a third after Clinton Panther produced a sensational run but was taken out in a professional foul. Spooner finished the flick to complete a remarkable final hat-trick.

The Egyptians poured forward but found a resolute South African defence and an inspired Rassie Pieterse difficult to break down but did manage a late goal through Ashraf Said as a consolation. The result secured the title for South Africa and the African Hockey spot at the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier in the day Ghana secured themselves the bronze medal in a pulsating encounter with Zimbabwe that set the tone for an incredible final day’s action. Michael Baden opened the scoring with his first in the tournament, but Zimbabwe pulled back through Rangarirai Mungwiniri. The scored remained that way until the second half when the action kicked off. In the 34th minute Johnny Botsio made it 2-1. The last quarter then produced more goals than the opening 3. Elikem Akaba made it 3-1 through a penalty stroke but Zimbabwe kept the game alive with a Gift Chomunorwa field goal. Elikem Akaba made the game safe with a 4-2 lead despite a late Tendayi Maredza penalty corner. For Ghana it meant a satisfying bronze medal after a tough week of hockey.

Kenya avoided the wooden spoon with a 3-1 win over Namibia. The Kenyans goals came through Willis Okeyo, Constant Wakhura and Festus Onyango while Nico Neethling earned a late consolation for the Namibians.

DJ Strauss from Namibia was the goalkeeper of the tournament while Austin Smith won the top goalscorer and player of the tournament double award!

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results – 18 August 2019

Ghana 4-3 Zimbabwe
Namibia 1-3 Kenya
South Africa 3-2 Egypt

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Final Positions

  1. South Africa
  2. Egypt
  3. Ghana
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Kenya
  6. Namibia

Photos - Eunice Visagie

The African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 headed into its penultimate day with the destination of the title winners still uncertain. After four days of action though we now know that the title will either be won by SuperGroup South Africa or Ghana in the Women’s tournament while it’s the age-old battle between South Africa and Egypt in the Men’s tournament.

The day started with Ghana’s women keeping the tournament alive by defeating the ever-improving Namibians 3-0. They scored a goal in each of the first three quarters to win the game that they were never truly in danger of losing. Elizabeth Opoku in the first, Debora Whyte in the second and Ernestina Coffie in the third meant that the 2017 Runners-Up kept the tournament alive to the final day regardless of the South African result against Kenya.

The Namibian and Zimbabwean men played off in a Southern African derby match that could give Zimbabwe a possibility of medalling should they win. With that motivation in check they took the lead through Tony O’Riordan in the 18th minute. The Namibians have been guilty of missing good opportunities in this tournament, but that accusation could not be levelled at them in the 41st minute when South African based star Brynn Cleak restored parity. That parity would not last until the end of the quarter as Gift Chomunorwa made it 2-1 to Zimbabwe. The pair, who could not be split at the FIH Opens Series, were in a similar position this time as Cody van der Merwe got the goal that the performance probably deserved.

Egypt were given an almighty scare in their quest to break the South African defence of the trophy as they found themselves trailing to spirited Ghanaians. Enrest Opoku opened the scoring in the first quarter but the West Africans only held that lead for four minutes before Hossam Ghobran levelled matters. The game looked destined to be all square at the end of the third quarter but a 44th minute penalty corner by Mohamed Ragab breaking the deadlock. Egypt only made the game safe with a late penalty corner from Amr Ibrahim, but the 3-1 result meant that Egypt would go into the final day with destiny in their own hands.

The SuperGroup South African women never really got higher than second gear in a routine victory against Kenya. The Kenyan women were completing their program of fixtures and were hoping to get a victory to confirm a bronze medal at the minimum. Unfortunately, they will now have to wait and see if Namibia can do them a favour after they were beaten 3-0 by the South Africans. The South Africans scored all three goals in the first half before backing off and consolidating the victory. Tarryn Glasby and Erin Hunter got the opening two before Ongi Mali moved to the top of the goal scorers’ charts with the third. South Africa will know a draw against Ghana will confirm another title for Robin van Ginkel’s side.  

The South African men produced a less devastating display than they had in the previous games but secured a 4-0 win against a supremely fired up Kenya. It took South Africa 29 minutes to break the deadlock but when they did Austin Smith produced his most venomous flick of the tournament to score his 9th goal of the event. In the second half Smith added his second before a superb combination between Ryan Julius and Dayaan Cassiem allowed the latter to finish with a trademark scoop. The South Africans made it 4-0 with a late Keenan Horne strike but the Kenyans will be immensely proud of their performance. For the South Africans all eyes will be on the Egyptian game to decide title while Kenya will be looking to get their first win over Namibia.

All the action is broadcast live on the Shoott South Africa Facebook page.

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results – 17 August 2019

(W) – Namibia 0-3 Ghana
(M) – Zimbabwe 2-2 Namibia
(M) – Ghana 1-3 Egypt
(W) – Kenya 0-3 South Africa
(M) – Kenya 0-4 South Africa

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Fixtures – 18 August 2019

(W) – 09:00 – Zimbabwe vs. Namibia
(M) – 11:00 – Zimbabwe vs. Ghana
(M) – 13:00 – Kenya vs. Namibia
(W) – 15:00 – Ghana vs. South Africa
(M) – 17:00 – Egypt vs. South Africa

 

Pictures Eunice Visagie