Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has today revealed the match schedule of the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup Spain & Netherlands2022 (1-17 July).

The opening match of the 15th edition of the most prestigious event in women’s hockey - alongside the Olympics – will see hosts Spain taking on Canada on 1 July 2022 in Terrassa, Spain.

Matches in Amsterdam, Netherlands – co-hosting the tournament with Spain – will start on the next day (2 July) with New Zealand playing China.

Terrasa Olympic Stadium and Wagener Stadium will host Pool matches, cross-overs, classification matches and quarter-finals, with Terrassa – which welcomed the Olympic hockey tournaments in 1992 – hosting the semi-finals, the match for the 3rd place and the final.

Another major milestone is coming to life today with the start of the ticket sales! Tickets will be sold via the following online ticketing platforms:

Fans are encouraged to book early!

16 teams are in the race to be crowned World Champions. The draw to define the Pools was done on 17 February in Terrassa, at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia:

Pool A: Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Chile 
Pool B: England, New Zealand, India, China 
Pool C: Argentina, Spain, Korea, Canada 
Pool D: Australia, Belgium, Japan, South Africa 

Furthermore, the tournament’s mascot was revealed at the draw ceremony. This lovely dragon symbolizes the values of women in Hockey: passion, strength, wisdom, change, courage, vitality, protection and majesty. 

All hockey fans around the world are invited to suggest a name for the mascot through a contest running until 18 March. The chosen name will be revealed on 23 March. The voting platform link is: https://bit.ly/WorldCupMascot   

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The SPAR Indoor Hockey Test Series has flown past in the blink of an eye and just like that it concluded tonight in Dublin in front of a fantastic crowd, with the sound a welcome resonation in the ears of the players.

In an entertaining opening quarter, it was the Irish who struck first when Mikayla Power took an early free hit, caught the South Africans napping and then showed experience beyond her years as she shaped to fire across goal only to fire it straight into the near post and the home crowd gave the appreciation the moment deserved.

The South Africans have shown their class throughout the tournament and showed no panic as they slowly asserted themselves into the game. They were rewarded for their endeavour with a penalty corner from which Jess Lardant restored parity. The opening quarter finishing level, which was an appropriate reflection on the opening exchanges.

If their leveller could be labelled tenacity, the go-ahead goal for the South Africans should simply be entitled clinical precision. Jess O’Connor fired a pinpoint long ball to Eloise Walters, who showed an experienced head to touch it off superbly to Edith Molikoe. The Olympian took the chance like a seasoned veteran and the African visitors had the lead.

After some good possession from Ireland, it was the South Africans who added the next. Robyn Johnson reacted quickest and set the ball up for Tamlyn Kock who finished to earn her first International Goal! The timing of the goal was a sucker punch for the Irish as the hooter to end the third quarter sounded shortly afterwards.

Ireland took the brave approach in the final quarter as they started with the six out field players. They would have to be awake to the South African counterattack, but they started creating chances as the extra player proved helpful in attack. But for the Irish a moment of quick thinking caught them napping and as Kayla de Waal was about to net into an empty goal she was taken out and awarded a penalty stroke. De Waal stepped up to take the stroke but surprisingly she fired it wide.

Ireland continued their superb defensive display when South Africa won a penalty corner and Amy Benson charged it down superbly. But the lack of a keeper was telling, and Edith Molikoe showed exactly how its done as she took the ball into the D and lifted it into the empty net.

Ireland continued to look for a consolation and were unfortunate not to turn their opportunities into goal as they met the wall of the South African defence. There would be no late goalscoring and the match would end 4-1 with the series ending 4-1 too.

Once again, we would like to thank SPAR for their tremendous support of the South African Indoor Hockey Women!

SPAR Indoor Hockey Test Series – Results

Test 1- Ireland 3-2 South Africa
Test 2- Ireland 3-5 South Africa
Test 3- Ireland 0-1 South Africa
Test 4- Ireland 1-3 South Africa
Test 5- Ireland 1-4 South Africa

South Africa win the series 4-1

The following opportunities are available for the South African Womens Hockey Team

The application form to be submitted with your cv can be found here

Please note the full job spec for the Head Coach is below, with the additional support roles detailed further down. 

 

A super start from the Ghanaians to take an early lead was not enough as the South Africans surged to a wonderful come from behind victory to seal their 7th consecutive African Cup of Nations and have confirmed their qualification for the FIH Hockey World Cup as a result.

In front of a passionate home crowd, South Africa had the first opportunity of the final after sustained pressure resulted in a penalty corner. Ghana was crowing in front of a large home crowd and rewarded their fans with a penalty corner. The shot came back off the post before a goal-line melee resulted in a penalty stroke for Ghana. Despite a superb diving save from Phumelela Mbande the ball bundled in off the post and gave the hosts an early lead! Elizabeth Opuku netting her fifth of the tournament in her 51st test for her country. Despite great defensive efforts by the hosts, South Africa pulled level with Charne Maddocks firing in a shot that was deflected in by the defender leaving Azumah no chance in goals.

Ghana was playing spoil superbly in the middle of the park and were the closest to breaking the deadlock when Martha Safoa created space but fired wide, when she probably would have felt that she could have hit the target at least. However South Africa did create the next chance, but it was well saved by Azumah before South Africa were awarded a penalty corner. From the Quanita Bobbs shot Azumah saved but unfortunately for Ghana Kristen Paton was the only player awake and finished calmly to give the defending champions the lead for the first time.

It was almost a lead that they doubled just a minute later when Marizen Marais had a shot that was saved. The South Africans were getting the upper hand and starting to dominate in the middle of the park. But Ghana managed to withhold the pressure and created two of their own penalty corners before the break, without converting either. 2-1 at the break.

The second half had a great amount of tension about it, with umpires doing their best to keep players on the park. South Africa had two early penalty corners but were unable to take advantage of them, while exciting running from Nicky Veto looked like it could have resulted in something more, but Ghana was defending incredibly well. Despite a couple of cards being shown there was no further goal scoring activity and the third quarter finished without a change in the score line.

The game was eagerly waiting for a major spark moment, which Quanita Bobbs looked to create space in the middle of the park, but the South Africans weren’t finding the connections that they were hoping for. Ghana did fashion an opportunity for themselves six minutes in but Mbande made the save from the Koffi snapshot. A minute later a great ball into the circle was dying for a deflection but nobody was able to get the pivotal touch as the game remained on a knifes edge.

Ghana were awarded a penalty corner with 6 minutes remaining to the jubilation of the crowd. But yet again the big opportunity was wasted after a mis-trap. South Africa then went up the other side and were awarded a penalty corner. The shot from Stephanie Botha struck the Ghanaian defender on the line and it was a stroke for South Africa. Lilian du Plessis stood up and finished it superbly to put a firm green and gold hand on the trophy.

The goal scorer then had the chance to put the rubber stamp on it, but du Plessis fired it over the top. It wouldn’t matter though as the clock ran down and the South Africans were confirmed as the champions of Africa once again!

African Hockey Cup of Nations 2022 – Final Standings

  1. South Africa
  2. Ghana
  3. Kenya
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Nigeria
  6. Namibia
  7. Zambia
  8. Uganda

South Africa and Kenya met in Ghana for a semi-final battle that would decide one of the two places in the 2022 African Hockey Cup of Nations final. The two sides last met in Stellenbosch in 2019 at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo, where the South Africans won 3-0. The South Africans had added support from South African High Commissioner to Ghana Her Excellency Grace Jeanet Mason, who greeted teams at the Stadium before the match got underway. Her Excellency was joined by SA Hockey President and Vice-President Deon Morgan and Lwandile Simelane respectively.

The Southern Africans started the better side, but Kenya quickly looked to gain a foothold in the game. It was a fairly tentative opening as the two sides were both keen to not make a mistake and give the other team the foothold in the game. Despite both sides best efforts, the opening quarter ended goalless.

South Africa were raising the efforts and they were rewarded with two penalty corners. The second of which would prove pivotal. A good injection was stopped on the challenging surface and Quanita Bobbs showed the form that she showed at the recent IPT for Western Province firing home a low hard drag flick that delighted the South Africans. The game remained 1-0 at half-time with both sides looking to land the next blow.

Unfortunately for the Kenyans it was the South Africans who landed the blow that ripped the sails for the Kenyans. Tarryn Lombard, fresh from her first international hat-trick, made it 2-0 and put South Africa’s first foot into the final.

Despite a tremendous challenge by the Kenyans Including two late penalty corners, they could find no joy and were given a late sucker punch by the South Africans who netted twice through Charne Maddocks and Lombard again to seal the game 4-0.

For the South Africans, there eyes now move to the next semi-final to see who they will compete against on Sunday to decide the African spot at the FIH Hockey World Cup in June this year. Inky Zondi’s team will sleep well tonight knowing they are just one hurdle away from heading back to World Cup again.

AFCON 2022 – Semi-Final Result

South Africa 4-0 Kenya

The South African women’s hockey team had already qualified for the semi-finals having scored 9 unanswered goals in the tournament, but they were looking to step up their cutting edge in front of goal in todays final Pool A match against Uganda. They were also looking to celebrate Tarryn Lombard’s 50th game in style.

They produced a clinical opening quarter of the game with some beautiful symmetry to the timing of their goals. They scored 4 goals, each split by three minutes to lead the opening quarter 4-0. Tarryn Lombard opened the scoring in the 6th minute to start her 50th test on a high and she was joined on the scoresheet by Tegan Fourie, Shirndre-Lee Simmons (With her first international goal) and Lilian du Plessis.

Despite their ongoing domination the South Africans were disappointed that they failed to add to the scoresheet in the second quarter, although Uganda will be proud of the defensive effort, they put in to keep the score at 4-0 at the half time break

They could do nothing to stop the South Africans though as Quanita Bobbs made it 5-0 before Lilian du Plessis scored her 38th career goal at African Continental Tournaments. The apt cherry on the cake though came in the final quarter when Tarryn Lombard added her 2nd, 3rd and 4th goals in an incredibly memorable game for her. Bernadette Coston got her own goal as well to take South Africa into double figures, the first to do so at this tournament.

Inky Zondi, Head Coach of the SA Women:

“We played very well today and nice to score some goals. Uganda plays with tremendous spirit and it’s a really great addition to the tournament to have them here. From here we focus on the semi-final tomorrow!”

The South Africans next take on Kenya in the Semi-Final tomorrow 17;45 South African time, while the second semi-final will see Ghana take on Zimbabwe straight afterwards.

AFCON 2022 – Day 4 Results Women

Pool A
South Africa 10-0 Uganda
Zimbabwe 1-1 Namibia

Pool B
Ghana 4-0 Zambia
Nigeria 1-2 Kenya

South Africa took on their Southern African counterparts Namibia on day 2 of the 2022 African Cup of Nations in Accra, Ghana. With both sides having won their opening games, a victory for the South Africans would secure a semi-final spot thanks to Zimbabwe’s victory over Uganda.

South Africa started the game with good determination and looked more settled on the pitch after struggling in their opening match. Lilian du Plessis put the South Africans ahead as she continues a remarkable goal scoring record at the Continental Championship.

The South Africans were made to toil for their second, which eventually came from a penalty corner which was not cleared. Stephanie Botha reacted first and with a low shot fired her first International Goal into the bottom right corner.

As coach Inky Zondi was preparing his half time talk, he had to probably change a few sentences though when Tarryn Lombard added the third for South Africa, her second of the tournament and put a bit of gloss onto the scoreboard at the break.

South Africa struck the first blow of the second half when Nomnikelo Veto reacted first to a loose ball and assisted Tegan Fourie, who would not miss. 4-0 to the defending champions. If the Namibians were hoping for the barrage to stop, they would be left hopeless as Lombard popped up with a clinical display that gave the Namibians no chance.

It was Nomnikelo Veto who made it six of the best when she finished after Robyn Johnson’s shot was saved from close quarters. Although South Africa were still able to win several penalty corners in the last few minutes of the game they were unable to convert any further opportunities and ultimately the match finished 6-0 to the South Africans.

As a result of the victory, coupled with Zimbabwe’s win, South Africa are now guaranteed of a place in the semi-finals and their quest to qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup continues. The team will still have to finish the group stage when they take on Uganda on Thursday at 19:00 South African Time.

Phumelela Mbande, captain of the South African team, shared her thoughts on the match.

“We were a lot more intentional and ruthless today. We try to improve game on game and our execution was far better. We will continue to learn as we progress through the tournament and look to deliver on our potential!”

AFCON 2022 – Day 2 Results Women

Pool A
South Africa 13-0 Namibia
Zimbabwe 5-0 Uganda

Pool B
Nigeria 2-1 Zambia
Kenya 0-5 Ghana (Kenya Forfeit the game)

 

The South African Women opened their defence of their African title with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Southern African neighbours Zimbabwe. The game which marked both teams opening to the tournament as well as the first game for head coach Inky Zondi, presented as a typical opening game as both teams missed opportunities that they will expect to do better with as the tournament progresses.

The match marked the international debuts for Stephanie Botha, Hanrie Louw, Nomphilo Thenjwayo and Shindre-Lee Simmons. On the other end of the spectrum, it marked the 151st appearance for Bernadette Coston.

The champions started the game the better team and Lilian du Plessis, 2018 African Cup of Nations top goal scorer, opened the scoring with a cool, calm and collected reverse stick finish. There may have been fear that the onslaught was oncoming for the Zimbabweans as Bernadette Coston made it 2-0 with a reactive strike on the back post.

South Africa continued to create numerous circle penetrations but were either denied the goal scoring opportunity by individual errors or a collection of wonderful defence by the Zimbabweans. Jordyn Cripstone and Jenna Mathieson in the Zimbabwean goal were resolute when called on, while the defensive performance of the Zimbabweans would have made Patricia Davies incredibly proud.

Zimbabwe almost pulled a goal back in the final quarter after a rebound from a Phumelela Mbande save was fired narrowly wide. South Africa quickly went back up the other end and won their 10th penalty corner of the game. AS had been the case throughout the game though, the South Africans were unable to convert, rather disappointingly so.

As full time edged closer the South Africans finally put the game to bed. Quanita Bobbs picked up the ball in the middle of the park and surged forward with great purpose before picking the inch perfect pass to Tarryn Lombard. There was no wasting this opportunity for the South Africans as Lombard fired it brutally past Cripstone.

Despite another three penalty corners, the South Africans were unable to add to the score and would have to settle for a 3-0 victory to kick-start their title defence.

Phumelela Mbande shared her thoughts after the game:

"The Zimbabwe ladies came out and gave their best. Its the first game of the tournament, we have to get the cobwebs away and as far as that goes we have achieved what we set out to do. We will build on this game by game and we look forward to the next part of the tournament!"

At the end of Day 1, South Africa and Namibia each have 3 points following their respective victories and the two team meet tomorrow for an opportunity to seal their spot in the semi-finals at this early stage.

African Cup of Nations 2022 – Day 1 Results
Pool A

Namibia 3-0 Uganda
South Africa 3-0 Zimbabwe

Nicole Erasmus, who became a fourth generation Olympian at the Tokyo Olympics, has announced her retirement from International Hockey. Erasmus, who had made herself unavailable for selection before IPT, retires with 52 caps to her name, having reached her 50 at the Tokyo Olympics.

Erasmus was part of the South African U21 side at the Junior World Cup in Germany in 2013 and would make an impact netting four goals as the South Africans finished 8th. Along with a number of her teammates from that tournament, Nicole would go on to represent the senior national side.

She made her debut against Chile in a 4-2 victory at Hartleyvale Stadium. She would go on and score her first and second international goals in the African Hockey Championships in 2015 against Namibia, before adding a third against Zimbabwe. She ends her career with five goals and as an Olympic goal scorer having netted against Great Britain in her 50th test at Tokyo.

Her career spans several major competitions with FIH World League Semi-Final, Commonwealth Games, FIH World Cup and the Olympic Games all on a glittering hockey CV.

Remarkably at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics became the fourth Olympian from her family. All four represented different sports making it more remarkable!

  • Lynne Tasker 1980 Moscow Olympics - swimming
  • Anthony Tasker 1964 Tokyo Olympics - rowing
  • Frank Rushton 1936 Berlin Olympics – hurdles

“It’s been a wonderful honour to represent my country on the global stage. To stand with my teammates and sing the national anthem is a privilege that I will forever be grateful for. As I begin the next phase of my life and develop my career, it is the right time for me to move aside. The talent coming through leaves South African Hockey in a good space, and I am excited to watch from the stands supporting my country. Thank you to all my family and friends who have supported my journey!” shared Erasmus.

SA Hockey CEO Marissa Langeni

“On behalf of the South African Hockey Association I would like to thank Nicole for her fantastic dedication and commitment to the sport. Nicole always carried herself with dignity and can look back on a wonderful career with a great amount of pride! We wish her all the best for future endeavours!”

The African Hockey Cup of Nations takes place in Accra in Ghana from the 17-23 January 2022. The team that finishes top of the tournament will qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup in Spain and Netherlands in July this year.

For the South African side it’s the beginning of a new era as a new coach and a number of retirements gives the team a new look and feel. Centre to their quest to win a seventh successive continental title will be the form of IPT Player of the Tournament Kristen Paton along with the experienced Quanita Bobbs and Bernadette Coston in the middle of the park.

The squad was selected at the recently completed IPT at Hartleyvale in Western Province. The selectors took the opportunity to select a couple of players that will have their opportunity to win their first caps for the country. Nompilo Thenjwayo, Shindre-Lee Simmons and Stephanie Botha all earned the right to pull on the green and gold for the first time, a proud moment for each members family.

The series will see Inky Zondi take charge of the team for the first time, along with assistant coach Lenise Marais.

South African vice captain and flagbearer at the Olympic Games, Phumelela Mbande, shared her thoughts on the squad:

“We are incredibly excited for the announcement and getting the opportunity to go and play in Ghana. We love playing games in Other African countries. This is the start of our process to the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup later in the year, so we want to get off to the perfect start!”

SA Womens Hockey Squad for the African Cup of Nations

Player

Province

Caps

Quanita Bobbs

Western Province

137

Stephanie Botha

Western Province

0

Erin Christie

Southern Gauteng

63

Bernadette Coston

Southern Gauteng

150

Lilian Du Plessis

SPAR KZN Raiders

140

Tegan Fourie

Northern Blues

8

Tarryn Glasby

Western Province

47

Robyn Johnson

Southern Gauteng

23

Lerato Mahole

SA Under 21

5

Ongeziwe Mali

Western Province

15

Marizen Marais

Northern Blues

31

Phumelela Mbande

SPAR KZN Raiders

52

Mmatshepo Modipane

Southern Gauteng

19

Kristen Paton

Southern Gauteng

38

Hannah Pearce

Southern Gauteng

16

Shindre-Lee Simmons

Free State

0

Nompilo Thenjwayo

Southern Gauteng

0

Nomnikelo Veto

Southern Gauteng

21