A clinical display from the Rio silver medallist dashed any hope the South African national men’s hockey team had to qualify for the quarterfinals of the FIH Hockey World League Semi-finals.

Belgium won the last group match of the tournament by beating South Africa 9-1.

Belgium started the scoreboard action after only three minutes when Alexander Hendrickx scored from a penalty corner. The second goal came from field play when Nicolas De Keppel scored.

At halftime the game already turned into a nightmare for the South Africans with five more goals scored in the second chukka. Belgium was leading by 7-0 and still 30 minutes to play. Thomas Briels (2), Sebastien Dockier, Loick Luypaert and Cedric Charlier all got on the scorecard.

Mere minutes into the third chukka Dockier scored again. With just a minute left Belgium scored again to rub the salt in the South African wounds.

Like in all previous games South Africa had some solid build-ups, but never succeeded in scoring from these phases and presses. Plays in the circle from the South African strikers were disappointing.

Matt Guise-Brown finally broke the deadlock for the home team by scoring from a penalty corner. Finally after some 35 minutes the players and supporters had something to smile about.

Belgium won silver at the Rio Olympic Games last year and is currently 5th on the world rankings. South Africa is 15th.

South Africa will now play for 9th place in the tournament.

South Africa’s women team will play against Germany in the quarterfinal on Tuesday at 18:00.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

South Africa’s national women’s hockey team qualified for the quarterfinals of the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals after a dramatic win over the USA.

Two goals from Candice Manual sealed the victory for South Africa after trailing twice in the match to win 3-2. Manual’s second goal gave SA the lead with nine minutes to go. The last few minutes the home crowd went wild to help the team keep that lead despite final attacks from America.

At halftime the score was 1-1. Melissa Gonzalez scored in the 14th minute to give the USA the lead after the first chukka. After brilliant work from Shelley Jones on the counter-attack Jade Mayne made it 1-1 in the 27th minute.

The USA took the lead again with one minute left in the third chukka when Jill Witmer hit the back of the goal-box. Candice Manuel made it all square again after some brilliant work between herself and Bernadette Coston. Less than two minutes later Manual scored again.

With their back against the wall the SA women stepped up big time in the second half. They played with intensity that lacked in previous games.

Sheldon Rostron was a very proud and emotional coach afterwards. “I am really happy. I actually have no words. My heart is pounding like crazy. The team had to dig deep for the victory. We wanted to work some shots at goals and score form it and we did that. We have learnt some lessons and I am excited with what we have achieved today.”

Goal-scorer Manual added: “It is great to score goals and win matches because we live for moments like these. When I score I am really happy and I had to show it!”

Captain Sulette Damons was also a happy camper. “We kept believing we could win even though we went behind twice. I am proud of my team.”

South Africa will play against Germany in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Tomorrow the SA men’s team is up against Belgium at 18:00. Belgium played in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The only way the team can reach the next round is by beating Belgium who is in rampant form.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL 

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

The South African men’s hockey team lost a very frustrating match against its African archenemy, Egypt 2-1.

It was a day of missed opportunities for the home team in the FIH World Hockey League Semi-Finals. South Africa had 13 shots at goal and Egypt only two.

After going scoreless for almost 28 minutes the score was 1-1 at halftime. Egypt scored first with Houssam Ghobran getting the scoreboard going. Less than 30 second later South Africa equalised with Dan Sibbald hitting the back of the goal-box after a brilliant pass from Daniel Bell. It could have been 2-1 for the home team, but Ignatius Malgraff missed a great opportunity earlier in the second chukka.

The third chukka presented South Africa with some brilliant chances to score especially the one from Julian Hykes with an open goal-box, but it was Egypt who took the lead with Ghobran second goal of the match. With 15 minutes left Egypt was leading 2-1.

It was a match in which the South Africans just did not get the basics right. The trapping skills and injections for penalty corners lacked accuracy on the day. The home team had more than enough opportunities to score field goals and from penalty corners – South Africa got eight penalty corners.

South Africa is 15th on the world rankings and Egypt 19th.

Tomorrow the SA women’s team come up against the USA at 16:00. The South Africans need to win this match if they want to stand any chance of advancing to the quarterfinals.

The SA men’s team is up against Belgium on Monday at 18:00. Belgium played in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The only way the team can reach the next round is by beating Belgium who is in rampant form.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey 

The South African national women’s hockey team suffered a devastating loss against Chile in the FIH Hockey World League.

Chile scored the only goal of the match from a great penalty corner variation. Manuela Urroz scored the goal shortly after the start of the second half.

The home team had various chances to score a few goals, but just could not get the ball in the back of the goal-box. South Africa not nearly got to the levels they needed to play at. Some of the players looked a bit flat.

The loss means that South Africans now need to beat America in the last group game if they want to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

South Africa is 13th on the world rankings and Chile 20th.

The SA women’s next game is against the USA on Sunday at 16:00. Tomorrow it is the turn of the SA national men’s team again when the locals come up against Egypt at 16:00. This is a crucial encounter between the African sides, as the looser will probably be eliminated from the tournament.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

South Africa’s Austin Smith scored two goals to celebrate his 150th game for his country.

Despite Smith’s goals South Africa lost 3-4 against Germany in the FIH World Hockey League Semi-Finals.

The home team had a great start to the match by dominating the first chukka with various shots at goal and two penalty corners. It was pretty much the same storyline in the second chukka with South Africa getting multiple penalty corners and shots at goal, but the score-line showed 1-0 to Germany when the halftime hooter sounded. Moritz Trompertz scored with three minutes left after the visiting team did most of the defending for the first 30 minutes of the match.

It was heart breaking for the home team when the Germany’s Niklas Wellen and Matts Grambusch scored mere minutes after the start of the third chukka.

With their fifth penalty corner the South African finally got on the scoreboard in not only the match but also the tournament. Smith hit the back of the goal-box in the 37th minute to finally give the home crowd something to cheer about and celebrate his 150th game for his country.

Smith followed it up with another penalty corner goal and then six minutes later the former captain set up Jonty Ronbinson for SA’s third goal. With four minutes left the score was 3-4 after being 1-4 behind at one stage.

With the crowd already on their feet South Africa got a penalty corner with 55 seconds let, but Germany’s goalkeeper Mark Appel gave his all to save the shot from Smith. “We had a fantastic crowd and what a great honour to have played my 150th game in this environment. I am gutted and disappointed though that we could not pull it through after fighting back so well. I am grateful for the 150 times I could have played for my country. It was difficult to be down, but respect to the team to keep their heads up and keep fighting,” said Smith.

Jethro Eustice added: “It was great when the crowd got involved in the final 10 minutes. And we almost pulled a sneaky equaliser at the end. After the Ireland match we spoke about keeping up the energy despite the score-line and we managed to do that today.”

South Africa is ranked 15th on the world rankings. Germany is 3rd and also won bronze at the Rio Games last year.

Tim Drummond and his men will be in action on Saturday again this time coming up against Egypt at 16:00. The SA women’s next match is on Friday against Chile at 14:00.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

Two goals in the last chukka for Argentina secured the victory for the third best team in the world over South Africa in the FIH World Hockey League Semi-Finals.

Argentina won 3-1 after being behind at halftime. The two goals in the last chukka were scored by captain Delfina Merino and with three minutes left Florencia Habif sealed the victory.

At halftime South Africa was leading 1-0 after a great goal from Bernie Coston with some two minutes to go in the second chukka. Coston flicked the ball into the goal-box from a perfect cross, created by Candice Manuel.

With the start of the final chukka the scores were square at 1-1 after a penalty shot from Noel Barrionuevo.

South Africa is 13th on the world rankings and Argentina 3rd.

South Africa’s next match is on Friday against Chile at 14:00. The SA men will be in action on Thursday at 18:00 against Germany.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport.

Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

  • Late penalty stroke from Mark Knowles gives Kookaburras victory over impressive France
  • New Zealand’s Black Sticks & Belgium’s Red Lions end the day at top of pools
  • Race for Hockey World League Final and Hockey World Cup 2018 continues

Johannesburg, South Africa: Reigning men’s World Cup and Hockey World League title holders Australia were given a real scare by qualifiers France on Day 4 of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, currently being played at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

The day’s play began and ended in Pool B, with Germany (FIH Hero World Ranking: 3) taking a 5-0 win over Egypt (WR: 19) before Belgium (WR: 9) defeated Ireland (WR: 5) 6-2 to claim their second win of the competition and move clear at the top of the standings.

Germany were slow starters against an Egypt side that showed significant improvement from their 10-0 loss to Belgium on the opening day of the men’s competition. Egypt kept the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallists off the score-sheet until the 23rd minute, when Marco Miltkau netted before a Tom Grambusch penalty corner took the score to 2-0 ahead of half time. Dieter Linnekogel, Jonas Gomoll and Timm Herzbruch all contributed as Die Honamas emerged comfortable 5-0 winners. 

“The first half was not very good for us, especially in our structure but in the second half we took our chances so 5-0 is a good result for us”, said Germany goal-scorer Timm Herzbruch before answering a question about his blistering strike that flew into the top left corner. “It was a really good hit, on the volley. I hope in the next game I can also score.”

Belgium’s Red Lions were in imperious form against the Green Machine of Ireland in the day’s final match, with Tom Boon producing a penalty corner masterclass. Ireland took the lead in a closely contested first quarter through Stephen Cole, but second quarter strikes from Simon Gougnard, Cedric Charlier and the first of three penalty corner drag-flicks from Boon gave Belgium a 3-1 lead at half time. A penalty stroke from Loick Luypaert and another two high quality Boon penalty corners took the score to 6-1 before a fine backhand strike from Ireland’s Alan Southern completed the scoring.

“It has been a while since I scored a hat-trick but the corners were working well today”, said Tom Boon after the match. “Ireland are a very good team but when we play like that we have enough in the locker to beat most teams.”

Two Pool A matches took place in between the Pool B fixtures that bookended the day’s play, with World champions Australia (WR: 2) and New Zealand’s Black Sticks (WR: 8) claiming wins against France (WR: 17) and Japan (WR: 16) respectively.

France were outstanding against the illustrious Australians, storming into a 2-0 lead before succumbing to a 3-2 loss. Both of France’s goals came in the first quarter, with Victor Charlet’s blistering penalty corner being doubled by a superb break-away goal finished off by Pieter van Straaten’s fierce slap-shot from the top of the circle. The Kookaburras were rocked, but retained their composure to reduce the arrears through Jake Whetton, who scored from close range in the second quarter.

France’s defence seemed almost uncrackable at times, but eventually Australia levelled when Josh Pollard smashed home a backhand strike from a tight angle with nine minutes to go. Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles scored the winner from the penalty spot two minutes later, although his team had to survive a last gasp penalty corner in order to claim all three points in their opening match of the competition.

“It was a very tough game, there are no easy games”, said Australia Head Coach Colin Batch. “We thought we prepared well for the game against France. We were a bit slow to start, they took advantage of us having too many players forward and they were very good on the defensive.”

New Zealand - who play Australia on Saturday in the Oceania derby match - proved too strong for Japan, winning 3-1 to move top of Pool B. The Black Sticks scored twice in the second quarter against the Samurais, with Jared Panchia and Nic Woods on target. Despite some excellent counter-attacking work from Japan, New Zealand were well worth their lead and added a third thanks to a powerful Stephen Jenness in the third quarter before Hirotaka Zendana scored a consolation goal for Japan. 

"It was a good performance and was nice to get on the board with a penalty corner rebound”, said Jared Panchia post-match. “It is a bit disappointing to concede the late goal, but we played well. We play Australia next and those matches are always a bit special, so we’ll try and make the most of the rest days ahead of that match.”

Wednesday will feature the third day of action in the women’s competition, with eight teams continuing their drive to secure a place in the tournament quarter-finals. India and Chile currently occupy the bottom two positions in Pool B and take to the field at 1200 (South Africa Standard Time / UTC +2), each knowing that a win would boost their chances of reaching the last eight.  At 1400, Pool A opponents Ireland and Poland will contest for their first wins of the competition before Japan and England go head-to-head at 1600. Home favourites South Africa play Argentina at 1800, with the host nation looking to build on their opening day draw with India by claiming victory against one of the world’s best hockey teams.

We will be providing full coverage of the event via www.fih.ch including reports, news stories, event imagery and much more. There will also be 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.
Hashtag: #HWL2017

Hockey World League Semi-Finals - Johannesburg, South Africa

Results - Men
Pool B: Germany 5, Egypt 0.
Pool A: Australia 3, France 2.
Pool A: New Zealand 3, Japan 1.
Pool B: Belgium 6, Ireland 2.


ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Event Media Contact:
Richard Stainthorpe
FIH Media Operations Manager
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+44 7733 322 910

HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE
10 teams will take part in each Semi-Final. They are comprised of the hosts plus five teams who qualify based on their FIH Hero World Ranking and four teams qualified through Hockey World League Round 2 events. In total, 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams will be taking part in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

MEN’S SEMI-FINALS
Men’s Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final, London 2017 (England, 15-25 June 2017):
Event website

Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johannesburg 2017 (South Africa, 9-23 July 2017)
Pool A: Australia, New Zealand; Spain; Japan; France.
Pool B: Germany; Belgium South Africa; Ireland; Egypt.
Tickets here

WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS
Women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final, Brussels 2017 (Belgium, 21 June – 2 July 2017)
Event website

Women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johannesburg 2017 (South Africa, 8-23 July 2017)
Pool A: England; Germany; Japan; Ireland; Poland.
Pool B: Argentina; USA; South Africa; India; Chile.
Tickets here

HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE FINALS
Qualification information here
Women’s Hockey World League Final, Auckland 2017 (New Zealand 17-25 November)
Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final, Bhubaneswar 2017 (India 1-10 December)

HOCKEY WORLD CUPS 2018
Qualification information
Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 (England, 21 July - 5 August)
Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 (India, 28 November- 16 December 2018)

About the International Hockey Federation (FIH)
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the world governing body for the sport of hockey, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1924, FIH today has 137 member National Associations. For more information on the Hockey Revolution, visit: fih.ch/inside-fih/our-strategy

 

 

 

  • Germany edge past Poland while Japan and Ireland draw in Pool A
  • USA overcome Chile in Pool B, moving clear of South Africa & India who draw
  • Race for Hockey World League Final and Hockey World Cup 2018 resumes

Johannesburg, South Africa: Germany and USA both claimed victories on the opening day of the Women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final, making a solid start to their respective pool campaigns in the race to secure World Cup qualification.

The day’s action began in Pool A, where Ireland’s Green Army (FIH Hero World Ranking: 15) produced a high quality display against Japan’s Cherry Blossoms (WR: 11), drawing 1-1 with their higher ranked opponents. The two sides were evenly matched throughout, although it was the Europeans who struck the first blow when Roisin Upton’s penalty corner drag flick rattled the Japanese backboard just before the end of the third quarter. A penalty corner from Shihori Oikawa levelled the scores with nine minutes remaining, ensuring that the points were shared.

“It was an end to end game of hockey and either team could have gone away with all three points,” said Ireland captain Kate Mullan immediately after the game. “From that perspective it would have been nice to take all three points but when you step back and take a look at the rankings it was a good point to get.”

As with the opening game of the competition, Rio 2016 bronze medallists Germany (WR: 7) also waited until the third quarter in their Pool A match against Poland (WR: 18) before breaking the deadlock, with Elisa Gräve forcing home from close range seconds after Camile Nobis hit the frame of the Poland goal. It proved to be the only goal of a game that, in terms of goal-scoring chances, was dominated by Die Danas. However, scoring only one goal proved to be a point of frustration for Germany’s Franzisca Hauke.

“Poland defended really well, it was hard for us”, said Hauke post-match. “‘I’m happy we won, but it wasn’t our best match. We had a lot of chances so we should have scored more goals, but they also had chances so it was a lucky win, I think. We have a lot to improve, but hopefully on Monday we will produce a better performance against Ireland.”

In Pool B, Pan-American rivals USA (WR: 6) and Chile (WR: 20) played out an absorbing contest in which the Americans emerged narrow winners with a 1-0 score-line. Jill Witmer celebrated her 100th senior international appearance with the only goal of the game, although Chile gave a superb showing of themselves and look more than capable of challenging all of their opponents in this pool. “Chile have hugely improved, they were a real threat today”, said USA’s Michelle Vittese after the contest. “I’m pleased to get through it and start the competition with a victory.”

Host nation South Africa (WR: 13) and India (WR: 12) were in action in the final match of the day, with a large contingent of home fans enjoying an entertaining contest despite the scores finishing locked together at 0-0. South Africa arguably had the better of the chances and even had a goal ruled out by the video umpire, but India’s Eves were excellent in defence and deserved their share of the spoils. Although she could not celebrate a win, the experience of the contest left an impression Shelley Jones (formerly Russell). “It was absolutely fantastic to play in front of the home crowd tonight. There was huge roar every time we went forward, which was amazing. It is a good point for us but we want to get as many as we can in the pool phase.”

The action continues on Sunday (9th July) with the start of the men’s competition. In Pool A, New Zealand’s Black Sticks get their competition up and running when they take on Round 2 qualifiers France at 1200 South African Standard Time (UTC +2) before Spain and Japan take to the field at 1400. The Pool B matches begin at 1600 when Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists Belgium take on Egypt before host nation South Africa play Ireland’s Green Machine at 1800.

We will be providing full coverage of the event via www.fih.ch including reports, news stories, event imagery and much more. There will also be 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.
Hashtag: #HWL2017

Hockey World League Semi-Finals - Johannesburg, South Africa

Results - Women
Pool A:Japan 1, Ireland 1.
Pool A: Germany 1, Poland 0.
Pool B: USA 1, Chile 0
Pool B: South Africa 0, India 0

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Event Media Contact:
Richard Stainthorpe
FIH Media Operations Manager
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+44 7733 322 910

HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE
10 teams will take part in each Semi-Final. They are comprised of the hosts plus five teams who qualify based on their FIH Hero World Ranking and four teams qualified through Hockey World League Round 2 events. In total, 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams will be taking part in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

MEN’S SEMI-FINALS
 Men’s Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final, London 2017 (England, 15-25 June 2017):
Event website

Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johannesburg 2017 (South Africa, 9-23 July 2017)
Pool A: Australia, New Zealand; Spain; Japan; France.
Pool B: Germany; Belgium South Africa; Ireland; Egypt.
Tickets here

WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS
Women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final, Brussels 2017 (Belgium, 21 June – 2 July 2017)
Event website

Women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johannesburg 2017 (South Africa, 8-23 July 2017)
Pool A: England; Germany; Japan; Ireland; Poland.
Pool B: Argentina; USA; South Africa; India; Chile.
Tickets here

HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE FINALS
Qualification information here
Women’s Hockey World League Final, Auckland 2017 (New Zealand 17-25 November)
Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final, Bhubaneswar 2017 (India 1-10 December)

HOCKEY WORLD CUPS 2018
Qualification information
Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 (England, 21 July - 5 August)
Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 (India, 28 November- 16 December 2018)

About the International Hockey Federation (FIH)
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the world governing body for the sport of hockey, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1924, FIH today has 137 member National Associations. For more information on the Hockey Revolution, visit: fih.ch/inside-fih/our-strategy

The South African national men’s team lost its first match of the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals on Sunday evening when Ireland beat the host 2-0.

Ireland has lost only one match in 2017 thus far and even though it was a close game all around, the visitors looked very sharp and in control most of the time.

The halftime score was 1-0 to Ireland after a goal by Matthew Nelson in the ninth minute. South Africa ended the second chukka with a flurry of opportunities. In the minutes leading up to halftime the home team got three penalty corners and came very close to scoring, but the Irish goalkeeper David Harte showed why he is known as one of the best keepers in the world.

Shane O’Donoghue scored the second goal for Ireland from a penalty corner. This was probably the big difference on the day: Ireland scored a goal from its three corners, while the South Africans could not convert any of their five penalty corners.

Captain Tim Drummond afterwards said that the team will keep on working to improve all aspects of the game. “It was a tough day, but we did create chances and we can take positives from the match. We pride ourselves on our penalty corners, we do have a really strong battery and we will work on it as always. Our defence is also crucial. It is important to build confidence and keep on improving.”

Drummond added: “We would like to thank the fans for coming out. It really does make a difference and we hope to see them again.”

South Africa conceded some 50 turnovers and Ireland 45. Circle penetrations were also very similar with 25 to 27. South Africa had 51% of the possession.

Ireland, coached by former South Africa national player and last year’s FIH coach of the year Craig Fulton, is ninth on the world rankings and South Africa 15th.

South Africa’s next match is on Thursday against Germany at 18:00. The men are in the same group as Ireland, Germany, Egypt and Belgium.

Saturday the South African women’s team drew 0-0 with India. South Africa is in the same group as Argentina, USA, India and Chile. The SA women’s next game is on Wednesday against Argentina at 18:00.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. 

Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

It’s a revolution, and you’re invited!

FIH and SA Hockey are hosting the Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017 at WITS

HOCKEY CLUB - 8th to 23rd July 2017

  • Early bird tickets available to hockey schools and clubs
  • 20 of the world’s best hockey teams on show

Johannesburg, South Africa: SA Hockey is in the position to offer you, the hockey playing schools, an early bird offer to bring your kids, staff and parents to watch the very best that world hockey has to offer.

Our national men’s and women’s players will have the opportunity to test themselves against the very best in the world of hockey, on home soil. With FIH Hero World Ranking points on offer, it becomes a pivotal event on the hockey calendar for teams wanting to qualify for the 2018 Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 20 of the world’s best men’s and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers between 8-23 July at Wits Hockey Club. With 16 days of non-stop world-class hockey, there’s a number of hugely exciting matches for fans to take in.

In the women’s tournament:

Pool A: England, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Poland.

Pool B: Argentina, USA, South Africa, India, Chile.

In the men’s tournament:

Pool A: Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, France.

Pool B: Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Ireland, Egypt.

We need the support of the schools and the hockey community to make this event BIG, BOLD, PACKED & LOUD. Apart from top quality hockey being played, the event promises a wide range of entertainment for all ages. Artisanal food, beer gardens for the parents, retail therapy for those that need it, live music, meet the players AND entertainment for the kids, we want to host an event that is fan-focused, youthcentric, fresh and an all round fantastic experience.

We will soon be announcing a South African first in the provision of food and beverage services at a sporting event for all 16 days of The Hockey World League Semi-Finals. Say goodbye to the standard chips and boerewors rolls and hello to artisan food stalls and home style dishes. The hardest decision you will face is “Coffee to the right?” or “Hockey to the left?”

Being held at The Wits Education Campus in Parktown, this venue offers spectators free secure parking.

As part of the hockey family, we are offering exclusive school group bookings to schools who wish to make group bookings for their students and broader community. This exclusive offer will allow schools to make group bookings and retain 10% of the total booking fee.

Space is limited! For any queries or to confirm your booking please contact Jamie Chisholm (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the 15th of June 2017.

General Tickets

Adults Students/Scholars

Weekend R75 R50

Week day R50 R30

Finals and Semi Finals

(20th/21st/23rd July)

R100 R50

Tournament Tickets

(Only 500 available)

R425 (This covers all matches)

*Prices include VAT

Ticket information for the public will be announced on FIH.ch on the 4th June 2017 and will go on sale on the 5th June 2017.

With so much on the line, fans will no doubt witness some action-packed matches full of excitement and drama this July. To keep up to date with all the latest news relating to the Hockey World League Semi-Finals over the coming months, visit

FIH.ch and follow FIH and SA Hockey via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

It’s a revolution, and you’re invited!

#HWL2017

#SAHockeyRevolution