Keeping the bigger picture in mind and giving promising youngsters the opportunity to play international hockey is the main focus for the South African men’s hockey team in the current Cape Town Summer Series.

South Africa is playing against Holland and Belgium in this series and all matches are played at Hartleyvale. Holland is the third best team in the world, played in the World Cup final in 2014 and finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games. Belgium is fourth on the world rankings and won the silver medal in Rio. South Africa is currently 15th on the world rankings after not playing international hockey for almost a year. The last time they played against international opposition was during last year’s Summer Series.

The big tournament of this season is the World League during July. This tournament is a World Cup qualifying event. According to Tim Drummond, captain of the men’s team, that is what they are working towards and that the Summer Series is vital in preparation for World League.

In the first two matches of the Summer Series against the Dutch the South African showed some promise, but conceded 13 goals and scored only 3.

“Sunday is a very important game for our squad. It's another opportunity to play one of the top hockey nations in the world which is an incredible chance for us to see if we have grown in our abilities as a collective and individually over the series,” said Drummond.

“We have emphasised our defensive structure as we have conceded a lot of goals, but for me, I would like us to be more positive in our actions to create more scoring opportunities.”

South Africa has chosen a very young squad for the Summer Series with various players from the SA u21 team that finished 10th at the recent World Cup; the best ever showing by a South African u21 team at a Junior World Cup. Some of these players include the captain Alex Stewart, Ryan Julius and Bili Ntuli (who captain the SA u19 team at the Youth Olympics a few years ago where they finished fourth). The 18-year-old Dayaan Cassiem from Bishops also made his debut in this series and Andrew Hobson who matriculated from Paul Roos Gymnasium last year is also in the squad.

“We have a good balance of experience and youth and it's important the younger members play with freedom and play the type hockey which earned them a place in this team. We will be pushing hard for the last game and showing plenty more desire as a squad to get a win against the Dutch on Sunday!” Drummond added.

Sunday’s match is at 18:00. It will be the last game against the Dutch before the matches against Belgium starts.

Both national teams of South Africa will be disappointed with the amount of goals they conceded in their matches on Wednesday in the Cape Town Summer Series.

The South African men lost 7-1 to the Netherlands.

Bili Ntuli almost scored in the first minute of the match, but while the crowd were still wondering about how awesome that goal would have been, the visitors all too soon were leading 2-0. 

The crowd were on their feet again when captain Tim Drummond scored from a penalty corner to make the score 1-2.

Milan van Baal (2), Rik van Kan, Bjorn Kellerman, Mirco Pruijser and Bram van Groesen (2) scored Holland’s goals. Max Caldas’ team played with lots of confidence and structure. They made it all look so easy. This was in contrast to the South Africans who struggled to find rhythm and get going in the attack. They had to defend for most of the match. The players were clearly frustrated and obviously disappointed.

Earlier in the evening the South African women’s team fought a good fight against China. The visiting team won 5-2, but at halftime the score was 1-1 and with only one chukka to go it was 3-2.

There was some discussion between players and umpires after China’s second goal, but no change to the decision was made. South Africa strike back immediately though with a superb goal from Sulette Damons to deal in the best possible way with the disappointment. SA’s first goal was scored from a great turnover. Candice Manuel hit the back of the goal-box.

China’s goals were scored by Bingfeng Gu, Lihua Goa, Xiaoxue Zhang, Xiaomei Sun and Ming Xiao Song.

South Africa will be disappointed with the score-line and the fact that they conceded some soft goals in that final chukka. All in all, Sheldon Rostron’s team did much more right that wrong. They got penalty corners and forced China into a few mistakes. Now the players need to focus on that finishing touches that will turn good play into better opportunities and goals.     

It was a big milestone day for Lillan du Plessis who played in her 100th match for South Africa.

The next matches in the series are tomorrow at 18:00 when the SA women take on Chile. This match is followed by what could be an epic clash between Belgium and the Netherlands. It should be a cracking game between the silver medallists from Rio and third best team in the world. It will be Belgium first game in the Summer Series    

The South African women’s team will head into the rest of 2017 without the calming, stabilising presence of one of their greatest goalkeepers, as Sanani Mangisa announced her retirement from international hockey on Tuesday, 24th January 2017.

The 29-year-old Mangisa is into her 10th year of representing South Africa and has decided the time is right for her to concentrate on her career in the sports industry and helping to create opportunities, similar to the ones she enjoyed, for the next generation.

“I always love the freshness and optimism that comes with a new year and it is with that same freshness and optimism that I have decided to retire from international hockey. On 30th December 2006, I made my debut in Stellenbosch as a young 19-year-old and 10 years on it has been an immense honour to represent South Africa at the highest level.

“However, it’s time for me to focus on some passion projects, making sure other young players have the same opportunities I did and a job that I am enjoying. Hockey chose me and I will forever be grateful,” Mangisa said.

Mangisa thanked the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) and all other stakeholders in the game who have supported her in the last decade.

“Thank you to SAHA for all the opportunities they allowed me to represent my country and wear the Green and Gold. Thank you to the different team-mates I have played with over the years - we shared a common goal and always worked hard towards achieving it. Also, thank you to the coaches and trainers who always challenged me to be better. 

“Thanks too to all the different sponsors, you believed in a girl, long before I believed in myself, and to the media - journalists and broadcasters - that feature hockey, I have to thank you specifically for working endlessly to highlight our sport. I hope everyone keeps supporting women’s sport not just because it’s women’s sport, but because we are breaking moulds and doing some really exciting stuff.

“Furthermore to my family, you have always been the grounding factor. Your support has been immense. Enkosi,” Mangisa said.

The Umtata-born Mangisa leaves the game with rich memories as one of South Africa’s most decorated goalkeepers, having earned 112 international caps and appearing in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the 2014 World Cup and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also represented South Africa at the 2007 Indoor World Cup and played locally for the KZN Midlands Schools, the University of Pretoria and Northerns, before moving to the Wanderers Hockey Club and her current provincial home being Southern Gauteng.

Marissa Langeni, the CEO of SAHA, paid tribute to Mangisa. “We have followed Sanani’s progress over the years and she has truly been a remarkable player, doing an amazing job in goal for South Africa. She enjoyed so many highlights on the field, but she was also a great ambassador for South African hockey. As Sanani likes to say, “I’m just a girl from Mthatha”, I’d like to add she’s just a girl from Mthatha with 112 caps for South Africa who through her own story inspired a new generation of fans for the game.  We wish her all the best,” Langeni said.

In the first few matches in the Cape Town Summer Series the South African hockey teams have shown some good intent and promise.

All the matches in the series are played at Hartleyvale.

The series started last Friday when the South African women played against Chile and got a 3-0 victory, they followed that up with a good showing against China despite losing 2-3. It could have easy been an even closer game with the home team having chances to close the gap.

Various players – Jessica O’Connor, Stephanie Baxter and Kate Koenig - made their international debut for South Africa.

On Sunday the China won a scrappy match against Chile with 2-1.

The score-line of the South African men against the Netherlands is not a fair reflection on the game itself. According to the men’s captain Tim Drummond his team played a competitive match against the third best team in the world. South Africa is currently in 15th place on the world rankings. At one stage the gap was only one goal.

Dayaan Cassiem made his international debut for the men’s team against the Dutch. He is only 18 years old.

Both Belgium’s men and women teams will join the action in the upcoming matches.

For the South African teams this series is a vital part of their build-up to the World League-tournament later in the year. The World League will be a qualifying tournament for next year’s Hockey World Cup.

Results thus far: WOMEN - South Africa 3, Chile 0; China 3, South Africa 2; China 2, Chile 1. MEN – Holland 6, South Africa 2.

Upcoming fixtures: 25 JANUARY – China v SA (w); SA v Holland; 26 JANUARY – SA v Chile (w), Holland v Belgium; 28 JANUARY – China v Chile (w); 29 JANUARY – Belgium v Chile (w), SA v China (w), SA v Holland; 30 JANUARY – SA v Belgium (w); SA v Belgium (m); 1 FEBRUARY – China v Belgium (w), SA v Belgium (m); 2 FEBRUARY – SA v Belgium (m), Belgium v China; 3 FEBRUARY – SA v Belgium (w).

The score of 2-6 does not do justice to the efforts of the South African men's hockey team against the Netherlands in their first match of the Summer Series.

This is the first time in 12 months that the South Africans played international hockey. Holland was fourth at the Olympics and is currently third on the world rankings.

South Africa had good moments and if the players could have managed to sustain this good constructive place for longer periods of time, the score could have been much different. With six minutes remaining the score was 4-2. The last time these two teams played the Dutch won with almost two handfuls of goals.

“It was a positive match for us if you take into consideration that is has been 12 months since our last international series. We did ourselves a good service against a world-class team and played a competitive match. We did let ourselves down with regards to discipline, but it is something we can rectify and comeback better from,” said SA captain Tim Drummond.

The halftime score was 2-0 for the visitors after goals from Thierry Brinkman and Mirco Pruijser. Both goals were scored in the second quarter. The first half was largely dominated by the Netherlands. There were moments of good play by the South Africans, but they could not, like the Netherlands apply it continuously for long periods of time.

Holland's first goal had become after more than three minutes of continual attacks and pressure on the South African defence in the goal circle. The second goal came just a few minutes later.

The home team scored a minute after the start of the third quarter. Jonty Robinson’s goal narrowed the gap to a single goal. Tristan Allegra scored soon after though from a penalty corner to stretch the Dutch lead again. The crowd was on their feet in the 37th minute when Gareth Heyns hit the back of the net for South Africa’s second goal.

The final quarter, however, again belonged to the Netherlands with goals from Bob de Voogd, Jip Janssen and Pruijser.

Drummond and his team would be concerned about the amount of penalty corners they conceded. “It was far too many for sure, but once again we will get better.”

The next match in the series is Wednesday when the South African women's team play against China and the men take on the Netherlands again.

The South African women's hockey team will wonder what might have been after Saturday’s 2-3 lost in the Summer Series against China.

The Summer Series is held in Cape Town and all the matches will be played at Hartleyvale.

Although China is better off, according to the world ranking - China is eighth against South Africa's 13th place - the home team can only blame themselves for the defeat. They will wonder why they battled so much with their passing and why they gave China's dangerous striker Bingfeng Gu a gap the size of a garage door to get China's third goal.

Quanita Bobbs levelled the game with a goal just before halftime after Gu gave China the lead in the first chukka. With the start of the fourth quarter China was leading 3-1. Shelley Russell got a goal after good play from a penalty-corner. In the last five minutes, South Africa really tried to level the score.

According to Bobbs it was one of the windiest days she ever experienced on the hockey field. "It felt like you running with a parachute at your back! However, this is something we cannot control so we can’t let it affect us too much. It did make matters more difficult though. In the first quarter we allowed China to dominate play, but came back with some good play in the second."

Talking about her goal Bobbs said with a big smile: "It's been so long since I scored a goal for my country, that it felt like my first goal again! I was very surprised and happy when the ball hit the back of the goal-box. The timing of the goal was very important. It levelled the score and gave the team confidence at an important stage of the game."

Tomorrow the women teams of China and Chile will face off at 16:00, with the South African men coming up against the third best team in the world, Holland at 18:00. Dutch coach Max Caldas and his men finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games and played in the final of the previous World Cup.

There will be no games on Monday and Tuesday, but the action continues on Wednesday with a double dose of games with SA’s women against China at 18:00 and the second meeting between the men of South Africa and Holland at 20:00.

The South African Women’s hockey team started the Cape Town Summer Series at Hartleyvale with an easy 3-0 victory over Chile on Friday evening.

With four minutes left in the match local Western Province player Illse Davids scored the third and final goal of the game. The halftime score was 2-0 after goals in the last minutes of both chukkas by Marizen Marais and Candice Manuel, also from Cape Town. The crowd really enjoyed the goals from the local players. 

There is quite a gap between South Africa and Chile on the world rankings with SA in 13th place and 23rd place. But it was obvious that the South Africans barely got out of second gear in this encounter. Even though there were not goals in the third chukka it was by far the local team’s most aggressive period of play. The South Africans were desperately looking for goals in the final chukka to give some weight to their performance.

If there is one aspect of play the coach Sheldon Rostron and his players would have been disappointed with it will be the lack of more goals. While Chile barely looked like scoring during this encounter, the South Africans created many chances but did not use nearly all of them.

Against Belgium and China they will have to be sharper and deadlier on attack. But seeing that the team hasn’t played in more some six months it should take a match or two to find its rhythm.

The next game in the series is tomorrow when the SA Women will be in action again, this time they will come up against China at 16:00. The SA Men will start their series on Sunday against Netherland at 18:00. Before that match China and Chile (women) will play at 16:00.

The South African Women’s hockey team started the Cape Town Summer Series at Hartleyvale with an easy 3-0 victory over Chile on Friday evening.

With four minutes left in the match local Western Province player Illse Davids scored the third and final goal of the game. The halftime score was 2-0 after goals in the last minutes of both chukkas by Marizen Marais and Candice Manuel, also from Cape Town. The crowd really enjoyed the goals from the local players. 

There is quite a gap between South Africa and Chile on the world rankings with SA in 13th place and 23rd place. But it was obvious that the South Africans barely got out of second gear in this encounter. Even though there were not goals in the third chukka it was by far the local team’s most aggressive period of play. The South Africans were desperately looking for goals in the final chukka to give some weight to their performance.

If there is one aspect of play the coach Sheldon Rostron and his players would have been disappointed with it will be the lack of more goals. While Chile barely looked like scoring during this encounter, the South Africans created many chances but did not use nearly all of them.

Against Belgium and China they will have to be sharper and deadlier on attack. But seeing that the team hasn’t played in more some six months it should take a match or two to find its rhythm.

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The next game in the series is tomorrow when the SA Women will be in action again, this time they will come up against China at 16:00. The SA Men will start their series on Sunday against Netherland at 18:00. Before that match China and Chile (women) will play at 16:00.

The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has confirmed that the annual Cape Town Summer Series will see action packed men’s and women’s test match hockey taking place at Hartleyvale Stadium in Observatory, Cape Town from 20th January to 3rd February 2017.

The Cape Town Summer Series boasts the participation of international teams which will give our national men’s and women’s hockey teams the opportunity to cross sticks with Netherlands, Chile, Belgium and China.

Tickets to all matches will be available at the gate or at Webtickets. The gates will be open one hour prior to the matches and the cover charge fee will be R50 for adults, R20 for children (between the ages of 10 and 18) and children under-10 are free.

In addition to the event announcement, SAHA have also unveiled that Private Property will yet again be increasing its sponsorship of our national women’s hockey team for the third year running.

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA said: “Hockey season is nearly back upon us and what better way to start things off than with a Summer Series jam packed with international hockey? The Cape Town Summer Series will also provide our national teams a platform to prepare for the Hockey World League, which is set to take place from 8th to 23rd July 2017.

“Furthermore, we are most grateful to Private Property for their continued support for the SA women’s team. We are delighted that they see the potential of our women’s hockey squad and we look forward to working with them on future projects.”

Simon Bray, CEO of Private Property said: "We are privileged and proud to be extending and increasing our sponsorship of our national women’s hockey team for the third year running. We look forward to supporting this inspiring team of ladies on their path to sporting success.

“We appreciate the fact that women play a huge role in all aspects of this country and are by far our biggest audience of property shoppers. The association with young, professional women is a great fit for Private Property.”

Be sure to get down to the astro and see some of the top teams in the world take on our teams in green and gold on the following dates and times: 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Team 1

Time

Pool

Team 2

Chile

18:00

W

South Africa

Saturday, 21 January 2017

South Africa

16:00

W

China

Sunday, 22 January 2017

China

16:00

W

Chile

South Africa

18:00

M

Netherlands

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

China

18:00

W

South Africa

South Africa

20:00

M

Netherlands

Thursday, 26 January 2017

South Africa

18:00

W

Chile

Belgium

20:00

M

Netherlands

Saturday, 28 January 2017

China

16:00

W

Chile

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Belgium

14:00

W

Chile

China

16:00

W

South Africa

South Africa

18:00

M

Netherlands

Monday, 30 January 2017

South Africa

18:00

W

Belgium

Belgium

20:00

M

South Africa

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

China

18:00

W

Belgium

Belgium

20:00

M

South Africa

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Belgium

16:00

M

South Africa

Belgium

18:00

W

China

Friday, 3 February 2017

South Africa

18:00

W

Belgium

A list of the selected SA men’s and women’s squads that will be taking part in the series is as follows:

SA Women

Sanani Mangisa SG

Marelise van Tonder NG

Mmatshepo Modipane NG

Lisa Deetlefs SG

Kara Stella KZN C

Nicolene Terblanch NG

Jessica O’Connor KZN C

Kirsty Adams Boland

Nicole Walraven FS

Quanita  Bobbs WP

Celia Evans NG

Ilse Davids  WP

Shelley Russel SG

Jade Mayne WP

Marizen Marais SG

Stefanie Baxter SG

Sulette Damons NW

Candice Manual WP

Dirkie Chamberlain NG

Bernadette Coston SG

Lilian du Plessis SG

Kate Koening  KZN C

Tarryn Glasby  WP

Toni Marks SG

 

SA Men

Richard Curtis KZN C

Gowan Jones KZN C

Siya Nolutshungu  KZN C

Daniel Bell WP

Robin Jones KZN C

Gareth Heyns SG

Jethro Eustice KZN C

Andrew Hobson  WP

Mohamed Mea KZN C

Tyson Dlungwana SG

Rhett Halkett WP

Alex Stewart WP

Timothy Drummond KZN C

Ryan Julius WP

Reza Rosenberg SG

Matthew De Souza  WP

Taine Paton  KZN C

Jonty Robinson  KZN C

Owen Mvimbi SG

Keenan Horne WP

Ignatius Malgraff EP

Tevon Kok NG

Nqobile Ntuli KZN C

Brandon Panther SG

Che February WP

Dayyan Cassiem  WP

Damian Kimfley KZN C

Richard Pautz NG

 

Ross Hetem KZN C

The CEO of the South African Hockey Association (SAHA),  Marissa Langeni, has confirmed that it has elected three nominees to the positions of president, treasurer as well as an executive board member to the rules, technical and education portfolio. 

The elections took place in early November 2016 at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Langeni stated that the SAHA board positions are split into two election cycles to ensure and promote continuity between each election respectively. In addition, Langeni specified that all three positions had nominees that were uncontested

As a result, Mike du Plessis was re-elected as president; Marq Roberts was re-elected as treasurer and Feico Mulder was newly appointed into the position of rules, technical and education.

Furthermore, Langeni confirmed that the rules, technical and education portfolio has been vacant since the 2014 AGM and having a dedicated executive board member to handle this portfolio will be a huge benefit for SAHA. The portfolio encompasses all matters relating to umpires, technical officials, umpire education, technical officials education and coaching education.

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA said: “I look to the future with great excitement and I'm very confident that we can continue to grow and develop while still keeping our inspiration of the Hockey Revolution at the core of our focus.

“Together, with continued hard work and dedication from all, we can ensure that we progress as an organisation that makes a difference, by committing to grow hockey within South Africa.”