The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has confirmed that majority of the matches that will be played at the upcoming International Hockey Federation (FIH) men’s Junior World Cup (JWC) will be broadcast live on selected SuperSport channels.

Set to take place in India from 8th to 18th December 2016, the men’s JWC, held every four years, is a spectacle of new talent. The event is the perfect platform for young players to unleash their raw skill onto the international hockey scene. With 16 teams competing for the ultimate prize the men’s JWC is always an exciting event.

Launched at the FIH Congress in 2014, the Hockey Revolution has sparked a new era in hockey worldwide.  The Hockey Revolution is a ten-year strategy for hockey and will pave the way until 2024 – the FIH Centenary.

At the outset of this strategy, five key initiatives were identified to drive the FIH towards its goals. The second initiative is to revolutionise TV production and distribute it far and wide, giving every person on the planet the chance to fall in love with sport.

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA said: “This is a very exciting moment for hockey in South Africa and is a key part of the FIH’s Hockey Revolution strategy. Over the course of the men's JWC, SuperSport will be providing hockey enthusiasts with a world class TV broadcast, bringing fans much closer to all of the action.

“For the 2016 event, 40 of the men’s JWC games, including all of South Africa men’s matches, the semi-finals and the finals will be broadcast live across selected SuperSport channels. We are grateful for SuperSport’s investment and commitment to growing hockey within South Africa.”

Hockey fans across South Africa will be able to watch the following games, via various SuperSport platforms:

Date

Episode

Time

Channel

Status

Thursday, 8 December 2016

New Zealand vs Japan

8:00

SS8

Live

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Germany vs Spain

10:00

SS8

Live

Thursday, 8 December 2016

England vs South Africa

12:00

SS7 only

Live

Thursday, 8 December 2016

India vs Canada

15:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

Belgium vs Egypt

10:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

Spain vs Japan

12:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

New Zealand vs Germany

14:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

Netherlands vs Pakistan

16:30

SS8

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Korea vs Austria

9:30

SS8

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

South Africa vs Canada

11:30

SS6 only

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Argentina vs Australia

13:30

SS8

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

India vs England

19:10

SS8

Delayed

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Germany vs Japan

9:30

SS8

Live

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Belgium vs Netherlands

11:30

SS8

Live

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Pakistan vs Egypt

13:30

SS8

Live

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Spain vs New Zealand

15:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

Korea vs Argentina

10:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

Netherlands vs Egypt

12:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

Pakistan vs Belgium

14:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

South Africa vs India

16:30

SS7 only

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 1

8:45

SS7's

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 2

11:00

SS7's

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 3

13:15

SS7's

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 4

15:30

SS7's

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 1

8:45

SS8

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 2

11:00

SS8

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 3

13:15

SS8

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 4

15:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Playoff Match 5

8:45

SS8

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Playoff Match 6

11:00

SS8

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Semi Final 1

13:15

SS7's

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Semi Final 2

15:30

SS7's

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

15th/16 Place

8:45

SS8

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

13th/14 Place

11:00

SS8

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

11th/12th Place

13:15

SS8

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

9th/10th Place

19:00

SS8

Delayed

Sunday, 18 December 2016

7th/8th Place

8:45

SS7's

Live

Sunday, 18 December 2016

5th/6th Place

11:00

SS7's

Live

Sunday, 18 December 2016

3rd/4th Place

13:15

SS7's

Live

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Final

15:30

SS7's

Live

Five new Ordinary Board Members were elected to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Executive Board at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

All five candidates were elected following the election of new FIH President Dr Narinder Batra from India.

It follows member National Association’s decision to accept FIH Executive Board recommendations to change the gender structure of the Board which sees four men and four women now represented as Ordinary Board Members.

Danae Andrada from Uruguay, a Pan-American Hockey Federation Executive Board Director, President of Uruguayan Hockey Federation and Director of the Uruguayan Sports Confederation, was the first of two female positions to be elected.

Zambia’s Hazel Kennedy, was the other. The Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia; President of the Zambia Hockey Association and former Executive Board Member of the African Hockey Federation defeated outgoing Executive Board Member Sue Catton (England) in the second ballot for the remaining position.

Delegates were then asked to vote on three vacant positions for the men’s positions following the election of Dr Batra as President.

Macau’s Tayyab Ikram, a member of the International Olympic Committee Sport and Active Society Commission, CEO of the Asian Hockey Federation and Secretary General of Macau Hockey Association, was the first to be elected.

He was joined by President of the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB), Member of the FIH Risk and Compliance Committee and Board Member of Topsport Amsterdam, Erik Cornelissen of the Netherlands.

 

The third candidate to be elected was former FIH Athletes’ Committee Chair and Olympic gold medallist Michael Green from Germany. He takes over the remaining two years of Dr Batra’s term as an Ordinary Member following the latter’s election as President while all others elected will be in office for four years.

The new Board Members join the FIH President Dr Narinder Batra, CEO Kelly Fairweather, Continental Presidents Seif El Dine Ahmed (Africa); HRH Prince Abdullah Shah (Asia); Marijke Fleuren (Europe); Pam Elgar (Oceania) and Alberto Budeisky (Pan-America), Ordinary Board Members Marc Coudron (Belgium); Maureen Craig-Rousseau (Trinidad and Tobago) and Pamela Stuper (USA), as well as Joint-Chair of the FIH Athletes’ Committee Annie Panter.

India’s Dr Narinder Batra was elected as International Hockey Federation (FIH) President at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He is the first Indian to be elected President of an Olympic Sport's international governing body. His four-year term begins immediately, replacing predecessor Leandro Negre from Spain who was last night awarded the title of President of Honour by the FIH.

As President, Batra will be tasked with leading the sport through the next phase of the FIH’s 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy. A key part of this will be the delivery of the new Event Portfolio which begins in 2019.

Batra, who was until earlier an Ordinary Member of the FIH Executive Board, received 68 votes to defeat fellow presidential candidates David Balbrinie from Ireland (29 votes) and Australia's Ken Read (13 votes). Eight National Associations abstained from voting.

Besides his work with the FIH, Batra has been at the heart of hockey development in India. He has been a highly active member of Hockey India since he took up post as Treasurer in 2009. A year later, he became Secretary General and was elected as President of the National Association in 2014.

He has also worked closely with the Indian Olympic Association and was instrumental in the Indian Olympic Association being reinstated by the International Olympic Committee in 2013-14. Batra is also Chairman of the Hockey India League, the franchised league which is now entering its fifth season and which is doing much to raise the profile of hockey in India and the wider international hockey community.

His appointment as President frees up a position on the FIH Executive Board, which will be voted on later today. Batra’s successor on the Board will take up the position for the remainder of his previous two-year term, until 2018.

The new President will work very closely with outgoing CEO Kelly Fairweather over the next few weeks before the latter’s departure in early December. He will then continue to work with interim CEO David Luckes, FIH Director of Sport, before incoming CEO Jason McCracken officially takes up his new role on 1 February 2017.

Both men’s and women’s hockey broke into new territory in Randburg in September 2016 as the inaugural Premier Hockey League began what most involved feel will be a revolution in the game in South Africa.

 The Milo Maropeng Cavemen and the Nestle Pure Life Blyde River Bunters emerged triumphant on 25th September 2016 in gripping finals as the Department of Sport and Recreation backed event came to an end. Six men’s and six women’s teams, playing as franchises that are 100% owned by the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) after a draft system, played each other once in a league stage before the top four teams progressed to the semi-finals, followed by the grand finals.

 “It was a definite success and something different for local hockey. To play with young and experienced players all in the same team and from all different provinces, was amazing. Nobody knew each other at first, but if you’re a top hockey player then you need to adapt. The same applies to having different coaches – a lot of our players had never played under coach Lindsey Wright before,” said the captain of the Nestle Pure Life Blyde River Bunters, Nicolene Terblanche, who is also the national women’s captain.

 “The PHL was a great success, just ask any of the players and they’ll tell you they wish they were doing this for the last few years. It was well-organised and thanks to SuperSport, the players had the experience of playing on TV and being able to use the video referral system. The only time we’ve had that before has been in international hockey and not a lot of players get to do that. For 16-year-olds, this incredible tournament meant they learnt a lot,” Terblanche added.

 “The first season has been really inspirational and a lot of people watched the TV coverage on SuperSport. The PHL is what hockey needs and it was exciting to see it on TV. I hope the tournament grows as it’s the foundation of our future hockey and an opportunity for the national selectors to see more players. Additionally, they got to see a lot of games at good intensity and pressure. It’s one of the best tournaments I’ve played in,” said the captain of the Milo Maropeng Cavemen, Rassie Pieterse.

 The veteran Southern Gauteng goalkeeper has played all over the world and won many tournaments, but he said the sheer elation of some of the Cavemen team when they were handed their gold medals brought home another great benefit of the PHL.

 “We had a good mix of experience and younger players that bring a lot of energy and that’s important too. For some of the guys from the smaller centres like Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Stellenbosch, Pinetown and East London, it was the first time they’ve ever won a gold medal because they play for minnows. Hopefully they can take knowledge back to their clubs because now they’ve experienced what it takes to win a tournament,” Pieterse said.

 Terblanche was a compelling leader of a very young Bunters side – with an average age of just 21 – and she was similarly inspirational off the field as she handed all the money from her three player of the match awards during the tournament to the fundraising efforts of the national U21 teams as they head off for their junior world cups in India and Chile.

 “I’ve been in their shoes before and know that every cent helps, so I decided to donate all my winnings,” Terblanche humbly said.

 With opportunities for top competition few and far between for South Africa’s leading players, Terblanche was eager for SAHA to persevere with the exciting PHL concept.

 “I really hope this happens every year now. With no major international tournaments for us in 2016, it was absolutely not a nice year for the national players, but then the PHL came along. We all looked forward to it, it was so exciting and the community really got into the swing of it as well with all the posts on Facebook and other social media.

"By putting the PHL on TV, it made sure people were talking about it, whenever I went back to the office, my colleagues would ask me about the tournament. So it’s been very positive and I know the players that didn’t play this year are very jealous to miss out,” Terblanche said.

In the end consistency triumphed over sporadic form when it came to deciding the men and women’s champions of the inaugural Premier Hockey League (PHL), with the Maropeng Cavemen and Blyde River Bunters emerging with those titles respectively last night.

Going into the final day of the tournament, the Cavemen had done well in all but the penultimate weekend of the competition, where they lost both their games. But they were still considered easily one of the teams to beat in the competition, which they proved by smothering an Addo Elephants side bristling with intent 2-0 in the final.

For their part the Bunters, who had carved a niche for themselves as a team which never knew when they were beaten, changed things up a bit on championship weekend by being a little more aggressive and less dogged in their approach, and they were rewarded with a 3-1 defeat of a game but outfought Madikwe Rangers.

Many expected the Elephants – who had literally caught alight, form-wise, in the third week of the tournament – to be a handful for the Cavemen.

But the men in neon orange struck as early as the second minute through the reliable Cameron McKay, who got on the end of a James Drummond cross to open the scoring. After that the game fell into the kind of cagey approach finals are meant to degenerate into.

Through that period the Elephants, through a venomous shot by Julian Hykes, were trying manfully but keeper Rassie Pieterse was reminding everyone about his qualities.

With the Cavemen also not resting on their laurels, it became a keeper’s kind of night with Matthew Martins also doing his bit to keep the lead slender. But as always in these things something has to give, and unfortunately it was the Elephants who did by conceding their second goal.

Ricky West, a man who’s scored a hat-trick of short corner drag flicks here, again came up with the goods with 10 minutes to go in the match.

One supposes the Elephants needed another electric performance and, after three in three days over the last week, this was one too many.

For their part, the Bunters were as clinical as they were big on desire in their performance against the Rangers. The game frequently saw them soaking up pressure from the Rangers, rabidly defend their line and punish their opponents every time they got into their territory with a goal.

And so in the end it was strikes by Mmamoagi Kungoane, Kaydee Miller and Charne Hill that took them to a 3-0 lead by the 37th minute and left them with the relatively simple job of keeping the Rangers at arm’s length to win the coveted title.

Kungoane’s goal came after a tense first quarter and was courtesy of an attempt at goal by Anel Luus, with the former turning the shot into goal when she was one-on-one with the keeper.

Breaking the deadlock suddenly opened the game into a bit of a free-for-all, with both sides dispensing with the caginess normally associated with finals.

It was during this gung-ho period that the Rangers were caught out by Miller’s goal, whose build-up lay in an Izelle Verster shot which narrowly avoided Luus but found a willing Miller at the far post.

And just as they were still reeling from being competitive in a game but trailing 2-0, the Rangers conceded a third to Hill in the 37th minute. Most frustrating for Rangers was that they’d had their chances but had failed to convert.

To be sure they were half-chances, but in finals winning teams have to make those seem fuller. There was Charne Martell’s narrow miss in the first quarter, Lisa Hawker’s shot, which was blocked on the line by the tigerish Jessica de Bruyn-Smith, and Lisa Deetlefs’ shot, which cannoned of the upright.

Indeed, even when they did score, it was through the Bunters’ Christine Roos turning Martell’s shot into her own net.

Perhaps due to the reputation they’d built of being a team which didn’t know when they were beaten, they knew how to handle a lead as opposing to chasing down.

In the bronze matches, the Garden Route Gazelles had to be content with finishing third after beating the SA Under-21 side, playing here as the Golden Gate Gladiators, 3-1.

The Wings, who have lost a staggering four shootouts in this tournament, finally got some luck in the form of a game that didn’t go into the dreaded shootout, winning their game against the St Lucia Lakers 3-2.

A TRIBUTE TO LOUIS VENTER – A MASSIVE BUT UNASSUMING CONTRIBUTOR TO SOUTH AFRICAN HOCKEY
BY STEVE JASPAN

Louis Venter passed away in Cape Town approximately 2 weeks ago at age 85 and the Western Province and South African hockey community mourns the death of one of its most loved hockey characters.

My first impression of Louis was him umpiring a premier league hockey game in Johannesburg in 1970.  Whilst his physical stature may not have been as imposing as Granville (Granny) Rolfe, he managed the game with total control. 

Louis had overcome polio in his twenties and surprised doctors by taking on many physical challenges.  He ensured misdemeanors were handled with a quiet warning word or a little dash of humour engendering the respect of players and fellow umpires.  This epitomized Louis and why he was universally respected as a national umpire.  He umpired at SA’s inter-provincial tournament and SA Country Districts from 1964 until the late 70s, after which he became a national umpires selector and in the late 70s had also assumed the mantle of Chairman of Western Province Hockey and a Council Member of the SA Hockey Association.

He had managed provincial teams, coached club teams including the University of Cape Town’s brilliant champion team of the early 70s which produced the likes of Ian Richter and Don Welham, both of whom had celebrated stints in the green and gold.

Louis was also the Technical Delegate (TD) at numerous inter-provincial tournaments not only ensuring that the tournaments ran like clockwork but also helping to nurture a generation of great SA umpires such as Dan Thysse.  He certainly was a major figure in creating the solid base that has made SA Hockey a leader in producing world class umpires.  He probably allowed himself a small chuckle of satisfaction when people asked how a medium sized hockey nation, for so long in the hockey wilderness, punched well above its weight when it came to producing umpires of the highest calibre.

His involvement as Chairman of WP Hockey and as SA Council Member at a very delicate time required diplomacy and skilled administration as he and other hockey stalwarts such as Dave Metter, Froggy Miot and John Marquard piloted the hockey boat through the very choppy waters of the despised apartheid era.

In the late 70s Louis’ wonderful wife, Lorraine, became Secretary of WP Hockey (probably a first in SA Men’s Hockey) and the husband and wife combination together with other superb administrators ensured WP hockey administration was at the forefront and the envy of other provinces. Tournaments such as the IPT at Milnerton and many more were a joy to attend.  Prior to the advent of artificial surfaces, he had identified the importance of indoor hockey in developing skills; as a development tool and a game of sheer fun and he ensured that the hosting of tournaments in Cape Town often included European Teams, a precursor to this common practice nowadays.  He also edited and produced SA Hockey’s first magazine entitled “Whistle Happy” and it brings back myriad memories to page through one of the back numbers of the magazine – nowadays a hockey collector’s item.  This means of communication and constructive criticism extrapolated into the digital age would be a revelation!

He shared many hours of fun,friendship and humour with another great hockey stalwart, Vic de Mink, and these two epitomized the camaraderie of hockey.

When we measure the impact a person has made it is often seen in the love and respect with which his peers hold him.

Whether it be fellow umpires and selectors such as Bobby Gagel and Graham Loudon-Carter, fellow administrators such as Don Perry, journalists such as Iain Cameron-Strange, players such as Ian Richter and Don Welham, we all have wonderful memories and anecdotes of Louis – a warm, generous, kind, loyal and courageous person and friend.

He was acknowledged formally by SA Hockey when he became an Honorary Life Vice-President of SA Hockey-fitting acknowledgement for his herculean efforts.  A very successful businessman, he loved and cherished his family and his beloved wife, Lorraine and son, Raoul were the light of his life.  Our thoughts are with them in these sad days.

The Western Province and South African hockey community were very fortunate that this man who overcame adversity, loved his parallel unpaid career in hockey, second only to his family.

That’s why our hockey scene is so much the richer and why all who had spent quality time with him felt he had enriched their lives.

A GIANT AMONGST HOCKEY MEN – A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN VICTOR EDWARDS

(1936-2016)

BY STEVE JASPAN

The news of the death of Brian Edwards has sent shock waves through the South African hockey community.

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The SA Hockey family is sadden to hear about the passing away of SAHA ‘s Honorary Life Member Mr Brian Edwards this morning.

Brian was fondly known as “Puffy” within his close knit hockey community in the KZN Inland area, a name that became widely adopted by all who knew him.  It is with great sadness that we convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

 

Until we meet again Puffy, may your soul rest in eternal peace.

The PHL has confirmed its official list of team sponsors for the inaugural event, which gets underway at the Randburg Astro, this Saturday, 3rd September 2016.

Alongside Grays and Tsogo Sun, who are the official technical apparel and hotel partners of SAHA respectively, ten other brands are involved in the inaugural event – as sponsors of individual teams.

“We are delighted by the number of brands that have bought into our vision for this new elite hockey event. The most exciting aspect is the mix of sponsors – FMCG, online property retail, medical and personal grooming brands all feature prominently. It shows the diverse audience that hockey in South Africa attracts and bodes very well for the future.” said Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA.

The confirmed list of team sponsors (and the teams they are sponsoring) is as follows: 

Women’s Teams:

Sponsor Brand

PHL Team

Nestle Pure Life

Blyde River Bunters

Ezee Tile

Madikwe Rangers

Lip Ice

Namaqualand Daisies

Clinix

Orange River Rafters

Young Solutions

St Lucia Lakers

Private Property

Wineland Wings

Men’s Teams:

Sponsor Brand

PHL Team

Everysun

Addo Elephants

Tsogo Sun

Drakensberg Dragons

Schick

Garden Route Gazelles

Private Property

Golden Gate Gladiators

Greenfields

Mapungwe Mambas

Milo

Maropeng Cavemen

On Monday it was announced that SuperSport had concluded an exclusive five year deal to broadcast selected matches from the PHL. For the 2016 event, 24 of the 40 PHL games, including all semi-finals and both finals, will be broadcast live across all SuperSport platforms, including television, mobile and online – throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. A further eight PHL games will be streamed exclusively live via the SuperSport website and will be repeated, on a delayed basis, on selected SuperSport broadcast channels.

Thanks to support and investment from the Department of Sport & Recreation, the inaugural PHL event will be hosted at the Randburg Astro, Johannesburg and will consist of both a men’s and women’s league that will run over four weekend’s – from Saturday 3rd September to Sunday 25th September 2016 (inclusive).

The PHL forms a key part of the SAHA high performance pipeline which is aimed at better equipping our national men’s and women’s teams for international competition in future. To this end the PHL will be the very first Hockey League in the world where all the women participating will be paid to play the game.

How the PHL Works:

The inaugural event consists of six men’s teams and six women’s teams, respectively, playing in two gender based competitions. These teams are all franchise teams that are 100% owned by SAHA.

The team identities have been inspired by famous tourist areas in South Africa and are representative of all nine Provinces. In 2016, two of the twelve participating teams will be the SA u21 Men’s and SA u21 Women’s National teams, respectively. This is to prepare our national age group teams for the FIH Junior World Cups which take place later this year. The SA u21 Men’s team will play as the Private Property Golden Gate Gladiators and the SA u21 Women’s team will play as the Lip Ice Namaqualand Daisies.

Event Structure and Format:

The event consists of a league stage and a play-off stage where each team will play each other once in the league stage. This means each team will play five games.

At the end of the league stage, the teams who finish fifth and sixth in the log, will have a play-off to determine who places fifth and sixth in league. The top four teams

in the log will progress to the semi-finals. The losing semi-finalists will play-off for third and fourth respectively and the winning semi-finalists will progress to the finals of the men’s and women’s competitions.

For more information about the PHL, please visit: www.premierhockeyleague.co.za 

The national men’s and women’s teams may not have been competing on the field, but tremendous honour and respect still came out of the Olympic Games for South African hockey thanks to the outstanding efforts of their officials.

That South African umpires are at the very top of the game was confirmed by John Wright and Michelle Joubert being appointed to handle the respective men’s and women’s finals.

For Wright, it capped a stellar career as it was the fifth Olympic Games he has officiated in and the second time he has been awarded the final, on what is likely to be his last umpiring stint at the global sporting showpiece.

“I was very pleased with the way things went, the Olympic Games has been the pinnacle of my career and it was a lovely way to end off. I’m very grateful that I have been given all the opportunity I could ever have wanted,” Wright said.

“It was a wonderful experience and I’m just so grateful for all the kind words and support from back home,” Joubert said. “It was a dream come true, just so exciting and I had a perfect time in Rio with so many happy memories.”

The experienced Wright had some kind words to say about his colleague as well.

“I believe Michelle is by far the best women’s umpire in the world and she had an exceptional tournament, even though she was battling injury. It did not hamper her in the final though, where she had a 26-year-old co-umpire, and she made a 100% correct call on the penalty stroke. Michelle has really come on leaps and bounds,” Wright said.

Joubert, the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH)’s 2015 Women’s Umpire of the Year, and Wright weren’t the only South Africans to feature in an Olympic hockey final as Deon Nel was the men’s video umpire.

Behind the scenes, Sheila Brown was the women’s tournament director and Marelize de Klerk the umpires’ manager.

A former umpire herself who was ranked number one in the world and was the first woman to officiate in 200 internationals, De Klerk blew in three Olympic Games from 2000-2008 before retiring in 2011 and becoming an umpires coach and recently a manager.

Brown is a stalwart of South African hockey and a veteran technical official and leading administrator. Her appointment was one of the highest honours in hockey and an enormous responsibility as the final authority at the event.

Brown, a colonel in crime intelligence, made her international debut as a judge in 1996 and was tournament director of the All-Africa Games in 2003. Since then she has been in charge of two World Cups. Brown was the assistant tournament director at both the Beijing and London Olympic Games.

Former national captain Marsha Cox nee Marescia may no longer be active as a player, but she was in Rio de Janeiro bringing over 300 international caps worth of experience to her new roles as a member of the appeal jury and the FIH’s athletes’ commission.