Hockey: team named for Malaysia Tests

2013-06-01 00:00

THE South African Hockey Association has released the names of 22 players who are to participate in the South Africa versus Malaysia Test series, which will take place in Potchefstroom and Johannesburg from next week.

The first three Test matches will take place at the University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom.

The first Test is at 5 pm on June 6, the second at 3 pm on June 8, and the third at 3 pm on June 9.

The final Test will be played at the Randburg Hockey Stadium at 7 pm on June 11.

The SA team will be captained by double Olympian Austin Smith, veteran of 114 Tests, with Western Province team-mate, Rhett Halkett, a London 2012 Olympian, his vice-captain.

Commenting after the announcement, which concluded the five-day national training camp involving 40 players at the University of Johannesburg, South African head coach Charlie Pereira said that the camp had gone very well.

“Technical work was important,” said the former SA player. “We also did speed testing on the players, as well as medical screening.

“The lads also played full matches and mini games. After this workload, the players were exhausted and we tapered off to avoid the risk of injury.”

The South African team

Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Jacque le Roux (Western Province), Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders), Austin Smith (WP, captain), Francois Pretorius (Northern Blues), Ashlin Freddy (WP), Rhett Halkett (WP, vice-captain), Ricky West (SG), Lance Louw (SG), Jethro Eustice (SG), Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KCR), Tim Drummond (KCR), Nic Gonsalves (NB), Taylor Dart (SG), Julian Hykes (SG), Taine Paton (KCR), Craig Haley (WP), Matt Botha (SG), Pierre de Voux (WP), Miguel da Graca (SG).

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