Indoor hockey Tests in Durban

2014-07-12 00:00

INTERNATIONAL indoor hockey comes to Durban today and tomorrow as the South African men’s and women’s sides take on Namibia.

Both sides play at Danville College in Durban North.

While the SA women’s side were not available at the time of going to press, they are likely to have many KZN players in their numbers, as does the national men’s line-up.

First up is today’s 9 am clash between the women’s sides, followed by the men at 11 am.

There are evening matches for the respective third Tests, followed by the fourth internationals tomorrow morning and the fifth and final Tests tomorrow afternoon, all at Danville.

The SA men’s side are packed with players from PMB and Durban. Chris McCathie, son of former SA keeper Alan McCathie and a goalkeeper himself, has in his side a fellow stopper in Richard Curtis of Durban, with the other KwaZulu-Natalians being Matt Fairweather, Justin Domleo, Geoff Abbott, Jarryd Jones, Gavin Jelley, Ayden Shrives and Mo Mea.

The other players are double outdoor hockey Olympian Andrew Cronjé and his Western Province team-mates Dale Isaac and Craig Haley, while PG Geldenhuys, Keegan Kieck and Dylan Piatti are from Gauteng.

The coach is Durban’s Ryan Hack.

The PMB connection in this side is remarkable.

Domleo, Abbott, Shrives and Dale Isaac are all Maritzburg College Old Boys. Jelley is a Maritzburg College teacher. McCathie went to St Charles. Haley and Geldenhuys were at PMB Varsity. Fairweather is an Old Hiltonian.

Curtis is a DHS and Durban Varsity Old Boy, Hack, Jones and Mea are all Durbanites and studied there as well as playing their club and provincial hockey out of the coastal city.

The KZN connection should ensure much interest from the local public and the same should be said of the SA women’s line-up.

Fixtures

Today: 9 am, Test, SA v Namibia (women), Danville

11 am, Test, SA v Namibia (men), Danville

5.30 pm - Test, SA v Namibia (women), Danville

7.30 pm, Test, SA v Namibia (men), Danville

Tomorrow: 8.30 am, Test, SA v Namibia (men), Danville

10 am - Test, SA v Namibia (women), Danville

4.30 pm, Test, SA v Namibia (men), Danville

6pm - Test, SA v Namibia, (women), Danville

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