Men hockey squad camp announced

2015-02-07 00:00

THE South African Hockey Association have announced the names of the players for the upcoming national men’s hockey squad camp, from which a team of 18 will be selected to represent SA in the World League round two tournament in early March.

All at Hartleyvale in Cape Town, the SA squad will play two international matches against Dutch Premier Division club Rotterdam on February 21 and 22, as well as Test matches against world number two Germany and France on the proposed dates of February 27 and 28, and March 1 and 2.

Apart from SA, the World League round two tournament at Hartleyvale from March 7 to 15 includes China, Egypt, France, Czech Republic, Belarus, Switzerland and Azerbaijan.

SA head coach Fabian Gregory says the policy that he and fellow selectors Allistar Fredericks (convenor) and Bruce Jacobs adopted has always been about rewarding the players who have shown form.

“It is exciting to see the crop of players coming through who are putting their hands up for consideration. It has created healthy competition within the group,” says Gregory. “As the selection panel, our approach is to reward those players who are performing; reputation counts for nothing.”

Fredericks cites the two camps and Test matches — in Durban in early January and Cape Town towards the end of last month — as having been ideal for the panel, as it afforded them the opportunity to look at a generous cross-section of players.

“The camp work ethic has been heartening to see, while the Test matches in Durban [against Austria] and Cape Town [versus Holland and Ireland] gave the boys the chance to show what they could do against quality opponents,” says Fredericks.

Experienced striker Julian Hykes, who was unavailable in January due to outside commitments, returns to the squad. Joining the squad towards the end of February are a number of SA’s experienced players who were unavailable for the January period, in part due to club commitments abroad.

The 18 player-team for the tournament will be named at the end of February.

SA Men’s Squad

Goalkeepers: Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders), Jacques le Roux (Western Province).

Defenders: Jethro Eustice (Southern Gauteng), Daniel Bell, Rhett Halkett, Dylan Swanepoel (all WP), Matt Guise-Brown (Northern Blues), Robin Jones, Mohammed Mea (both KZN Coastal Raiders).

Midfielders: Dan Sibbald, Ross Hetem (both KZN Coastal Raiders, Clint Panther, Miguel da Graca (both Southern Gauteng), Marc Fourie (WP).

Forwards: Natius Malgraff (Eastern Province), Keenan Horne, Shannon Boucher, Pierre de Voux (all WP), Brandon Panther, Julian Hykes (both Southern Gauteng).

• To join the squad towards the end of February — Goalkeeper: Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Defenders: Austin Smith (WP), Jonty Robinson (Northern Blues), Midfielder: Tim Drummond (KZN Coastal Raiders), Forward: Taine Paton (KZN Coastal Raiders).

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