SA hockey tightens selection criteria

2009-02-11 00:00

THE South African Hockey Association (Saha) responded recently to questions from The Witness about a thorny topic.

The governing body have applied the brakes on top players flying in and out of the country to represent their provinces and the national teams without fulfilling certain criteria.

Saha president Dave Carr told The Witness this doesn’t mean there is a blanket ban on players who turn out for overseas clubs from playing for province or country. The idea is that players will no longer be able to choose what national camps and tournaments they return to South Africa for, he added.

“As far as attending camps is concerned, what we are saying is that if a camp is held before a team is selected, then in order to be selected the player must attend the camp. This applies not only to overseas players, but local players as well,” Carr said.

“We want players to be in their provinces for at least four weeks before an inter-provincial tournament; not only to practise with the team, but also to add something to the local league.”

Carr said a Saha provincial president and a national coach have expressed reservations about this issue.

“The executive will look at the comments and have discussions with the relevant parties to sort out any misunderstanding,” Carr said. “I have been told a number of players are unhappy with this ruling. What I find strange is that not one player has contacted me or [vice president] Sheila Brown to discuss their concerns.

“If a player playing internationally or locally has a problem in attending a camp or series, we will take their circumstances into consideration and then make a ruling.”

The Spar SA women’s team suffered a 3-0 series defeat to Germany in Stellenbosch last weekend, while the SA men’s side are gearing up for a tri-series against Russia and Germany in Bloemfontein next month.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.