SA men’s hockey coach looking for specific outcomes from team

2012-06-25 00:00

SOUTH Africa men’s hockey team head coach Gregg Clark is looking for specific outcomes as the team embarks on an 18-day tour to Ireland and Spain today ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which is just five weeks away.

Clark said: “The emphasis of the tour is to get back to playing at the top level again, having had a seven-week break since the Olympic qualifier in Japan.

“We want to come away from the tour feeling confident with our general level of play, whilst having put a great deal of detail on a few specific aspects we will identify.”

SA Hockey Association CEO Marissa Langeni said the programme leading up to the Olympics has been funded by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

Langeni said that one of the world’s top umpires, Pretoria-based John Wright, will be travelling with the team as part of his London 2012 preparations.

The team have undergone a gruelling physical training programme in the last month, which started on May 26 at a camp run by ex-Springbok conditioning coach Dr Derick Coet­zee at University of the Free State.

Captain Austin Smith and the world’s 12th-ranked team will be playing against world number 16 Ireland, world number 27 Wales and world 22 Scotland in the Celtic Cup in Northern Ireland from June 28 to July 1. They will then play Ireland and world number 11 Belgium in Dublin on July 3 and 4; and finally world number 10 India (twice) and the world’s fifth-ranked Spain in Santander, Spain from July 8 to 11.

Apart from the Olympic 16, the reserves, midfielder/defender Clint Panther and goalkeeper Jacques le Roux, make up the 18-man squad.


Austin Smith (captain), Andrew Cronje, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Ian Haley, Jacques le Roux (all Western Province); Tim Drummond, Marvin Harper, Lloyd Madsen, Taine Paton, Wade Paton (all KZN Coastal Raiders); Lance Louw, Thornton McDade, Rassie Pieterse, Clint Panther (all Southern Gauteng); Justin Reid-Ross, Rhett Halkett, Jonty Robinson (all Northern Blues); Julian Hykes(North West).

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