SA open Africa Cup campaign against Uganda today

2011-09-02 00:00

THE South African men’s hockey team embark on their campaign to win the Africa continent’s Olympic Games Qualifier tournament when they meet Uganda at 1 pm in Bulawayo today.

KZN Coastal Raiders midfielder Wade Paton wears the captain’s armband in place of the injured Austin Smith of Western Province, who is out of the tournament with a broken hand.

Smith’s WP team-mate Craig Haley (hand) and Raiders striker Marvin Harper (work) will also miss the trip.

Goalkeeper Jacques le Roux (WP), Southern Gauteng centre back Ricky West and his provincial team-mate and midfielder Clinton Panther will all be looking for the first taste of international hockey at senior level.

Uganda are an unknown quantity, but world number 12 SA should prove too much for them. SA are in Pool A with Kenya and Uganda, and meet the Kenyans at noon on Monday, while the South Africans’ arch-continental rivals, Egypt, top Pool B ahead of Ghana, Zimbabwe and Morocco.

The men’s semi-finals are next Friday at 3 pm and the final is next Sunday at 5.30 pm. South Africa hope to retain the Africa Cup they won against the Egyptians in Ghana two years ago.

The South African women’s team will also be looking to retain the Africa Cup and in doing so win this Olympic Games qualifier tournament.

They are missing world record goal-scorer Pietie Coetzee (university studies) as well as the experienced Kathleen Taylor, Lisa Deetlefs, Lenise Marais and Mariette Rix for assorted work or study reasons, while the return of former national vice-captain Kate Woods has been put on hold until she reaches full fitness.

On the injury list are Hettie Oosthuizen, Kelly Madsen, Celia Evans, Marcelle Keet, Jen Wilson and Dirkie Chamberlain. Captain Marsha Marescia plays her 250th Test match when SA, something of new-look squad, open their tournament against Kenya at 4 pm tomorrow.

SA meet Ghana in their second match at 2 pm on Monday before tackling Zimbabwe at 4 pm next Thursday. The women’s final is at 3 pm next Sunday.


SA Men: Brendon Botes (Eastern Province); Jacques le Roux, Andrew Cronje, Ian Haley, Lloyd Norris-Jones (all Western Province); Justin Reid-Ross, Rhett Halkett, Jonty Robinson (all Northern Gauteng Blues); Wade Paton (capt), Taine Paton, Tim Drummond Lloyd Madsen. Gareth Carr (all KZN Coastal Raiders); Lance Louw, Ricky West, Clinton Panther, Miguel da Graca (all Southern Gauteng), Julian Hykes (Amathole/Border). Support staff: Gregg Clark (head coach), Kurt Cerfontyne, Martin van Staden, Mo Malebye, Austin Smith, Kate Temple-Jones.

SA Women: Cindy Botha (KZN Coastal Raiders); Tarryn Bright, Illse Davids, Hanli Hattingh, Jade Mayne, Shelley Russell (all WP), Tanya Britz, Nicole de Vries, Nicole Kemp, Lesle-Ann George (all Free State), Marsha Marescia (capt), Catherine McNulty, Bernadette Coston (all Southern Gauteng), Sulette Damons (North West), Liesel Dorothy (EP), Kim Hubach, Sanani Mangisa, Nicolene Terblanche (all Northern Gauteng Blues). Support staff: Fabian Gregory (head coach), Adrian Carolan, Les Galloway, Wayne Hendricks, Rob van Ginkel, Henet Branders.

Apart from the injured and unavailable players, the following have been included in the 36-player SA training squad: Louise Coertzen (SG), Izelle Lategan (FS), Tarryn Moses (NG), Pippa Rabey (WP), Roxanne Turner (SG), Annelle van Deventer (SG).

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