SA women in tough Test series

2008-02-15 00:00

AT just under six months to the Olympic Games, the SA women’s hockey team are entering another phase of their build-up with a three-Test series against Canada in Pretoria next week, before the Three Nations Spar Cup with the same team and Russia in Randburg at the end of the month.

The three Tests against Canada are next Thursday, Friday and Sunday at the Absa Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Hockey Stadium.

The Spar SA captain, Marsha Marescia, is excited about the prospect of the Canada series.

“Playing Canada before the Spar Cup will be good preparation for the team. We are well into our preparations for Beijing and the more competition the better,” she said.

“South Africa have been an invaluable opponent over the last three years,” said Canadian captain Sarah Hughes. “As an Olympic team the South Africans provide Canada with strong opposition both physically and tactically. We have played South Africa every year since 2005 and they will provide us with a gauge of our overall progress and level of improvement on the international stage.

SA are ranked 12th in the world while Canada are 23rd.

SA U21 tackle the Canadian senior team at Randburg on March 4, 5 and 6 as part of their build-up to the Junior World Cup Africa zone qualifying tournament in Cairo, Egypt in July.


Spar SA: Mariette Rix, Sanani Mangisa, Hanli Hattingh, Cindy Brown, Taryn Hosking, Vidette Ryan, Lenise Marais, Lisa Deetlefs, Kim Hubach, Pippa Rabey, Marsha Marescia, Lesley-Ann George, Tarryn Bright, Kate Hector, Marcelle Keet, Kelly Madsen, Henna du Buisson, Kathleen Taylor, Vida Ryan, Farah Fredericks, Roxanne Turner, Dirkie Chamberlain.

SA U21: Chrizelle Andries, Sanani Mangisa, Lana Smith (all Northern Gauteng); Sarah Bevis, Ncedisa Magwentshu, Catherine McNulty, Mapule Mokoena, Roxanne Turner (all Southern Gauteng), Loreen Irvine (North West), Nicole Kemp, Sulette Damons (both EP), Kelly Madsen (KZN), Catherine Drummond, Hanli Hattingh, Candice Manuel, Jade Mayne, Pippa Rabey, Nicola Walters (all WP).

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