SA women’s hockey test themselves against the Netherlands

2014-01-18 00:00

THERE is a sense of keen anticipation in the Investec South African women’s hockey team’s camp as the first of 11 Test matches against world-class opposition during the Hartleyvale Summer Series draws near.

Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium is the venue, and first-up the girls in green and gold get a chance to test themselves against the best when they face Olympic and World League champions the Netherlands at 4 pm Saturday.

And for the locals, the performances of their Western Province players — such as Illse Davids and Quanita Bobbs — will be watched with special interest.

Few who were there will forget how hard the SA team made the Dutch work for a 4-2 victory in the Investec Challenge gold medal match at Hartleyvale early last year.

This is the first of a two-Test series against the Dutch, which is followed by a three-Test series against Australia’s Hockeyroos, before a six-Test blockbuster features the South Africans against European rivals Belgium.

With the much-anticipated 2014 Hockey World Cup finals beginning in the Hague, Netherlands, on May 31, the non-stop action from Saturday to February 3 at Hartleyvale promises to give the SA team’s coaching staff the chance to get a good look at their personnel, while also providing a great experience for the players themselves.


(To play Netherlands and Australia)

Marcelle Keet, Quanita Bobbs, Kelly Madsen, Sulette Damons, Bernie Coston, Marsha Cox, Pietie Coetzee, Shelley Russell, Tarryn Bright, Lilian du Plessis, Kathleen Taylor, Phume Mbande, Hanli Hattingh, Illse Davids, Celia Evans, Lisa Deetlefs, Dirkie Chamberlain, Erin Hunter, Sammy Prost and Anelle van Deventer.


(All at Hartleyvale)

January — vs The Netherlands: Saturday 18 (4 pm); Monday 20 (7 pm)

vs Australia: Wednesday 22 (7 pm); Friday 24 (7 pm); Saturday 25 (4 pm)

vs Belgium: Sunday 26 (4 pm); Tuesday 28 (8 pm); Wednesday 29 (7 pm); Friday 31 (7 pm)

February — vs Belgium: Sunday 2 (4 pm); Monday 3 (7 pm)

• A Tuffy Western Province Invitation men’s team will play highly regarded Dutch Hoofdklasse side Amsterdam HC on January 28 and Jan­uary 30 at 6 pm and 7 pm respectively.

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