Tight schedules for national hockey sides

2013-05-30 00:00

THE South African national teams will be very busy over the next two months. The SA men tackle Malaysia in a four-Test series before the World League semi-finals in that country, the Investec SA women’s side play five Tests in Scotland ahead of their World League semi-finals in London, and the SA U21 women’s side had their fixtures confirmed yesterday for the Junior World Cup finals in Germany.

The SA men, who should have a number of Pietermaritzburg-reared players in the team, tackle world No. 13 Malaysia in Potchefstroom next Thursday at 5 pm, and next Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm, before the fourth Test is played in Randburg on June 11 at 7 pm.

World No. 12 SA — currently at a training camp in Johannesburg — will have their work cut out against a team that will have had a bucketful of warm-up matches behind them. The SA men’s team should be announced soon after the conclusion of the camp.

The SA men’s WL semi-finals event is at Johor Bahru in Malaysia from June 29 to July 7.

The world No.  11 Investec SA women’s team will be in Edinburgh and Glasgow. A one-off Test match takes place between SA and Ireland on June 11, before SA meet Scotland in four Test matches on June 13, 15, 16 and 18.

The SA women then move to London for the WL semi-finals, which start on June 22.

The SA U21 women include former St Anne’s products Sherry King and Taryn Mallett as well as Carter High old girl Phume Mbande, and are managed by Voortrekker director of sport Charmaine Koekemoer.

They will be playing in the Junior World Cup finals in Münchengladbach, Germany, at the end of July after a three-week training camp in The Netherlands.

The SA U21 girls are in Pool B and face China on July 27, Argentina on July 28 and Canada on July 30 before the cross-pool playoffs and classification matches begin.

Meanwhile, there have been some lopsided results as well as tight matches in the latest rounds of provincial premier league hockey. No matches take place this weekend due to the Comrades Marathon.


KZN Inland Women’s Premier League: Collegians B 3 Collegians A 1; Standard A 0 Collegians A 0; Collegians A 8 Collegians B 2; Varsity A 4 Country Districts 1.

KZN Inland Men’s Premier League: Olympics I 3 Collegians II 2.

KZN Coastal Women’s Premier League: Kearsney 5 Durban Collegians 2; Rovers 0 Durban Varsity 0; Pinetown 1 Durban Collegians II 1.

KZN Coastal Men’s Premier League: Durban Varsity 9 Gongs 1.


KZN Inland and KZN Coastal: No fixtures due to Comrades Marathon.

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