Top coaching for hockey players

2012-03-27 00:00

A NUMBER of South Africa’s top men’s and women’s hockey players conducted a coaching clinic at St John’s Diocesan School for Girls that educated some of KZN Inland’s most promising schoolgirl hockey players on the finer points of scoring goals and making saves.

“Umgungundlovu Girls’ Hockey, in association with Parklane SuperSpar, presented a striker and goalkeeper clinic for some of the top schoolgirl hockey players in the district at the artificial surface at St John’s DSG and our girls learnt much from the clinic,” KZN Schools’ Hockey chairperson Charmaine Koekemoer told The Witness.

Wade Paton, a product of Maritzburg College, the national men’s team midfielder and captain of the victorious SA squad that won the 2011 Africa Cup in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, last September, and captain of the KZN Coastal Raiders provincial team who are three-time defending champions at the SA Men’s Interprovincial Tournament this year, offered invaluable advice to the likes of Heather McEwan, the Epworth SA U18 and SA U21 player, on the finer art of offering value in the engine room of the team.

KZN Coastal Raiders striker Cindy Botha, who represented the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team this year and has a healthy number of Test matches notched on her hockey stick, showed the players some tricks that have brought her international goals in the strike zone, including two in three minutes in a 2010 World Cup match in Rosario, Argentina.

Dave Staniforth, the Athens 2004 Olympian, current national men’s team goalkeeper, and a world-class goalkeeping coach who offers his services around the country, put the keepers through their paces with some astonishing drills the young stoppers had never experienced before.

“It was a fantastic experience for our players and in keeping with the district’s determination to add value to the KZN Inland Schoolgirls’ teams who will be representing the province at the national age-group tournaments in the mid-year holidays,” said Koekemoer.

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