Women's national sides named

2008-05-28 00:00

THE national women’s hockey selectors have announced the Spar SA team and the SA U21 women’s team for tournaments.

Fiona Butler, Shelly Russell and Jen Wilson return to the SA team for two Four Nations tournaments next month.

“It’s good to have them back,” said South African coach Jenny King.

Butler and Russell have recovered from injury while Wilson was rested.

SA face Ireland, Germany and Great Britain in Dublin from June 11 to 15. SA take on the Netherlands, Great Britain and India in Rotterdam from June 24 to 28.

“They are both great preparation for the Olympics,” said King. “Germany have just finished second to Argentina in the Champions Trophy and the Netherlands are always tough. We haven’t played Great Britain for a couple of years, so it will be good to test ourselves against them.

“Except for India and Ireland, who didn’t qualify for the Olympics, we will all be going to Beijing. The Netherlands are in our pool at the Games, with Great Britain and Germany in the other pool, but the experience of playing strong teams will be invaluable.”

Meanwhile, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) have once again delayed announcing the 16-player men and women’s teams for Beijing.

Initially the announcement was to be this week. Sascoc then set it back to June 5 and now June 12.

“We regret the delay,” was how Sascoc manager of team preparation Kaya Majeke put it yesterday.

Although the maximum players for the Olympic Games is 16, King has an 18-player side to take on tour as this is the number allowed for any events outside the Olympics.

In the senior SA teams, the controversial SA Hockey Association (Saha) transformation policy, under the custodianship of the Saha executive from March 20 last year, requires a minimum seven of the 18 to be players of colour this year, while the 16-player Olympic side is required to be 50-50 (minimum eight players of colour).

Currently there is a widespread row — puzzlingly only in the men’s side — over the Olympic selection criteria that still has to be resolved.

The SA U21 women’s team for the Junior World Cup Africa zone qualifier tournament in Cairo from July 11 to 19 is coached by Adrian Carolan, and the Saha transformation policy for this year’s age group requires a minimum eight of the 18 to be players of colour.

The winner will represent Africa at the 2009 Junior World Cup in Boston (U.S).

Spar SA: Mariette Rix, Cindy Brown, Taryn Hosking, Vidette Ryan, Lenise Marais, Kate Hector, Kathleen Taylor, Tarryn Bright, Vida Ryan, Shelly Russell, Henna du Buisson, Farah Fredericks (all WP), Sanani Mangisa (Northerns Blues), Marsha Marescia (capt), Lisa-Marie Deetlefs, Fiona Butler (all Southern Gauteng), Lesley-Ann George (North West), Jenny Wilson (KZN Raiders).

SA U21: Hanli Hattingh, Pippa Rabey, Jade Mayne (all WP), Nicole de Vries, Catherine McNulty, Sarah Harley, Roxanne Turner (capt), Camille Jasson, Mapule Mokoena, Ncedisa Magwentshu, Julia Cass (all Southern Gauteng), Heloise Labuschagne, Sulette Damons, Loreen Irvine (all North West), Chrizelle Andries, Tarryn Moses (both Northerns Blues), Kelly Madsen (KZN Raiders), Nicole Kemp (EP). Management - Bernie Thomas (manager), Adrian Carolan (coach), Patrick Tshutshani (Video/Stats), Fazlien Solomons (physio).

Spar SA fixtures - Dublin: SA v Ireland (June 11), SA v Great Britain (June 12), SA v Germany (June 14), Playoffs (June 15). Rotterdam: SA v Netherlands (June 24), SA v Great Britain (June 25), SA v India (June 27), Playoffs (June 28).

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