09/12: Two SA Umpires at World Cup
The International Hockey Federation has announced the line-up of match and technical officials for the 2014 World Cup, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands. Two South Africans, both umpires, will feature. Northerns umpire John Wright, a veteran of multiple World Cup and Olympic Games appearances, returns once more and he will be joined by fellow South African Gary Simmonds.
09/12: SA Juniors Miss Out on Quarterfinal
A fiercely contested match, narrowly won by New Zealand by 1-0, courtesy of a 44th minute drag-flick, has seen the SA Under 21 men's team end third in their pool. They will therefore compete for ninth to twelfth positions in the upcoming play-offs.
Click HERE to go to the tournament website.
08/12: SA Junior Men Start Well
The SA Under 21 Men's team has started their Junior World Cup campaign well by beating England by 2-1 in their opening match, after the scores were tied on 1-1 at half-time. In their second match they narrowly lost 2-1 to pool leaders Malaysia to remain in second position in the pool. Next up they will face New Zealand on 9 December where a win will see them compete for a top-8 finish in the tournament.
08/12: Netherlands Win World League
The women's team from the Netherlands have won the first Hockey World League Final tournament by an emphatic 5-1 margin over Australia after trailing 0-1 at half-time.
Final standings were as follows (Click HERE to go to the tournament website):
06/12: SA Men to meet Argentina
The SA Men's team will be playing a five-test series against Argentina in KwaZulu-Natal from 11 to 17 December.
The squad for the series is as follows:
Matt Botha, Pierre de Voux, Craig Haley, Rhett Halkett (capt), Jacques le Roux, Clive Terwin (all Western Province); Dylan Coombes, Miguel da Graca, Jethro Eustice, Owen Mvimbi, Rassie Pieterse, Nic Spooner, Dean Symons, Ricky West (all Southern Gauteng); Tim Drummond, Gowan Jones, Wade Paton, Taine Paton (all KZN Coastal Raiders); Nick Gonsalves, Matt Guise-Brown, Frankie Pretorius, Jonty Robinson (all Northerns Blues); Jody Hosking (North West); Robin Jones (KZN Inland).
Head coach: Charlie Pereira.
23/11: SA Teams Qualify for World Cup
The SA Men's and Women's teams both qualified for the 2014 World Cup by winning the Africa Cup for Nations in Kenya. The men's final saw the usual fierce competition between South Africa and Egypt, but the SA Men clinched it by scoring early to take a 1-0 lead at half-time and sealed the victory two minutes from full-time with another goal to take the final score to 2-0.
The women's team had a much harder time in what has traditionally been a one-sided final. Ghana opened the score in the third minute and scored another to lead 2-0 at half-time. The SA ladies maintained composure and clawed back to level the scores at the 52 minute mark, sealing the victory with the winning goal two minutes from full-time.
20/11: Both SA Teams in Final
Both the SA Men's and Women's teams have qualified for the final of the Africa Cup for Nations in Kenya. The men beat Kenya by 5-1 and the women demolished Tanzania by 25-0. Both are now at the top of their logs ahead of the finals where the men will come up against Egypt and the women against Ghana.
19/11: SA Edge Closer to Finals
The SA Men's team has booked their spot in the final of the Africa Cup for Nations in Kenya by outclassing Egypt – traditionally their strongest opposition at the tournament – by 6-1. The SA Women's team had a much tougher challenge from a tough Ghanaian team and the match ended in a 1-1 draw to leave them in second place on the logs. The ladies must now beat underdogs Tanzania to ensure their spot in the final to determine the African representative at the 2014 World Cup.
18/11: SA Teams Off to Good Start
The South African Men's and Women's teams have both made good starts at the Africa Cup of Nations being played in Kenya. The Men's team beat Ghana by 6-2 to top the leader-board after the first day, with Egypt taking the second spot after their 3-2 win over Kenya. The Women's team beat Kenya by 3-1 and are in second position after day one after Ghana demolished Tanzania by 18-0 to take first position.
12/11: Africa Cup Team Changes
As a result of the rescheduling of the original event, there have been a number of changes to the Men's and Women's teams that will be representing South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament from 18 to 23 November. In the women's team Northerns goalkeeper Phume Mbande will be replacing the injured Sanani Mangisa. In the men's team Matt Guise-Brown and Andrew Cronje, who have exam and work commitments, will be replaced by Francois Pretorius from Northerns and debutant Greg Last from KZN Coastal Raiders.
Men's teams from South Africa, Egypt, Ghana and hosts Kenya as well as women's teams from South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania will be competing in the tournament. The winning men's and women's teams will represent Africa in the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands.
19/09: SA Men's U21 Team
The South African U21 Men's team that will be taking part in the upcoming Junior World Cup in Delhi, India, has been announced.
The squad is as follows:
Adrian Abrahams (WP), Daniel Bell (WP), Matt Brown (SG), Chad Cairncross (EP), Richard Curtis (KZNC), Taylor Dart (SG), René de la Peyre (NB), James Drummond (WP), Marc Fourie (WP), Grant Glutz (NB), Ross Gonsalves (NB), Keenan Horne (WP), Damian Kimfley (KZNI), Ignatius Malgraff (NW), Andrew Manson (KZNC), Mohamed Mea (vice-capt, KZNC), Daniel Sibbald (KZNC), Dylan Swanepoel (capt, WP). Non-travelling reserves: Marc Turner, Bernard Greybe, Michael Watson, Niel Roode, Michael Mulder (all WP), Ross Hetem, Matt de Souza (both KZNC), Brynn Cleak (SG).
06/09: SA Teams to Africa Cup
The teams to represent South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 September to 5 October have been announced. The tournament serves as qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands. A total of twelve players who played in the World League Semi-Finals are not in the team this time around due to various reasons.
The squads are as follows:
Men: Rassie Pieterse (SG), Jacque le Roux (WP), Andrew Cronje (WP), Rhett Halkett (vice-capt, WP), Matt Guise-Brown (NB), Jethro Eustice (SG), Dylan Swanepoel (SA U21), Mohamed Mea (SA U21), Austin Smith (capt, WP), Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KZNR), Tim Drummond (KZNR), Taine Paton (KZNR), Julian Hykes (SG), Geoff Abbott (KZNR), Pierre de Voux (WP), Lloyd Norris-Jones (WP).
Women: Sanani Mangisa (SG), Hanli Hattingh (WP), Lenise Marais (KZNR), Marcelle Keet (Bor), Lisa Deetlefs (SG), Illse Davids (WP), Celia Evans (NW), Shelley Russell (WP), Kaila Flemming (SG), Quanita Bobbs (WP), Sulette Damons (NW), Christine Roos (SG), Jade Mayne (WP), Bernie Coston (SG), Tanya Britz (FS), Lilian du Plessis (NB), Izelle Lategan (FS), Kelly Madsen (KZNR).
01/09: Western Province Men Win IPT
Western Province have beaten defending champions Southern Gauteng by 1-0 to win the 2013 National Men's Inter-Provincial Tournament in Cape Town, with goalkeeper Jacques le Roux being hailed as the hero of the match for keeping the Southerns attack at bay. In the bronze medal match KZN Raiders beat Northerns Blues by 2-0.
Final standings were as follows:
|5||SA Under 21|
|4||SA Country Districts|
25/08: Southerns Women Win IPT Again
The Southern Gauteng women's team has successfully defended their national women's IPT title by once again defeating Western Province by 2-1 in the final in Port Elizabeth. Keeping the top three the same as last year, Northerns also again won the bronze medal match, edging out North West by 4-2.
Final standings were as follows:
|7||KZN Coastal Raiders|
|6||SA Country Districts B|
|7||SA Country Districts A|
04/08: Netherlands Win Junior World Cup
The defending champions, the Netherlands, have won the 2013 Junior World Cup, held in Germany. They won a closely-contested final against Argentina by virtue of a shoot-out after the match was tied 1-1 after regulation time. Northerns umpire Michelle Joubert was one of the umpires officiating in the final.
The South African team, which was coached by Northerns-based Lindsey Wright, ended the tournament in eigth place, putting them in the top half of the teams that qualified for the tournament. Final standings were as follows:
01/08: Two Northerns Umpires in Action
In what is probably a first of some kind, not only one but two umpires from Northerns officiated in a match at an FIH tournament. On Thursday, Michelle Joubert and Annelize Rostron umpired the quarter-final match between Spain and India at the Junior World Cup. Michelle, having been to the Olympic Games and having umpired the final at the World League Semi-Final Tournament, has often been in the umpiring limelight, but Annelize has steadily been making her mark on international umpiring – hopefully it won't be the last time we see them in action together!
01/08: SA U21 Lose for First Time
The Junior World Cup quarter-final between South Africa and the Netherlands proved to be the SA team's first loss of the tournament when they went down 1-9 to a rampant Dutch team, by all accounts favourites to win the tournament. The result means that South Africa will take part in the 5th to 8th place play-offs.
30/07: SA U21 Women in Quarter-Finals
The SA Under 21 Women's team has qualified for the quarter-finals of the Junior World Cup, courtesy of an emphatic 6-3 win over Canada. The result will see them meet the Netherlands in the quarter-final on Thursday.
28/07: SA U21 Women Surprise Argentina
The SA Under 21 Women's team has surprised Argentina – whose senior side is ranked second in the world – by drawing their Junior World Cup match by 3-3. The SA ladies once again displayed great fighting spirit by denying Argentina any goals in the second half, while scoring the equaliser.
27/07: SA U21 Women Draw with China
The SA Under 21 Women's team has drawn their first Junior World Cup match against China by 3-3. Showing great fighting spirit, they fought back after being 0-2 down at half-time and 1-3 down with less than twenty minutes to go.
27/07: SA U21 Men's Team for IPT
The South African Hockey Association has announced the SA Under 21 Men's team that will be taking part in the National Interprovincial Tournament taking place at the end of August in Cape Town. The team is as follows:
Richard Curtis (KZN Coastal), Rene de la Peyre (Northerns Blues), Dylan Swanepoel (capt, Western Province), Matt Brown (Southern Gauteng), Daniel Bell (WP), Mohamed Mea (vice-capt, KZN Coastal), Adrian Abrahams (WP), Ross Gonsalves (Northerns Blues), Marc Fourie (WP), Chad Cairncross (Eastern Province), Daniel Sibbald (KZN Coastal), Ross Hetem (KZN Coastal), Grant Glutz (Northerns Blues), Keenan Horne (WP), Ignatius Malgraff (North West), Andrew Manson (KZN Coastal), Damien Kimfley (KZN Inland), James Drummond (WP).
20/07: SA Under 21 Women's Team for JWC
The South African Under 21 Women's team to take part in the upcoming Junior World Cup in Germany has been announced. The team is as follows:
Bronwyn Kretzmann, Erin Hunter, Nicole La Fleur, Quanita Bobbs, Sherry King, Suléke Brand, Taryn Mallett (vice captain), Tarryn Glasby (all WP), Izelle Lategan (captain), Liné Malan, Tanya Britz, Nicole Walraven (all FS), Jacinta Jubb, Lilian du Plessis, Phume Mbande (all NB), Tiffany Jones (NW), Toni Marx (EP), Nika Nel (SG).
07/07: SA Men last in WL Semi-Final
The South African men's team has finished in eighth place in their Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament and will now, as with the women's team, have to win the upcoming African Cup of Nations in order to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. In the pool matches they started well by drawing 3-3 with England, but came unstuck by losing 4-6 to hosts Malaysia and 2-6 to Pakistan. In the play-offs they first had to take on Argentina without captain Austin Smith who had taken ill and lost 0-2. Thereafter they played a remarkable match against Japan, leading until less than two minutes from the end, only to lose 2-3 on an eventual shoot-out, playing without Austin Smith and Jonty Robinson who had contracted Dengue fever. In their final match, playing for seventh and eighth place, they lost 2-6 to Pakistan.
The SA team's management, while encouraged by on-tour improvement, emphasised that the team still has a long way to go to overcome financial and other limitations in order to break into the top ten in the world.
The tournament was won by Germany, gaining them automatic qualification to the 2014 World Cup, where they will be joined by Australia and Netherlands. Final standings in the tournament were as follows:
The other World League Semi-Final tournament was won by Belgium and they will be joined by Australia and the Netherlands as automatic World Cup qualifiers. The final standings of that tournament was as follows:
04/07: Under 21 Squads for JWC
The final training squads for the South African men's and women's Under 21 teams have been announced in preparation for the Junior World Cup which takes place in Mönchengladbach (Germany) from 27 July to 4 August. The squads are as follows:
Men: Richard Curtis (KC), Rene de la Peyre (NB), Chad Durrheim (NW), Bernard Greybe (WP), Joel Barron (KI), Dylan Swanepoel (WP), Daniel Bell (WP), Adrian Abrahams (WP), Christopher van der Burgh (NB), Nicholas Berichon (NB), Matthew Brown (SG), Le-Neal Jackson (KI), Mohammed Mea (KC), Chad Cairncross (EP), Dylan Swanepoel (FS), Daniel Sibbald (KC), Ross Gonsalves (NB), Taylor Dart (SG), Keegan Kieck (SG), Michael Mulder (WP), Marc Fourie (WP), Neil Roode (WP), Winchester Scott (EP), Ross Hetem (KC), Andrew Manson (KC), Damian Kimfley (KI), Ignatius Malgraff (NW), Grant Glutz (NB), Brynn Cleak (SG), James Drummond (WP), Keenan Horne (WP)
Women: Bronwyn Kretzmann, Erin Hunter, Nicole La Fleur, Quanita Bobbs, Sherry King, Suléke Brand, Taryn Mallett, Tarryn Glasby (all WP), Cornelle Botha, Izelle Lategan, Liné Malan, Tanya Britz, Nicole Walraven (all FS), Jacinta Jubb, Lilian du Plessis, Phume Mbande (all NB), Stephanie Baxter, Tiffany Jones (both NW), Toni Marx (EP), Nika Nel (SG).
30/06: Australia win WL Semi-Final
The Australian women's team has won their World League Semi-Final tournament by beating England by 3-0 in the final match. The two finalists, Australia and England, will be joined by Argentina as automatic qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.
The Investec South African team ended in seventh place and will now need to win the next Africa Cup of Nations later in 2013 in order to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. In the preliminary rounds, characterised by putting their opponents under pressure but failing to convert scoring opportunities, they lost 1-4 to England, drew 2-2 with Spain and lost 1-0 to Australia. In the play-offs they lost the quarter-final 1-3 to Argentina, then lost 2-4 to Italy before winning 4-2 against Spain to secure seventh position.
Final standings were as follows:
The other World League Semi-Final tournament was won by Germany and they will be joined by the Netherlands and Korea as automatic World Cup qualifiers. The final standings of that tournament was as follows:
18/06: SA Women Win Scotland Series
The Investec SA Women's team have won their four-match test series against Scotland by 2-1. They lost the first match by 2-3, but won the second and third matches by 4-1 and 5-2 respectively before drawing the final match 5-5. Next up for them will be their Hockey World League semi-final tournament in London.
13/06: SA Men's Team for World League
The South African Hockey Association has announced the team that will be taking part in the Hockey World League Semi-finals in Malaysia. The team will be as follows:
Goalkeepers: Rassie Pieterse (SG), Gowan Jones (KZNCR).
Defenders: Austin Smith (Captain, WP), Francois Pretorius (NB), Rhett Halkett (vice-capt, WP), Lance Louw (SG), Jethro Eustice (SG).
Midfielders: Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KZNCR), Tim Drummond (KZNCR), Nick Gonsalves (SG), Taine Paton (KZNCR).
Strikers: Julian Hykes (SG), Craig Haley (WP), Pierre de Voux (WP), Miguel da Graca (SG), Lloyd Norris-Jones (WP).
Team staff: Charlie Pereira (Head Coach), Bartel Berkhout (Technical Advisor), Pierre le Roux (Trainer), Moabi Malebye (Trainer/Video Analyst), Robin van Ginkel (Conditioning Coach), Megyn Robertson (Physiotherapist), Martin van Staden (Manager), Jamie Kroukamp (Video Analyst).
11/06: SA Men Win Series
The South African Men's team has won the test series against Malaysia by 3-0. They won the first test by 2-1 and the second test by 3-1. On Sunday the match ended in a 4-4 draw, but the SA team made sure they remained unbeaten by winning the last test by 3-1 in front of a capacity crowd in Randburg.
The two teams will meet again at the Hockey World League semi-finals, to be played in Malaysia at the end of the month.
31/05: SA Men's Team for Malaysia Series
The team that will be representing South Africa at the four-test series against Malaysia in June has been announced by the South African Hockey Association. The team will again be captained by Austin Smith, after Rhett Halkett briefly took over the captaincy during the recent tour to Brazil.
The SA team is: Rassie Pieterse (SG), Jacque le Roux (WP), Gowan Jones (KZNCR), Austin Smith (WP, captain), Francois Pretorius (NB), Ashlin Freddy (WP), Rhett Halkett (WP, vice-captain), Ricky West (SG), Lance Louw (SG), Jethro Eustice (SG), Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KZNCR), Tim Drummond (KZNCR), Nic Gonsalves (SG), Taylor Dart (SG), Julian Hykes (SG), Taine Paton (KZNCR), Craig Haley (WP), Matt Botha (SG), Pierre de Voux (WP), Miguel da Graca (SG).
30/05: SA Women's Team for HWL Semi-Final
The South African Hockey Association has announced the women's squad that will represent South Africa at the upcoming Hockey World League Semi-Finals in June. The team will be playing one test match against Ireland on 11 June and a four-test series against Scotland from 13 to 18 June before travelling to England for the World League semi-finals taking place from 22 to 30 June.
The tournament is important, not only because the top four from each semi-final qualify for the eight-team final, but because the two semi-final tournaments are also used as qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.
The squad is as follows:
Sanani Mangisa (Southern Gauteng), Phume Mbande (Northerns), Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal Raiders), Marcelle Keet (Border), Nicolene Terblanche (Northerns), Illse Davids (Western Province), Shelley Russell (Western Province), Tarryn Bright (Western Province), Pietie Coetzee (Southern Gauteng), Quanita Bobbs (Western Province), Bernie Coston (Southern Gauteng), Dirkie Chamberlain (Northerns), Jade Mayne (Western Province), Tanya Britz (Free State), Lilian du Plessis (Northerns), Izelle Lategan (Free State), Kelly Madsen (KZN Coastals Raiders), Marsha Marescia (Southern Gauteng).
14/05: Umpire Requirements for Play-Offs
The executive committee of the Mpumalanga Schools Hockey Association has sent a letter to all schools with regard to the minimum requirements for umpires who will be officiating at the play-offs. Please see the full text of the letter on the Umpiring page.
13/05: SA U21 Women's Squad
A 20-player squad has been announced for the final phase of selection for the SA Under 21 team that will be taking part at the Junior World Cup in Germany later in 2013. The squad is as follows:
P Mbande (Northerns Blues), A van Deventer (North West), N Walraven (Free State), T Mallett (Western Province), E Hunter (WP), N Nel (Southern Gauteng), B Kretzmann (WP), S King (WP), I Lategan (FS), Q Bobbs (WP), C Botha (FS), S Brand (WP), T Britz (FS), L du Plessis (Northerns Blues), T Jones (NW), T Marx (Eastern Province), T Glasby (WP), J Jubb (Northerns Blues), L Malan (FS), S Baxter (NW).
13/05: New SA Men's Management Team
The South African Hockey Association has announced a new management team for the national men's team to take the team up to the end of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The team will be headed by new head coach Charlie Pereira who was in charge of the team's successful campaign at the Hockey World League Round 2 tournament in Brazil, where they qualified for the Semi-Finals in Malaysia later in 2013. The full team is as follows:
Head Coach: Charlie Pereira
Trainers: Craig Fulton, Kurt Cerfontyne, Pierre le Roux, Darryn Gallagher
Sports Science - Conditioning Coach: Robin van Ginkel
Managers: Reggie Smith, Martin van Staden, Anton van Rooyen
Selectors: Igsaan Ajam, David Viney, Bruce Jacobs, Allistar Fredericks
Video Analysts: Mo Malebye, Wayne Hendricks, Jamie Kroukamp
04/05: Northerns and WP Crowned Champs
The Under 21 men from Northerns have been crowned SA Under 21 champions for the second consecutive year. They beat Western Province by 2-0 after leading 1-0 at half-time. At the women's tournament Western Province were on the winning side by beating North West by 2-0 after a goal-less first half.
Full results are as follows:
|Final Standings - National Under 21 IPT|
|1||Northerns Blues||1||Western Province|
|2||Western Province||2||North West|
|3||KZN Coastal Raiders||3||Northerns Blues|
|4||Free State||4||Kaspersky Southerns|
|5||KZN Inland||5||Free State|
|6||WP Peninsula||6||KZN Inland|
|7||North West||7||Eastern Province|
|8||Kaspersky Southerns||8||KZN Coastal Raiders|
|12||Eastern Gauteng||12||Eastern Gauteng|
24/04: Sponsor for SA Men!
Famous Brands Limited have announced that they will be sponsoring the SA Men's Hockey Team through their one of their premium brands Mugg & Bean. The sponsorship will run for two years and will include the 2014 World Cup. It will be the world number 12 team's first sponsor in a number of years.
27/03: South Africans on FIH Committees
The FIH has announced the names of the members of its five committees, two commissions and three advisory panels who will serve for the 2013-2014 term. Five people from South Africa have been included.
Lindsey Wright will serve on the Athletes Committee and also as Athletes Representative on the Umpires Committee. Marelize de Klerk will serve on the Competitions Committee and Clive McMurray on the Rules Committee. Steve Jaspan will chair the High Performance & Coaching Panel and Jenny King will serve as member on the same panel.
22/03: SAHA Advertise National Posts
SAHA has called for applications for all national positions, excluding that of National Women's coach. The appointments will be for the 2013 to 2016 cycle. Please click HERE for more information.
21/03: FIH Announce Tournament Changes
The FIH Executive Board have announced two major changes to FIH tournament regulations. The first is a "45 second shot clock" at penalty corners to speed up the game while still giving teams enough time to prepare for the penalty corner. In the other significant change, they have decided that extra time will no longer be used at FIH events – classification games that are tied at the end of regulation time will go directly into a shootout.
Please click HERE for information on other decisions.
11/03: Women's WL Semi-Finalists
The FIH has released the line-ups and pool allocations for the two Women's Hockey World League Semi-Finals to be held in Rotterdam and London in June. In each tournament, four automatic qualifiers - by virtue of world ranking - will be joined by four teams that qualified in Round Two.
In Rotterdam Pool A will consist of the Netherlands, Korea, Japan and Chile and Pool B will consist of New Zealand, Germany, India and Belgium. In London Pool A will be contested between Argentina, China, USA and Italy and Pool B between England, Australia, South Africa and Spain.
04/03: SA Men Through to Next Phase
The South African men's team have secured a spot in the World League Semi-Finals to be held in Malaysia in June 2013 by beating Chile by 6-1 in their final World League Round 2 match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After scoring first within five minutes, some nervous moments followed until Northerns player Matt Guise-Brown scored from a penalty corner for a 2-0 cushion. Thereafter another goal followed three minutes later to take the half-time score to 3-0. In the second half each team scored a goal but the match was well and truly sealed after two more goals by Lloyd Norris-Jones towards the end of the match.
For more news about the tournament, click HERE.
03/03: SA Men Lose to Argentina
In sweltering 40 degree heat the South African men's team have lost a hard-fought match against Argentina, currently world number 10 and tournament favourites at the World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Argentina scored their first two goals within the first ten minutes but then the SA men held them at bay and, being very unlucky not to be awarded a penalty stroke for a bad tackle in the circle, ended the first half at 2-0 down. In the second half Argentina again scored within minutes but South Africa recovered to get the score back to 3-2 before Argentina stretched the score to 4-2, where it remained until the end.
South Africa, currently ranked twelfth in the world, now need to beat twenty-fifth ranked Chile on Tuesday to ensure a top-two finish in the tournament, thereby earning qualification to the World League Semi-Finals in Malaysia later in the year.
In the other matches Chile beat Brazil 3-1 and Trinidad & Tobago drew 1-1 with the USA but won a shoot-out by 4-3.
02/03: SA Men Make it Three from Three
The South African men's team have continued their winning ways by beating Trinidad & Tobago by 10-2 in their World League Round 2 match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After being surprised by going 1-0 down within minutes, the SA men put up a clinical display to build up a 10-1 lead, before conceding the last goal towards the end of the match.
In the other matches the USA beat Brazil by 5-0 and Argentina beat Chile by 6-0. The big match will be on 3 March when South Africa come up against log leaders Argentina.
28/02: SA Men Remain Unbeaten
The South African Men's team remained unbeaten after day two of the World League Round 2 tournament in Brazil. After what has been called a "frustrating" first half which saw them only 1-0 up at half time, the SA team "kept their heads up" in the words of head coach Charlie Perreira and put in five more goals in the second half, while conceding only one close to the end of the match.
In the other matches Argentina beat Brazil 10-0 and Chile beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-0. The results place South Africa second on the log, even on points with tournament favourites Argentina but marginally down on goal difference.
27/02: SA Men Start Off Well
The South African men's team started well in the World League Round 2 tournament being played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the first half they started by scoring early and kept up the pressure all the way to go into half-time 6-0 up. After what new captain Rhett Halkett called a "flat start" to the second half, they again rallied to put in three more goals before full-time to win 9-0.
The win puts South Africa on top of the log after day one. In other matches Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago by 6-0 and Chile narrowly beat the USA by 1-0. South Africa will next face the USA on 28 February, whom they beat 3-0 in a warm up match before the tournament.
10/02: Netherlands win Investec Challenge
In a match characterised by end-to-end excitement and excellent hockey, both in attack and defence, world number one Netherlands have beaten the Investec SA Women's team by 4-2 to win the Investec Challenge in Cape Town.
In the third-place play-off, England beat Australia by 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless match and extra time.
09/02: SA Makes it to the Final
The Investec SA Women's team have beaten world number 6 ranked Australia by 2-1 in the semi-final of the Investec Challenge in Cape Town after leading 2-0 at half-time. Both South African goals were scored by Pietie Coetzee, taking her personal tally to 262 goals from 262 matches. In the other match the Netherlands beat England by 3-0 to set up a Netherlands vs South Africa final.
07/02: SA Lose to Netherlands
The Investec SA Women's team has lost by 3-1 to world number one ranked Netherlands in the Investec Challenge in Cape Town. In the other match of the day, Australia also beat England by 3-1 to set up one semi-final between South Africa and Australia and the other between the Netherlands and England.
05/02: SA Draw with Australia
The Investec SA Women's team have drawn 1-1 with Australia in a hotly contested – and at times controversial – match in the Investec Challenge in Cape Town.
In the other match of the day the Netherlands beat England by 4-1.
South Africa's next match is against the Netherlands on Thursday.
04/02: SA Tops at Investec Challenge
The first day's play at the Investec Challenge being played in Cape Town saw world number six Australia draw 2-2 with world number one Netherlands. In the other match South Africa beat world number four England by 4-1 with Pietie Coetzee taking her tally to 260 goals from 259 matches (13 goals in her last six internationals).
02/02: SA Women's Team for Investec Challenge
SAHA has released the names of the players who will be representing South Africa in the Investec Challenge in Cape Town from 4 to 10 February against the Netherlands, England and Australia.
The team will be: Sanani Mangisa, Lisa Deetlefs, Pietie Coetzee, Marsha Marescia (co-captain), Bernie Coston (all Southern Gauteng); Shelley Russell, Jade Mayne, Quanita Bobbs, Tarryn Bright (all Western Province); Marcelle Keet (Amathole/Border); Lilian du Plessis, Phume Mbande, Dirkie Chamberlain, Nicolene Terblanche (all Northerns Blues); Lenise Marais (co-captain), Kelly Madsen (both KZN Coastal Raiders); Sulette Damons, Celia Evans (both North West).
02/02: SA Men's Team Announced
SAHA have announced the squad of 18 players who will be playing in the World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 27 February to 5 March against Argentina, Trinidad & Tobago, Chile and the USA. The top two teams at the tournament will earn entry into the World League Round 3 tournament to be played in the Netherlands in June 2013. The team will be captained by Northerns player Rhett Halkett.
The team will be: Miguel da Graca, Pierre de Voux, Tim Drummond, Jethro Eustice, Ashlin Freddy, Matt Guise-Brown, Craig Haley, Rhett Halkett (capt), Julian Hykes, Gowan Jones, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Taine Paton, Clint Panther, Rassie Pieterse, Jonty Robinson, Austin Smith, Ricky West, Oliver Whitely.
29/01: New Management Team for SA Men
SAHA have appointed a new-look management team for the SA men's team that will take part in World League Round 2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 27 February to 5 March. Current head coach Gregg Clark is unavailable because of coaching commitments in the Hockey India League. The head coach will be Charlie Pereira, a former SA midfielder and the current KZN Inland coach. He will be assisted by two trainers, Pierre le Roux from Western Province and Craig Fulton from Northerns. Rob van Ginkel from Southern Gauteng will be the physical conditioning coach and Mo Malebye from Southern Gauteng will be the video analyst. The team's training camp will be led by Bartel Berkhout from the Netherlands.
27/01: SA Win World League Round 2 Tournament
The Investec SA Women's team has won the World League Round 2 tournament held in Cape Town, thereby qualifying for the third round of the new World Cup qualifying process to be played in June 2013. The other competing nations were Azerbaijan, Belgium, Austria and Ghana.
In the first match vs Ghana - with Marsha Marescia playing in her 300th test match - the SA team won 6-0 after leading 4-0 at half-time, with Dirkie Chamberlain scoring a hat-trick and Pietie Coetzee scoring her 250th goal in her 255th match.
In the second match the SA team turned the tables on Belgium to win 3-2, courtesy of a Pietie Coetzee hat-trick.
The third match saw South Africa beating Azerbaijan 7-0, including another hat-trick by Pietie Coetzee, to ensure one of the top two places in the tournament and securing qualifaction for World League Round 3.
Finally the SA team made is a clean sweep by beating Austria in the last match by 2-0, with both goals from Pietie Coetzee and taking her tally up to 258 goals from 258 matches.
The final tournament placings were: 1 South Africa; 2 Belgium; 3 Azerbaijan; 4 Austria; 5 Ghana.
15/01: SA Lose Series to Belgium
The year started early for the Investec SA Women's team with a test series against Belgium in prepartion for both teams' participation in the World League Round 2 tournament to be played in Cape Town. The SA team were without the services of stalwarts Pietie Coetzee and captain Marsha Marescia who were being rested. The series was won 4-0 by Belgium, winning the matches by 2-1, 2-0, 2-1 and 3-2.
02/01: Great Opportunity for Coaches!
SAHA has arranged a series of high-level masterclasses to be presented by SA Women's team coach, Giles Bonnet, and Bartel Berkhout, also an FIH coach. The themes will be "Setting up a High Performance Program" & "The Ingredients of a High Performance Training Program". The cost to attend is R300 per person and prior booking is essential. The Gauteng classes will be on 13 January 2013 at the University of Johannesburg's astro.
Please click HERE to download a PDF document with more information.
02/12: SA Men Avoid Relegation
The SA Men's team have avoided relegation to a lower tournament by beating Poland 4-2 at the Champions Challenge I tournament in Argentina. A blistering start saw the SA men going 3-0 up in fourteen minutes, including a goal by Northerns player Matthew Guise-Brown. The score remained 3-0 until half-time, whereafter Poland fought back and pulled back two goals before South Africa sealed the win with a goal six minutes from the end.
The win ensures South Africa's position in the tournament while Poland will be relegated to the Champions Challenge II tournament, to be replaced by that tournament's winner.
Head coach Gregg Clark had praise for South Africa's build-up play but was concerned with the fact that they were seldom able to convert it into much-needed goals, something he considers unacceptable for their current world ranking and aspirations.
Click HERE to visit the tournament web site.
01/12: SA Men Lose to Japan
The SA Men's team has lost 2-1 to Japan in their play-off at the Champions Challenge I tournament in Argentina. The SA team scored within minutes of the start of the match and were 1-1 at half-time after making the Japanese goalkeeper work hard to keep the scores level. In the second half the Japanese goalkeeper again had his work cut out while, at the other end, Northerns player Rhett Halkett slid in to save a possible Japan goal. However, Japan managed to pull out the 2-1 lead with a goal in the 43rd minute and maintain it to the end.
South Africa now need to beat Poland in their last match to keep their place in the tournament.
29/11: SA Men Lose in Quarter Final
The inexperience of the SA Men's team taking part in the Champions Challenge I in Argentina showed when unbeaten Malaysia outclassed them by 4-1 in their quarter final match. The result limits them to one of the last four positions in the eight-nation tournament where their next opponents will be Japan with whom they drew in the pools phase of the tournament.
27/11: SA Men Bottom of Pool
After matching them 1-1 at half-time, the SA Men's team have lost 3-1 to Ireland at the Champions Challenge I tournament in Argentina. The result places them last in Pool B which means they have to play against unbeaten Malaysia in their quarter-final. Malaysia is coached by Paul Revington, the previous SA coach.
26/11: SA Men Lose Narrowly to Argentina
With memories still fresh from losing 6-2 to Argentina at the Olympics, the SA Men's team bounced back and, despite being a far less experienced team than the one at the Olympics, only lost 2-1 to hosts Argentina at the Champions Challenge I tournament. The South African goal was the first international goal by Northerns player Matthew Guise-Brown.
The result sees South Africa third in the four-team pool and they will be hoping for a good win against an ever-unpredictable Ireland, as well as a win by Argentina over Japan, to move up to second place.
25/11: SA Men Squander Big Lead
After a quick goal by Japan, the SA Men's team fought back to lead by 4-1 with 23 minutes remaining in their match against Japan at the Champions Challenge I tournament in Argentina. However, the lead was wiped out by Japan with a field goal and two penalty corner goals. Two of the goals were scored by debutant strikers Grant Glutz (Northerns) and Ignatius Malgraff (North West), while Nic Gonsalves (Northerns) also scored his first international goal.
08/11: Four New Caps for SA Men
SAHA has announced the South African team that will be playing in the upcoming Champions Challenge I tournament in Argentina. The side features four new caps with two of those – Grant Glutz and Matthew Guise-Brown (Northerns Junior Player of 2012) – coming from Northerns. The other two new caps are Robin Jones from KZN Inland and Ignatius Malgraff from North West.
Head coach Gregg Clark said that those players who were at the Olympics and who were not selected are "still in the picture", while there were some who were unavailable. He also indicated that he wanted to "look at new players as we enter a new Olympics cycle."
The full team is as follows:
Austin Smith (capt), Lloyd Norris-Jones, Jacques le Roux (all Western Province); Michael Smith, Ricky West, Clinton Panther, Owen Mvimbi, Miguel da Graca (all Southern Gauteng); Rhett Halkett, Matthew Guise-Brown, Jonty Robinson, Nicholas Gonsalves, Grant Glutz (all Northerns Blues); Lloyd Madsen, Tim Drummond, Taine Paton (all KZN Coastal Raiders); Robin Jones (KZN Inland); Ignatius Malgraff (North West).
20/10: SA Under 21s African Champions
The Men's and Women's Under 21 SA teams have both won their respective Junior African Cups, thereby gaining automatic entry into the 2013 Junior World Cup. The women won a very physical match against Ghana by 4-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time, with Northerns player Lilian du Plessis scoring one. The men had a considerably tougher and more closely contested match, with regulation time ending at 1-1, followed by goal-less extra time. The SA team eventually pulled through by winning the penalty shoot-out by 4-2.
The consolation prize for the losing finalists was that the FIH has ruled that two African teams will take part in both the men's and women's Junior World Cup, meaning that the men from Egypt and women from Ghana will be there as well.
19/10: SA Under 21s Win Last Pool Matches
The SA Under 21 Men's and Women's teams have won their last pool matches , even though both have already done enough to qualify for the finals. The men beat Kenya 4-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time with three of the goals coming from Northerns players Matt Guise-Brown (2) and Ross Gonsalves. The women beat bottom-of-pool Zimbabwe by 9-0 after leading 6-0 at half-time. Northerns players Lilian du Plessis (3) and Jacinta Jubb (2) contributed the majority of the goals.
17/10: SA Under 21s Into Finals
Both the men's and women's SA Under 21 teams have already done enough to qualify for the finals of the Junior African Cup being played in Randburg. The men won a tightly-contested match against continental arch-rivals Egypt by 1-0 while the women had a much easier match in beating Ghana 4-0. Depending on results on Friday, the men will be meeting either Egypt or Ghana in the final while the women will come up against either Ghana or Kenya.
16/10: SA Under 21s Win Again
Both the men's and women's SA Under 21 teams have won their latest matches in the Junior African Cup – a tournament that sees automatic entry to the 2013 Junior World Cup for the winners. The men beat Ghana 6-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time while the women beat Kenya 5-1 after also leading 2-0 at half-time. Northerns players Grant Glutz (2) and Jacinta Jubb contributed to the goals tally.
Next up the men will face their toughest opposition in continental arch-rivals Egypt while the women come up against Ghana.
14/10: SA Under 21 Teams Impress
The Men's and Women's SA Under 21 teams have started their Junior African Cup campaigns impressively with the men beating Zimbabwe 11-0 and the women beating Namibia 9-0. Both teams were 6-0 up at half-time. Seven of the men's goals were scored by Northerns players Matt Guise-Brown (5) and Grant Glutz (2). Northerns players Lilian du Plessis (2) and Jacinta Jubb scored for the ladies.
07/10: SA Women End Sixth at Champs Challenge
The Investec SA Women's team have ended their Champions Challenge I campaign in sixth position after losing 2-1 to Belgium in a match that was characterised by them missing many scoring opportunities, scoring their only goal from a penalty corner after full-time.
The tournament was an opportunity for a number of new and less-experienced players to compete at a high level, with eight of the Olympic Games squad not at the tournament. With six of those eight players still available for South Africa, it has broadened the base of experienced players available for future tournaments.
06/10: SA Women Beat India
The Investec SA Women's team have beaten India by 3-2 at the 2012 Champions Challenge I with all three goals scored by SA Under 21 captain Izelle Lategan. After South Africa opened up an early 2-0 lead, India fought back to level scores with three minutes remaining in regulation time. However, the SA ladies needed only two minutes to score the golden goal in extra time. The win sets them up to face Belgium for the fifth place play-off.
05/10: SA Sports Awards Nominations for Hockey
The SA Hockey Association has been nominated for "Sports Federation of the Year" at the annual SA Sports Awards, to be held on 4 November. Also nominated in the same category were Swimming South Africa and Rowing South Africa.
Investec SA Women's Captain Marsha Marescia has also been nominated for "Sportswoman of the Year", amongst Caster Semenya (Athletics), Bridgette Hartley (Canoeing), Chantelle Doddermeade (Judo) and Portia Modise (Football).
Hockey is also represented in the category "Volunteer of the Year" with Laetitia Goldman being nominated together with Sondiso Magajana (Judo) and Elias Mpende (Boxing).
04/10: SA Women Lose to Australia
The Investec SA Women's team has narrowly lost their Champions Challenge I quarter-final against tournament favourites Australia by 2-1. The score was 1-1 at half-time and remained that way until four minutes from the end. The SA ladies now meet India to determine who'll be playing for positions 5 to 8 in the tournament featuring countries ranked seventh to fourteenth in the world.
For more tournament news, click HERE.
02/10: SA Women draw with Scotland
The Investec SA Women's team has drawn a wet and opportunity-filled match against Scotland to see them end last in their pool at the Champions Challenge 1 in Dublin, Ireland. The result means that they will face tournament favourites Australia in the quarter-finals.
30/09: Tough Start for SA Women
The Investec SA Women's team have had a tough start to their Champions Challenge I campaign by surprisingly losing 1-0 to Ireland, followed by a 4-2 defeat against the USA. Playing without seven of their senior players, including captain Marsha Marescia who is nursing an injury, the team lacked the fluid play they displayed at the recent Olympics and could not finish against Ireland, while the USA mounted a fierce fight-back to win their match after being 1-2 down at half-time. Barring a very big win over Scotland on Tuesday, the SA ladies seem destined for ending last in their pool and a quarter-final against Australia.
08/09: New SA Player from Northerns
Lillian du Plessis from Tuks has been included in the SA Women's team that will be playing in the upcoming Champions Challenge tournament in Dublin, Ireland from 25 September to 7 October. According to coach Giles Bonnet “The team for Champions Challenge is in keeping with the constantly evolving strategy of bringing more players into international hockey” and features a number of players who were not in London for the Olympics, including two new caps in Lillian du Plessis and Western Province player Quanita Bobbs. Bonnet did, however, emphasise that Pietie Coetzee, Jen Wilson, Kathleen Taylor and Dirkie Chamberlain were still in the "national set-up" despite not being in the team to Ireland whereas Kate Woods and Mariette Rix retired after the Olympics.
The full team is as follows:
Nicolene Terblanche, Lillian du Plessis (both Northerns Blues); Lenise Marais, Kelly Madsen (both KZN Coastal Raiders); Sanani Mangisa, Marsha Marescia (capt), Lisa Deetlefs, Bernadette Coston (all Southern Gauteng); Lesle-Ann George, Tanya Britz, Izelle Lategan (all Free State); Illse Davids, Shelley Russell, Tarryn Bright, Lauren Penny, Jade Mayne, Quanita Bobbs (all Western Province); Sulette Damons (North West).
08/09: SA Junior Teams Announced
SAHA has announced the SA Under 21 teams that will represent South Africa at the upcoming Junior World Cup Africa Qualifier Tournament in Randburg from 13 to 20 October. The men will be facing Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia while the women will come up against Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The full men's team is as follows:
Michael Abrahams (EP); Taylor Dart, Brad Logan, Grant Robertson, Dylan Swanepoel (all WP); Richard Curtis, Andrew Manson, Mohamed Mea (all KZN Coastal); Rene de la Peyre, Grant Glutz, Ross Gonsalves, Matthew Guise-Brown (all Northerns Blues); Gareth Heyns, Clinton Panther (both Southern Gauteng); Robin Jones (capt), Damian Kimfley (both KZN Inland); Ignatius Malgraff (North West).
Non-travelling reserves: Bernard Greybe, Michael Mulder, Marc Fourie (all WP), Richard Pautz (Free State).
The full women's team is as follows:
Anelle van Deventer, Demi du Toit, Christine Roos, Nika Nel, Kaila Flemming (all Southern Gauteng); Erin Hunter, Bronwyn Kretzman, Quanita Bobbs, Taryn Mallet (all Western Province); Phumelela Mbande, Lillian du Plessis, Jacinta Jubb (all Northerns Blues); Nicole Walraven, Izelle Lategan (capt), Tanya Britz (all Free State); Tiffany Jones, Lisa Hawker (both Amathole [formerly Border]); Nicole Kemp (Eastern Province).
Non-travelling reserves: Hlubikazi Sipamla (Northerns Blues); Cornelle Botha (Free State); Nicole La Fleur (Western Province).
01/09: Southerns Win Men's IPT
After an absence of many years from the top of the list, the Southern Gauteng men's team have won the annual National Senior Men's Interprovincial tournament, beating the SA Under 21 team into second place and, in the process, joining their women's team as IPT winners. The Northerns team held off Western Province 2-1 to end in third place, one position higher than their 2011 finish. During the week they won 4-1 against Free State, won 2-1 to SA U21, lost 3-4 to WP Peninsula, won 3-1 against Eastern Province, won 3-1 against KZN Raiders and lost 0-1 to Southern Gauteng in the semi-final.
The final standings were as follows:
|Final Standings - A Section|
|2||SA Under 21|
|Final Standings - B Section|
|1||SA Country Districts|
|3||Free State B|
|5||Northern Free State|
|6||KZN Inland B|
31/08: New Rule Book for 2013
The FIH has released the rule book for 2013 for download. The most significant changes are the "own goal" rule and the rule allowing an overhead immediately from a free hit. There are also significant changes to stick specifications, including a different method for measuring the bow of the stick.
The new rule book may be downloaded on the Downloads page.
25/08: Northerns Women Third at IPT
The Northerns Women's team has equalled their 2011 finish by ending third at the 2012 National Senior Interprovincial Tournament. They won all their pool matches - 5-0 against Free State, 7-0 against KZN Inland, 1-0 against Eastern Province, 1-0 against KZN Mynahs and 4-3 agains eventual winners Southern Gauteng - to qualify for the semi-final. Unfortunately they suffered their only hiccup of the tournament there and they lost 2-3 to Western Province, setting up an encounter with the SA Under 21 team for third place - a match they won 2-1.
Northerns did, however, come out tops amongst the goalkeepers when veteran of more than twenty IPTs, Inke van Wyk, was awarded the "Goalkeeper of the Tournament" award.
In addition to the Northerns team, eight other players from Northerns were also in action at the IPT. The SA Under 21 team featured Hlublikazi Sipamla, Jacinta Jubb, Lilian du Plessis and Phumelela Mbande. In the B Section Herme Visser played in the SA Country Districts A team with Mixi Durand, Leilani Scheffer and Kylie Paul in the SA Country District B team.
|Final Standings - A Section|
|Final Standings - B Section|
13/08: Olympic Champions Top World Rankings
The women's and men's Olympic champions feature at the top of the latest world rankings, as released by the FIH after the Olympic Games. The Investec SA Women's team has moved up to the tenth position. The men's team remains in twelfth position but have narrowed the gap to eleventh placed India to 35 points.
Full rankings may be downloaded on our Downloads page.
10/08: Hockey World League Introduced
During the Olympic Games the FIH introduced the new Hockey World League, which is set to replace the current qualification system for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. In essence, it consists of four rounds with the first open to any national teams ranked seventeenth and below. The second round will then be played between 24 nations - 16 qualifiers from round one, plus nations ranked from ninth to sixteenth on the world rankings. The semi-final round will be played between eight qualifiers from the second round, as well as the top eight nations, and will serve as the qualification tournament for the World Cup. The final round to determine the World League winners will be played by eight qualifiers from the semi-final round.
The whole league will involve more than 60 nations and will be played over a period of two years, with the first tournament of round one set to commence on 14 August in the Czech Republic.
For more information, click HERE.
10/08: SA Men Not Last!
The SA Men's team have won their final match at the 2012 London Olympics to end the tournament in eleventh position - one higher than their world and tournament ranking. They scored early in the match to take the lead and were 2-1 up at half-time. The score remained 2-1 until minutes before the end of the match when some frantic activity saw South Africa score to go 3-1 up, only for India to respond and take the final score to 3-2.
For final results and pool standings, click HERE.
08/08: SA Women lose in extra time
The Investec SA Women's team narrowly lost their last match at the 2012 London Olympics to Japan. The deciding goal was scored in the second period of overtime. The result means that South Africa ends the tournament in tenth place, one position better than their eleventh position finish at the Beijing Olympics in 2004.
For final results and pool standings, click HERE.
07/08: SA Men end at bottom of pool
Despite starting with two early goals in their final pool match at the London Olympics, the SA Men's team let the advantage slip to end up losing 6-3 to Argentina. This places them last in their pool and sees them playing against India for eleventh and twelfth places.
06/08: SA Women bounce back fiercely
The Investec SA Women's team has bounced back fiercely in their last pool match at the London Olympics, beating the USA by 7-0. They needed a six-goal winning margin to move up to fifth place in the pool, thereby qualifying to play against Japan in the ninth place play-off.
05/08: SA Men pipped at the post by Pakistan
In a see-sawing match, at times played in pouring rain in London, South Africa scored in the third minute to set up what would be a nine-goal match. Pakistan equalised in the twentieth minute, followed by another South African goal two minutes later, a Pakistan equaliser one minute later, followed by another to give them the lead. On half-time, however, South Africa pulled one back to equalise on 3-3. In the second half South Africa again scored early and seemed intent on keeping or even extending their lead. With six minutes remaining in the match, however, Pakistan equalised with a Sohail Abbas drag-flick (his 348th international goal!), followed by a scrambled goal with less than three minutes remaining to win the match 3-2.
04/08: SA Women get close to upsetting Australia
The Investec SA Women's team came close to upsetting world number seven-ranked Australia at the 2012 Olympics in London. After Australia dominated the opening minutes of the match, scoring in the eighth, South Africa re-grouped and played their best hockey of the tournament so far to keep the score at 1-0 until half-time. In the second half, South Africa kept up the hard work and had Australia under severe pressure towards the end of the match but unfortunately failed to capitalise on their opportunities to end the match 1-0 down.
03/08: SA Men lose to Spain by one
In what has been described as "a lively clash", the SA Men's team made world number five ranked Spain work hard for their 3-2 victory at the 2012 Olympics. Justin Reid-Ross opened the scoring to see South Africa ahead by 1-0, only for Spain to bounce back and equalise minutes later to take the half-time score to 1-1. In the second half they extended their lead to 3-1, but South Africa pulled one back and, despite concerted efforts, were unable to close the 3-2 gap.
02/08: SA Women remain at bottom of pool
The Investec SA Women's team remains at the bottom of Pool B at the London Olympics after their third successive loss. On Thursday they lost 2-0 to world number three Germany in a match that was characterised by unconverted scoring opportunities. In their next match they face seventh-ranked Australia in what will be their best chance for a win to date.
01/08: SA Men score first points
The SA Men's team have scored their first log points at the Olympic Games 2012 by drawing 2-2 against world number four team, and hosts, Great Britain. They equalised 1-1 with ten minutes left in the match, then took a 2-1 lead with six minutes remaining in the match, only for Great Britain to fight back and equalise in the last two minutes. The result saw the SA team in fifth place out of five on the Pool A log after two days of competition, ahead of Argentina that have lost both of their matches.
31/07: SA Women lose to New Zealand
The Investec SA Women's team has lost 4-1 to world number six team New Zealand. The first half went all New Zealand's way and saw them leading by 3-0 at half-time. The SA Women bounced back in the second half resulting in one goal each in that period. Next up they face world number three Germany on Thursday.
30/07: SA Men lose to Australia
The Olympic campaign of the SA Men's team (ranked world number 12) started with a tough match against world number one team Australia. Australia won the match 6-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time.
29/07: SA Women off to disappointing start
The Investec SA Women's team has had a disappointing start to their Olympic Games campaign by going down 7 - 1 to a magnificent Argentina. The half-time score was 5 - 1 in favour of the world number two team.