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Jonathan Cook
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6 Feb 2015
5:19 pm

SA men’s hockey squad named

Jonathan Cook

The South African Hockey Association have announced the names of the players for the upcoming national men’s hockey squad camp, from which a team of 18 will be selected to represent the green and gold in the World League Round 2 tournament in early March.

Clint goal ... (from left) Julian Hykes, Clint Panther (both Southern Gauteng), Taine Paton (KZN Coastal Raiders). Photo: STANISLAS BROCHIER

All at Hartleyvale in Cape Town, the SA squad will play two international matches against Dutch Premier Division club Rotterdam on February 21 and 22, as well as Test matches against world number two Germany and France, on the proposed dates of February 27 and 28, and March 1 and 2.

Apart from SA, the World League Round 2 tournament at Hartleyvale from March 7 to 15 includes China, Egypt, France, Czech Republic, Belarus, Switzerland and Azerbaijan. The goal at WLR2 is to qualify for the World League Semi-Finals event later in the year.SA head coach Fabian Gregory says the policy that he and fellow selectors, Allistar Fredericks (convenor) and Bruce Jacobs adopted has always been about rewarding the players who have shown form.

“It is exciting to see the crop of players coming through who are putting their hands up for consideration. It has created healthy competition within the group,” says Gregory. “As the selection panel, our approach is to reward those players who are performing; reputation counts for nothing.”

Fredericks cites the two camps and Test matches, in Durban in early January, and Cape Town towards the end of last month, as having been ideal for the panel, as it afforded them the opportunity to look at a generous cross-section of players.

“The camp work ethic has been heartening to see, while the Test matches in Durban [against Austria] and Cape Town [versus Holland and Ireland] gave the boys the chance to show what they could do against quality opponents,” says Fredericks.

Experienced striker Julian Hykes, who was unavailable in January due to outside commitments, returns to the squad. Joining the squad towards the end of February are a number of South Africa’s experienced players, who were to a greater or lesser degree unavailable for the January period, in part due to club commitments abroad.

The 18 player-team for WLR2 will be named at the end of February.

SA MEN’S SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal

Raiders), Jacques le Roux (Western Province).

Defenders: Jethro Eustice (Southern Gauteng), Daniel Bell, Rhett

Halkett, Dylan Swanepoel (all WP), Matt Guise-Brown (Northern Blues), Robin

Jones, Mohammed Mea (both KZN Coastal Raiders).

Midfielders: Dan Sibbald, Ross Hetem (both KZN Coastal Raiders, Clint

Panther, Miguel da Graca (both Southern Gauteng), Marc Fourie (WP).

Forwards: Natius Malgraff (Eastern Province), Keenan Horne, Shannon

Boucher, Pierre de Voux (all WP), Brandon Panther, Julian Hykes (both Southern

Gauteng).

* To join the squad towards the end of February – Goalkeeper: Rassie

Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Defenders: Austin Smith (WP), Jonty Robinson

(Northern Blues), Midfielder: Tim Drummond (KZN Coastal Raiders), Forward:

Taine Paton (KZN Coastal Raiders).

CAPTIONS

Clint goal … (from

left) Julian Hykes, Clint Panther (both Southern Gauteng), Taine Paton (KZN

Coastal Raiders). Photo: STANISLAS BROCHIER

Rhett … SA defender

Rhett Halkett of Western Province. Photo: ADY KERRY

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