Nine North Coast hockey players selected for SA World Cup teams

The World Cup, alternating between Auckland, New Zealand, and Cape Town based on the age category, offers local players an opportunity to compete against international opponents.

Nine North Coast hockey stars will represent South Africa in the upcoming Masters Hockey World Cup.

The teams were selected following a final training camp two weeks ago and bring to a close months of anticipation after initial squads were announced in November last year.

Held between Auckland, New Zealand and Cape Town depending on the age category, the World Cup will give local players a chance to face international competition.

Robyn Wiggett will be the sole international traveller after being selected to the women’s 55 age group team.

She will join all of the over-45 teams in Auckland for their respective age group World Cups from November 7-16.

For the eight other players, it is a much shorter journey to Cape Town for their competitions between October 12 and 21.

Aside from the age group delineations, which are in five year increments from over-35 to over-65, some age groups also have two teams per gender.

The ‘A’ teams will play in the WMH World Cup, while ‘IMC’ teams play in a separate tournament against IMC teams from different countries at the same venues and over the same time period.

Genevieve Chisholm and Lauren Glossop (both women’s 40) and Rochelle van Staden, Shelley Jones and Jaclyn Capazario (all women’s 35) will represent South Africa in the WMH World Cup.

Danielle Robert-Hardman and Joanne le Roux (both women’s 35) and Zenon Jagiela (men’s 35) will take on the IMC World Cup.

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