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Che February: The Road To His SA Mens Debut

A player that I have had the privilege of following over the last few years as he has progressed through the ranks of school boy hockey in the Western Cape, recently posted his story about his journey from childhood dream, to playing for the national side. I think it...
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SA Team Announced For World League Semi-Finals In Joburg

The teams for the latest installment of the World League competition has been announced with both Men's & Ladies teams selected. Both the Men's & Ladies teams take part in the Hockey World League in Johannesburg from 9-23rd July with all games streamed live on...
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Hockey World League Semi-Final: London 15-25 June 2017

Today is the day that the latest round of the Hockey World League starts and boy are there some action packed games lined up. The tournament is taking place in London at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre which is where the 2012 London Olympics hockey matches...
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How To Approach A New Hockey Season

The 2017 season is at our door step and if you haven't started planning your way to success, then you are in trouble! Fixtures start on the weekend of April 22nd in the Cape this year and this leaves us with less than a month to go before fixtures start and that isn't...
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FIH Rules Of Hockey App: iOS & Android

This morning the FIH released their brand new rules app. The app can be downloaded on Android and iOS and is a fantastic move to further the Hockey Revolution. By making the rules easily accessible to the majority of people, a sticking point in a very technical game...
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Che February: The Road To His SA Mens Debut

A player that I have had the privilege of following over the last few years as he has progressed through the ranks of school boy hockey in the Western Cape, recently posted his story about his journey from childhood dream, to playing for the national side. I think it is a brilliant story, and once again confirms my thinking that this boy has got what it takes to play for the national side – he has the talent, but more importantly, it looks like he has the perfect mental attitude as well. We will continue to hold thumbs for youngsters like Che & Dayaan and hopefully we get to see lots more of players like them in the Green & Gold in the future.

Take a read what Che February had to say about his journey.

THE ROAD TO MY SA MENS DEBUT

I’m not really one for writing blogs or essays but after seeing a post by my current role model Thomas Briels of the Belgium National hockey team, I’ve decided to share a story of my own. You may enjoy it or you may not, either way I suggest you read on.

I am a first year Sports Psychology student at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The other day I was sitting in my room at res (because res life is SO much fun) and I was
scrolling through Instagram. I came across a photograph of Thomas Briels the Belgium Men’s hockey captain and Arthur De Sloover another current Belgium hockey player. The post was about Arthur when he was a little boy he went to go watch the Belgium national team play. After the game he asked Thomas if he could have a photograph taken with him. Today Arthur plays along side his role model Thomas in the Belgium national team and Thomas is his captain. Yea how flipping crazy right !!!

For some reason I sat thinking about my own situation and realised I have the exact same story yet I never actually realised it myself.

I was in grade six when the South African Men’s hockey team took on Great Britain in Stellenbosch Cape Town. I watched the game with massive eyes and excited to watch the best players in South Africa were right in front of me! I could not believe it. As in Arthur’s case, after the game I decided to ask a couple of the stand out players if I could take a photo with them, and politely they agreed. To mention names, Austin Smith, Justin Reid Ross, Lloyd Norris Jones and Marvin Harper were the players I took photos with. I can still remember all of them telling me if I work hard one day I will also be able to wear the Green and Gold.

Fast-forward and some 7 years later here I am, first year at University sitting with my first National men’s cap at the age of 19. Interesting enough I got my debut along side some amazing South African Men’s players such as Jonty Robinson, Rhett Helkett and Tim Drummond who were all playing in the SA team when I watched them in Stellenbosch.

To add on to this story, not only did I receive my debute with these players but I also received it in my hometown, Cape Town against Belgium. In this game I also played against my role model Thomas Briels. It was strange when I found myself been asked by little bright eyed kids for my signature and pose with them for a photo as I remember being in their shoes and so overwhelmed by the players in front of me.

My point as you can see is that behind all of this, is that the people you look up to today may very well become your team mates or rivals in the not too distant future. However, the process to get there is a journey that tests your passion, it is one of hard work, belief, commitment and understanding. The road to national level is not a sprint but rather a healthy walk. What excites me most as I sit here typing this up is that I know my road has many kilometers ahead and I’ve got to walk it all the way because this is only the beginning.

SA Team Announced For World League Semi-Finals In Joburg

The teams for the latest installment of the World League competition has been announced with both Men’s & Ladies teams selected.

Both the Men’s & Ladies teams take part in the Hockey World League in Johannesburg from 9-23rd July with all games streamed live on SuperSport. I have been watching the World League matches in London and the coverage has been phenomenal and I am looking forward to watching as much hockey as I can!

You can get tickets for all games here and view all the tournament info you need right over here for the Men’s & Ladies.

SA Men’s Hockey Team

Coach: Fabian Gregory

1. Rassie Pieterse

2. Gowan Jones

3. Jethro Eustice

4. Austin Smith

5. Rhett Halkett

6. Daniel Bell

7. Matt Guise-Brown

8. Jonty Robinson

9. Daniel Sibbald

10. Reza Rosenburg

11. Ryan Julius

12. Tim Drummond

13. Owen Mvimbi

14. Julian Hykes

15. Nqobile Ntuli

16. Ignatius Malgraff

17. Dayaan Cassiem

18. Tevin Kok

There are a few surprises included in the above men’s team. Firstly, dynamite youngster Dayaan Cassiem gets a nod for his first proper international tournament. As we mentioned before, this boy has all the talent in the world, and hopefully he will turn potential into results. The rest of the forward line is a decent mix of youth with plenty of experience. Malgraff and Hykes have tons of caps behind them, with Tevin Kok and Billy Ntuli offering youthful exhuberence.

The link line is very experienced with only Reza Rosenburg the only real “new comer” to the international stage. Ryan Julius is another youngster in that group, but has a few caps to his name already and has showed in the u21 World Cup in December last year that he is more than capable on the big stage.

The back line is jam-packed with experience. Austin Smith returns and is partnered with some world class players such as Halkett, Bell, Robinson, Guise-Brown & Eustice, with two very experienced and capable goalkeepers behind them.

There are still a few players missing, most notably in the forward line with Keenan Horne, Pierre De Voux & Lloyd Norris-Jones unavailable for selection. Justin Reid-Ross is also unavailable and will be missed, but there is more than enough cover for him included. All in all, this is a VERY capable team, with what I think is a good mix of youth, and some very experienced internationals.

SA Women’s Hockey Team

Coach: Sheldon Rostron

1. Stephanie Baxter

2. Quanita Bobbs

3. Kara Botes

4. Bernadette Coston

5. Sulette Damons

6. Illse Davids

7. Lisa Deetlefs

8. Lilian du Plessis

9. Celia Evans

10. Tarryn Glasby

11. Shelley Jones

12. Nicole La Fleur

13. Candice Manuel

14. Jade Mayne

15. Phumelela Mbande

16. Jessica o’Connor

17. Nicolene Terblanche

18. Nicole Walraven

The Ladies team follows a similar make up with loads of experienced international included, but also a few new comers with less than 50 caps.

The number of players with numerous international tournament exposure is phenomenal in the ladies line up. There is plenty of experiences across all lines and I am really excited to see this team compete as I believe this team has been on the cusp of achieving something, and with the opportunity to compete at Rio taken from under their feet, I feel this could be their chance to shine.

Unfortunately, it appears as if the ladies didn’t get the fancy graphic treatment that the Men did.

Hockey World League Semi-Final: London 15-25 June 2017

Today is the day that the latest round of the Hockey World League starts and boy are there some action packed games lined up. The tournament is taking place in London at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre which is where the 2012 London Olympics hockey matches were held. To find out everything you need to know about the tournament, you can head over to the FIH website to view all the World League action.

Who is taking part?

There are an array of teams taking part in this leg of the tournament. We have Argentina who are the current #1 after their Olympic triumph over Belgium, followed by serial winners The Netherlands currently ranked #4 in the world after a disappointing display at Rio 2016. The other teams that are currently ranked in the top 10 is India (#6) and the hosts England (#7), while the rest of the field is made up of Korea (#12), Pakistan (#13), China (#18) & Scotland (#23).

My money would be Argentina with England probably taking second place. The Netherlands still have plenty of quality, but I just don’t see them adding the consistency required once again. India should have another good tournament and continue their form to carry on building a formidable squad, but I think it is still too early for any real major success; watch out for them at Tokyo 2020. Pakistan can throw up a few surprises, but for all the talent that they have, they just don’t seem to convert that potential into tournament performances.

TV Schedule

There are loads of games being covered by SuperSport which is incredible to see. To view the full schedule, you can click here. Thanks SuperSport for backing one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and in our country.

Enough talking, time to watch some top hockey!

How To Approach A New Hockey Season

The 2017 season is at our door step and if you haven’t started planning your way to success, then you are in trouble! Fixtures start on the weekend of April 22nd in the Cape this year and this leaves us with less than a month to go before fixtures start and that isn’t much time. So how do we make the most of the time available to ensure that you reach your objective for the season?

Learn From last season

This is the first step and possibly one that I think is the most important. Ideally, at the end of last season you would have thought about the season and what you would like to do differently this season etc. Take stock of how your team performed, what weaknesses didn’t you address properly and maybe identify a few things that you would maybe tackle differently. There are a number of questions that you can ask yourself here:

  • Was your team organized well enough?
  • Did you teach them how to problem solve on the field and provide them with the necessary tools to do so?
  • Did you take on too much responsibility and would spreading the load with a captain/assistant coach be better?
  • Did you practice set pieces enough?
  • What was the team dynamic like and should you have addressed issues differently?
  • How did your team perform throughout the season and did your keep the intensity at practices throughout the season?

Define your playing style and philosophy

The next one is tricky as most coaches don’t really have a clue what sort of playing style they actually are aiming to train and if someone asked you to put your coaching philosophy into words you would struggle. Try and define your playing style in one sentence for with the ball and without it. Do you train your players to spray the ball forward as quickly as possible and kill teams with direct, quick hockey, or do you prefer to work them down with concentrated possession waiting for the perfect opportunity to cut through their defenses? When defending do you follow Pep Guardiola and aim to win the ball back within 6 seconds when you lose it in certain zones? These questions would help you define your team’s playing style, but you still need to define your team’s philosophy. How do you intend to coach them, interact with them on and off the field and do you micro-manage or do you have the systems in place to allow your team to be a little bit more self-sufficient?

Define Your Objective

This will help guide this entire pre-season process, and ensure that you maintain standards throughout the season. By defining your main objective for the season, and maybe one or two milestones throughout the season, you are making it clear to your team what you are working towards. Are you aiming to win the league, or are you going to be fighting relegation? This will keep your training in perspective as well as ensuring that players know what you expect from them. Be ambitious, but also realistic. If you finished second in the league last year and got promotion, don’t go and think that you can win the league this year. The secret to this is making it obvious to the team and ensuring that you have buy in. You can’t set the expectation to win the league if your team thinks they might be battling at the other end of the table.

Squad Selections

How big should your initial squad be? How do you approach selecting players? These are great questions and ones that I can’t really answer directly for you. Once you have thought about last season you will have an idea of how big you would like your final squad to be during the season. I am on the rare side and like to run with 15/16 for a match, which seems to be rare in the club hockey these days, even right at the top. This means that I need to run with a squad of around 18 for a season as there are often injuries/unavailability each game. This means that I like to start with 20 in my squad during pre-season as it allows me to give a few players a chance and see a wider range of players. Maybe you missed something during trials and sometimes giving them a chance within your training sessions is the only way to see if they are going to cut it or not.

In terms of selecting players, I like to constantly try and think about how they would fit in the side. I like to run with 6 forwards, 6 links and 5 defenders in a squad based on the way that I play. There are normally a few utility players included that start to offer you different combinations and variations and you can only start to understand these opportunities once you have started training.

Plan Training Sessions

This is where we start to split the “wannabe” coaches with the serious ones. Identify how many sessions you have before session starts and identify areas that you need to work on before season starts. Plan each session to ensure that you are meeting your objectives for the season and so that you hit the ground running when it comes around to your first game. Have you payed enough attention to fitness, technical skill work, tactical formations, different play styles, short corner variations (both attack and defense!), as well as maybe one or two team bonding sessions?

Plan Practice Matches

The final piece to planning your training sessions is to ensure that you leave a few slots for some practice matches. The best way to get up to speed is to play against some opposition at a similar level to you, or ideally even higher. This match practice is vital to implementing what you have trained up to that point and ensures that your players are ready for the first game of the season. It allows you to address issues that arise and fine tune combinations or tactics that will need to be slick in just a few weeks time to have a successful season.

Take Stock of your gear

The last one is simple, but still important. Take stock of your gear and work out what items you are missing or would like to include this season. I like to have at least 50 balls to train with, 40 cones, a running ladder, two different sets of bibs and obviously a whiteboard with a few different colour markers.

Simply put: preparation is key!

 

FIH Rules Of Hockey App: iOS & Android

This morning the FIH released their brand new rules app. The app can be downloaded on Android and iOS and is a fantastic move to further the Hockey Revolution. By making the rules easily accessible to the majority of people, a sticking point in a very technical game can be reduced. This will hopefully reduce any confusion around some contentious areas such as the penalty corner and overheads. After my recent post “Uncovering the hatred towards umpires”, hopefully we will have a few players learn some more of the rules or clarify some interpretations that maybe they thought they understood, but actually didn’t.

 

As an umpire, having a rule book in my pocket that is easily accessible to use to explain a rule or interpretation or to help coach junior umpires is vital. Previously you had to order a physical copy from Switzerland and getting hold of an actual rule book was therefore quite challenging. Having the PDF printed or on your phone somehow didn’t add enough authenticity to your cause and people would still argue.

Playing with the app this morning, I was highly impressed. The rules section is broken down into five clear sections that help you shift through and find the rule section you are looking for quickly. They are:

  • Introduction
  • Terminology
  • Playing the game
  • Umpiring
  • Field Equipment & specifications

Bookmark A Rule Quickly

The app is simple, but has a few incredible features. Firstly, you can bookmark a rule for quick access. This way you can highlight a few rules that players constantly ask about and you can quickly show them the official wording and in 10 seconds before/after a match something can be clarified. I really like this from a speed point of view.

Watch Videos & See Implementation

Something that the game has been crying out for for a very long time has been a collection of short video clips explaining why the blow went a certain way. While many people can often recite the rules, they don’t understand how to implement them within a game situation, and with these clips, you can now quickly watch and understand how a certain call affects the game.

Testing Your Knowledge With A Quiz

This one is a no-brainer as to how important it is to the game. Give the players/future umpires the rules, tools to understand and learn how to interrupt things, but then the most important step is testing them and putting things into practice. The quiz section selects 10 randoms questions, gives you scenarios and then provides you with a few multiple choice answers. While the questions aren’t higher grade, they still test the basics and help you make sure that you should be able to handle a lower level game to begin with.

Overall, I think this is a brilliant move from the FIH and one that the game has been dying for. Next up, we need an update to the app to try and teach you the basics of umpiring in terms of signalling, positioning and how to manage a game. That way we will hopefully be able to grow the group of umpires coming into the game and ensure that our game continues to grow across the globe.

2017 Western Province Men’s & Ladies Team Announcement

After the disappointing news that senior IPT had been moved from Cape Town to Joburg due to the water restrictions meaning that we wouldn’t be able to water the astro’s during the tournament, it is great to see the teams announced. IPT takes place in Johannesburg at the Randburg astro from 24 to 30 April.

The Men’s A team is looking a little more fresh faced than previous years but after last years disappointment of not making the semi-final’s perhaps it was time for a little shake up? There is an emphasis on a young team, but by no means does that mean that this group is inexperienced. There are a number of youngsters who have national caps, combined with some players that are starting to lose the youngster tag and come into their own as established top quality players. 9 players with international caps recently isn’t something to scoff at.

Men’s A Team:

Steve Evans (Head Coach)
Lungile Tsolekile (Assistant Coach)
Martin Van Staden (Manager)
Alex Stewart – Maties
Andrew Hobson – Maties
Anton Van Loggerenberg – UCT
Bernard Greybe – Central
Bjorn Sorenson – UCT
Callum Buchanan – WPCC
Charlie Bowren – Maties
Dave Agar – WPCC
Dayaan Cassiem – Central
Jason Mulder – Central
Jean – Pierre De Voux – Central
Jody Erasmus – Central
Keenan Horne – Maties
Matt De Sousa – Maties
Owen Maqhula – Langa
Rob Edwards – Langa
Ryan Crowe – WPCC
Ryan Julius – Central

Men’s Peninsula Team:

Denzil Dolley (Head Coach)
Jacques Grobler (Assistant Coach)
Nathan Diedericks (Manager)
Cameron Ryan – WPCC
Chris Louw – Central
Chris Rhode – Maties
Jacki Mohlaba – Maties
Jacques Bleeker – Maties
Jordan Turnbull – Maties
Kurt Hensburg – WPCC
Lance De Kock – Central
Luke Schooling – Maties
Luthando Jonas – Central
Michael Mulder – Central
Raaghib Fredericks – Central
Reece Arendse – Maties
Rob Mckinley – Maties
Tim Welsh – UCT
Tom Richardson – Maties
Walter Pfaff – UCT
Warren McEwan – WPCC

I really like the blend that the Men’s Pens team have. There is a great mix of players that will create a good group and establish a really strong team. I expect them to punch above their weight again this year. Dare I say sneak a top 6 finish?

Ladies A Team:

Andi Bernstein (Head Coach)
Ryan Pillay (Assistant Coach)
Norma Schooling (Manager)
Nicole La Fleur – Maties
Ashleigh Freeman – Fish Hoek
Jackie Scheepers – Somerset West
Bronwyn Kretzman – Conberg
Paige Phillips – Maties
Paige Alcock – Maties
Michelle Dias – WPCC
Anche Nortje – Maties
Jade Mayne – Somerset West
Natasha Rootenberg – Maties
Illse Davids – WPCC
Quanita Bobbs – Central
Line Malan – WPCC
Gina Sole – WPCC
Tarryn Glasby – Maties
Candice Manuel – Conberg
Heather McEwan – Maties
Meg Robertson – Pinelands

Looking at the brains trust that this team has, I would be expecting some big things. Two of the top coaches in the country, supported by true leaders involved in the national setup, and you have such a strong setup. Through in a few youngsters, some established provincial players and things are looking good. Oh, and don’t forget the 6 national players.

Ladies Peninsula Team:

Brinsley Powell (Head Coach)
Mark Pickering (Assistant Coach)
Lynn Abrahamse (Manager)
Brittany Haupt – WPCC
Kaitlin Bryne – UCT
Kelly Croxford – Pinelands
Erin Prince – WPCC
Casey Hendricks – Conberg
Tarryn Horner – Conberg
Christine Seggie – UCT
Mikaela Watson – UCT
Melissa de Koker – Conberg
Allegra Djikstra – Maties
Francis Carstens – Maties
Nicole Bartsch – Somerset West
Kelsey Bailley – WPCC
Danni Cairns – Maties
Kaira Day – Somerset West
Kaydee Miller – Bellville
Robyn Pinder – UCT
Sasha Sivertsen – WPCC

This is the B team you say? Hmmm…similar to the Men’s Peninsula side, this team will give most top teams a run for their money. There are plenty of players pushing on the door of the A team and I am excited to see some of these youngsters push on into the A team in the coming years. Look at the number of players under the age of 23 in this squad and I would say that we are well set for a good few years! Top 8 spot is on the cards.

View the original announcement here.

Uncovering The Hatred Towards Umpires

Over the last few days there has been an article making the rounds. Simon Orchard, a current international player with Australia aka the Kookaburra’s, recently penned an article titled, “It’s Time Umpires Learnt The Game“.

Up until now I haven’t really provided any comment or shared my thoughts on the article because I felt that there was no benefit to doing so. However, what has eventually pushed my buttons and got me to craft a response is the sentiment that has clearly been simmering below the surface for quite some time, and this article has allowed to it flourish.

What sentiment is that you might ask? The horrid sentiment that somehow umpires aren’t good enough and that they don’t know the game. Now before we dive into the merits of that, and we will do, I want to shed some light on the type of players that appear to be sharing this concern. Some of the top players, both locally, nationally, and around the world are supporting this argument. Unfortunately, it is the players who always have the most to say about decisions in the game, but yet have never umpired a game in their life. Not even a school game, never mind provincial or international game. I find it ironic that all the loud-mouths are sharing this, and I haven’t heard a single peep from the players that just get on it with regardless of their thoughts on how bad the decision was.

Let’s clear something up quickly:

JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A GOOD PLAYER DOESN’T MEAN YOU KNOW THE RULES, OR HAVE ANY CLUE HOW TO UMPIRE.

I strongly suggest that some of the players sharing this article learn to control their tempers, keep their mouth shut and actually read a rule book. If the umpire is affecting your game that much, then I suggest you spend more time on the mental aspect of your game as that is clearly hindering your progress. 8/10 times that you think an umpire got the call wrong, I can almost guarantee you that it is correct and you just have a different angle, or don’t understand the interpretation of the rules.

Let’s dive into the merit of Simon’s article shall we?

First off, I ignored everything said before the first bullet point. It becomes difficult to find validity in an article, even from a current international, when the opening two hundred words are simply attacking umpires. “‘But without referees, we wouldn’t have ourselves a game’, I hear many say. What a cop out.” No Simon, that isn’t a cop out – that is the truth. “My weakness. My Achilles heel. My kryptonite. The only real variable that has consistently, and at times severely, distracted me from my hockey career.” Like I said previously, maybe it is time to focus on your own game and remove a variable that you can’t control and accept that? But I guess everyone is human, just like an umpire…

Now that we have dealt with his pathetic attempt at an opening, let’s dive into the points that he makes as they are actually half decent if you ignore the commentary below each point.

1) Lack of accountability

Ummmm….have you ever umpired at a tournament? You get a debriefing at the end of every game, and a group meeting at the end of every day discussing issues and performance as individuals and as a group. Those debriefings at the end of your game are harsh. Every Umpire’s Manager that I have had, some of them really good, long time friends, don’t hold back.

“You missed a stick shield in the 14th minute on the half way line. Go watch the video.”

“That penalty corner you gave should have been a stroke.”

“You missed something 50 metres off the ball.”

It is very difficult to appease an Umpire’s Manager, and if you have a bad game, you definitely suffer in terms of allocations for the next day and the rest of the tournament. I have never umpired on the international stage so I can’t comment on what the review process is there, but to get to the top of the game, you have to be seriously good. No, in fact you have to be impeccable, outstanding, remarkable, and more importantly, consistent.

However, I do feel there is room for improvement, especially in the Western Cape and the league structure at the moment. Don’t worry, Hockey Point is in the process of addressing this issue so that there is clear communication and feedback, but my expectation is that 99% of feedback will be unjustified complaints, and zero positive feedback.

2) Poor communication skills

I am not even going to address this from an umpire’s perspective, because I find this point laughable. I have met very few umpires who aren’t approachable, who won’t explain things, or who won’t have a little bit of banter on the field. Even listening to the international games where the umpires have microphones so you can hear everything, you will hear them engage with the players. The problem is that players almost never engage with umpires in the correct manner or at an appropriate time. As soon as the ball is live, the chance for engagement or discussion about a decision is gone. Learn to accept decisions as they are, and if you aren’t happy, use your review in the 23’s.

If a player shouts at me or disrespects me I automatically don’t give them the time of day. However, umpires will always give you the a chance and that right until you lose it. Oh, there is also the other factor that technically only the captain can speak to the umpire. I wonder why that rule came in…

Mr Orchard, I suggest you perhaps change your tone and approach to the umpire and perhaps you will get a better response?

3) Remove the emotion and lose the ego

“I always believe high-level players make the best umpires.”

I can’t debate this point because so few top players umpire. Seriously, it is embarrassing how few top players give back to the game and umpire. Across the Western Cape, I can’t name one player that plays in the top league that is involved in umpiring in anyway. ANY. SINGLE. WAY.

“They referee with a chip on their shoulder and almost go looking for retribution, any chance to stamp their authority on a troublesome player. A big no no if you wish to maintain the status quo with both teams.” <- that sentence describes the job of an umpire. Without someone taking control, that “troublesome player” can ruin an entire game, and keeping the status quo across both teams and implementing the rules is our JOB.

Summary

Overall, I think Simon needs to reread this article, but replace every mention of an umpire or “referee” (by the way, the fact that you use that word shows that you don’t even understand what to call use and what the difference between a referee and an umpire is) and apply it to himself. How convenient that someone actually rewrote it for him then. “Dear Simon, Love An Official.

  1. Be accountable for your actions when you abuse an umpire
  2. Learn to communicate with an umpire in a respectable manner and at an appropriate time
  3. Remove the ego and understand that you aren’t above umpires. The game needs both players and umpires to go ahead.
  4. Unfortunately, one of the players that I looked up to just went down considerably in my opinion.

SA, Germany & England Cape Town 2017 Fixtures

We really are being treated to some top quality hockey in Cape Town this year! We recently had the Netherlands, Belgium, China & Chile here with the first Summer Series, and now we are graced with Germany & England as well!

England are bringing out their Men’s & Ladies sides, while Germany are bringing their Men’s team only. We will be treated to 8 internationals at Hartleyvale with 3 unofficial practice matches taking place in Stellenbosch on the Maties astro.

The action gets underway next Saturday the 25th of February where South Africa will take on England at 16h00 on both Saturday & Sunday. Hockey Point will be there keeping you up to date with all the action!

England Name Men’s & Ladies Squads For 2017 South Africa Tour

With 11 faces in the ladies squad in line to make their debut, this is definitely a development squad that will take on South Africa and Germany over the coming weeks. However, with seven of the gold medal winning team that recently were shock winners at the Rio Olympics, there is still plenty of experience to draw from.

Danny Kerry, coach of the ladies side said, “I’m expecting that both Germany and South Africa will potentially have more settled squads than us but the prospect of pitting our talents against that excites us. At the same time as we build our teamwork we will seek to do the same as a staff, putting in place good foundations for growth as a staff team to best support our playing team.”

Full Ladies Squad Squad:

Giselle Ansley (Surbiton)
Emily Defroand (Surbiton)
Sarah Haycroft (Surbiton)
Sabbie Heesh (Surbiton)
Jo Hunter (Surbiton)
Hannah Martin (Surbiton)
Hollie Webb (Surbiton)
Grace Balsdon (Canterbury)
Susie Gilbert (Reading)
Kathryn Lane (Leicester)
Joie Leigh (Clifton Robinsons)
Shona McCallin (Holcombe)
Ellie Watton (Holcombe)
Lily Owsley (University of Birmingham)
Livy Paige (University of Birmingham)
Erica Sanders (University of Birmingham)
Anna Toman (University of Birmingham)
Suzy Petty (Wimbledon)
Ellie Rayer (Loughborough Students)
Zoe Shipperley (Buckingham)
Amy Tennant (Grossflottbeker)
Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead)

Coach: Danny Kerry

With four matches in just seven days, this England squad will be pushed to their limits. Facing off against both Germany & South Africa who have far more settled and experienced squads, the nine juniors in line to win their first caps will certainly be thrown in the deep end. With the Hockey World League Semi-Final set to take place in July in London, this England squad will want to get up to speed quickly, and with two tests each against the bronze medal winners from Rio, and the hosts who have already played six tests this year, this will be the perfect preparation.

Full Men’s Squad

James Albery (Beeston)
David Ames (Holcombe)
Liam Ansell (Surbiton)
Tom Carson (Reading)
Brendan Creed (Surbiton)
Harry Gibson (GK) (Surbiton)
David Goodfield (Surbiton)
Chris Griffiths (East Grinstead)
Jonty Griffiths (Loughborough)
Michael Hoare (Wimbledon)
Ed Horler (Loughborough Students)
George Pinner (GK) (Holcombe)
Phil Roper (Wimbledon)
Liam Sanford (Team Bath Buccaneers)
Peter Scott (Team Bath Buccaneers)
Ian Sloan (Wimbledon)
Luke Taylor (Loughborough Students)
Jack Turner (University of Durham)
Sam Ward (Holcombe)
Henry Weir (Wimbledon)
Ollie Willars (Beeston)

Coach: Bobby Crutchley

Men’s & Ladies Official Announcements. Bold indicates those in line to make their debuts.

Greatest Shoot Out Goals & Saves

The old penalty stroke is long gone in field hockey, and in it’s place is the exciting penalty shoot out. Attackers go up against the goalkeeper one on one from the 23 metre line, and have eight seconds to score or it counts as a save. We found the two videos below that show some of the greatest goals and saves since this new rule has come into play. Some of these are just simply mind blowing. Strikers vs goalkeepers – are you ready!?

Greatest Penalty Shoot Out Saves

 

Greatest Penalty Shoot Out Goals