Following two intensive training camps held at St Stithians college in January and February this year, the SA Women’s hockey squad has been announced.

Over the two camps, those who were called up to try out were put under a tough training schedule as each day the women would have a two hours skills session in the morning followed by two hours of matches.

ho were called up to try out were put under a tough training schedule as each day the women would have a two hours skills session in the morning followed by two hours of matches.

Coupled with this, the weather played its part in two extreme circumstances. During the morning sessions the temperatures were high while a few times the evening session had to be called off due to a highveld thunderstorm.

SA Women's hockey - Penalty Corner practice

The below article provides information on those selected. The article was first published on the SA Hockey site


The South African Hockey Association have today announced the South African Women’s Hockey Squad. This squad will be the first under coach  Robin van Ginkel and will be used to select the final tournament squads for the FIH Open Series Final in Valencia in June.

With Tokyo 2020 having just passed the 500 days away threshold, the excitement for the various qualification tournaments is palpable. South Africa will head to Valencia with the objective of finishing in the top 2. The African champions will take on Italy, Wales and Thailand in Pool B of the Valencia tournament, with hosts Spain partnered in Pool A with Belarus, Canada and Namibia.

The 26-player team announced features an exciting blend of new players with Robyn Johnson, Sandi Tabata, Ashleigh Datnow, Nikki Veto, Stephanie Botha, Casey-Jean Botha, Bianca Wood, Hannah Pearse and Tegan Fourie all looking to earn their first caps for the country.

Alongside the new faces is also a blend of great experience with Lisa Deetlefs, Erin Hunter, Nicole Walraven, Quanita Bobbs, Phumi Mbande and Tarryn Glasby among the players that van Ginkel will look to blend the newcomers to International hockey into the team.

“I am really excited to take my first team to Spain and look to do well in the FIH Hockey Series Final. The team selected has a good core of experienced players that will help blend the new names into the team and into International hockey. I am really looking forward to the start of our four-year process and the success we can bring to South African Hockey!”

South African Women’s Hockey Squad

NoPlayerProvinceCaps
1Stephanie BaxterNorth West23
2Quanita BobbsWestern Province114
3Kara BotesSouthern Gauteng41
4Casey Jean BothaSA U210
5Stephanie BothaSA U210
6Dirkie ChamberlainNorth West225
7Ashleigh DatnowSouthern Gauteng0
8Lisa DeetlefsSouthern Gauteng250
9Lilian du PlessisSouthern Gauteng119
10Celia EvansNorthern Blues145
11Tegan FourieSA U210
12Tarryn GlasbyWestern Province30
13Erin HunterSouthern Gauteng41
14Robyn JohnsonSouthern Gauteng0
15Nicole la Fleur (GK)Western Province19
16Ongi MaliSA U2110
17Marizen MaraisNorthern Blues14
18Phumi Mbande (GK)Northern Blues35
19Mmathshepo Modipane (GK)Southern Gauteng5
20Kristen PatonSouthern Gauteng15
21Hannah PearceSA U210
22Sandi TabataSA U210
23Izelle VersterNorthern Blues7
24Nikki VetoSA U210
25Nicole WalravenFree State45
26Bianca WoodSA U210