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CTM New Title Sponsor of PHL

CTM, South Africa’s largest retailer of tiles and bathroom ware, is proud to announce its continued support of the South African Hockey Association, upgrading its role to chief sponsor of the Premier Hockey League (PHL) for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. CTM was first introduced to the PHL in 2017, sponsoring four of the nine […]

iWYZE Schools International Series | Night Three

On a cool night in Pietermaritzburg the iWYZE International U18 series between South Africa and Australia came to an end on a thrilling note. Heading into the final night the South African girls had already secured the series with two fantastic wins, but the boys series was still in the balance as both games had […]

iWYZE Schools International Series | Night Two

The second night of the Old Mutual iWYZE International School Series offered as much excitement as the opening night with more frenetic play and superb crowd support in Pietermaritzburg. Once again, the games were streamed on YouTube, with the likes of Cindy Hack and Jethro Eustice on commentary rounded off the product fantastically. Boys | […]

IWYZE Schools International Series | Night One

On the back of the iWyze Under 16 Hockey Nationals in Pietermaritzburg, the now annual International U18 Series between the South African Schools and Australian District Schools kicked off in front of a fantastic crowd at the UKZN Astro. Not only was there a big crowd at the stadium, but the game was streamed live […]

SA Women’s Hockey Squad named for the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup

African women champions South Africa have announced their 18-player squad for the 2018 FIH Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup. Sheldon Rostron’s squad, who qualified for the World Cup when they finished fifth at the FIH World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg in June 2017, features a blend of some superb youngsters coupled with experienced campaigners. One […]

SA U21 Men | South Africa under 21 Invitational Men named for IPT

The South African Hockey Association announces the South African under 21 Invitational Mens Squad to take part in this year’s Senior Men’s IPT in Pietermaritzburg at the beginning of August. This represents the next phase of the squad’s development towards the next FIH Junior Hockey World Cup. In September 2017 a 34 man greater squad […]

Illse Davids calls time on her SA Hockey Career

After 176 games for the South African Women’s Hockey Team, the diminutive midfielder Illse Davids has decided to hang up her stick and call time on her international career. Having debuted back in 2007 at Kenya in the African Hockey Cup of Nations, the former Wynberg Girls High School student, was a constant on the […]

In Memory of Golden Girl Liz Chase

In recent years there have been some incredible fairy-tale victories in sport, where teams have risen against the odds to secure a title. None of these have been more prevalent in world sport than the victory of Leicester City in the Premier League in 2016. Of course, the blueprint for that success was actually written […]

Women’s IPT 2018 | Six Games, Six Convincing Wins

The Women’s SA Hockey IPT 2018 opened its second day of competition by opening the B section’s competition for 2018 and that’s where we will start. The B Section features 7 teams looking for an opportunity to earn a place at the top table in the future. The format features each team playing each other […]

Siya Nolutshungu – Something Special is Brewing

We can cut to the chase. South Africa’s Hockey Men had a tough Commonwealth Games. The non-hockey following community may feel somewhat judgemental, but Mark Hopkins side showed us the offsprings of hope that comes with a change in season. There is definitely a spark of life in the squad if you watched close enough […]

Meet Phumelela “Phumz” Mbande

The South African Hockey Women are currently in Australia at the Commonwealth Games with a goal to try and secure a medal against the odds. If they are going to be successful then they will be looking towards Phumelela Mbande in goals to be a differentiating factor. The Carter High School product has earned 25 […]

The Breakaway with Allistar Fredericks

Allistar Fredericks became a hero for many when he became the first player of colour to represent South Africa’s Hockey Men. In a career that saw Fredericks feature at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the striker collected 57 goals in his 59 caps. The Atlanta Olympics stood out for Ally as a special moment in his career as […]

Six Matches to Watch at Saints Sports Festival 2018

The annual Saints Sports Festival, which traces it roots back to 1984 making it the oldest and largest Easter School Sports Festival, got underway today in Johannesburg. The Festival features rugby, hockey, netball, tennis, squash, football and cross country. For the purposes of this blog, we obviously chose to hone in on the hockey side […]

Commonwealth Games 2018 | SA Women call up Kara Botes

The South African Hockey Association today has confirmed the call-up of Kara Botes to the Commonwealth Games squad to replace Bernadette Coston, who is unavailable to travel with Team South Africa. An urgent “Late Athlete Replacement” application was submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation who subsequently approved the inclusion of Botes. Kara Botes is an […]

Meet Nqobile “Bili” Ntuli

The South African Hockey sides head to the Gold Coast to take on the Commonwealth Games. The SA Hockey Men feature an exciting and youthful squad including one of the most refreshing attacking talents in some years, Nqobile “Bili” Ntuli. Bili is now 22 and has already earned himself 21 caps and picked up six […]

New Indoor Hockey World Rankings Announced

Following the completion of the Indoor Hockey World Cup, the FIH has released the updated indoor hockey rankings. The indoor rankings are based on the three most recent World Cups as well as the ranking within the continental regions. Men’s Rankings In Berlin Austria secured their first ever World title securing not only the World […]

Five Great Stories of the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup

If you blinked you probably missed it as, after the three-year wait, the Indoor Hockey World has come and gone. Austria won their first ever title in the Men’s tournament while Germany established themselves as the leader in the Women’s game with their third title from five Hockey World Cups. Other than the obvious, there […]

Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018 | BlitzStoks end on a high

It’s been an incredibly tough week in Berlin for the BlitzStoks, having hoped to have closed the gap on the top end of the indoor hockey spectrum, but ultimately have identified differences that are there. Throughout the tournament, the South African men failed to capitalise on their moment of dominance and were then ruthlessly punished […]

Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018 | BlitzStoks beaten by Belgium

All eyes would have moved from the group stages to the positional playoff game in Berlin, but the BlitzStoks still had a match to play that could alter the tournament for other teams. With that in mind, the South African men headed to the venue to take on the Belgians. It should be remembered that […]

Indoor Hockey World Cup | Bruising Day One for BlitzStoks

Far away from the fanfare that has surrounded the last three years of PSi Hockey Nationals, the men are now 10 000km away in Berlin facing an altogether different challenge at the 2018 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. The opening day was always going to be the opportunity for the BlitzStoks to test if they […]

The Superb John Wright

More than 10 years ago I was making my way into the world of umpiring hockey, I had coached and played but umpiring was something I had a more natural affinity towards. I was coaching an Eastern Gauteng team at the U21 IPT, after the coach pulled out on the eve of the tournament, being […]

The BlitzStoks Brace for Berlin

The South African Indoor Hockey Men, the BlitzStoks, are in Berlin and gearing up to take part in the fifth Indoor Hockey World Cup, South Africa’s fourth. In the BlitzStoks three previous World Cup appearances the team finished 10th, 11th, and 11th. Those teams, however, were not afforded the opportunities together that the current team […]

Mark Hopkins is the new South African Hockey Men’s Coach

Photo – edited – original by Marcel Sigg Mark Hopkins has been named as the head coach of the South African Men’s Hockey for the period up to and including the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup in India. The new coach succeeds Fabian Gregory, who stepped down after the FIH World League Semi-Finals in South […]

South African Hockey Teams for the Commonwealth Games

The South African Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams that will take part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, were today announced by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. The South African Women, powered by Private Property, have stuck with consistency and stuck with largely a combination of the players that faired so […]

Five Hockey Events to Excite in 2018

2018 is arguably the biggest year in hockey for a while and while you sit on the edge of your seating eagerly anticipating what the hockey world will offer, its time to make sure you plan your international holidays around these epic events for 2018! Here are Five Hockey events that we think will excite […]

Help get the BlitzStoks to Berlin

The South African Indoor Hockey Men, the BlitzStoks, secured their place at the 2018 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup when they won the African Qualifier in Swakopmund in June. Since the 2015 Indoor Hockey World Cup, where they finished 11th, the team has been steadily progressing and look poised to offer the best ever performance […]

Croatia Cup 2018 | Glory for SPAR South Africa

The final day of the 2018 Croatian Indoor Cup offered the tantalising prospect of knock out hockey, something that has caused immense excitement in various tournaments around the globe over the last 12 months. The nerves for SPAR South Africa would be there as they know that more than anyone else about the possibilities of […]

Sports 24 Seven Indoor Hockey Awards

Last week at the conclusion of the Premier Hockey League the South African Hockey Association announced the SA Hockey Awards (for 2016, the 2017 awards will only be announced at PHL 2018). There was a glaring absence from the awards and that was any recognition for the Indoor format of the game. I have subsequently […]

PSi Showdown | To the All-Stars goes the glory

Last night was the final night of the inaugural PSi Showdown, a compact, exciting and high-quality exhibition of indoor hockey. Each night of the showdown features three matches with the top 2 sides playing off in a Showdown for the bragging rights on the night. The World All-Stars triumphed on Day one, while South Africa’s […]

PSi Showdown | That’s why they are called All-Stars

Tonight was the third night of the inaugural PSi Showdown, a compact, exciting and high-quality exhibition of indoor hockey. Each night of the showdowns feature three matches with the top 2 sides playing off in a Showdown for the bragging rights on the night. The World All-Stars triumphed on Day one, while South Africa’s BlitzStoks […]

PHL 2017 | Four, Two, One!

And just like that, the Premier Hockey League is finished for 2017. After an initial delay in the tournament, the tournament offered some more excitement and more importantly, at least for me, a further chance to tell the story of South African Hockey and the players that make this such a special sport. Here is […]

PSI Showdown | South Africa Strike Back

Tonight was the opening night of the inaugural PSi Showdowns, a compact, exciting and high-quality exhibition of indoor hockey. Each night of the showdowns feature three matches with the top 2 sides playing off in a Showdown for the bragging rights on the night. Here is what went down on Match night one. Game 1 […]

PHL 2017 | Reviewing Weekend Three

The group stages are done and the final four will line up as follows: Lakers vs. Daisies Mambas vs. Dragons Bunters vs. Rafters Cavemen vs. Elephants Here is a recap of the third weekend’s action ahead of the final two days. Remember you can read our recap from week one here and from week two […]

PSi Showdowns | It’s the World All Stars who strike first

Last night was the opening night of the inaugural PSi Showdowns, a compact, exciting and high-quality exhibition of indoor hockey. Each night of the showdowns feature three matches with the top 2 sides playing off in a Showdown for the bragging rights on the night. Here is what went down on Match night one. Game […]

PHL 2017 | Previewing the Ladies Tournament

The 2017 Premier Hockey League is upon us after its initial delay earlier this year. We gave the men their moment earlier this week and today is the turn of the Ladies. Can anyone stop the 2016 champions the Blyde River Bunters? Wineland Wings The Wings were incredible last year in that they only lost one […]

PHL 2017 | Previewing the Mens Tournament

The 2017 Premier Hockey League is upon us after its initial delay earlier this year. The major product in the SA Hockey Revolution captivated the attention of fans last year as with Supersport on board many local players were seen for the first time ever. The second tournament starts this Saturday and will see the […]

Previewing the SPAR Indoor Hockey Test Series

Tonight SPAR South Africa begins on a new journey towards the next FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup as they take on Zimbabwe in a five-match test series, powered by SPAR. Its the first time the SPAR South Africa ladies are playing since their disappointment in Namibia and coach Lennie Botha has opened up the team […]

The SA Indoor BlitzStoks Squad for the Indoor World Cup

The SA Indoor BlitzStoks, powered by Tops at SPAR, will be heading to Germany in February 2018 to take on the best in the World at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. The Men earned their spot with an outstanding victorious display at the African Hockey Indoor Cup of Nations in Swakopmund earlier this year. […]

Jethro Eustice – The First Name on the Team Sheet

Ismailia in Egypt. South African Men’s Hockey had faced a testing road to get the African Cup of Nations tournament, with many players unavailable for various reasons. This on the back of an incredibly underwhelming FIH World League tournament that we hosted. It was on the back of losing to Egypt at home in a […]

The SA Hockey Men are African Champions

The SA Hockey Men headed to Egypt on the back of some interesting times. They had failed to impress at the FIH World League and found themselves in the Wooden Spoon match. Coach Fabian Gregory had signed to move on to coach in Hong Kong and the information leaked during the tournament. An interim head […]

The SA Women’s Hockey team are African Champions

The South African Women’s Hockey team are African Champions for the 7th consecutive occassion. HEading to Ismailia in Egypt, our team had already qualified for the FIH Hockey World Cup, through finishing fifth at the FIH World League Semi-Finals, but were keen to emphasize their domination on the continent. The team itself featured a few […]

SPAR South Africa Indoor Hockey Ladies squad announcement

The SPAR South Africa Indoor Hockey women’s team have a fantastic summer to look forward to as SA Hockey confirms two series on their calendar. The first confirmed series vs Zimbabwe will take place in Durban on the back of a fantastic Interprovincial tournament hosted there this month. The second sees SPAR South Africa heading to […]

AFCON 2017 | Recapping the SA Ladies first few days in Egypt

The Private Property SA ladies are currently in Ismailia in Egypt taking on the African Cup of Nations. The tournament is a pivotal one for our ladies in terms of ranking points, but also in developing towards the FIH Hockey World Cup in 2018 after qualifying for the tournament. So let’s kick start with the […]

Indoor IPT 2017 | We are the Champions!

When Queen penned the lyrics to “We are the champions” I imagine the thought that every major sporting event would have the song ringing out was not at the forefront of their minds. It was however at the forefront of the SPAR KZN Raiders ladies and men today as they successfully defended their Indoor IPT […]

Indoor IPT 2017 | The Semi-Finals

There was a little bit of gloom in the air around Durban this morning, but that was definitely not brought on by the indoor hockey on display. The early morning saw the cross pool playoffs for position 5-8 before the big semi-finals got underway. Ladies IPT (Danville Park Girls School) SF 1 – KZN Raiders […]

SA Mens Indoor IPT 2017 | The Fantastic Four

The 2017 South African Indoor Hockey IPT entered its second day in Durban with extra excitement as day one had given the supporters and players a taste of what to expect from day 2.  The morning fixtures completed the group stage with all focus then turning onto the Quarter Finals. QF 1 – KZN Raiders […]

SA Ladies Indoor IPT 2017 | The Fantastic Four

The 2017 South African Indoor Hockey IPT entered its second day in Durban with extra excitement as day one had given the supporters and players a taste of what to expect from day 2.  The morning fixtures completed the group stage with all focus then turning onto the Quarter Finals. QF1 – KZN Raiders 7-0 […]

SA Indoor Hockey IPT 2017 – Day One

The winds were blowing at nearly 30km an hour in Durban today, almost symbolically sweeping the South African Indoor Hockey Inter Provincial Tournament into the coastal city. If the wind was fast, the hockey took up another level with some outstanding moments produced on day one of the historic tournament. Although the main story of […]

My Five Favourite Olivier Giroud Arsenal Goals

Last week Thursday the fantastic Olivier Giroud scored his 100th Arsenal goal, becoming the 19th player in the clubs 131-year history to surpass the milestone. Since signing for Arsenal on the 26 June 2012, the Frenchman has maybe divided opinion but has constantly scored some outstanding and important goals for the Arsenal. So naturally, I […]

How the 13 Proteas warmed up for Bangladesh

This week the Proteas will take on their first test series under the stewardship of Ottis Gibson. Gibson has selected a 13 man squad for the series, with Mulder possibly a replacement for the injured Wayne Parnell. Ahead of the first home test of the series, we thought it would be good to check out […]

The Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018

Yesterday the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the groups for the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup to be hosted in Berlin in February next year. With all but one spot finalised, the 12 teams in both Men’s and Women’s tournaments have been divided into two groups of 6. The top 4 will qualify for the […]

The Five Best SA Kolpak Players

The English County season has reached its conclusion with the unfancied Essex following up their promotion last year to win the title. A massive part of this success was the sensational form of Simon Harmer, who really was unfairly not given more time in the SA test squad in my opinion. So I dived into […]

Five Worst Springbok Test Matches

Having endured 80 minutes of some of the worst rugby I have ever watched the Springboks play on Saturday morning, with all credit to New Zealand for showing the kind of ruthlessness that the best Springbok side has never shown, it definitely made its way onto my list as one of the worst Springbok test […]

Sheldon Rostron to lead SA Hockey Men to African Cup of Nations

The current SA Women’s Hockey National Coach, Sheldon Rostron, has been appointed as the Interim Head Coach for the SA Men’s side. Rostron will be in charge of the SA Hockey Men for their World Cup qualifying bid at the African Hockey Cup of Nations in Egypt in October this year. The appointment will see […]

The Quantum Driving Winter Shootout

This past weekend the Quantum Driving Winter Shootout reached its climax as the top 16 hitters from across the Qualifiers headed to Woodmead to take each other on in the most explosive form of golf. Quantum Driving is the Long driving game in South Africa and their Winter Shootout was arguably their most exciting offering yet. […]

SA Hockey Squads announced for African Cup of Nations

The South African national hockey sides head to the African Hockey Cup of Nations in two very different states. The SA Women’s side will go to Egypt as the favourites whose minds are already on their World Cup plans having secured qualification at the FIH World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg. The SA Hockey Men are […]

Premier Skills interview Liezl Windvogel

Q1. Tell me a bit about yourself – where are you from/where did you grow up and why did you want to become a coach? LW I’m originally from Port Elizabeth, studied there and did all sorts except anything sports-related. I didn’t know a career can be made of sport especially not really being exposed […]

British Council / Premier Skills CASE STUDY: Real impact. Real people.

Calvin Fisher interviews Wonderboy Qeqe, Liezl Windvogel and Sergio Van De Ross, and learns more about how their lives have changed since completing the Premier Skills program. I’ve just cruised into the heart of Gugulethu, that’s the township along the N2 just outside Cape Town International Airport. My mission is to locate Mseki Junior Primary […]

Premier Skills returns to Cape Town

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council which uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world. It draws upon the Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network, track record […]

New Proteas netball coach named

Former Proteas netball captain Elsje Jordaan has been appointed head coach of the national team until the World Cup in Liverpool in 2019. Netball South Africa (NSA) director of coaching, Anneline Lewies, said Jordaan would work with consultant coaches Norma Plummer and Nicole Cusack, who have contracts with NSA until 2019. “Dr. Jordaan was chosen after an […]

Celebrating 11 years of gsport

On the 1 August 2006, gsport was launched by husband and wife duo Kass Naidoo and Ryk Meiring. The purpose of the venture was to raise the profile of South African women in sport, and to encourage Corporate South Africa to back our female athletes. Through the resulting 11 years gsport has developed into an incredible […]

Win tickets to the FIH World League

The FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final being hosted in South Africa is into the knockout stages now and that means everything will be on the line as teams try and cement their place in the World League finals as well as the FIH Hockey World Cup. Tournament sponsor, Adidas, have given us tickets and some […]

Candice Manuel – SA Hockey’s Newest Hero

The South African Womens Hockey side entered into the final group game at the FIH World League Semi-Final against the highly favoured Americans knowing that they needed a victory. The Americans had already secured their place in the knock out stages and were strongly favoured to knock out the hosts, who had lost to Chile […]

Austin Smith 150*

Tonight in the FIH World League Semi-Final being expertly hosted by SA Hockey at the Wits Hockey Club, one of South Africa’s longest serving players Austin Smith, the former captain, reached the 150 cap milestone. When you consider what a wonderful servant Austin has been to the country of South Africa, you just have to […]

The World 100 Cap XV

This Saturday the All Blacks skipper Kieran Read will play his 100th test match for the World Champions in the deciding match against the British & Irish Lions. In doing so he becomes the 48th player to reach 100 test and the 7th New Zealander. Sticking to a standard XV man formation, I select a […]

Tops @ SPAR BlitzStoks to face the International All Stars

This weekend the International All Stars will take on the Tops @ Spar BlitzStoks in Cape Town as part of the 2017 Pro Series Indoor Junior Nationals. The Greenfields Indoor Series will have three matches taking the total to 14 matches between the two teams. The Tops @ Spar BlitzStoks, wearing a new kit manufactured […]

5 things I love about the new Arsenal Home kit

This week Arsenal along with PUMA unveiled the new Arsenal Home kit for the 2017/2018 season. The press release was all around the focus on the fact that we are THE Arsenal, a club of tradition, of history and ultimately of class. Now you have seen the pictures on 50 websites, so instead of showing […]

The Stories of African Hockey Indoor Cup of Nations

I am fortunate enough to be at the African Hockey Indoor Cup of Nations in Swakopmund in Namibia. In this the African representative at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup will be decided and its being fought out between South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The daily reviews are on various social media channels, but here […]

SA Sport and the 17th June

On Saturday the 17th June the Springboks were absolutely rampant in defeating the French, largely thanks to an inspired performance from birthday boy Siya Kolisi. But attention on the day also went back in time as the 17th June had previously produced one of the most iconic moments of South African sporting history but also […]

The All New PUMA ONE

PUMA, in collaboration with international star Antoine Griezmann, youth academy players, football crazed teens and legend Thierry Henry have created the very first PUMA ONE football boot, which delivers on the needs of all players, from ruthless defenders to fleet footed strikers, in one boot by focusing on FIT, FAST and FEEL. Predominantly white, the […]

My 5 Favourite Proteas Captains

The other day I wrote about my 5 favourite Springbok captains, which mostly went down quite well (Except for Corne Krige). So I know turn my attention to the next one of the countries big sports, cricket. The Proteas have had 12 ODI Captains and 11 test captains since our return to International cricket. T20 […]

The FIH Hockey Pro League

Each year the anticipation of the opening Springbok test fills the fans and the public. Shirts are worn in their numbers and provincial enemies become friends as they gear themselves up to cheer on the Green and gold. Squad selections are discussed over the cooler and everyone unanimously agrees that we are a better side […]

My 5 Favourite Springbok Captains

Warren Whiteley led South Africa onto the field of battle against France this weekend and in doing so became the 58th Springbok captain and the 18th post isolation. As my own knowledge and support of the sport only covers the post isolation period, I have decided to pick my five favourite Springbok Captains in this […]

Saluting Rhett Halkett

Its been a  week filled with Gupta Emails, ratings agencies and of course the coolest Google Doodle ever. Well many of us have been talking about Covfefe, the start of the Champions Trophy, Wonder woman or looking ahead to the Champions League, there was a South African that really should have been more spoken about more […]

Its a PUMA-ful week in Football

This past weekend, including today, can only be described in the World of Football as not just Beautiful, but PUMA-ful as four major victories were achieved by PUMA sponsored clubs. English FA Cup – Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea Arsenal entered the FA Cup final as extreme underdogs against League Champions Chelsea. To cap off what had been […]

The SA Hockey Squads are Announced

The upcoming landscape for South African hockey players should be an exciting one. The country will host the biggest hockey tournament we have hosted so far (no disrespect to the Champions Challenge) when we host the FIH World League. Following on from this will be the African Cup, which is likely that we will have […]

South African Hockey IPT Review

The Men’s and Women’s Inter Provincial Tournament took place in Randburg this past week where the best of South Africa’s field hockey players looked to put their names in the window for the PHL and the FIH World League Semi-Finals. It was a tournament that produced the surprises and tension that hockey can so often […]

Six Standout performances from SA Championships

The South African Senior Championships took place in Potchefstroom and despite the lack of coverage on live television, Potchefstroom was definitely filled up while a couple of SA Stars once again but their best food forward. Here Sports 24 Seven picks our 6 Standout performances from the completed Championships! Akani Simbine slays the 100m For […]

A Case for each SA Super Rugby Team

Last week SANZAAR dropped the news, that had been reported more than a month ago, that Super Rugby would be returning to 15 teams. To do this they would drop 1 Australian team and 2 South African teams. Now of course this poses a challenge to SARU who have previously steadfastly backed six South African […]

The St. Mary’s Investec Schools Festival 2017

There is little doubt in the hockey community that the St. Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival is the highlight of the school girl’s hockey calendar in South Africa. The tournament, now in its 18th Year, featured 30 teams from across South Africa joined by a Zimbabwean (Peterhouse Girls) and Namibian (Windhoek High School) school. Incredibly over […]

Ernie and the Masters

As Ernie Els played out what will probably be his last appearance in the Masters, his 23rd appearance at Augusta, you couldnt help but think that it is a tournament that has not delivered the joy for Els that he has delivered for the South African public. Sunday was no different as Els had to […]

10 Best moments of the Dan Nicholl Show

I received an email confirming that The Dan Nicholl Show, proudly made by Brightrock, is coming back to Supersport for a fifth season. In a time when Supersport have cancelled almost every other magazine type show, the closest answer we have had to the brilliant Super Saturday from years go by, the Dan Nicholl Show, […]

Winners and Losers of NZ Test Series

The South African cricket team have just completed another away test series victory with a massive assist from the weather saving the game and confirming victory. As I have done in the past I thought I would pick some winners and losers from the series, i.e. who further enhanced their careers and who did more […]

FIH Launch the Rules of Hockey App

Words – FIH Earlier today the International Hockey Federation (FIH) launched a free ‘Rules of Hockey’ app for iOS and android smartphones. The app details the official FIH Rules of Hockey 2017, providing officials, players and fans with an easy-to-use and accessible resource. Mobanode, who have created similar products for other sports including rugby and […]

Proteas Perfect 12 from 2005…

As already shared on the site, the Proteas have accumulated their 12th consecutive win in ODI cricket, matching the National record set back in 2005 (When the team went 20 games unbeaten, with the 12 wins in the middle). We have paid tribute to the current crop, but what about the team from 2005. There […]

The Proteas Perfect 12

The Proteas secured their 12th consecutive victory in One Day International cricket for the second time in their history with an Andile Phehlukwayo inspired nail biter in New Zealand. The victory meant that the Worlds top ranked ODI side have now matched the second best run in the history of ODI cricket (The best is […]

Rocking at the Music Run

We were promised an experience unlike any other. We were promised the loudest 5km in the world. We were promised more fun in an afternoon than watching those cat videos on YouTube. We were promised entertainment. All of these promises were met in abundance at the first ever Music Run in South Africa. Breaking the […]

South Africa Reclaim World ODI Number 1

The Proteas are the top ranked One Day International team in the world for the fifth time since the rankings were introduced in 2002. South Africa last held the number 1 ranking in November 2014 before we were beaten 4-1 by Australia. But since August 2015 South Africa have gone about rebuilding the squad and have […]

Picking Laureus Awards Winners

The 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards take place next week Tuesday in Monaco. For those who’s heads have been in the sand, the Laureus Awards are essentially the equivalent of the Academy Awards for Sport. They are the only awards that cross all different sporting codes. Obviously individual sporting codes have a slight advantage, but […]

10 Great Stats from #Federer18

On Sunday the Greatest mens tennis player of all time, Roger Federer sealed his 18th Grand Slam Tournament Title with a thrilling five set victory over arch rival Rafael Nadal. Few would have anticipated Federer, seeded 17th, to qualify for the final, let alone win the tournament, but he now stretches his lead at the […]

WIN: Weekend Passes to Zandos Cape Town Tens

In 2016 the Zando Cape Town Tens were announced as the “Best Live Experience” at the Discovery Sport Industry Awards. It was a fitting award for one of South Africa’s favourite events. In 2017 the much loved sporting festival returns to Green Point on the 3 & 4 February 2017. This year there is once […]

WIN – Entry to the Music Run

We have been writing about the Music Run for a couple of weeks now and we are extremely excited to announce that we have two tickets to giveaway. The loudest 5km race in the world, the Music Run, is finally making its stop in South Africa, where Johannesburg will play host to the innovative race. The […]

Farewell to the Superb Sanani Mangisa

On Tuesday afternoon, the South African Hockey community bid farewell to the sensational goalkeeping superstar Sanani Mangisa as she announced her retirement from International Hockey. As a role model to many and a massive friend of mine personally as well as of the website as well, I was always going to pay tribute to a […]

Meet the newest South African Hockey Players

The Western Cape is once again playing host to the Summer Series featuring both the South African Men and Women’s teams. The Men are taking on the Netherlands in 3 tests as well as Olympic Silver Medalists Belgium, while the Women are taking on China, Chile and Belgium. After the opening weekend of games (The […]

WIN: Entry into the second Spur Cape Summer Trail Series

You may remember towards the end of last year I took part in the Spur Gauteng Sumer Trail Series, which was my first venture into trail running. I immediately was taught the very interesting lesson that running can be incredibly technical. And while trail running may offer a completely different challenge, it still offers that […]

Berlin to host the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup

Although it had been hinted at a couple of weeks ago, today the FIH confirmed that the next Indoor Hockey World Cup will be hosted in Berlin from the 7-11 February 2018. This will be the fifth Indoor Hockey World Cup and the third hosted by Germany after Liepzig played host in 2003 and 2015. […]

The PUMA EvoPower Vigor 1 XI

Today PUMA announced the full release of the PUMA evoPOWER Vigor 1, after the tease release a couple of weeks ago of the PUMA evoPOWER Vigor Camo. The new generation ‘power boot’ from Puma has been revamped with a load of upgrades from the previous edition. And to do something a little bit different, we decided to pick a PUMA evoPOWER […]

5 Short Runs to get your Year started

New Year has kicked in and many people have embarked on a new journey of fitness, health and clean living. Running has become my poison of choice for fitness over the last 18 months, so with my own taste in mind, here are five short runs you can take part in over the next month […]

The “17” XI

Happy new year to all the readers of Sports 24 Seven – All Things Jabu, I hope your sport wishes come true and the Springboks mend broken hearts! To kick start our 2017 coverage, the 7th year of the blog, I decided to put together an XI from the current Premier League squads that wears […]

An entertaining end to an entertaining series

They say that all good things must come to an end and that was the case when the Tsogo Sun International All Stars and the South African Indoor Hockey Men took to the field for their final match of the Greenfields SA Indoor Series. Once again UCT produced a full house to spur the two […]

SA Show heart in improved defensive display

The third match of the Greenfields Indoor Series started much like a blind date, in that it was incredibly apprehensive compared to the opening two games. The South Africans demanded a better defensive display, the All Stars demanded much of the same and the crowd demanded more entertainment and prizes from Princess Hockey. What would […]

International All Stars blitz South Africa

After last night’s opening game of the series, much was expected for the second game of the Greenfields International Indoor Series. The International All Stars would know each other’s games a bit better have spent a bit more time together. And like any long distance relationship, there is a little bit of adjustment when you […]

South Africa lose out in thriller against International All Stars

If indoor hockey needed an advert, the opening match of the 2016 Greenfields International Indoor Series between South Africa and the All Stars was the perfect tonic. In front of a packed and vociferous crowd at UCT Sports Centre, the two teams gathered to produce a game of indoor hockey that would reverberate throughout the […]

The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series 2016

I have now been running for just over a year on and off due to injury, however I have mainly only taken part in road running. However as you would have seen with my adventures with the likes of the obstacle course races and even a duathlon. So when I was presented with the opportunity […]

PUMA’s School of Speed is Here

In 2016 South African sprinting emerged as an area of massive pride for South Africa as the shorter distances started featuring South Africans on a regular basis. Of course it was also the year that Usain Bolt completed the unprecedented triple triple at the Rio Olympics. With all the excitement around the flagship events of […]

FIH Junior Womens World Cup – All the details

Our South African U21 ladies are in Chile about to take on the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup. South Africa have been at every Junior Hockey World cup since 1997, with a best finish of 6th in 1997 and 2001 when the tournament featured 12 and 15 teams respectively. It will be tough for Tshutshani’s […]

The Music Run is coming to South Africa

The loudest 5km race in the world, the Music Run, is finally making its stop in South Africa, where Johannesburg will play host to the innovative race. The Music Run by Old Mutual is an immersive 5k fun run that puts music at the heart of the experience. Over 120 concert quality speakers pumping out over […]

Teams named for Indoor Series

While South African indoor hockey continues to develop, there is no doubt that in the ladies game Namibia is matching those strides. With this in mind it is with great excitement that we look towards the upcoming 5 match test series to be hosted in Swakopmund, Namibia. Both teams will be eagerly looking forward to […]

A History of the ATP World Number One Ranking

This week Andy Murray, whether you like him or hate him, became the 26th man since the ATP Rankings began on the 23 August 1973 to sit as number one. It has been an incredible 7 years since Murray first peaked at number two in the rankings but the Scotsman has finally reached the highest peak. The […]

SA Indoor Hockey Men named to take on All Stars

Pierre le Roux, the coach of the SA Men’s Indoor Hockey side, today announced his SA Indoor squad to take on the formidable International All Stars. The squad was picked after the recently completed IPT where the Kwazulu Natal Raiders marched to a dominating title. The team will in all likelihood continue to be led […]

The Biggest Victories in PSL History

It was my birthday on Tuesday, 1 November, and as a Kaizer Chiefs fan I got a pretty incredible gift as our arch nemesis Orlando Pirates tasted the most remarkable defeat at the hands of the most successful Chiefs coach in the PSL era. The 6-1 defeat to Supersport left Mushin Ertugal offering his resignation […]

Indoor Hockey Glory for the KZN Raiders

It’s been a riveting weekend of indoor hockey in Bellville down in the Western Cape. There have been more goals than controversial statements from Donald Trump and as the weekend progressed the quality of the hockey started to experience an upsurge as well. Ultimately it was the expected KZN Raiders who did the job and […]

Indoor IPT Group Stages, can anyone stop the Raiders?

The Bellville Velodrome has played host to some outstanding events over the years, with numerous concerts having taken place here over the years. This year it is playing host to the South African Inter Provincial Indoor Hockey tournament. 3 days of frenetic hockey will be played out to see which province can lay claim to […]

A Look at South Africa’s Paralympians

The Paralympic games finished just under a month ago in Rio with South Africa finishing in 22nd place with 17 medals, of which 7 were gold. After all our hockey lately, we thought it would be great to analyse the South African Paralympic medalists for South Africa, including all 78 gold medals won since return […]

The Whitewashing Proteas

As South Africa sealed an incredibly unpredictable 5-0 win against Australia after a tense final game in Cape Town, we thought we would look for the previous times the Proteas have sealed an ODI series with a whitewash. Incredibly in ODI cricket, considering only series with more than three games this was the 39th whitewash and […]

Reviewing the final week of the Premier Hockey League

As I have done throughout the tournament, there is a detailed review of the final 10 games of the inaugural Premier Hockey League. Ultimately the Maropeng Caveman and the Blyde River Bunters were announced champions after fantastic tournaments. I will be sharing a tournament recap, including the team of the tournament soon, but for the […]

The PHL Group stage permutations

The Group stage of the inaugural Premier Hockey League reaches its conclusion this weekend with the final five group games in each of the two tournaments. In order to help our readers, and fans of the PHL, we have put together the permutations for each team in order to qualify for the Semi-Finals. For some […]

The JabuView with Tarryn Glasby

The Premier Hockey League was launched this past weekend with the South African U21 Womens World Cup side taking part as the Namaqualand Daisies. Their inclusion in the tournament was to help prepare the team for the World Cup to take place in South America later this year. Fortunately for the team, they have Tarryn […]

The JabuView with Garreth Ewing

If you are an ardent hockey fan you will know the name of Garreth Ewing, or more specifically, Springs. Springs has been an active coach on the hockey circuit for a while and has seen him land up as the South African Men’s assistant coach, the head coach of the University of Johannesburg and of […]

South Africa’s Best Olympic Moments

The Olympic Games have passed their half-way stage already, South African’s sleep deprivation levels have started matching that of new parents and Team SA have won seven medals already, with a couple of great prospects still in the hunt. After Wayde van Niekerk’s incredible run our Olympic hunger is at an all time high. To feed that hunger that you […]

Premier Hockey League Reveals the U21 Sides

The Premier Hockey League draft is just a day away and the eagerly anticipated event has had the perfect curtain raiser as the PHL has unveiled the two U21 sides that will take part in the tourrnament that runs for four weekends in September. While 10 of the 12 playing squads will be selected via […]

South Africa’s Golden hopes at Rio

The most medals South Africa has won at a Summer Olympics post isolation is 6 which was first achieved in 2004 in Athens before repeating the feat in 2012 in London. The country did amass 10 medals in 1920 (Antwerp) and in 1952 (Helsinki). SASCOC have set the 137 strong team a goal of 10 […]

Win the new Arsenal Home kit by PUMA

A couple of weeks back Arsenal, along with PUMA, released the home kit for the 2016/17 Premier League Season. It will be a season where the Gunners look to build on their second placed finish from last year and try and win the trophy that has alluded them for the past decade. The kit itself […]

Take on the Jacobs Ladder

Over the past couple of months something special has happened at the home of cricket in South Africa. The iconic Wanderers Stadium, which held the 2003 World Cup Final and the 438 game, has welcomed a new tenant, the Wanderers Sports Medical Centre. The WSMC offers the a sports medical doctor, homeopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractor, podiatrists,  […]

We are THE Arsenal – Mumbai

PUMA have been one of Arsenal’s major sponsors for two years now and have made some fantastic strides in this time. Few will forget their fun new jacket for Arsene Wenger with the much easier zip, the launch of the kit last season that was “Powered by Fans” and of course the #ForeverArsenal movement. Heading […]

The SA Women U21 for the Junior Hockey World Cup

Fresh from releasing the men’s squad to take on the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup last week, we are pleased to be able to release the Women’s squad that will head to Santiago in Chile from the 24 November to the 4 December. The ladies qualified after winning the African Qualifier in Namibia emerging triumphant […]

The SA U21 squad for the Junior Hockey World Cup

The South African U21, led by the brilliant Garreth Ewing, will be heading to the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup in India in December after qualifying at the African Qualifier earlier this year. In the previous edition of the tournament  in 2013, South Africa finished in 12th place just one position behind the best finish […]

PUMA Golf TITANTOUR Ignite – now with Disc

“Innovation” gets thrown around a lot when we talk about sportswear. But if there was ever a brand that genuinely, meaningfully and consistently lived up to its definition, it would be PUMA. Central to this is the PUMA Disc: currently the world’s fastest non-lacing system and which this year celebrates 25 years in the business of […]

The Big 5 Sports Challenge passes half-way

The seventh Big 5 Sports Challenge is currently underway as part of the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The Big 5 Sports Challenge has become a bucket list item on the international endurance and adventure race calendar. Athletes compete in five predetermined events and a points system is used to determine the winners. The first […]

South African Indoor in Underdog Win

The International All-Stars had played South Africa in five tests before last night, including the 6-4 win in the opening game of this year’s series, and had not tasted defeat. With World Cup winners Robert Tigges, Laurens Goedegebuure, Teun Rohof and Nicki Leijs, playing alongside South African superstar Austin Smith few would have given the […]

The South African Hockey Boys U18 Squad

The U18 Hockey Inter Provincial Tournament has just reached its conclusion in Bloemfontein. The Boys section has been won by the KZN Inland side who beat Northern Gauteng, who had shocked Western Province in the Semi-final with a come from behind 2-1 win,  in the final 3-1. The final was a quality game that underlined […]

Our favourite PUMA Football Kits

As a football season comes to an end there are always a few discussion that football fans take part in. Analysing the season that has just been, dissecting which players they will sign, which players they will sell and very importantly, what the new kit will look like. PUMA are the kit suppliers for many […]

Bring back the Green Bokke

This past Saturday the Springboks were defeated for the first time in history by Ireland in a test match played in South Africa. There will be player’s ratings, lessons learned and massive opinion posts all over the internet all week as everyone looks to tell us where Springbok rugby has failed. It’s definitely the fault […]

A Pain in the Brain – Floored by Injury

Last year I took on the well i am 4 challenge. I was one of the Transformation finalists and found myself physically and emotionally lighter. I had become a passionate social runner, building up to 15 km with relative comfort. Sweets and sugar had never appeared less appealing to me. My affinity towards Coca-Cola and […]

The PUMAView with Richard Murray

Richard Murray captured South African hearts when he won a silver and bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in the triathlon. This past weekend the PUMA sponsored athlete took on the World Duathlon Championships just 7 weeks after breaking his collarbone. PUMA had a chat with the popular South African about his running, the Olympics, […]

The Men who have completed Career Grand Slams

As Novak Djokovic powered home to his first French Open title in a manner that could almost be called cruelty to Gingers against Andy Murray, he finally sealed his career Grand Slam and cemented his place as one of the greatest in tennis history. He became the eighth man to do so and only the […]

A Day at the Comrades with KPMG

There are few sporting events in the world that have the ability to produce goosebumps with the regularity of the Comrades Marathon. From the National anthem and Chariots of Fire at the start, to incredible defiance of physical limits during the day, the Comrades Marathon produces extraordinary at an astonishing rate. Having attended Comrades in […]

Why the Lions are the Super Rugby side

Super Rugby, in a tough concept year, is now on its hiatus for the June Internationals. When you cast your eye over the tournament so far there will be a few things that strike you. The Sunwolves, Kings and Jaguares have struggled and instead of being a welcoming addition have been the whipping boys, filling […]

Meet the new PUMA Arsenal home kit

There is no hiding my affinity for both Arsenal and PUMA. To my delight a couple of seasons back they partnered up. Now heading into their third season together (21 seasons after Spurs last finished ahead of Arsenal – had to get that in there) PUMA have unveiled the new home kit for the Gunners […]

The Road to the Varsity Hockey Final

Varsity sport has revolutionised the sporting landscape in South Africa and one sport in particular appreciative of the opportunity is hockey. Tonight is the Varsity Hockey final at the UJ Stadium between Gauteng super rivals University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria. UJ are the defending mens champions after they beat Maties in a thrilling […]

Celebrate the 1st Birthday of Boksburg Parkrun

The Parkrun movement is something I really love. I have constantly been saying that fitness should not be an expensive decision but an easy one. Parkrun is a massive help to that. This Saturday my home Parkrun, the Boksburg Parkrun, celebrates its first anniversary. Its going to be an outstanding morning with and outstanding team led […]

The JabuView with Unogwaja Aline Carvalho

Tomorrow morning the Unogwaja team leave the Tsogo Sun, Southern Sun Waterfront in Cape Town for the beginning of the sixth Unogwaja Challenge. This year Brazil feature once again and before they descended on Cape Town, I had a chat with Brazilian Aline Carvalho. For the benefit of our Brazilian friends, the interview is published […]

The Five Best Goals of the EPL Season

The 2015/2016 English Premier League season came to a rollicking end last weekend as Leicester received a guard of honour from Chelsea, Tottenham got spanked by 10-man relegated Newcastle and climbed straight back into Arsenal’s shadow and Manchester United managed to avoid their fifth place finish with an abandoned match holding up the potential dismissal […]

The JabuView with Unogwaja Ian Martincich

I first met Ian when I was asked to interview him for the Unogwaja Challenge. Our mutual love of Red Socks and the Arsenal Football club led to a great couple of chats and even an early morning climb up Lions Head together. As Ian prepares to take on the journey from Cape Town to […]

The Biggest Shock Champions in Football

Leicester City have just completed the most incredible, against the odds, championship title in England. The Foxes refused to fall away and the unthinkable became the inevitable as they ran away with the title in some style. Although they are by far the greatest against the odds victory, Leicester are not the only team that […]

The JabuView with Unogwaja Andrea Moritz

As we continue our journey through the Unogwaja Challenge 2016 team, we know get a chance to meet the first ever Canadian to take part in the Unogwaja Challenge. The Comrades Marathon ambassador jumped at the opportunity to take part in the journey of heart and also to chat to us about all things Unogwaja. […]

The JabuView with Unogwaja Miguel Netto

In my various roles with Unogwaja over the past four years, I have met some fine individuals. People who will always put others before themselves, people who are determined to leave the World better each day and people who believe in the power of following your heart. All these descriptions could describe Miguel Netto, one […]

The JabuView with Willie Britz

Willie Britz returned to the team where he first made big strides when he left the Lions to join the Cheetahs in 2015. He also spent some time playing for the Shining Arcs in the Japaneses league. Having spent most of the season out with an injury, Willie returned to the Cheetahs last weekend in the […]

The JabuView with Janine van Wyk

Janine van Wyk recently took to the field to captain Banyana Banyan in her 127th game for her country. She is now the most capped football player in the land after surpassing Aaron Mokoena (A while ago) and now Portia Modise. The 2010 SAFA Female Player of the Year is now building towards representing her […]

PUMA take Tricks to Golf

PUMA have decided to shake things up again. Having introduced dual coloured Tricks running shoes and football shoes (as seen on the feet of Nacho Monreal, Sergio Aguero and Marco Reus this past weekend), PUMA have launched the limited edition TITANTOUR IGNITE Tricks golf shoe that will be worn by defending champion Ricky Fowler at the […]

Win an entry to the FNB Joburg 10k CITYRUN

Today the entries opened for the inaugural FNB Joburg 10k CITYRUN which will take place on the 24 September 2016. It is a perfect way to spend your heritage day morning for proud Joburgers to celebrate their city. The CITYRUN will incorporate iconic landmarks like the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, Wits University, Neighbourgoods Market […]

Laureus World Sports Awards 2016

The Laureus World Sports Awards for 2016 took place in a spectacular event in Berlin last night. The best of the World were honoured, with Tennis once again coming to the fore as Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were crowned as the best sports people on the planet for 2015. Rugby also had its moment […]

Are PUMA and Bryson DeChambeau the Perfect Match?

Bryson DeChambeau is slowly becoming a household name through his performances as an Amateur golfer but also for his zaney style and clubs. His performance at the Master saw him win the Silver Cup and finish in an incredible tie for 21st. Unusually all of DeChambeau’s irons and wedges are cut to exactly the same length, […]

The Previous Springbok Coaches Records

Allister Coetzee was announced as the Springbok coach today, in a secret as guarded as Paris Hilton’s home videos, to a generally warm reception from the South African public. That sentiment of goodwill can quickly turn nasty though if results dont go the correct way for the Bokke in 2016. Coetzee’s reign will begin in […]

It Varsity Cup Final Day

Its fair to say that this years Varsity Cup has had its fair share of drama both on the field and off the field. But putting aside different pointed tries, matches behind closed doors and some drama that is not sports related. But one thing that remained consistent was that the Varsity Cup once again […]

Masters: Is this the Craziest Ace ever?

Louis Oosthuizen found his way onto the 16th hole last night in the final round of the Masters and lined up to tee off after his playing partner. The 16th had already incredibly produced two aces in this round after Irishmen Shane Lowry first and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III secondly earlier aced “Redbud”. […]

The South African Masters Challenge

Tonight the finest golf tournament on the annual calendar kicks off with the awesome Par-3 Challenge at Augusta. The Masters is a tournament that many golfers measure themselves on and one that has eluded some of the greatest players on Earth including Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Bobby Locke. This year also is […]

The JabuView with Unogwaja Craig Wiseman

The 2016 Unogwaja Challenge is just 60 days away and it’s time to meet our next member of the 2016 team. Craig Wiseman, our favourite Australian (Although he is really a South African), decided after his world was changed in 2015 that he would like to take on the 2016 edition and play a role […]

KFC Mini-Cricket Kids at the Proteas T20

Having played in the previous version of KFC Mini-Cricket as a child, I have always been a massive fan of the concept of getting kids active. I am also a big fan of any opportunity for kids getting the chance to meet their heroes and potentially inspire the future AB de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada […]

The Proteas T20 Ladder

Inspired by a similar theme of articles that I have seen on Football 365, I decided that after the Proteas completed the T20 series with Australia and ahead of the World T20 (Which has already started anyway,  but that’s another matter!) I would rank the top 20 players in my order of importance. I am […]

The JabuView with Gowan Jones

As part of our ongoing partnership with Futura Sports Agency, we have lined up another international star in Gowan Jones, one of their latest signings, for a chat about all things hockey. Gowan has been part of the South African Men’s Hockey team for a number of years now and has underlined his place as […]