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 an invitational tournament in Croatia in January 2018. There is also a third International series to take place in Cape Town pending confirmation
The SPAR South Africa women to take on the Zimbabweans as well as the International series features 14 players. There are three goalkeepers in the 14 player squad with previous shot stoppers Hanli Hattingh and Nicole la Fleur (currently on International outdoor duty in Egypt) joined by Cheree Greyvenstein who was outstanding for the SPAR KZN Raiders in Durban.
Coach Lennie Botha has the opportunity to call up current dual internationals in Jessica O’Connor, Kara Botes and Celia Evans, while Kelly Reed and African Hockey Indoor Cup of Nations top goal scorer Heather McEwan also make the final team. Lethal striker Eloise Walters and Amore de Wet, who has been out of the side for the past year, also earned call-ups from some inspired hockey at IPT. Cindy Hack, the first South African player to reach 50 indoor hockey caps, will continue to lead the team after her player of the tournament performance at the 2017 IPT.
New caps in the squad include the impressive Jamie Southgate, Robyn Johnson and explosively talented youngster Teagan Fourie. It’s a great opportunity for Botha to field youthful exuberance and introduce a few talented players into the rigours of international indoor hockey.
For the Croatia Cup, 12 of the players remain the same, with the exclusion of Heather McEwan and Cheree Greyvenstein. The Cup offers the SPAR South Africa women a great opportunity to test themselves against some high-quality opposition while simultaneously building a bigger group of players for the SPAR South Africa squad.
Skipper Cindy Hack is particularly excited about the Croatia Cup opportunity stating: “This an incredible opportunity to be invited to the tournament and it’s an exciting new phase, a building phase, where we are able to expose new players to top international indoor hockey. Tournaments like this allow us to gauge where we are in the international scene and outline what we need to be working on going forward.”