It was almost poetic that on National Women’s Day, the SPAR South Africa women’s hockey team gathered together to travel to Zimbabwe for the first ever International Indoor Hockey test series played in the country.
On the back of the launch of the ever-popular Pro Series Indoor in Zimbabwe, the SPAR South African ladies will take on the hosts in a five-match series at Hellenic School in Harare. It is the first senior international hockey of any form played in Zimbabwe for almost eight years and a great sign for the development of African Hockey.
This is the first indoor hockey for SPAR South Africa since their victorious participation in the Croatia Cup in January and offers a small taste tester for the remainder of the year. There is a five-match series against Namibia planned for October, while a four-match exhibition series against a World All-Stars will meet the team in December.
SPAR South Africa will once again be led by 62-cap skipper Cindy Hack, who was player of the tournament in Croatia, and features Jessica O’Connor as the other senior player, having amassed 60 caps for the national team. The team also features two exciting new caps. 18-year-old Edith Molikoe, a prodigious talent from the Eastern Cape, will make her International debut and is a name that you will hear a lot about going forward. Zimi Shange has been around the squad for a while but will earn her first cap in this series as the alternate keeper with Cheree Greyvenstein.
“We are so incredibly excited to be here for the first ever indoor test series in Zimbabwe,” shared captain Cindy Hack “it’s a great opportunity to get back into the swing of indoor hockey and to introduce a few younger players to the international stage. We would like to thank SPAR for continuing to support our indoor hockey journey.”
In a warm up game yesterday, SPAR South Africa emerged victorious with a 7-1 victory over the super spirited Zimbabwe “A” side, young star Tegan Fourie netting four of the goals, with Cindy Hack, Jess O’Connor and Edith Molikoe getting the others. It was a great warm-up to get used to the venue, put together for this weekend specifically, and the incredibly quick floor provided by Belgotex.
With more than 200 kids playing in the Psi series, the SPAR South Africa side will be sure of a vociferous crowd supporting the home side and creating a challenging environment. What more could you ask for!
South Africa vs. Zimbabwe Test Series Fixture
10th August (16:00) – First Test
11th August (10:00) – Second Test
11th August (18:00) – Third Test
12th August (16:00) – Fourth Test
13th August (16:00) – Fifth Test