Today the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee have announced the final 42 squad members to represent the country at Youth Olympic Games from the 6-18 October in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Included in this team is the South African girl’s hockey side that qualified when they won the African Youth Games in Algeria.
The tournament will be the second played in the new innovative hockey 5s format that was used in Nanjing in 2014. The South African girls will be playing for the third time at the Youth Olympic Games, looking to build on their status as African Champions.
The team features six of the girls that were victorious over Namibia in Alger’s including the incredibly exciting Ammaarah Hendriks and the lethal duo of Kayla de Waal and Angela Welham who were the top scorers in the African Youth Games.
The coaching staff have also stuck with Mishka Ellis in goals after she conceded only five goals over the 7 matches in Algeria. The new players in the squad are Samantha Smuts, Nepo Serage and Zimkhita Weston.
The team will once again be led by the duo of Tsoanelo Pholo as the coach, whose voice was a regular for viewers of the CTM Premier Hockey League as she commentated on Supersport, and Tarrin Ramsden as manager. Ramsden was the assistant coach of the Madikwe Rangers who lost in the final this year. Both ladies are busy coaching sides, Southern Gauteng and Free State respectively, at the SA Hockey Under 21 IPT.
SA Hockey wishes the ladies all the best for the tournament and looks forwards to supporting the ladies as they go out and make our country proud.