News Updates  
 

20 September 2015

Announcement of the coaching staff for the National Teams - 2015 / 2016

   
 
 

15 September 2015

Kempton Park WILDCATS win the SA Super League

The last time the Super League took place was in 2002, so 13 years later and after a 15 game round-robin between the 3 top premier clubs in South Africa, the WildCats headed up by Eddie Compton took the series with 6 wins and 4 losses, ending up on 18 points.

The return of Damian Cardoso to SA Hockey after his suspension was a powerful addition to the Wildcats team, Damian learning that he is able to do alot of damange while keeping within the rules of the game. Additional mentioned should go out to solid team on defence with Ashley Bock in net and David Watson, two very experienced and compatent athletes who were the core and the reason for the teams success.

Forward, Jack Valadas, ended as the top point scorer for the league with 18 points in 10 games. Congratulations to Wildcats, and we look forward to the 2nd SA Super League taking place early in 2016.

   
 

12 April 2015

Team South Africa - Pre-tournament camp

The senior men's team arrived in Cape Town at the Strand Tower Hotel for the commencement of their pre-tournament camp.

A well prepared squad took to the ice for 2-a-day practices under the watchful eye and guidance of Bob Mancini and Lou Melone from USA Hockey, with confident progression and a solid looking hockey team being the outcome from such knowledgable coaches.

Special thanks goes out to official clothing sponsors of the national team, Canterbury - CNS (Computer Network Services) - Working SA "Working Together".

   
 

26 January 2015

Team SA U20 - Tournament Recap

The national U20 team left for Dunedin, New Zealand, ready for action in a rather tough group having to play the likes of Mexico, China, New Zealand (hosts), Turkey and Bulgaria.

Unfortunately Bulgaria was not able to participate due to various reasons, this left TeamSA with 4 tough games ahead. Their first encounter was against the hosts New Zealand, with a battle right till the end buzzer, however NZL edged away in the 3rd period. RSA 1 - 5 NZL

Game two was against Turkey and this nail-biter for those who watched the game via livesteaming kept players, coaches and spectators standing in their seats for 60 minutes. TUR 1 - RSA 3

Game three was the battle against Goliath with China dictating and controlling the game for the duration of the 60 minutes, RSA was able to use this game to work on concepts that would prove beneficial in their final game against Mexico. CHN 13 - 0 RSA

The final game took place against Mexico and with only a quick goal early in the first, Mexico couldnt control the game with equal scoring opportunities on both ends. The hockey gods were not on Team SA's side as many shots were just past the post, only minutes before the end RSA pulled their goalie and with misfortune Mexico capitalized on the empty net, only to seel SA's fate with a 3rd and final goal. RSA 0 - 3 MEX

Overall, a very good performance from this U20 team and the future is bright for Team SA 2016.

Award winners are as follows:

Best player of Team RSA chosen by the coaches: #7 Dylan Compton
RSA vs NZL: #8 Brandon Husselman
TUR vs RSA: #1 Marcello Strydom
RSA vs CHN: #4 Keegan Thornton
RSA vs MEX: #11 Denzil Verwey

To view the statistics and livestreaming videos from the tournament click here

   

30 December 2014

Official announcement of the U18 National Team - 2015 Chinese Taipei

   

3 December 2014

Senior Mens National Squad Camp

This past weekend saw the top senior players in South Africa come together for a high intensity squad training camp in preparation for their upcoming IIHF World Champship tournament in April.

Players from Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town touched base on Friday afternoon with a brief meeting before the first of 3 AllStar Exhibition games that were scheduled to be played. The squad was split up into 2 even teams and the crowd anxiously awaited as an action packed game took place at the Kempton Park arena, Festival Mall.

The 2nd game also took place at Festival with the final on Sunday afternoon at the Grove in Pretoria. All of the games were well attended by eager sports fans and they were pleasantly surprised by the level of the games. The national squad had sufficient time to view footage and work with athletes to ensure that their development and preparation is on track.

A very successful weekend according to the organisers and a positive attitude from the soon to be named Team South Africa.

   

21 November 2014

   

Monday, 10 November 2014

   

Sunday 9 November 2014

Various SA Squads in preparation for upcoming World Championships

Christmas time doesnt only mean the end of the local seasons along with presents around a Xmas tree, as hockey countries are deep into their season, the various national squads are keeping fit and training all year round to ensure they are in peak condition for their IIHF appointments.

The ladies preparation took place only weeks ago with head coach Andre Marais working on player development, the senior mens will be skating under head coach Bob Mancini (from USA Hockey) at the end of November when Mancini has a final look at his players before he makes the cut.

This cut will be the final team to represent RSA at the IIHF Div 2B World Championships that are taking place in Cape Town in April from 13 - 19th. As schools come to a close, the U18 and U20 national squads will take part in a joint training camp with head coaches Marc Giot and Andre Marais honing the skills and team concepts.

The U20's lead 2015 with their WC tournament taking place in New Zealand in January, next is the Womens national team in Hong Kong in February, then U18's in Chinese Taipei in March and last but definitely not least the senior mens in Cape Town in April.

We wish all the players good luck for their final selections. GO TEAM SA!!!

   

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Womens National Development Camp

The Womens Natioanal Development Camp will be taking place this coming August over a 5 day period where the top female hockey players will be put through rigorous testing and training to determine where they stand with regards to their overall fitness, skills and game play.

This will give the coaches a great idea of what the plan of attack needs to be in order for the SA Womens national team to compete at an international level and to quality for IIHF World Championships early 2015.

   

Friday, 21 February 2014

   

Friday, 21 February 2013

SA U18 team - IIHF World Championships

The U18 national team departed for Izmit, Turkey for the 2nd year running, taking part in the IIHF Div IIIB World Championships. The tournament was short and sweet with South Africa facing off against Hong Kong and Turkey.

The first game was against new-comers, Hong Kong. Although new to IIHF they were well versed with some skilled players in both skating and passing. The game was rather tight up until the third period where SA lead 4-3, but the Hong Kong fitness lapsed and SA double the score line to an 8-3 finish.

The 2nd and final game against Turkey was for the gold medal, this game proved to be alot tougher than the previous with Turkey taking control and keeping the score line at 0-0 for the 30+ minutes. A lapse in the SA defense saw Turkey go ahead by a goal and SA had one more period with which to alter the score line.

A spark of despiration was ignited as SA started the third and final period of the game and came back with a goal to tie the game. Five minutes to go and SA scored the go-ahead goal on a powerplay, a nail biting final count down as the buzzer sounded and hockey equipment filled the air of the arena as cheers and celebrations for the SA team began.

Scores for the SA games were as follows:

South Africa 8 - 3 Hong Kong
South Africa 2 - 1 Turkey

U18 Team SA is promoted to Div IIIA for 2015.

Below are the personal awards and stars for the games:

     - Brandon Husselman - Best player vs Hong Kong
     - Keegan Thornton - Best player vs Turkey

     - Brandon Husselman - Best player for Team SA chosen by coaches
     - Charl Pretorius - Best goaltender of the tournament

Congratulations to Marc Giot(Head Coach) and Chris Reeves(Assistant Coach) for their time and dedication with getting the team ready for their tournament and a special thanks to the team management (Steven Johnson - manager / Caryn Maart - physio) for all the hard work that has been put in for the months leading up to this great event, lastly to the parents and those who travelled with to support the team in Izmit, Turkey.

Well done and congratulations on bringing back the gold!!!

   

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

SA U20 team - IIHF World Championships

After many year from withdrawing the SA U20 team from international competition due to various issues, Andre Marias lead 20 of the top junior players to Izmir in Turkey for the IIHF World Champsionships Division 3 where SA were to go head-to-head against some ice hockey powerhouses such as: Belgium, New Zealand, Mexico, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Starting their tour off with a warm up game against a local Turkish team, they were able to work out some minor issues and although the score was 14-4 at the final whistle, the team was all the better and ready to start the tournament with their first game against New Zealand. Scores for the SA games were as follows:

South Africa 0 - 6 New Zealand
South Africa 1 - 4 Turkey
South Africa 3 - 2 Bulgaria
South Africa 2 - 6 Belgium
South Africa 1 - 8 Mexico

Winning 1 out of their 5 games, beating Bulgaria in OT (over time) South Africa slides out of the relegation spot and is secure for the 2015 Div3 IIHF World Champs where they are confident to improve on this years performance.

Below are the personal awards and stars for the games:

Charl Pretorius - Best player vs New Zealand
Xander Botha - Best player vs Turkey
Dylan Compton - Best player vs Bulgaria
Callum Bremner - Best player vs Belgium
Denzil Verway - Best player vs Mexico

Xander Botha - Best player for Team SA chosen by coaches

 

Congratulations to Andre Marais (C) and Deen Magmoed (AC) for their time and dedication with getting the team ready for their tournament and a special thanks to the team management for all the hard work that has been put in for the months leading up to this great event, lastly to the parents and those who travelled with to support the team in Izmir, Turkey.

Well done to all!

   

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

   

Friday, 25 October 2013

   

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

   

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The final of the IPT's took place in Cape Town this past weekend and public holidays from Saturday 21 - Tuesday 24 September with The Ice Station and WPIHA hosting the tournamet featuring Cape Town Storm, Pretoria Capitals and Gauteng Wildcats.

Capitals vs Storm was the first encounter on Saturday morning and the game got underway with some high pace, fast moving hockey and quick feet and both teams looking like contenders. Although Cape Storm struck first it would be the Capitals to end on a convincing 5-3 victory. The winners then took to the ice Sunday morning to face the Wildcats at 5am.

Wildcats were fresh off the mark and speedster Damian Cardoso making good of his chances on the net along with Jack Valadas and Chris Engelbrecht, ensured that the game was theirs. Two hours later, and Wildcats were to faceoff against Cape Town.

Both teams on their 2nd game for the series, and a much more motivated Cape Town squad took to the ice making the already tired Wildcats pay for any mistakes made. Storm took the game and put all 3 teams with equal points each with 1 win and 1 loss.

Monday was a repeat of Sunday morning between Capitals and Wildcats, this time with a focused and determined Capitals team they made sure to capitalise on chances. WIldcats lead the scoring 3-1 up until 3rd period, and without warning Cameron Birrell turned up the heat and drove the dagger home. Final score was 6-4 in favour of Capitals.

Final day of hockey and this would see Cape Storm playing an immediate back to back game, first against Wildcats and then Capitals. The 5am game, Storm played a 4-line roster winning 7-2 against Wildcats, but werent able to keep up the pace for the entire 6 periods they were to play that morning.

Once again Cameron Birrell was potent on the attack and hit the back of the net on numerous occassions to ensure his team victory and the gold medal.

Prize Giving took place directly after the final game on the ice with Jason Cerff (WPIHA President) and Jerry Stevens (SAIHA President) awarding medals as follows: GOLD - Capital, SILVER - Storm, BRONZE - Wildcats. The individual awards were also handed out, as follows: Best Defence - Chris Reeves, Best Forward - Jack Valadas, Best Goaltender - Lucian Lorenzo, MVP & Top Point Scorer - Cameron Birrell.

Thank you to SAIHA and WPIHA along with all that were involved in the organising of this event, and good luck to all players for the upcoming senior squad annoucement for IIHF Div2B to be held in Spain, April 2014.


 

   

Monday, 19 August 2013

The Ladies IPT that recently took place in Cape Town was a great success!

It had been a full year since the last Women's Inter Provincial Tournament and as we all arrived in Cape Town, one could only feel excited to see what each game would hold. From the first game, it was very easy to see that the development of women's Ice Hockey in South Africa had taken positive steps forward.

The Provincial games started the weekend off very well, with each team playing a great brand of hockey. The games started very early in the morning (the first game started at 05:20) but this did nothing to stop the great vibe felt at the rink each day. It was fantastic to see how some ladies, with no International or Provincial experience under their belts, took to the ice to show off their new skill and determination. These new faces on the ice made the tournament even sweeter to be a part of. Development is certainly on the rise in the women's section and this couldn't have been more prevelent than when we saw the more experienced ladies using their new skills and plays to make their mark on the tournament. Lots of great goals, saves and plenty of support coming from the respective benches.

After some close games the Provincial section ended. Gauteng took Gold after a top all-round performance, KZN took Silver and WP took the Bronze. Great work by all the Provinces, and again, it was super to see all the new up and coming talent.

Awards for the tournament were as follows:

- Best Goalie: Shaylene Swanepoel KZN
- Best Defender: Lynette Ebert GP
- Best Forward: Dalene Rhode WP
- Top Points: Dalene Rhode WP
- Most Valuable Player: Donne Oxenham KZN

The next part of the weekend was set aside for the coaches choice games. The coaches sat down and split the ladies into three equal strength teams. These teams would play each other whilst we watched and made the final selections for the National Squad. These games did not disappoint, even after playing two tough Provincial games, the ladies put in a top effort throughout the coaches choice games and made the job of the selectors rather difficult.

The coaches choice games concluded and for some it meant getting straight to the airport to make their way home for others it meant they could start winding down after what was a very successful and well organized weekend of Women's Ice Hockey in Cape Town.

A very big thanks to all involved and we look forward to the release of the Ladies National Squad for 2014.

   

Thursday, 27 June 2013
SAIHA welcomes Kwa-Zulu Natal back to the Junior Under 20 division taking place from Saturday 29 June - Friday 5 July 2013. Lead by coach Mich Joubert [ Ladies national team coach ] Mich is proud to be apart of this team and we wish them the best of luck for the upcoming tournament.

   
 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Official notification from SAIHA:

   
 
 

Friday, 1 March 2013
The Cape Town squad left for JHB on a delayed flight that saw them collect their baggage at 1:58am, traveling to the SunRock lodge in Kempton Park and realizing they only had 2 - 3 hours of sleep before the 6am morning skate with Bob Mancini.

The first practice of the weekend started at an immense tempo and everyone rather nervous to show the coaches they have what it takes to make the final cut. Practices we 90 minutes in length and was an eye-opener to skaters as they could see the "ideal tempo" that the game should be played and practiced at.

After training 1, a core of player/coaches left for the USA Hockey Level 3 course that was hosted by Bob Mancini at a nearby Conference Facility which would last the duration of the day up until the 2nd skate of the day from 5-7pm. A rather tired group of hockey players sat infront of Bob while the course commenced and soon all were captivated by his knowledge and the information that he was "feeding" us.

A very interactive course saw the hours fly by and a great vibe was created with an extremely interactive level 3 course. Bob facinated new coaches with stories from his past and present and too local players passed on stories about how things relate in South Africa. A great first session overall and now it was time to head back to the arena for the 2nd practice.

Practice started at a higher tempo than the morning which was a great indication that everyone was taking in what was learnt and all were progressing. The drills were complex and everyone gave full attention to ensure that they grasped the concept of what coach was trying to relay and majority of the time things went according to plan, other times "not-so-much" but by the end of each drill players we skating hard and practicing with confidence.

Home time came round 8pm with Jhb players heading to their homes all over the massive city and Cape Town based players reverting back to their "home-away-from-home" at the SunRock Lodge. Ensuring they had sufficient food from the local take-out places, a tired bunch made their way back to get some much needed rest for the following day to come.

Sunday came and the squad arrived at the rink 5am for day 2's training camp. Effort levels were high and everyone carried on from where they left off the night before. Practice was technical and everyone related it to game situations which was going to be needed in the evenings upcoming game.

Practice flew by as all were taking in as much as possible and truely enjoyment was in the air. 10am came and day 2 of the coaching course commenced again with a very interactive and informative session. The knowldege gained by the particiapating coaches was invaluable and will definitely make a difference to the way that players are coached within South Africa.

4pm and players were ready to hit the ice for the Exhibition Game between the two teams announced by coaches prior to the game. The crowd anxious awaited the players to head out of the changerooms and onto the ice with interest to see who would be playing together as some additions from Durban and Cape Town were in and amongst the usual Jhb faces.

Warm up was compact but focused and either ends of the ice prior to faceoff, Andre Marais (Pretoria Capitals) and Marc Giot (Cape Town Penguins)(heads of the coaches forum for Jhb and Cpt) headed up their team talk with a brief message about how the game was to be played and instiling confidence in all the players to do their best.

The pace of the game was intense and a true showcase of what South African ice hockey has the potential to be, and more. SA coaching staff took to the stands to watch the pairings and make final decisions as to who would make the final national team to represent TEAM SA in Cape Town this coming April for the IIHF Div 3 World Championships.

Still awaiting the game report, but from memory here goes:

The entire game was well defended and attacked by both teams(high pace) with constant flashes and plays of brilliance from one end of the ice to the other. Xander Botha opened up the scoring for the Vipers with pressure on the oppositions Defence and good net-front-presence, this then made way for goals to be scored.

Andre Marais scoring a powerful 5-hole on a screened goalie, Marc Giot with 2 goals, 1 from a give and go with Zayn Du Plessis & from Chris Reeves with a breakaway, Deen Magmoed scored a great screen shot from top of the circles over shoulder of Lucian Lorenzo, Damian Cardoso scores with a tap in on the backdoor, Cameron Birrell scores on a break-away late in the 3rd period and Jack Valadas takes his time and slots one away on the Vipers goalie. (Apologies if anyone was left out)

Final score: Vipers 7 - 4 Miners

The game ended abruptly and was great to see a well respected game been played at a high tempo, a positive future for South African hockey. Final Team to be announced shortly.

   
 
 

27 February 2013
This coming weekend, Bob Mancini, the Development Director from USA Hockey, will be in South Africa to host the level 3 coaching course taking place in Johannesburg.

During this weekend, Bob Mancini & Ronnie Wood will be commencing the Senior National Squad trials at the Kempton arena with various training sessions and an exhibition game this coming Sunday evening. The squad is made up of players from Johannesburg and Cape Town, with the Cape Town squad flying in late on Friday evening to hit the ice early on Saturday morning.

We are looking forward to an intense and action-packed weekend of hockey and lots for everyone to learn from Bob Mancini both on and off the ice.

   
 
   
 
 

19 February 2013
Charl Pretorius rang the victory bell at Northwood school yesterday to commemorate his silver medal with Team SA and his performance to claim the top goalie spot with a save percentage of 91.38 % in the U/18 world championship.

This is a 108 year tradition for all champions to ring the victory bell. Northwood school has produced 14 NHL players and 4 Olympic team members to date. Charl is the first IIHF WC silver medalist and top ranked goalie produced by Northwood school. He is a grade 10 honor roll student and was recruited last year as goalie for the Northwood Huskies Midget team, one of the top Prep school teams in the USA.

Charl was coached at the IIHF World Championships this past February in Turkey by South African head coach Marc Giot , and assistant coaches Damian Cardosa, and Eddie Compton along with USA coaches Trevor Gilligan, Jim Dingle and goalie coach Mark Gilligan at the US Olympic training facility in Lake Placid, NY.

   
 
 
 

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