Bonnet Names Squad for Scotland Tests

by | Feb 10, 2014

Hot on the heels of their 2-1 series victory over Belgium in Cape Town, the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team take on Scotland in five Test matches from Friday to next Wednesday at Tshwane University of Technology hockey stadium in Pretoria.

With the need to strengthen the player base, several of South Africa’s most seasoned players have been left out of this leg of head coach Giles Bonnet’s 2014 campaign that has as its highlights the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

“This stage is to be in two parts,” said Bonnet. “The first four days, and two unofficial matches, are a selection for the five-Test series that follows. In turn, the players who perform in the five Test matches against Scotland will give themselves a good chance of being selected for the Argentina tour that follows Scotland.”

Directly after the fifth Test against the Scots next Wednesday, February 19, the South Africans fly out to Argentina to play a five-Test series against the world’s second-ranked team in Mar del Plata before returning home on March 2.

Scotland head coach Gordon Shepherd will be without Ali Bell, Amy Gibson, Nikki Kidd, Emily Maguire and Morag McLellan, who are unavailable due to commitments with the Great Britain squad.

This should offset SA being without triple Olympians in captain Marsha Cox and world record Test match goalscorer Pietie Coetzee, as well as the likes of double Olympians Tarryn Bright, Shelley Russell, Lenise Marais and Sanani Mangisa.

Shepherd said he is looking forward to seeing his side, “tested against a top world nation. However, I have no doubt we will test them in equal measure, and I’m looking forward to the matches.”


Investec South Afriva vs Scotland International Series:
Tue 11 Feb (7pm): First Unofficial test match (HPC, Pretoria)
Wed 12 Feb (3pm): First Unofficial test match (HPC, Pretoria)
Official Test matches:
Fri 14 Feb (6.30pm): 1st Test (TUT, Pretoria)
Sat 15 Feb (3pm): 2nd Test (TUT, Pretoria)
Sun 16 Feb (3pm): 3rd Test (TUT, Pretoria)
Tue 18 Feb (6.30pm): 4th Test (TUT, Pretoria)
Wed 19 Feb (1.30pm): 5th Test (TUT, Pretoria)
The Investec South Africa Squad:
Phume Mbande
Anelle van Deventer
Hanli Hattingh
Nicolene Terblanche
Erin Hunter (subject to medical clearance)
Kaila Flemming
Christine Roos
Kelly Madsen
Illse Davids
Jade Mayne
Toni Marks
Tarryn Glasby (subject to medical clearance)
Candice Manuel
Sam Prost
Tanya Britz
Izelle Lategan
Lisa Deetlefs
Sulette Damons
Lilian du Plessis
Celia Evans
Kathleen Taylor (last 4 Test matches)
Marcelle Manson (last 4 Test matches)
Carmen Smith (awaiting clearance from university)
Jennifer Eadie
Nicola Cochrane
Vikki Bunce
Becky Ward
Amy Brodie
Catriona Ralph
Samantha Judge
Sarah Robertson
Holly Cram
Linda Clement
Ailsa Wyllie
Kareena Marshall
Leigh Fawcett
Rebecca Merchant
Susan McGilveray
Nicola Lloyd
Maisie Morris
Alison Howie
Nicola Skrastin
Aileen Davis
Kirsten McIntosh
Robyn Collins
Heather Elder

Photo captionGoalkeeper Phumelela Mbande, standing up to the challenge in the absence of first-choice keeper Sanani Mangisa, is in the SA squad to face Scotland. Photo: Plate Pictures


(With editing by gsport)

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