Junior Hockey World Cup Challenge Awaits SA

SA’s U21 Hockey captain Izelle Lategan and her 21-member squad have a big challenge just ahead at the FIH Junior World Cup, with Argentina, China and Canada as Pool B group-stage fixtures starting in Germany on Saturday. In this photo, Lategan is wished well by SA Olympic swim star, Ryk Neethling, at Heathrow outside London recently. Photo: Izelle Lategan The SA U21 team for the FIH Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup, in Mönchengladbach, Germany, from Saturday 27 July to 4 August 4, 2013, has been officially confirmed by the South African Hockey Association (See below for team members, tournament pools and South Africa fixtures).

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The tournament will feature 16 of the world’s finest U21 teams, and South Africa will face Argentina, Canada and China in the tournament’s Pool B round-robin opening phase, where the top two teams will make it through to the tournament quarter-finals.

The team’s knock-out stage aspirations are unlikely to be underestimated, with fierce opposition expected from the junior sides of world no. 2 Argentina, and no. 7 China.

The Argenina team includes four players who have already made their debut in the world number-two ranked senior squad, with Jimena Cedrés, Florencia Habif, Agustina Albertario and Roberta Werthein all having earned caps for Leoncitas.

South African will be banking on a healthy win over Canada, but the north-American athletes are well-known for total commitment in sporting quests, and they will likely view SA as fair game for an upset win.


The SA U21 team for the FIH Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup, in Mönchengladbach, Germany, from 27 July to 4 August, 2013:
1. Phumelela Mbande
2. Sherry King
3. Izelle Lategan (capt)
4. Nika Nel
5. Tanya Britz
6. Taryn Mallett (v capt)
7. Jacinta Jubb
8. Bronwyn Kretzmann
9. Liné Malan
10. Tiffany Jones
11. Lilian du Plessis
12. Suléke Brand
13. Erin Hunter
14. Nicole Walraven
16. Tarryn Glasby
19. Toni Marks
20. Nicole La Fleur
21. Quanita Bobbs
FIH Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup Pools:
Pool A: Ghana; Korea; the Netherlands; USA
Pool B: Argentina; Canada; China; South Africa
Pool C: Australia; India; New Zealand; Russia
Pool D: Belgium; England; Spain; Germany
South Africa Pool B Fixtures, at the FIH Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup:
27 Jul; 9:30am: South Africa vs China
28 Jul; 10:00am: Argentina vs South Africa
30 Jul; 2:30pm: Canada vs South Africa
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