Johannesburg, Tuesday, 29th August 2006 – The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has announced the SPAR South African Women’s Hockey Team to participate in the 2006 Samsung Hockey World Cup which takes place in Madrid, Spain from the 27th September to the 8th October 2006.
After the recent successful SPAR Challenge series against the touring Indian team and the SPAR Inter Provincial tournament the national selectors finalised today the team to represent South Africa at the 11th Women’s World Cup.
Marsha Marescia who has represented her country 108 times in International matches takes over the captain’s armband from the recently retired Lindsey Carlisle.
Whilst leading her young team at the tournament Marsha will be able to rely on the experience of other senior players such as Caroline Jack, Kate Hector and Jen Wilson.
The national selectors have also brought in the exciting young striker Dirkie Chamberlain who will add more punch up front and will earn her first cap during the tournament.
The team will meet at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria from the 3rd to 8th September for a final training camp before their departure on the 14th September for Barcelona, Spain where they will participate in training matches against their Australian counterparts prior to the World Cup.
The SPAR SA Women’s Hockey Team:
Tarryn Bright (WP), Cindy Brown (WP), Dirkie Chamberlain (NOR), Fiona Butler (SG), Henna du Buisson (WP), Lesle Ann George (NW), Kate Hector (WP), Taryn Hosking (WP), Kim Hubach (NOR), Caroline Jack (SG), Lenise Marais (WP), Marsha Marescia (SG)(Capt), Tsoanelo Pholo (SG), Mariette Rix (WP), Shelley Russell (WP), Kathleen Taylor (WP), Sharne Wehmeyer (SG), Jen Wilson (KZN).
Non Traveling Reserves:
Natasha Davidson (SG), Marcelle Keet (NOR), Sanani Mangisa (NOR) and Vidette Ryan (WP).
Mrs. Shaune Baaitjies (Manager), Miss Jenny King (Coach), Mr. Fabian Gregory (Assistant Coach), Mr. Adrian Carolan (Video / Statistician), Dr. Karin Hugo (Trainer) and Ms. Marlene Naicker (Physiotherapist)