Vida Ryan

August 2008 gSTAR: Vida Ryan

Hockey striker Vida Ryan is getting her first taste of the Olympics in Beijing, representing the SPAR National women’s hockey team, just 18 months after making her debut for South Africa. What makes this story even more special is that it’s a family affair with Vida’s sister, Vidette, also part of the national team.

Hockey Girls Win Bronze

The SPAR South African Women’s hockey team finished their three week tour off in brilliant style when they beat India 5 – 1 in the 3rd and 4th play-off match, to take the bronze at the 4 Nations Women’s hockey tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Saturday.

Coach Wants More than Wins

Dirkie Chamberlain of South Africa and Svetlana Nikonova of Russia compete for the ball in the second meeting between the teams in the SPAR Cup Tri-Nations Tournament being played at the Randburg Hockey Stadium in Johannesburg. SA won 5-1. Picture: Reg Caldecott SPAR South African hockey coach Jenny King was a frustrated and disappointed woman […]

SA Win Convincingly to Take Series

Kathleen Taylor, pictured on the attack against Canada in Pretoria on Sunday, opened scoring for SA in the 14th minute, to begin the home side’s convincing 4-1 win in the final test, to take the series 2-0. Picture: Reg Caldecott South Africa played to a convincing 4-1 win over Canada at the Tshwane University of […]

Tests Continue in SPAR Cup

SPAR South Africa captain Marsha Marescia on the attack during the three test series against Canada in Pretoria, completed on Sunday, which SA won 2-1. Picture: Reg Caldecott South Africa’s hockey team kick off their internationally-sanctioned SPAR CUP tournament against Russia in Randburg this afternoon, in a six-test tournament also including Canada, following the home […]

Three Tests in Olympic Hopes

South Africa’s Henna du Buisson on her way to putting South Africa into the lead in the first of three tests played against Canada in January, 2007, which South Africa won 3-0. Picture: Jackie Wiese. The SPAR women’s hockey team are attending a training camp at the High Performance Centre at Pretoria University this week, […]

SA Line Canada Up in Olympic Quest

South Africa’s Lesle-Ann George launches an attack against the USA during the Argentina 4 Nations Cup in Mendoza, Argentina, during January. South Africa narrowly lost the match 0-1. Picture: Matias Noe Correa Arce (MNCA Photographe) There are less than six months before the start of the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, and the SPAR […]

SA Holds USA to 4 Nations Draw

Jenny King’s girls demonstrated their worth on the international stage on Thursday night in Mendoza, Argentina, when they drew four-all with the United States in their second Four Nations Cup encounter.

SA Look to Build on Win

The South African women’s hockey side will be looking to build on their first Test victory when they clash with Ireland at Hartleyvale on Tuesday evening (start 7pm).

SA Overwhelm Ireland

‘Setting the foundation for the season’ were the words from captain Marsha Marescia after a solid 4-0 win for the SPAR SA team over the Ireland team in the first match of the series. 

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