The South African women’s ice hockey team leave for England tomorrow to participated in the 2007 World Women Championship Division III which takes place from 05-10 March 2007 in Sheffield.

The South African women’s ice hockey team leave for England tomorrow to participated in the 2007 World Women Championships. 

South Africa play their opening game against Australia on Monday.

Head coach, Adele Kohlmeyer told gsport: “The squad has been training since October 2006 and as usual without finances, it has been difficult to get the team together for practice.

“We managed to have a full training camp in January and announced the travelling team. Due to a neck injury, we unfortunately cannot take one of our goal keepers, Angelique Otto. The rest of the team consists of older, more experienced players as well as junior players (16) who are new to the team.”

The Captain is Lelani Lombard, and the two Alternate Captains are Celia Temple and Sabrina Bundock.

The team’s assistant coach is Canadian, Debbie Strome who coaches hockey and teaches power skating for a living.

Kohlmeyer says the favourites at the tournament will be Australia and Great Britain, and South Africa’s best chances are against Belgium and Hungary. The champs also feature Great Britain and Korea.

South Africa has participated in International competitions since the 1970’s.

The height of ice hockey was in the 1970’s with a large number of “expats” boosting the local playing population.

South African Ice Hockey was accepted back into the International arena in 1992, and became affiliated with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the South African Sports Council (SASC) and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The squad to contest the Championships for South Africa is:
Attalia Otto, Northern Gauteng
Chloe Schuurman, Northern Gauteng
Donné Oxenham, Kwazulu Natal
Kirstin Oxenham, Western Province
Nadine Sheffield, Western Province
Natasha van der Stoep, Northern Gauteng
Robyn Adamson, Western Province
Rose Cronjé, Northern Gauteng
Tammy van Eeckhoven, Northern Gauteng
Celia Temple, Northern Gauteng
Esté Calitz, Northern Gauteng
Hayley Kobrin, Northern Gauteng
Jadi Leigh Wessels, Western Province
Lani Lombard, Northern Gauteng
Sabrina Bundock, Kwazulu Natal
Marianda Madden, Northern Gauteng
Marina Aldred, Kwazulu Natal

Readers can follow the 2007 World Women Championships online.