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Bonnet’s women off to Cup

By Mark Etheridge

Our women’s hockey team jetted off to South America on Sunday for the World Cup in Argentina later this month.

The squad recently completed an intensive two-week training camp, starting off in Durban and then wrapping things up in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.

Said national coach Giles Bonnet: “We had 30 players with us during the two weeks and used this as part of our preparation for the Commonwealth Games and the upcoming World Cup.

“We also did our testing during this camp and set the individual programs for the athletes. This testing was done by Derik Coetzee, who worked with the winning Springboks in their 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign.

“The focus over the two weeks was on technical skills and the implementation of these skills during matches. We also reviewed the playing style which was initiated in China and worked through the key areas associated with this new style.

“A focus of the camp was to set new levels and break through previously perceived boundaries that had been set. In a lot of areas the team was able to explore this new approach.”

The World Cup venue is in Rosario, Argentina between 29 August and 11 September. South Africa have been drawn in Pool B for the 12-team tournament along with hosts Argentina, China, Spain, England and Korea.

Their pool opponents are all ranked higher than them. Curently South Africa hold 12th spot on the FIH rankings list.