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Marsha honoured again

Midfielder Marsha Marescia, captain of the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team, has been named in the World All Stars team for the third time in four years.

The silky-skilled Marescia, 27, was also selected for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) All Stars in 2007 and 2009.

“What more can one say about Marsha,” SA head coach Giles Bonnet said on Monday. “She is the complete professional, blessed with skill, fighting spirit and a strong attachment to the team’s cause.”

The All Stars selection is based on the recommendations and opinions of hockey experts from across the globe including officials, coaches, journalists and players.

Marescia, who is just short of 220 caps, said on Monday that while she felt honoured, the recognition is as much a tribute to her team-mates.

“Hockey is a team game and I must thank my team-mates, for without their talent and commitment, recognition of this nature wouldn’t be possible for an individual,” she said.

During the SA training camp at the University of Free State Hockey Centre in Bloemfontein earlier this month, Argentine coach Adel Fuentes described Marescia as “a special one”.

It is an acknowledgement that has followed Marescia’s career since her SA debut at the tender age of 18.


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