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Coaches expecting SA youngsters to up their game

Despite resounding wins in their opening fixtures, both the national Under-21 men’s and women’s head coaches are expecting more from their players when the Junior World Cup Africa qualifier tournament resumes at Randburg Hockey Stadium on Tuesday, reports Jon Cook.ÔÇ¿

The SA men tackle Ghana at 4pm and the women face Kenya at 2pm, the second match for both the SA teams.

SA men’s head coach Darryn Gallagher said after Monday’s training that he was not particularly happy with his team’s 11-0 win over Zimbabwe on Sunday. ÔÇ£A lot of guys haven’t had match practice for a month, we took time to get into our pattern and our basics and finishing let us down,ÔÇØ said Gallagher.

South Africa’s penalty corner was a big weapon, Matt Guise-Brown nailing five goals with his blistering drag-flick, Grant Glutz one and the other coming from a rebound in the 18 PCs the team earned against Zimbabwe.

“It was a good conversion rate,” said Gallagher, who also singled out right half Mohamed Mea and striker Ignatius Malgraff.for their impressive performances.

The SA men need to begin hitting their straps against the physical, energetic Ghanaians as Wednesday’s encounter with the impressive Egyptian team looks set to be a cracker.

SA women’s head coach Lindsey Wright felt her team started nervously before settling down in the 9-0 win over Namibia and praised centre back/midfielder Taryn Mallett for her sound contribution.

ÔÇ£There’s a lot to be done but I anticipate the team will progress on an upward curve towards Saturday’s play-offs,ÔÇØ said Wright. ÔÇ£We are working on some subtleties, some players are getting used to unfamiliar positions, but a lot of our girls need to search for better games. Every player needs to up their game by 25% to what they are giving now.ÔÇØ

Wright said the team would approach Kenya with respect. ÔÇ£They run hard and are physically capable, and while we must work on the things we need to do, we need to also deal with what Kenya bring to the game.ÔÇØ

Women: Demi du Toit, Christine Roos, Nika Nel, Kaila Flemming (all Southern Gauteng); Nicole La Fleur, Erin Hunter, Bronwyn Kretzmann, Quanita Bobbs, Taryn Mallet (all Western Province); Phumelela Mbande, Lilian du Plessis, Jacinta Jubb (all Northern Blues); Nicole Walraven, Izelle Lategan (capt), Tanya Britz (all Free State); Tiffany Jones, Lisa Hawker (both Amathole [formerly Border]); Nicole Kemp (Eastern Province).

Men: Michael Abrahams (EP); Taylor Dart, Brad Logan, Grant Robertson, Dylan Swanepoel, Shannon Boucher (all WP); Richard Curtis, Andrew Manson, Mohamed Mea (all KZN Coastal); Rene de la Peyre, Grant Glutz, Ross Gonsalves, Matthew Guise-Brown (all Northern Blues); Gareth Heyns, Clinton Panther (both Southern Gauteng); Robin Jones (capt), Damian Kimfley (both KZN Inland); Ignatius Malgraff (North West).


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