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Our Boys of KZN10 in SA Hockey 5s & Rugby 7s for Youth OG Qualifier

FIVE of the 8 players selected for the SA Fives hockey team to take part in the July 19-28 Africa Youth Games Qualifier tournament for October’s Youth Olympic Games are from KZN10 schools while DHS number 8 and captain Celimpilo Gumede is in the SA Sevens squad. The KZN10 hockey boys are Taine Bird of Northwood (Taine a recent feature article in KZN10.com), Guy Morgan (Kearsney College), Mphumelelo Maphumulo and Jared Campbell (both Maritzburg College) and Matt Lewis of Clifton College (KZN10.com knows how to pick ’em – Matt is another recent feature on your favourite website). And to top it all, Kearsney head coach Sihle Ntuli will be the man in charge.

Feature image: DHS captain and number 8 Celimpilo Gumede in SA 7s squad.

 

Northwood and SA 5’s shot-stopper Taine Bird is outstanding on the indoor hockey arena and Astro surfaces… a great base for Hockey Fives best practice.

 

The Africa Qualifier event is in Algiers, Algeria and the rugby and hockey winners go to The Big Show – the Youth Olympic Games in the City of Super-Friendly Beautiful Girls (trust me on this one, the Argie girls love SA guys) – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Kearsney College captain Guy Morgan is heading to Algiers with his SA Hockey 5s team-mates for their shot at qualifying for The Big Show in Buenos Aires.
Photo Tracey van den Aardweg

 

Ahem… We gotta qualify first… Yes, dear KZN10.com fans, it’s make or break in Algiers as it is the single opportunity for South Africa to make it to The Big Show in the stunning South American country that is Argentina.

 

Mphumulelo Maphumulo’s laser-sharp target is the Africa Qualifier Hockey 5s gold medal with the SA team in the Algerian capital city of Algiers July 18-29.
Photo Matt Marshall

 

The Youth Olympics is for players age 14 to 18.  The 2014 Africa qualifier was in Gaborone, Botswana which featured over 50 African countries. The inaugural Games were in Morocco in 2010.

 

The pace off a standing start and stick-ball dexterity of Mphumulelo’s Maritzburg College team-mate Jared Campbell will ensure that the Red Army flag flies high in Algeria.
Photo Matt Marshall

 

TEAMS FOR ALGERIA

RUGBY SEVENS
Christoffel Grobbelaar, Christiaan Pretorius, David Kellerman, Celempilo Gumede (DHS), Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Ross Braude, William Rose, Jacobus Hattingh, Muzilikazi Manyike, Diego Appollis, Ofentse Maubane, Ethinique Adams, Albertus Horn, Juandre de Klerk, Lional April, Remy Engelbrecht, Campbell Willemse
* Squad of 17 to be trimmed to 12 ahead of departure.
Management: Marius Schoeman, Sandile Ngcobo

 

Clifton College match-winner Matt Lewis will be a massive weapon from penalty corner and field play for the SA Youth team in Algiers.
Photo Terry Lewis

 

HOCKEY FIVES
Taine Bird (Northwood), Guy Morgan (Kearsney College), Cody Postumus, Mustapha Cassiem, Mphumelelo Maphumulo (Maritzburg College), Matt Lewis (Clifton College), Jared Campbell (Maritzburg College), Peter Jarvis, Luke Wynford
Management: Sihle Ntuli (Kearsney College)

 

Highly regarded Kearsney College head coach Sihle Ntuli will be the guiding force driving SA Hockey 5s’ trophy quest at the Africa Youth Games next month.
Photo Tracey van den Aardweg

3 Comments

  1. Jono Cook on 21 Jun 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Yes it’s a huge moment for these boys and Sigz Ntuli – as much as some have had international experience of one sort or another, this is a new level – ask current SA men’s player Tyson Dlungwana of the impression the 2014 Nanjing China Hockey Fives had on him and his future aspirations.

  2. terryelewis on 21 Jun 2018 at 1:01 pm

    5s – Namibia too have a very strong indoor program, and this age group have performed well at PSI.It wont be an easy tournament. Its a nice team. All the boys have played together at some stage, and strong friendships have developed between them. Mr Nthuli has also worked with all of them. Its going to be exciting!

  3. Jono Cook on 21 Jun 2018 at 11:45 am

    The challenges of South Africa’s traditional hockey rivals on the continent – Egypt, Ghana and Kenya – are well known.
    Yet, as in both sports codes where the standard 11 or 15 players is super-downsized in a super-shortened time format, the underdogs’ chances of springing an upset is as supersized as the Biggest Big Mac Combo.

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