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SASCOC praise SA men

2012-05-06 14:03

Johannesburg - South Africa's Olympic governing body SASCOC on Sunday congratulated the men's hockey side for qualifying for the Olympic Games in London later this year.

South Africa sealed their spot at the Games courtesy of a 2-1 win over the host nation Japan at the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Kakamigahara on Sunday morning.

Second half goals by Thornton McDade and Lloyd Norris-Jones sealed South Africa's spot and they will now join the South African women's side in London. The women booked their spot when they beat India 3-1 in their Olympic qualifying tournament in New Delhi, India in March.

"It was a great win for the boys and it's great to have them joining us in London later this year," said SASCOC President Gideon Sam.

"We set down tough qualifying conditions for them but they have now fully justified their spot on Team South Africa.

"SAHA President, Dave Carr, backed both his men's and women's teams and that's why SA Hockey agreed to the criteria. It brought the best out of both the teams and that's encouraging. Hopefully more of the National Federation presidents will see the setting of qualifying criteria in a more positive light now."

Both the men's and women's side won their continental qualifying tournaments but were required to fulfil further obligations to seal their place.

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Comments
  • bob.norris.581 - 2012-05-06 14:19

    Fantastic - and with Greg Clarke at the helm they will do well in London. Greg was in the team that played in Atlanta so he knows what to expect. It is a pity that other federations don't use success as the yard stick to chosing their management and coaching teams.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-08 14:07

    SASCOC did their best to scupper the teams dreams by setting such "tough qualifying conditions" after they had already qualified. However, Clarke and his men showed just how much that dream meant to them. I recall Sam Ramsammy pulling them out of the Australian Olympics saying "they weren't in with a medal chance" and it was not worth sending them. That led to the retirement of the greatest goalscorer of all time, Greg "beefy" Nichol and a number of other disillusioned players. Well done to the team for giving SASCOC(K) the middle finger!!

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