South Africa

SA teams face tough openers

2014-05-30 17:00
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Austin Smith (Gallo)

Johannesburg - South Africa's men's and women's national hockey teams face tough opponents in their opening World Cup Group B matches in the Netherlands on Sunday.

The South African men tackle 2008 and 2012 Olympic champions Germany while Marsha Cox's side take on defending World Cup champions Argentina.

Germany's team includes 2013 World Player of the Year Tobias Hauke, World Cup 2006 winner Christopher Zeller, and World Player of the Year Moritz Fuerste.

Argentina's Las Leonas boasts eight-times World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar, aged 36. Regarded as the best women's hockey player of all time, the attacking midfielder is described as the Diego Maradona of hockey, after the Argentine football star.

All 76 World Cup matches will be live on SuperSport, with the opening Group A matches on Saturday and Group B matches on Sunday.

South Africa teams:

Men:
Rassie Pieterse, Gowan Jones, Rhett Halkett, Austin Smith (captain), Dylan Swanepoel, Jethro Eustice, Justin Reid-Ross, Lloyd Madsen, Wade Paton, Taine Paton, Tim Drummond, Clint Panther, Jonty Robinson, Julian Hykes, Lungi Tsolekile, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Pierre de Voux, Ignatuis Malgraff

Women:
Anelle van Deventer, Sanani Mangisa, Lisa Deetlefs, Marcelle Manson, Nicolene Terblanche, Quanita Bobbs, Marsha Cox, Bernie Coston, Shelley Russell, Tarryn Bright, Ilse Davids, Kelly Madsen, Dirkie Chamberlain, Kathleen Taylor, Celia Evans, Sulette Damons, Lilian du Plessis, Pietie Coetzee

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