Northerns "Blues" Hockey Association


On this page we would like to keep all lovers and supporters of hockey up-to-date on what is happening in Northerns hockey, and also what is happening to people from Northerns on national and international stages.

Please Contact Us if you know of anything newsworthy that has happened.

15/09: PHL to Return in November

The South African Hockey Association has announced that the Premier Hockey League will return for its second season in late November.  The PHL is a partnership between SA Hockey, Sport and Recreation South Africa and Supersport and the tournament will once again feature the six Franchises that competed in the inaugural tournament last year.

Tournament dates for 2017 will be as follows:

  • Weekend 1 – 25 to 26 November
  • Weekend 2 – 02 to 03 December
  • Weekend 3 – 09 to 10 December
  • Semi Finals – 11th December
  • Finals & Bronze Medal matches – 12 December

10/09: Both Northerns Teams Win Medals

Both the Northerns men's and women's u21 teams have returned from the national U21 IPT with medals.  The men came agonisingly close to winning, losing 0-1 in a shootout after drawing 2-2 with Western Province.  The women beat Free State by 3-1 to win the bronze medal match.

Final standings in the tournament were as follows:

National Under 21 IPT
1Western Province1Southern Gauteng
2Northerns Blues2Western Province Pens
3Southern Gauteng3Northerns Blues
4Western Province Pens4Free State
5Eastern Province5North West
6Free State6Eastern Province
7KZN Coastals7Western Province
8North West8Invitational
9Mpumalanga9KZN Coastals

21/08: Indoor Hockey Returns to Northerns

Indoor hockey is set to make a welcome return to Northerns, thanks to the tireless efforts of Cobie Odendaal and Snowy Maluke.  The first league will be a short one from 27 August to 30 September for eight men's and eight women's teams, primarily aimed at selecting and preparing Northerns teams for the National Indoor IPT in October.  The next league will be broader based from 20 October to 26 November where more teams, and junior age-group teams, can be accommodated.

For more information, contact Cobie or Snowy at

18/08: Sheldon Rostron to coach SA Men

Sheldon Rostron, the current SA women's coach, has been appointed as interim head coach of the SA men's team for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations where he will be in charge of both the men's and women's teams.  The position was recently left vacant when Fabian Gregory resigned.  The process to appoint a new permanent men's head coach is ongoing.

14/08: SA Teams for Africa Cup

The South African Hockey Association has announced the national squads for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.  For the women, the selectors have finalised the squad of 18, sticking largely to players who took part in the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final.  For the men, a squad of 32 has been selected and this will be trimmed down to 18 as soon as their coaching staff is finalised.

The men's squad is as follows: Gowan Jones, Siya Nolutshungu, Richard Curtis, Erasmus Pieterse, Daniel Bell, Rhett Halkett, Austin Smith, Mohamed Mea, Robin Jones, Jethro Eustice, Gareth Heyns, Mattew Guise-Brown, Tyson Dlungwana, Timothy Drummond, Owen Mvimbi, Ryan Julius, Jonathan Robinson, Reza Rosenberg, Clinton Panther, Taine Paton, Daniel Sibbald, Rusten Abrahams, Julian Hykes, Ignatius Malgraff, Tevin Kok, Dayaan Cassiem, Nqobile Ntuli, Keenan Horne, Brandon Panther, Ryan Crowe, Richard Pautz, Melrick Maddocks

The women's squad is as follows: Phumi Mbande, Nicole La Fleur, Nicolene Terblanche, Celia Evans, Kara Botes, Jessica O'Connor, Erin Hunter, Quanita Bobbs, Stephanie Baxter, Shelley Jones, Ilse Davids, Izelle Verster, Lilian Du Plessis, Candice Manuel, Tarryn Glasby, Sulette Damons, Dirkie Chamberlain, Sylvia van Jaarsveldt,

Read more about the squads on the SAHA Website.

02/08: SA Men's Head Coach Resigns

The South African Hockey Association has announced that the men's team head coach, Fabian Gregory, has resigned to take up a new position as head coach of the Valley Hockey Club in Hong Kong in September this year.  An interim national coach will be appointed to coach the team at the African Hockey Cup of Nations in Egypt in October.

To read the full article, see the SAHA Website.

27/07: New FIH Standards for Astro's

The FIH has published new standards for hockey fields and facilities, not only applicable to international-level venues but also providing guidance for clubs and schools.  For more information, see the article on the FIH Website or Download the relevant documents from the FIH Website ("Part 1" provides guidance for all levels of hockey fields).

26/07: Latest World Rankings

Following the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments in London, Brussels and Johannesburg, the FIH has published updated world ranking lists.

On the men's list the only movement amongst the top 10 were Ireland and Spain swopping ninth and tenth places with Spain now in ninth.  The South African men's team remains in 15th place.

The big movers in the top 10 on the women's list were the USA who advanced two positions to fourth, pushing Australia and New Zealand down to fifth and sixth respectively.  The South African women's team remains in 13th place.

For full rankings, see the Downloads page.

23/07: Northerns Trio to Umpire Finals

Northerns brothers John and Peter Wright have been appointed to umpire the men's gold medal match at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg – the biggest event ever staged in South Africa – while Michelle Joubert, also from Northerns, has been appointed to umpire the women's final.

For John Wright it marks the end of his illustrious career as an international umpire – a career during which he has umpired every big match there is to umpire, and some of them many times over.

21/06: SA Teams for HWL

After two very intense and competitive final selection camps that took place in Potchefstroom for the women and Rustenburg for the men, the teams that will represent South Africa at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals hosted in Johannesburg have been named.

Women's Team (coached by Sheldon Rostron): Stephanie Baxter, Quanita Bobbs, Kara Botes, Bernadette Coston, Sulette Damons, Illse Davids, Lisa Deetlefs, Lilian du Plessis, Celia Evans, Tarryn Glasby, Shelley Jones, Nicole La Fleur, Candice Manuel, Jade Mayne, Phumelela Mbande, Jessica O'Connor, Nicolene Terblanche, Nicole Walraven.

Men's Team (coached by Fabian Gregory): Rassie Pieterse, Gowan Jones, Jethro Eustice, Austin Smith, Rhett Halkett, Daniel Bell, Matt Guise-Brown, Jonty Robinson, Daniel Sibbald, Reza Rosenburg, Ryan Julius, Tim Drummond, Owen Mvimbi, Julian Hykes, Nqobile Ntuli, Ignatius Malgraff, Dayaan Cassiem, Tevin Kok.

18/06: SA Squads Announced

SAHA has announced the national men's and women's squads for the year.  The squads, that have been called a good mix of 18-year-olds and seasoned veterans, form part of the long-term plan towards next year's Commonwealth Games and attempts at regaining world ranking points lost due to being absent at last year's Olympics, starting with participation in the World League semi-finals in July.

SA Womens Squad: Kirsty Adams (Boland), Stephanie Baxter (North-West), Kara Botes née Stella (KZN Coastals), Nicole la Fleur (Western Province), Candice Manual (Western Province), Nicolene Terblance (Northerns Blues), Izelle Verster (Northerns Blues), Quanita Bobbs (Western Province), Bernadette Coston (Southern Gauteng), Sulette Damons (North-West), Ilse Davids (Western Province), (Lisa Deetlefs (Southern Gauteng), Lilian du Plessis (Southern Gauteng), Celia Evans (Northerns Blues), Tarryn Glasby (Western Province), Erin Hunter (KZN Coastals), Shelley Jones née Russell (KZN Coastals), Marizen Marais (Northerns Blues), Jade Mayne (Western Province), Phumelela Mbande (Northerns Blues), Line Malan (Western Province), Jessica O'Connor (KZN Coastals), Carmen Smith (Southern Gauteng), Marelize van Tonder (Northerns Blues), Nicole Walraven (Free State).

SA Mens Squad: Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Gowan Jones (KZN Coastals), Jethro Eustice (KZN Coastals), Robin Jones (KZN Coastals), Tyson Dlungwana (Southern Gauteng), Mohamed Mea (KZN Coastals), Jonty Robinson (KZN Coastals), Dan Sibbald (KZN Coastals), Reza Rosenburg (Southern Gauteng), Ryan Julius (Western Province), Clinton Panther (KZN Coastals), Owen Mvimbi (Southern Gauteng), Julian Hykes (Southern Gauteng), Ryan Crowe (Western Province), Nqobile Ntuli (KZN Coastals), Ignatius Malgraff (Eastern Province), Dayaan Cassiem (Western Province), Richard Pautz (Northerns Blues), Tevin Kok (Northerns Blues), Melrick Maddocks (Southern Gauteng), Damien Kimfley (KZN Coastals).

19/03: Sad Day in Northerns

On Saturday 19 March the hockey community learned with shock and sadness of the untimely and violent passing of one of our own.  Jose de Abreu, former Northerns and current Harlequins first team player, and his brother Joao had both been killed in an armed robbery at their business.  They were the brothers of another Northerns and SA Indoor stalwart Pedro de Abreu.

All of us in hockey mourn their passing and extend our condolences to Pedro and the family.

Brothers Jose, Pedro and Joao de Abreu

18/02: SA Men's Squad

The SA Men's squad that will be playing against Germany and England in the second Cape Town Summer Series, starting on 2 March, has been announced.  The unvailability of a number of senior players due to club or working commitments, combined with the return of previously unavailable players and the inclusion of a few up and coming youngsters, makes the team a good mix of youth and experience.  The opponents, with Germany currently ranked fourth in the world and England seventh, will provide much-needed preparation for the World League Semi-finals in July and the Africa Cup of Nations in August.

The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Rassie Pieterse (SG), Gowan Jones (KZNC).

Defenders: Robin Jones (Northerns), Jethro Eustice (KZNC), Mo Mea (KZNC), Tyson Dlungwana (SG), Rhett Halkett (WP), Andrew Hobson (WP).

Midfielders: Rusten Abrahams (SG), Ryan Julius (WP), Reza Rosenberg (SG), Clinton Panther (SG), Jonty Robinson (KZNC), Owen Mvimbi (SG).

Forwards: Keenan Horne (WP), Ignatius Malgraaf (EP), Tevon Kok (Northerns), Nqobile Ntuli (KZNC), Ryan Crowe (SG), Damian Kimfley (EP), Richard Pautz (Northerns), Dayaan Cassiem (WP).

04/12: Argentina Win Junior World Cup

The under 21 women's team from Argentina has won the 2016 Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile, for the first time since 1993 after beating the Netherlands 4-2 in the final.  Australia took the bronze medal – their first medal since 2001 – after needing to win a shoot-out to beat Spain, who recorded their highest-ever finish.

Final standings were as follows:

Women's Under 21 World Cup
13New Zealand
14South Africa

See full article on the FIH Website.

01/12: Northerns Umpires for Internationals

The FIH has released the umpiring appointments for all the major international tournaments for 2017 including, as always, a number of Northerns umpires.  In July John Wright and Michelle Joubert will be in action at the Hockey World League semi-finals in Randburg.  Northerns President Peter Wright will have his turn at the Pan American Cup in the USA in August.  Finally, Michelle will again fly the Northerns flag at the Hockey World League Finals in New Zealand in November.

22/11: Northerns at Junior World Cup

Northerns will be well represented at the Women's Junior World Cup taking place from 26 November in Chile.  Natalie Esteves, Marissa Poolman and Marlise van Tonder will be playing and Inky Zondi and Gregg Hesom will be assistant coaches for the team.

Inky, Natalie, Marissa, Marlise and Gregg all ready for action!

12/11: New FIH President

Dr Narinder Batra from India has been elected as the next President of the International Hockey Federation.

See full article on the FIH Website.

24/10: HWL Teams for Randburg

The FIH has confirmed which teams will be taking part in the Hockey World League Semi-finals, of which one men's and one women's tournament will be at the Randburg astro in July 2017.

The men's teams competing in Randburg will be hosts South Africa, Australia, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand and Spain, as well as four teams qualifying in round two.

The women's teams will be hosts South Africa, Argentina, England, Germany, USA and Japan, as well as four round two qualifiers.

18/10: 2017 Rule Book

The FIH has released the Rules of Outdoor Hockey that will become effective on 1 January 2017.  There have been no major changes and the 2016 adjustment to Rule 13.2 has been formally incorporated.  In summary, the following adjustments have been made:

  • Rule 1.10 - No equipment etc. to be placed inside the goals
  • Rule 2.1 - Clarification that decisions taken prior to correcting a team having more than the permitted number of players on the pitch cannot be changed if time and/or play has already been re-started
  • Rule 2.2 - Clarification that any change between goalkeeping options, even for Players with Goalkeeping Privileges, either on or off the pitch, must take place as a substitution
  • Rule 4.2 - Change of the description of 'gloves' to 'hand protection'; specification of the size of hand protection which may be used, both for normal play and to defend Penalty Corners; addition of guidance regarding the use of knee pads when defending Penalty Corners
  • Rule 4.3 - Deletion of 'single' in colour of Goalkeeper shirt
  • Rule 9.8 - Adjustment to the guidance to 'A ball is also considered dangerous ...'
  • Rule 9.16 - Addition into guidance that if a ball hits discarded Penalty Corner defence equipment then a Free Hit will result if outside the circle or a Penalty Corner if inside the circle
  • Rule 13.2 - The changes to Rule 13.2, which were posted to the FIH website on 16 February 2016 as an adjustment to the previous Rules, are now formally incorporated
  • Rule 13.7d - Tidying up of two paragraphs of repeated guidance concerning the completion of Penalty Corners
  • Rule 13.8e - Addition of 'once the whistle has been blown to start the Penalty Stroke' for no movement of the Goalkeeper's feet at a Penalty Stroke
  • Rule 13.10d - Adjustment of the guidance for the caution/carding procedure for a Goalkeeper moving early at a Penalty Stroke, bringing it into line with the Indoor Rule
  • Addition of the new 'Corner' signal in the Umpiring Signals section

The new rule book is available on the Downloads page.

13/10: Changes to Executive Committee

At the NBHA Annual General meeting held on 13 October at the Harlequin Club one former executive commitee member, Stew Dunbar, stepped down and three new members were elected onto an expanded executive committee: Graham Johnson, Tarryn McCreedy and Tessa van der Sandt.

The full executive committee is now as follows:

2016/2017 NBHA Executive Committee
PresidentPeter Wright
Vice-PresidentPenny Learmonth
TreasurerCraig Wilson
Secretary (ex officio)Kokkie Sieling
Additional MembersGraham Johnson
Sammy Kekana
Tarryn McCreedy
Kirk Mendoza
Mariana Putter
Tessa van der Sandt

13/10: NBHA Annual Awards

The following awards were made at the annual Northerns Awards Function at the Harlequin Club on 13 October 2016:

2016 NBHA Awards
Masters League WinnersPHSOB
Masters Knockout WinnersPHSOB
Masters Plate WinnersOld Albanians Potters
Women's 4th League WinnersRustenburg
Men's 4th League WinnersPukke 2
Women's 3rd League WinnersDenbeys Scorpions
Men's 3rd League WinnersRustenburg
Women's 2nd League WinnersHarlequins 1
Men's 2nd League WinnersTuks 3
Women's Premier League WinnersTuks 1
Men's Premier League WinnersTuks 1
Linda Dlamini Hockey PersonalityMichelle Joubert
John Wright
Women's Most Promising UmpireLeigh Grindley-Ferris
Men's Most Promising UmpireJacques Odendaal
Women's Provincial Umpire of the YearLizé Strydom
Men's Provincial Umpire of the YearDarren Hubach
Women's Umpire of the YearMichelle Joubert
Men's Umpire of the YearJohn Wright
Manager of the YearTarryn McCreedy
Coach of the YearLindsey Wright
Most Promising Women's PlayerKelsey Langley
Most Promising Men's PlayerMark Chong
Junior Women's PlayerMarissa Poolman
Junior Men's PlayerTevin Kok
Women's Player of the YearCelia Evans
Men's Player of the YearKewan Harries
Club of the YearOld Albanians
President's AwardLa-Roché Potgieter (posthumously)
Special AwardNortherns Senior Women - IPT Winners
La-Roché Umpiring Award for
Umpiring Substantial Number of Matches
Nicole Booysen
Etienne Meintjes
Chrisna Swanepoel
Jonathan Twigg
Casper Krüger
Jayson Clancy
Chris Gerber
André Kachelhoffer
National Participants - Women U21Natalie Esteves
Marlise van Tonder
Amy Etherington
Sulize de Klerk
Marissa Poolman
National Participants - Senior WomenMarlise van Tonder
Celia Evans (also Indoor Captain)
Nicolene Terblanche (Outdoor Captain)
Izelle Verster (SA Squad)
National Participants - Men U21Tevin Kok
Nduduzo Lembethe
Khumo Mokale
National Participants - Senior MenMatthew Guise-Brown
Tevin Kok
Stephen Cant
Richard Pautz
National Participants - CoachesInky Zondi (SA U21 Asst Coach, Zimbabwe Asst Coach)
Gregg Hesom (SA U21 Asst Coach)
National Participants - UmpiresJohn Wright (Olympics)
Michelle Joubert (Olympics)
Peter Wright (Sultan Azlan Shah Cup)
Kirk Mendoza (2015 African Cup)
National Participants - OfficialsKokkie Sieling (2015 Africa Cup)

04/10: HWL Coming to South Africa

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that one of the Hockey World League Semi-final tournaments (for both men and women) will be taking place at the Randburg Astroturf from 8 to 23 July 2017.  It will be the first FIH level tournament to be hosted in South Africa since the Champions Challenge in 2011.

See full article on the FIH Website.

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