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.

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.

21/09: A Giant Amongst Hockey Men

The hockey world recently mourned the passing of Brian Edwards – legendary player, coach and administrator.

A Giant Amongst Hockey Men – a tribute to Brian Victor Edwards (1936-2016)
By Steve Jaspan

The news of the death of Brian Edwards has sent shock waves through the South African hockey community.

It is doubtful, when one assimilates the length and breadth of this remarkable man's contribution to hockey, whether the likes of him will ever grace the South African hockey scene again.

I have known Brian Edwards since 1970 having played against him in the latter part of his career; been coached by him, as a fellow selector, hockey administrator – you name it – he really has done just about everything in hockey with a level of excellence that is amazing in South Africa's sporting scene – nowadays awash with plenty of mediocrity.  Brian's contribution to hockey shines like a beacon and dwarfs the considerable efforts of his peers.

Brian was a brilliant tactician and amongst the finest coaches I have ever encountered in World Hockey.  The combination in the early 70s of him as coach, Froggy Miot (Manager), Brian Belchers (Captain) and Neville Berman (Vice-Captain) was a management team made in heaven (or forged on Mt. Olympus).  These four incredible people complemented one another perfectly and this culminated ultimately in the SA Men's National Team beating West Germany (the then Olympic Champions) to win the gold medal in the 8 Nations Tournament at The Wanderers in 1974.  (By then Neville Berman had replaced Brian Belchers as Captain).  Others say that the zenith of his coaching achievements was the 1980 Saints Tour, (really the National Team under the radar in those delicate times).

Brian was nicknamed Puffy by some of his hockey mates in a time where nicknames were very much part of the ethos.  It was a time that, Gary (Hangkas) McLeod, Don (Bags) Perry, Dave (Moose) Ryder and many of his team-mates and opponents were quick to find a nickname to highlight a misdemeanor or characteristic.  This nickname was bestowed upon him in the days in which he represented SA Universities and Natal (120 caps) with such distinction between 1959 and 1971.

Between 1963 and 1969 he played for South Africa as a dashing and dangerous inside forward, captaining the team against Spain in 1967.  I remember watching the final test at The Wanderers and marveling at his skill and tenacity.

It must have been during his distinguished playing career that his appetite for coaching was sharpened and to add to his stint as SA Men's Coach he later became SA Women's Coach between 1991 and 1994 with a notable series victory over England.

His coaching extended to indoor and, when Midlands became a separate hockey province, he poured tens of thousands of hours in to coaching provincial men's and women's teams from his beloved province for well over 30 years.

Brian has been a pillar of Midlands hockey and his club, Collegians, fulfilling every conceivable role from Chairman (1953-1997), Executive Member (1998-2016), coach, selector, mentor and advisor.  I'm sure he was a benefactor and donor as well.

At Council meetings of the SA Hockey Association you could bet your bottom dollar that at various times the most searching questions would be posed by Brian with his sharp intellect and accounting skills to the fore.

During his illustrious career he received the State President's Award for meritorious service to sport (twice) and the SAHA President's Award in 2003.

It is quite staggering how one man could have given so much to country, province and club for so long and the hallmark of Brian Victor Edwards was the sheer quality of his input.

If the first statue were to be commissioned of a South African Hockey person it would surely be of him – one of the most respected figures in the history of South African Hockey.  To his sisters, Janet and Margaret, brother – Doug, his wife Felicity, daughter Debbie, son Gareth and the extended family and friends – we extend our heartfelt condolences.

Rest assured, few have left bigger footprints in the "hockey" sands of time!!

09/09: Huge Northerns Presence at PHL

The inaugural Premier Hockey League - South Africa's innovative professional league for top players - features no less than 45 people from Northerns in some or other capacity, indicative of the growing force Northerns represents in domestic hockey.

The Northerns participants are as follows:

Northerns Participants in PHL 2016
Blyde River BuntersAnel Luus
Charné Hill
Chrizelle Andries
Meeghan Klomp
Phumelela Mbande
Nicolene Terblanche
Izelle Verster
Lindsey Wright (coach)
Orange River RaftersSulize de Klerk
Madikwe RangersMmatshepo Modipane
Charne Martell
Namaqualand DaisiesMarilise van Tonder
Marissa Pohlman
Natalie Esteves (c)
Amy Etherington
Gregg Hesom (assistant coach)
Inky Zondi (assistant coach)
St Lucia LakersJacinta Jubb
Winelands WingsThati Segaole
Mapungubwe MambasEstiaan Kriek
Stephan Cant
Michael Marki
Krinesan Moodley (coach)
Addo ElephantsRichard Pautz
Onke Letuka
Drakensburg DragonsGrant Glutz
Garden Route GazellesTim Guise-Brown
Golden Gate GladiatorsTevin Kok
Khumo Mokale
Amkelwe Letuka
Maropeng CavemenHendy Seerane
Mark Holiday
Technical staffMarie van Rensburg (TD)
Kokkie Sieling (TO)
TP Motloutse (judge)
Victorie-Anne Vertue (judge)
UmpiresMichelle Joubert
Lizé Strydom
Gershwin Reid
Lazarus Maribe
Darren Hubach
Kirk Mendoza
Peter Wright
Martie Booysen (umpires manager)
Etienne Meintjes (video analysis)

23/08: Latest World Rankings

The FIH has released the latest world rankings, incorporating the ranking points awarded for Olympic Games results.  Non-participation by South Africa has resulted in a drop of one position down to fifteenth for the men and a drop of two positions for the women, down to thirteenth.  On the men's rankings the biggest gains were achieved by Brazil (seven positions up) and Argentina (five positions up), with England and Pakistan showing the biggest drops with three positions down each.  As was to be expected, England showed the biggest improvement on the women's rankings with a five-position improvement, followed by Spain with a three-position improvement.  The biggest drop on the women's rankings was recorded by the Ukraine (five positions down).

For full rankings, see the Downloads page.

18/08: Northerns Umpires in Olympic Finals

John Wright and Michelle Joubert - both from Northerns - have been appointed to umpire the men's and women's finals at the Olympic Games respectively.  John, officiating at his fifth consecutive Olympic Games tournament, has umpired the final before but it will be Michelle's first final.

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