Our Investec Hockey Academy coaches are doing us proud as many of them have made the SA Women’s Hockey team for the 2018 Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup taking place this July. We share a few details on each of these golden girls. Who is your favourite?
Johannesburg local, Lisa-Marie Deetlefs, plays as a defender. Her advice for young players is to: “Love what you do, and do what you love.”
Sister to ex-Springbok Brent Russell, Shelly is General Manager of Investec Hockey Academy and one of the SA team strikers. Her inspiration for younger players is this: “Never stop working till your good is better and your better is best.”
Midfielder Kristen Paton is a chiropractic student at the University of Johannesburg. She says her family have been her biggest supporters and have played a big role in her getting this far.
Quanita is a midfielder. She believes that it is important for children to play sport from a young age. Her inspiration for aspiring players is to: “Make it happen, don’t let it happen.”
Ongi started playing hockey at the age of 10 and was chosen as the most promising player at the St Marys Hockey Festival in 2015. She aims to give back to her community as the children in her home town look up to her.
Defender Nicolene has proudly been playing for SA since 2010 and has 80 test caps to her name. She shares that her parents are her role models and her motivation for younger players is to: “Never give up, and always work hard.”
Lilian du Plessis
Lilian is one of the more experienced players in the team, having made her SA hockey debut in 2012. The striker is a star of the UJ team and mentions hockey and tea as her two favourite things.
This sensational striker started her hockey career from school level, as early as 2007 (at 14 years old) when she first represented Western Province and continues to pursue this career alongside her studies. She received her first cap playing for theSA u21 team in 2016. She believes that: “Hard work always pays off.”
Originally from Graaf Reinet, Sulette has made an impressive 45 international goals in her position as SA Striker. Her words of inspiration for aspiring players are to: “Never give up on what you believe.”
Dirkie plays for the Orange River Rafters at PHL level and is proudly bearing shirt number 12 (as always) in the Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup. This will be her fourth World Cup.
Making up the Western Province duo along with Quanita Bobbs, Jade is a natural striker. She also plays for the Wineland Wings at PHL level and proudly wears shirt number 27 for the SA team.