Wow, what a year 2018 it has been! It has definitely been a year in which SA Masters pushed the boundaries and set the bar at a high level. The performance of our teams at the World Cup, the very successful IPT in Durban and the very exciting November Series are all highlights of a special year. The focus in 2019 will be on the selection process for the 2020 World Cup and the IPT in Gauteng.
We have however received the bad news that SA Ladies Summer Series against India and Canada has been cancelled. It follows that we have had to cancel the proposed Masters February Series in Cape Town. We regret any inconvenience in this regard.
We can provide the following details as far as the World Cup Selection Process is concerned.
- Finalization of Coaches, Selectors and Managers: 1 February 2019;
- Online Registration of WC trialists: 1-28 February 2019;
- World Cup Trials in Cape Town: 11-12 May 2019 (WPCC & Hartleyvale);
- World Cup Trials in Johannesburg: 7 August 2019;
- SA Masters IPT in Johannesburg: 7-11 August 2019;
- WC Squad Announcement – 11 August 2019.
The scheduling of the trials in Cape Town will be subject to sufficient numbers registering for the trials.
Here follows an excerpt from the SAMHA Selection Policy which outlines the Player Eligibility criteria:
4.1. SA Masters Team Eligibility
To be eligible for selection in a South African Masters Team, the following conditions apply:
4.1.1. The player must be in possession of a South African Identity Document or Passport or be a permanent resident in South Africa, if this criterium is accepted by the International Masters Hockey Association.
4.1.2 The player must be in possession of the SAHA registration number.
4.1.2. Playing at the SAMHA Interprovincial Tournament and participation in the trial process is compulsory for selection.
4.1.3. A player who is not able to attend the SAMHA Interprovincial Tournament and/or the trial process may apply to the SAMHA Executive for dispensation on extenuating grounds from the aforementioned criteria.
4.1.4. Players must comply with any rules of eligibility applied by SAMHA and relating specifically to the tournament or event that they are being selected for – i.e. gender, age restrictions, performance or specific skill parameters.”
It follows that candidates for WC selection do not have to attend both sets of trials in Cape Town and Johannesburg, but candidates have to attend at least one set of trials and have to participate in the SA Masters IPT in Johannesburg. If candidates are unable to comply with those requirements, application for dispensation from these requirements have to be made to the SAMHA Executive.
We intend to host the November 2019 Series in Johannesburg with a full schedule of matches for our entire World Cup squad to ensure that we provide our national squad with the best possible opportunity to prepare for the 2020 WC. Please note that the venue and date of the 2020 WC has not been finalized by the IMHA, we will communicate the details as soon as they become available.
SAMHA wishes you and yours a very blessed Festive Season and a truly wonderful 2019! Thank you to all concerned who made 2018 a very special Masters Hockey year.
For the love of the game
SA Masters Hockey Association