As we all know, the past year has been a very unusual and challenging year, not just in a personal capacity but also for hockey and sport in general.
On behalf of the SA Masters committee I would personally like to thank each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment to the build-up, preparation and training in what should have ended with all of us competing in the 2020 World Cup.
Unfortunately, this was not to be … but knowing our masters community and our African spirit we will tackle the next step of the hockey journey with great guts and vigour. One can easily feel that it was a wasted effort, but if we look back at the incredible advances made in the standard of play, professionalism in preparation and the all-round commitment to the Masters game, one is hard pressed to arrive at any other conclusion but that Masters hockey in South Africa has benefited greatly from the process. The last two editions of the African Invitational Series and the National Camp all bear testimony to amazing progress. It is up to us to ensure that the progress does not go to waste.
As mentioned in the December 2020 newsletter the World Cup dates have been moved to 2022 with a formal announcement expected in the near future with regard to the anticipated dates by the WMH. We shall be making an announcement on the journey to the 2022 World Cups before the end of April 2021, and we will put into practice all the wonderful lessons we have learned from the 2020 process.
This newsletter is to officially close out the 2020 World Cup process. Further communication will follow with respect to a wrap of the finances and trials for 2022 World Cup.
For the Love of the Game & Be Safe
SA Masters Hockey Association Executive