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Argentina continue winning run over NZ

Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo/worldsportpics.com

The Vantage Black Sticks Women have gone down 3-1 to hosts Argentina in the second of five tests in Buenos Aires.

Following on from Wednesday’s 4-0 loss, it was an improved performance from the Kiwis in Pippa Hayward’s 150th test match.

World number three ranked Argentina opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Eugenia Trinchinetti before Priscila Jardel delivered her side’s second field goal 10 minutes later.

New Zealand pulled a goal back five minutes out from halftime when Anita McLaren converted a penalty stroke to close an up tempo first half.

Argentina pulled ahead again in the 53rd minute when Julieta Jankunas scored from the field to seal the second successive win for her side.

Head coach Mark Hager said the performance showed there’s plenty to work on throughout the rest of the series.

“Argentina dominated the first half, and we did improve a bit throughout the game but let in a couple of very soft goals,” he said.

“We made some critical errors and didn’t create enough opportunities which you can’t get away with against a team as good as Argentina.

“I did think Kelsey Smith had a great game today – she missed the first match through illness and added a lot of spark to our midfield.”

The Vantage Black Sticks have a recovery day tomorrow before test three against Argentina on Sunday at 10:00am (NZ time).

ARGENTINA: 3 (Eugenia Trinchinetti, Priscila Jardel, Julieta Jankunas)
Halftime: Argentina 2-1

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Women's Black Sticks lose second test to Argentina

Pippa Hayward has reached the 150 test cap mark for the Black Sticks. GETTY IMAGES

The Black Sticks Women have gone down 3-1 to hosts Argentina in the second of five tests in Buenos Aires.

The result follows on from Wednesday's 4-0 loss and was a closer scoreline in what as Pippa Hayward's 150th test match.

World No 3 ranked Argentina opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Eugenia Trinchinetti before Priscila Jardel delivered her side's second field goal 10 minutes later.

New Zealand pulled a goal back five minutes out from halftime when Anita McLaren converted a penalty stroke to close an up tempo first half.

Argentina pulled ahead again in the 53rd minute when Julieta Jankunas scored from the field to seal the second successive win for her side.

Head coach Mark Hager said the performance showed there's plenty to work on throughout the rest of the series.

"Argentina dominated the first half, and we did improve a bit throughout the game but let in a couple of very soft goals," Hager said.

"We made some critical errors and didn't create enough opportunities which you can't get away with against a team as good as Argentina.

"I did think Kelsey Smith had a great game – she missed the first match through illness and added a lot of spark to our midfield."

The Black Sticks have a recovery day on Saturday before the third test against Argentina on Sunday at 10:00am (NZ time).


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India to send second team for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Five-time champions India are only sending their second team for the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh from March 3-10.

All the big names like goalkeepers P.R. Sreejesh, Akash Anil Chikte; defenders Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra Lakra; midfielders Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh. Kothajit Singh; forwards SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Mandeep Singh won’t be featuring in the six-nation tournament.

These top players are focusing on the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4-15 and the Asian Games in Jakarta from Aug 18-Sept 2.

Without these stars, it will be interesting to see whether India can hold their own against world No. 1 Australia and world No. 2 Argentina at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

India have included three juniors – defender Mandeep Mor and strikers Sumit Kumar and Shilanand Lakra – who will be making their debuts in the tournament.

The Star of Malaysia

Mark Knowles To Retire After 2018 Commonwealth Games

Ben Somerford

Hockey Australia today confirms four-time Olympian and long-serving Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles has announced he will retire from international hockey after the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 33-year-old defender made the announcement on Friday afternoon in Brisbane, ahead of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast where the Kookaburras will chase a sixth straight gold medal.

Knowles has enjoyed a decorated career to date, winning a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics along with bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.

He is also a two-time World Cup winner (2010 and 2014), four-time Champions Trophy winner (2005, 2008, 2009 and 2012), former FIH World Player of the Year (2014) and former FIH Young Player of the Year (2007).

Knowles has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals (2006, 2010 and 2014) and will aim for a fourth on the Gold Coast pending selection in the final 18-member team.

The Rockhampton-raised Kookaburra said the time was right to call time on his international hockey career.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a little while, where I was going after the Rio Olympics campaign and I didn’t want to finish on that note,” Knowles said. “I felt really positive about staying involved with Colin Batch, Rob Hammond and Anthony Potter as the new coaches.

“Since then moving away from the programme in Perth to Brisbane has been really nice for me to work on some things on my own, but also to begin the transition and life after hockey, which is important to me.

“I’ve prided my self on my application, my ability to inspire and play well in big moments. You’ve got to be really driven to play in the number one team in the world and be the leader I want to be. It takes a lot of effort and commitment.

“Going through how I was feeling and what my goals are, a bit of my motivation didn’t feel quite the same as it has and how I need it to be. I’ve thought it over and spoken with my most trusted people and my family and I feel at a really nice stage in my career where I don’t feel I’m in decline or that I’ve stagnated as a player. I really feel at a point where I’m satisfied and I’m looking for something else.

“The reason for announcing it now is I’m always an open upfront person who didn’t want to be holding back from teammates who I’m working with, playing with and being around every day until the Commonwealth Games.

“I feel like I’ll leave the game with the team in a great spot and I know the guys have the ability to drive forward in the coming years.”

Reflecting on his career, Knowles added: “I’ve been able to get absolutely every bit of talent out of what I have. I’m someone who has pride in myself in my ability to work hard, do extra and adapt to the new style and the way the game has grown in the past 15 years.

“I’ve been incredibly lucky to be supported by many wonderful coaches and athletes over my playing career and I can’t thank them enough.

“If my parents or any of my friends had said to me 20 years ago in Rockhampton that you’d play over 300 games for your country, four Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups, travel the world, play in Europe, play in India, I would’ve taken it at the drop of a hat.

“You add success to it, being in the number one team in the world for 10 of those 15 years, it’s an amazing time to reflect.”

Knowles debuted for Australia in January 2004 and is one of only six Kookaburras to reach 300 caps. He is currently on 312 caps having scored 29 goals, bringing numerous highlights along the journey.

“The highlight for me is the Olympic gold as a 20-year-old in 2004. That was a dream come true,” Knowles said.

“I wanted to play for Australia, then I wanted to go to an Olympics, then I wanted to win an Olympic gold in that order and it all came in the first six months of my career. That was an absolute thrill.

“My first home tournament, the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, that was pretty amazing.

“No doubt, my most proud moment for me as a player was the 2014 World Cup. The way our team conducted ourselves, the way we played, the way I was able to play as a leader in that group and as an individual was something not many teams have been able to do.

“They’re a couple of the absolute standouts among many many more.”

The future is bright for Knowles who has a young family with wife Kelly and their children Flynn, Luca and Frankie. Knowles also works at the Queensland Academy of Sport as a Personal Development Advisor and runs a hockey coaching business along with Kookaburras legend Jamie Dwyer.

“Where I am now in my career with my balance in my life has made this decision easier for me,” he said. “I have a fantastic job at the Queensland Academy of Sport which allows me to work with up-and-coming elite athletes in high performances programmes every day of the week.

“I’ve got my own coaching business with Jamie Dwyer and myself. I’ve got a beautiful family with a wonderful wife who has supported me for so long now with all of our trips away.

“She’s ridden the journey. I’ve got kids who have watched me at the Olympics, the World Cup and hopefully the Commonwealth Games.

“I’m in a really good place, I’m really looking forward to what life is after high performance hockey. Hopefully it remains in high performance sport. There’s always nerves when you go into new things but it’s also really exciting.”

Current Kookaburras head coach Colin Batch first worked with Knowles when he was an assistant coach in the Australia set-up in 2004. Batch praised Knowles for his contribution.

“I feel very privileged to have coached him at the start and at the end of his career,” Batch said.

“Mark has been a great player for Australia, he’s given us great service and he’s been one of the outstanding players in world hockey over that period.

“We’ve seen his leadership grow from a lead-by-example style to now as a very inspirational leader with not only what he does, but what he says.

“Mark felt the timing was right for him to retire upon the conclusion of our Commonwealth Games campaign. We support that.

“I’m very pleased that he stayed on after the Rio Olympics which has been good for me as coach to have his support as captain.

“We thank his family, his mum and dad who support him in a lot of places and, of course, his wife Kelly and children Flynn, Luca and Frankie. We wish them all the best for the future.”

Hockey Australia president Melanie Woosnam praised and thanked Knowles for his 15-year contribution to Australian hockey.

“Mark’s retirement announcement is a huge loss for hockey in Australia,” Woosnam said.

“He has had an outstanding and distinguished career in the sport over an extended period of time and we congratulate him on all of his achievements.

“Mark has been a fantastic leader and role model for our sport during his time in the Australian team. He is not only well respected by his team mates but also his coaches and opponents across the world.

“We are sad to lose someone of Mark’s calibre, not only as a player but as one of the much loved ‘sons’ of Australian hockey.

“We thank Mark for the wonderful contribution he has made to our sport and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life with his wife Kelly and their beautiful young family.

“We hope we can maintain him in some capacity within our sport so he can continue to impart his knowledge and expertise on future generations of hockey athletes.”

MARK KNOWLES – Fact file:
*312 caps, *29 goals – Debut January 10 2004 v Korea, Azlan Shah Cup
*subject to change

Major Honours:
1 Olympic Gold Medal (2004)
2 Olympic Bronze Medals (2008, 2012)
2 World Cup Gold Medals (2010, 2014)
4 Champions Trophy Gold Medals (2005, 2008, 2009, 2012)
*3 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals (2006, 2010, 2014)
2 World League Final Gold Medals (2014-15, 2016-17)
1 FIH World Player of the Year (2014)
1 FIH Young Player of the Year (2007)
*subject to change


Hockey Australia media release

Rani Rampal named captain for women’s tour of Korea

Rani Rampal. File photo

Ace striker Rani Rampal was on Friday named captain of a 20-strong Indian women’s hockey team for next month’s season-opening away series against Korea, where fit-again forward Poonam Rani will make a comeback.

India will play five matches against the hosts at the Jinchun National Athletic Centre, from March 3 to 12.

Defender Sunita Lakra will be Rani’s deputy during the trip. With celebrated goalkeeper Savita rested for the tour, Rajani Etimarpu will be joined by debutant Swati to guard the Indian goalpost in Korea.

The defence line will feature the experienced Deepika, who was out of action following a knee surgery last year. She will be joined by Suman Devi Thoudam, Deep Grace Ekka, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam and Gurjit Kaur who will double up as dragflicker.

Monika, Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal, Udita and Lilima Minz will form the midfield while Rani, Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Poonam, who is also returning after a long injury haul, will form India’s attack.

The Korea tour will be the Indian team’s first event after its historic Asia Cup success where the side beat China 5-4 in a penalty shootout to lift the title in November last year.

“Doing well in the season’s first event is always important to gain confidence and momentum for the rest of the year. Also, the Korea tour will help us analyse the areas that requires improvement ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where we aim to finish on the podium,” chief coach Harendra Singh said.

On selecting a balanced team with young and experienced players, Harendra Singh said, “It is good to see experienced players Deepika and Poonam overcome injuries and return to the squad.

“We have a good mix of experienced players who will play an important role of guiding some of the youngsters in the team.”    

With the team consistently improving in terms of fitness and speed, Harendra is confident of a good show in Korea.

“The girls are consistently scoring well in the Yo-Yo Tests which indicate their speed, fitness level is improving.

“Most of the girls participated in the National Championship in Ranchi where they performed well for their respective teams and I was also there to watch some of the matches. I am sure they will carry forward this good form in Korea too,” he added.

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Rajani Etimarpu, Swati    

Defenders: Deepika, Sunita Lakra (VC), Deep Grace Ekka, Suman Devi Thoudam, Gurjit Kaur, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam    

Midfielders: Monika, Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Udita    

Forwards: Rani (C), Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Poonam Rani.

The Tribune

Manpreet Singh : Good mix of experience and youth can bring laurels in 2018

Manpreet Singh believes that a good mix of experience and youth in the national hockey team under coach Sjoerd Marijne can bring laurels in the 2018 season, starting with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup next month. India's hockey side won three medals last year, which includes a gold at Asia Cup in Dhaka.

Indian men’s hockey team enjoyed a stellar 2017 which included bronze medals at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Hockey World League finals. The highlight of 2017 was the gold medal at the Asia Cup that took place in Dhaka. Keeping in mind the success India enjoyed last year, Manpreet Singh seemed confident that the mix of experience and youth under the guidance of coach Sjoerd Marijne, will bring laurels in 2018 season that include tournaments like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and the World Cup.

"I am confident that a year in which we play the Commonwealth Games (April), Asian Games (August) and the World Cup (November) will see a spike in our performance resulting in massive doses of confidence that should see us more often on the victory podium with the national team winning more and more medals. Younger players get more chances as the team is rotated for tournaments; importantly they also get to play with the seniors and the mentorship helps them gain confidence against bigger teams," said the Indian captain reported TOI.

Manpreet had earlier emphasized on winning the Asian Games scheduled in August in Jakarta, as that would guarantee India a direct entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

"The importance of 2018 cannot be overemphasized. It's not only important but critical too, looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Most fans would know that we are steadily climbing in terms of performance, displaying better skills and that would reflect in our rankings which at the moment put us at No 6 on the FIH listings," said the 25-year-old.

India had lost to Australia in the finals of the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, where the score lines read 8-0 and 4-0 respectively. But, they equalled things in 2016 when they overcame Australia in the Test series. Pointing out the weight of the rivalry, Manpreet further emphasized the importance of beating the Aussies in their backyard.

"The Commonwealth Games is very important and we have closed the gap on the Australians. Even though it's a challenge meeting them in Australia, we will go all out to beat them; hopefully what should be the final. But it doesn't mean we are taking the others lightly. As captain of the team, we are working on creating more penalty corners and converting them into goals. We realized to win consistently; we have to score from every opportunity we get," he said.

India are set to start a busy 2018 season with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup that is scheduled to start from March 8. And India's decision to rotate the squad meant Manpreet will miss the tournament and the Indian side will be led by former captain Sardar Singh. Mandeep Mor, Sumit Kumar, and Shilanand Lakra earned their first call for the national side, as well.

"The team for the Azlan Shah is a good combination of young and senior players with four players making their debut. I have to say that our coach Sjoerd Marijne is a positive influence and constantly motivates us off and on the field. Players always share with him and a very strong team spirit has been forged. Tactically we are working hard so that we can beat the bigger teams consistently," concluded Manpreet Singh.

Sports Cafe

UiTM-KPT edge Ipoh despite lacklustre display

By Aftar Singh

Getting rough: UiTM-KPT’s Muhd Asraf Zulzali (right) is fouled by Ipoh City Council’s Mohd Arif Roslan during the semi-finals of the President Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Division One league champions Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)-KPT are one lucky team.

The university team played below par but it was still good enough to edge Ipoh City Council 3-2 in the semi-finals of the President Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

It will be UiTM’s second appearance in the final.

They face Politeknik-KPT in the final tomorrow and will be out to win the title for the first time.

UiTM’s defence was shaky in the absence of former junior World Cup player G. Kavin Kartik, who fractured his left middle finger in the league last week.

The Ipoh team also played without two key players – forward Mohamad Soffian Kamaruddin and midfielder Mohamad Heiry Pami – as both are injured.

Despite that setback, Ipoh still had more possession and also created more chances in the first two quarters but could not score.

The UiTM strike force, led by Muhd Azwar Abdul Rahman, struck in the 32nd minute through a penalty corner when skipper Mohd Nor Aqmal Abdul Gaffar’s low flick sailed past keeper Mohd Fahmi Azhar Ruddin.

But their joy was shortlived as Ipoh equalised just a minute later when Muhd Hafizal Halmi collected a loose ball before slamming home from close range.

But UiTM regained the lead off their third penalty corner in the 44th minute through Muhd Shahfirul Aqmal Mohd Saiful.

In the 56th minute, Muhd Haikal Abdul Mutalib made it 3-1 for UiTM.

But their opponents fought back to narrow the deficit with a penalty corner converted by Danial Aizat Ahmad Zubir in the last minute.

UiTM team manager Ahmad Tarmizy Mohammed admitted his team’s performance was pathetic.

“We were off form in the first two quarters and our defence was in a mess in the absence of Kavin. We only played better in the last two quarters,” said Ahmad Tarmizy.

“We’re very lucky to be in the final and hopefully, we can maintain our unbeaten run in Division One until the end.”

The Star of Malaysia

Atlètic launch crowdfunding campaign to support road to Rotterdam

©: Frank Uijlenbroek/world Sport Pics

Atlètic Terrassa have launched a crowd-fudning campaign to finance their trip to HC Rotterdam for the EHL KO16 next month when they will take on Royal Herakles on March 30.

The campaign allows any person, whether they are a member of the club or not, to make a financial contribution to help the team. In return, you can pick up some superb signed kit from some of the clubs most famous players like Marc Salles, Roc Oliva and Santi Freixa or sign up for specialist coaching sessions with the likes of Marc Calzada, Oliva and Salles. The campaign runs from February 20 to March 18.

Atlètic are one of the most decorated clubs in Spanish history, winning 21 Spanish titles, 13 cup crowns and two European Cups.

As Spanish national champions last season, they qualified directly for the KO16 as they look to match their performance from two years ago when they reached the FINAL4.

** To find out more and to make a contribution to their cause, click here: http://www.irauna.com/es/athc?ref=explore

Euro Hockey League media release

Battling Sevenoaks face rivals Brooklands MU

Sevenoaks goalkeeper Richard Potten in action. Credit Michele Harvey.

After holding high-flying Holcombe to a draw last weekend, relegation-threatened Sevenoaks are preparing for a crucial clash against fellow strugglers Brooklands MU in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Currently ninth with just one win so far, Sevenoaks are five points adrift of their opponents, but could significantly reduce that gap with a victory in Cheshire.

“We’re happy with how we’ve been playing,” said Tim Warrington, captain of Sevenoaks who are in their first season of top flight hockey. “We’ve had some very good periods of play but we often haven’t capitalised on our domination and have been punished.

“It has been a baptism of fire but we’re learning quickly. We’re a stronger unit now than we were last year and have got a season of Premier Division hockey under our belts, so if we did end up in the relegation play-offs again we would go into them feeling confident.”

Leaders Surbiton return to outdoor action following their EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup campaign in Switzerland last weekend and face a Saturday evening trip third-placed Reading.

Elsewhere Beeston – who narrowed the gap to Surbiton to four points with last week’s win at East Grinstead – play at home against bottom of the table Canterbury.

East Grinstead dropped out of the play-off spots last weekend, but have an ideal chance to hit back this Sunday when they travel to Wimbledon, the team that replaced them in fourth.

And Hampstead & Westminster have an away match at Holcombe and could also climb into play-off contention if they can take all three points.

Leaders Oxted go to Richmond in the Men’s Conference East, while second-placed Southgate – who are just three points behind – are also away at Old Georgians.

At the other end of the table West Herts are hosting Chichester in a must-win match.

After being held to a draw by Sheffield Hallam last weekend, the University of Nottingham will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they go to Leeds on Sunday. Meanwhile second-placed Bowdon go to Deeside Ramblers.

After battling to a 3-2 win over local rivals Isca last weekend, leaders the University of Exeter go to Fareham in search of more points in the Men’s Conference West. Elsewhere second-placed University of Birmingham go to Isca, while third-placed Cardiff & Met host fourth-placed Team Bath Buccaneers.


Saturday, February 24 2018

Men’s Premier Division
Reading v Surbiton 18:30

Sunday, February 25 2018

Men’s Premier Division
Beeston v Canterbury 14:00
Brooklands MU v Sevenoaks 14:00
Holcombe v Hampstead & Westminster 14:00
Wimbledon v East Grinstead 14:00

Men’s Conference East
Brighton & Hove v Old Loughtonians 13:00
Richmond v Oxted 13:30
Teddington v Cambridge City 13:30
Old Georgians v Southgate 14:00
West Herts v Chichester 14:00

Men’s Conference North
Deeside Ramblers v Bowdon 13:30
Sheffield Hallam v Loughborough Students 13:30
Doncaster v Cannock 14:00
Preston v Univ of Durham 14:00
Leeds v Univ of Nottingham 14:30

Men’s Conference West
Cardiff & Met v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:30
Isca v Univ of Birmingham 12:30
Clifton Robinsons v Havant 13:00
Fareham v Univ of Exeter 13:30
Olton & West Warwicks v Cheltenham 13:30

England Hockey Board Media release

Investec Girls School Championship Finalists

Investec Girls' School Finals 2017 action

The next generation of hockey stars will be battling it out at the Investec Girls Schools Championships at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from the 27 February to the 1 March.

We welcome each of the five Regional winners in each age group who qualified directly for the finals along with the runners-up from the respective Regions of last year’s winners. The other four Regional runners-up met in two playoff games with the winners of those games making it through to the finals week.

The first day sees the U14 girls take the stage, St George’s were last year’s runners up so will be hungry to take the title. They line up against Dean Close, Kirkham and Framlinham in Pool B, whilst newcomers Hill House line up with Cranleigh, Repton and Sevenoaks in Pool A.

The U16 and U18 tournaments kick off on 28 February, where they play the same format but longer games over two days.

In the U16s Pool C, holders Wellington, will be full of confidence after picking up the Super 6s indoor title earlier this year. They are joined by Trent, Canford and The Leys in their Pool. Pool D sees the 2017 runners up St Georges, joined by Repton, Clifton and Wakefield.

U18 holders Repton line up in the same pool as debutants St Peters from York along with Dean Close and Framlingham. In the other pool there will be two new faces, Sedbergh from Cumbria and Oakham. They will be joined by winner of the U18 Super 6s, Cranliegh and Milfield.

It isn’t just the players who will be representing their school at this national stage but our umpires too, many young umpires will be developing their skills throughout the three days working with some of our top senior officials.

You can follow all the action here and follow the action via our twitter and #Investechockey

You can find the full schedule of the event here and you can purchase tickets here.

England Hockey Board Media release

Kiana nets victory on the hockey field

Thomas More College’s SPAR Star of the Month – February 2018.

Lloyd Mackenzie

Kiana Cormack

THE fifth Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018 in Berlin, Germany saw 16-year-old St Mary’s learner, Kiana Cormack, score nine goals to make her the top goal scorer in the championships. She is the school’s high school SPAR Star of the Month.

Kiana won the hockey accolade jointly with a player from the Ukraine, but she hit the big-time when she scored a hat-trick for the Namibian Ladies vs Australia on 8 February.

Namibia played six matches at the World Cup, drew two, lost two and finished in ninth place overall. Born and bred in Windhoek, Kiana joined the St Mary’s family for high school and has represented St Mary’s in both the indoor and outdoor hockey teams. She is also a member of the Kearsney Hockey Club Ladies 1st team which competes in the premier league as well as the Namibian U21 outdoor hockey team.

In 2016 she was selected as Midfielder of the Tournament during outdoor hockey IPT, where she played for the KZN U16 girls team.

At the end of 2017, Kiana played in the KZN Indoor Mynahs team for Indoor IPT.

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