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Zimbabwe U21 Ladies Hockey Team

U-21 Ladies Hockey team ready for World Cup

By Allan Mbotshwa

THE U-21 ladies hockey team, “the Flames”, had their first practice session on the tournament pitch, as the count down to the start of the Junior World Cup, which is being held in Potchefstroom, South Africa from the 1st – 12th April 2022, draws close.

The 20-player-squad is geared up and rearing to go, on the backdrop of the success they had in Ghana, at the AfCON tournament, where they finished fourth, having performed brilliantly and being able to break a 16-year-old record.

The squad still has a few players on its books who attended the previous tournament in Ghana namely, Allardice Georgia, Elijah Tinodiwanashe, Herbst Simone, Jenna Mathieson, Pope Lilian, Terblanche Alexei and Terblanche Natalie.

Blessed with a mixture of experience and youth something that can be utilised to their advantage; “The Flames” have been cast in Pool A, alongside Canada, Netherlands and United States, which will require the ladies to put on their very best display, as these teams have performed exceptionally well in other tournaments, however, given the determination of this ladies team, they will surely give the other teams a run for their money.

Canada will up first in an encounter that is scheduled for the 1st April at 15:00hrs (UTC+2), while their 2nd match will be against the United States on the 2nd April at 13:00hrs. Their final Pool A game will end with a date against the Netherlands on the 4th April at 15:30hrs.

Pool B comprises of England, Ireland, South Africa and Ukraine. Argentina, Austria, Korea and Uruguay will battle it out in Pool C, while Pool D is made up of Germany, India, Malaysia, and Wales.

Zimbabwe Under-21 Team

Georgia Allardice, Mercedes Beekes, Mutsa Bera (C), Hayley Clark, Tinodiwanashe Elijah, Simone Herbst, Jorja Jones, Courtney Lowe, Lavender Mandoza, Tatenda Maswera, Jenna Mathieson, Mazvita Mtausi-Gwaradzimba, Khanyisile Mzizi, Lilian Pope, Gugulethu Sibanda, Kaylee Sithole, Alexei Terblanche, Natalie Terblanche, Taya Trivella, Rumbidzai Zimuto

Team Manager: Tendayi Maredza.

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