Adele speaks to her ELDEST SON, WAYNE MADSEN, who was playing hockey for South Africa while keeping a cricket career going for KZN U19 and thereafter KZN Dolphins.

Wayne, played in 39 tests for SA Men’s Hockey team, took part in a World Cup and a Commonwealth Games before the dream of one day playing professional cricket for a county in England ended his hockey career.

He has coached both sports at high levels having completed his ENGLISH LEVEL 2 COACHING in hockey and the highest coaching level in cricket – the ECB LEVEL 4 COACHING BADGE

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Adele: You are a professional County cricketer with Derbyshire in the UK. Prior to this you were an international hockey player. How long did your hockey career stretch?

Wayne: I played for South Africa between 2004 and 2006. 39 test, 4 goals

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Adele: What major World Hockey events did you attend? 

Wayne: I played an African Cup of Nations in Pretoria (2005), a Champs Challenge in Alexandria, Egypt(2005), The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and The 2006 World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

Adele: Did you play outdoor hockey and Indoor hockey provincially?

Wayne: Yes, I played for the Raiders in both. I only played a couple of IPT’s for the Raiders both indoor and outdoor. Outdoor because the SA U21 side played in the tournament for a couple of years and although I loved my indoor, it was in cricket season, which made things tricky.

Adele: How did you manage to fit in playing provincial and international hockey with playing provincial cricket?

Wayne: I had to juggle the 2 sports which became tricky, the older I got. Growing up, one was a winter sport and the other a summer sport, so they went hand in hand. Andrew Shedlock was in charge of the Dolphins Cricket Academy when I left school and Shedders let me continue to play both as he was pro me playing hockey and gave me time off to attend IPTs. Then in February 2004 I made my international hockey debut against Canada, and 2 weeks later, I made my first-class cricket debut for the Dolphins. Even though I had a Dolphins Cricket contract for 2004/05, I had chosen hockey at that point and I would try to play cricket when I had time off hockey.

Adele: What/Who got you in to hockey?

Wayne: Family! I’ve been fortunate to be one of the 9 Madsen’s to represent SA at Hockey and Lloyd, Kyle and I grew up on the side of hockey fields. Mum and Dad encouraged us to play and try all sports but hockey (and cricket) was where my passion lay. Our folks were so supportive and gave us such great opportunities to excel but I’d stress that they never pushed us, it was all our choice and they were always there to support. In school holidays, we’d (Lloyd, Greg Fotheringham and myself) spend hours practicing on the astro at Queensmead.

Adele: Who is one of the finest players that you have played against or watched with Outdoor Hockey?

Wayne: Teun De Nooijer – He was a Dutch superstar and I loved watching him play – even when he played against us. He had the complete game, skills, a ridiculous change of pace, he scored goals and was brilliant at stealing the ball off players and counter-attacking.

Adele: Name some of your fellow South African players that you played with.

Wayne: Wow, there are so many great players that I could mention. I grew up playing with Andrew Cronje, Lungile Tsolekile and Austin Smith in my age-groups and we all made our senior debuts at the same time. In the national team, Gregg Clarke was my roommate on my first tour to Australia and Clarkie was someone I always looked up to and admired as a player! Justin King, Mike Cullen and Greg Nicol were also Raiders players who I watched and looked up to as a youngster and then I got to play with them for SA. When I was finishing, the younger generation of Justin Reid-Ross and Lloyd Norris-Jones had just broken into the team. I never played a full test with Lloyd, my brother, but we did play an U21 International together against England in 2005.

Adele: Your wife, Kyla, played provincial hockey for KZN Raiders. Did you originally meet through hockey?

Wayne: We first met on the side of tennis courts when we were younger but then as we went through our teens, we saw more of each other at hockey! I loved watching Kyla play. She had such a great turn of pace and a competitive drive that I get to see all the time now 😉

Adele: What has been your hockey career highlight so far?

Wayne: So far… I think that horse may have bolted 😉 The CWG and World Cup were amazing tournaments to play at and scoring against Korea to draw the game at the World Cup is probably up there with a highlight. Winning Africa Cup of Nations and scoring a stroke and doing the same to win a home IPT with the Raiders is also up there!

Adele: When did the switch from hockey to professional cricket take place?

Wayne: After the 2006 WC, I had finished studying and needed to find a job that could allow me to play hockey or give professional cricket a go, and that’s what I did. Initially, I thought it would be a couple year’s sabbatical from hockey, but things went well, and I haven’t looked back since.

Adele: How has the Covid 19 Virus effected your cricket season this year?

Wayne: We obviously haven’t been able to start, and we have also been on the government furlough scheme which means that we haven’t even been able to train. I have been doing voluntary fitness training and we have just got back into cricket training on the 1st of July with a view to start the season on August 1st.

Adele: What is the next large International cricket tournament that you are hoping to attend?

Wayne: I’ll have to take things as they come. With COVID it really has compressed the fixture schedule so there could be t20 or t10 opportunities over the UK winter and I’ll be hoping to play in one of those competitions.   

Adele: What is the best piece of advice that you can give to youngsters that play both cricket and hockey and are not sure which to specialize in?

Wayne: Tough one… I’d say the sports complement each other well, so while you can, play them both. Now that most top-level sports are 12 months a year it’s hard to do both, as people will question your commitment. I followed my goal to be a professional sportsman. I’ve been blessed to have had the chance to play both and I could easily have ended up playing 10-12 years of international hockey. When you have to make a call, go with your gut 😉

Adele: How long have you been in England playing for Derbyshire and what has been your greatest cricket achievement for the county?

Wayne: I started playing for Derbyshire in 2009 and before that played club cricket for Unsworth in the Central Lancashire League from 2007. Captaining the team to the division 2 title in 2012 was special and being the first player to reach 1000 runs in Division 1 of the Championship in 2013 was a huge highlight too. More recently my white ball game has become much more consistent and being the 2017 t20 Blast MVP was also a memorable achievement.

Adele: Share an unknown fact about yourself.

Wayne: I hold a Guinness World Record – Most cricket ball touches on a bat in 1 minute – 282

Adele: While you studied and played provincial cricket and hockey you were also a coach at Madsen Hockey Academy. Name some of the coaches that you coached alongside then?

Wayne: We had some top coaches who coached with me like Justin King, Gareth Carr, Craig Peel, Rowan Moran, Graham Berry, Scott Barton, my now wife, Kyla, my brother Lloyd was just starting off and I think Tim Drummond was too.

Adele: You currently have a Sports Coaching business called Madsen Sports Coaching where cricket, hockey and netball are coached in Derbyshire. How would you say coaching at Madsen Hockey Academy helped you towards setting up your own coaching business?     

Wayne: Coaching in such a fun and productive environment at the Madsen Hockey Academy ignited the coach in me. It gave me the initial confidence and belief to drive my passion for coaching and supporting young athletes both in cricket and hockey. The coaching business is small and gives me a way to coach and support local kids outside of the county environment. Once I retire from playing, I want to pursue a career in coaching, and it was MHA and my mum and dad that gave me the grounding for it.