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Passing the Baton

I am taken back to my Primary School days when team relay races were part of every athletics meeting. Much practice went into the team of four runners, all practicing the changeover of the baton with great application to ensure smooth changes and completing the race in the best possible time.

My time with Madsen Hockey Academy has run its race! I am ready to “HAND OVER THE BATON!”

It has been such a passionate, happy, full, rewarding and productive journey. The academy has grown in the number of activities that it offers, and the coaching complement has reached 30 plus coaches. For me to follow the progress of players that have been through the academy is extremely gratifying!!

To see how coaches have applied themselves transferring hockey information with such great passion and commitment is a real joy! Many coaches have gone on to fill Provincial and even National coaching positions. I so enjoy hearing how coaches have moved from being at the academy in leadership positions to running their own practice or becoming a Junior partner in the law company that they are working for and realizing that we have played a part in contributing to their business success as well!

Likewise, there are so many players from the academy that have gone on to obtain Provincial and National Schools honours as well as Senior Men’s and Women’s Provincial and National selections. 

Several players have returned to become coaches in the Madsen Hockey Academy family!

I am passing the baton on to JJ and Kelly Reed. As from 1 January 2021 they will become the new owners of Madsen Hockey Academy.

This is an absolute pleasure for me as, not only are they part of my family, they have been very much a huge part of the Madsen Hockey Academy over the years.

JJ and Kelly are both extremely EXCITED to take up the challenge. Just like the change of baton in the athletics team we both envision this change to be as SMOOTH as possible. They also have some very exciting plans for the upcoming season so keep watch via our social media links on all that is on offer. 

I would like to thank every player, coach and parents that have supported the academy over the 27 and a half years that I have been involved. Many solid friendships have been formed and I really value them hugely.

Thank you to the sponsors that have supported us notably Shane Schoenegevel of Gryphon for most of my years in the academy and then in the past three years, Sportbox. We also so appreciate the investment of Spar with the Field Dividers and Giba Gorge with the Inflatable Sports Field for the academy. Byron Faulds of CMH Nissan has also been incredible in initiating their sponsorship towards the annual 5’s Tournament. Thank you all for your generosity and the difference that you have made for the academy.

It remains for me to thank MY FAMILY……..my husband Paddy and my sons and their families. You have always believed in me and supported me with sound advice every step of the way! I give God all the glory for His favour in this business and leading me to the new owners and in a new direction.

I am moving into a new passion, that of Sports Psychology. Many years ago, I completed a diploma in Sports Psychology with PMB University. This love has been sparked again after recently completing AN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY COURSE through THINCSMART, headed up by Iain Shippey and Melissa Ardendorff.

I have since been asked to facilitate on the GRIT FOR TEENS COURSE and am FACILITATOR with IAIN on his current 101 Applied Psychology course.

There will be many more opportunities in this field which I look forward to being a part of.

I am sure I will also be able to partner with Madsen Hockey Academy on some interesting Sport Psychology projects!!

I am not leaving the country as yet, so I will definitely see you all at the side of the hockey field someday soon.

Merry Christmas everyone and may 2021 be all that you dream it to be and more.

Yours in Hockey,


I have enjoyed the many highs
I have had some low
I have loved seeing players and coaches grow
I have started with fives
It just continues to thrive
I have made friends for life
They pulled me through the strife
The journey has been sweet
The next will be even sweeter
Its hard to say goodbyes
Till we see each other soon:
Do what you have to do
Until you can do what you
Want to do!

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Shaun Baker

On Hosting Hockey this week, Adele chats to Shaun Baker. Shaun is the current Director of Hockey at Northwood School as well as the Northwood School 1st XI Coach. He has a wealth of experience having played and coached in the UK and Australia. Shaun completed his SAHA Level 3 coaching course in 2016 as well as his FIH Level 2 in 2020.

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Adele: Discuss your playing and coaching career both locally and overseas.

Shaun: I have had the most colourful career to date as both a player and a coach within our borders and those abroad. I have been a scholar of the game and being exposed to different cultures around the world has developed, shaped and defined the coach/player I am today. I feel the biggest difference between environments abroad vs back here in SA is the approach of sharing overseas over the closed book approach here. I use to be a coach not willing to share my knowledge and keep my ideas and philosophies to myself. I was a product of the system I knew. Going overseas, especially in the UK and Holland, I was introduced and exposed to alternative methods of growth and development. Without sharing and challenging oneself, further growth and development is near impossible.

Adele: Who got you in to hockey?

Shaun: My mum played many years ago and we had the old school long wooden sticks that seemed to curve forever and I grew up with them in hand. I played my first competitive hockey at the age of 5 and loved it. Rest is history!

Adele: You are the current coach of Northwood Boys 1st Team Hockey. How long have you been back training for? Has it been easy to adjust to the Covid protocols?

Shaun: As Director and 1st XI coach, we have stuck to all directives from the headmaster and implemented strict social distance training protocols as outlined by the DoE. We have been training for several weeks. Initially only with 10 in a session. This provided us with an amazing opportunity to focus solely on technical abilities by lines (all defenders together, all midfield together etc). Something that a ‘normal’ year does not cater for at all. So the adjustment was actually incredibly easy.

Adele: How important is it to have good strikers in your hockey team?

Shaun: The game is won and lost in the 23m areas. If you have forwards who have the ability to create chances and gain positive outcomes, it sets a platform to create positive results. SO I believe they are fundamental part of the success of a season. Not only does one need the goal scorer forward but the supporting forward is just as important to make a well-rounded front line.

Adele: Being a striker yourself, what would you say are the qualities, today, of a top striker?

Shaun: I believe that the most important roles of a modern day striker are the following:
Set the tempo in defense – open play and structural
The ability to create spaces in confined and congested areas
Have a ‘swag’ about them, not arrogance as there is no place for that on my field but a swag

Adele: Who would you say are amongst the top strikers in the world in the Women’s or Men’s game?

Shaun: Sho! Very hard question… I think there are some serious players to call out but to name only a few:
Men – Pol Amat, Jamie Dwyer, Mirco Pruyser, Jeroen Hertzberger, Bjorn Kellerman, Greg Nicol, Christopher Ruhr, Mandeep Singh, Blake Govers, Tom Boon, Jacob Whetton
Women – Nikki Hudson, Kim Lammers, Naomi van As, Maartje Paumen, Georgie Twigg, Luciana Aymar, Alex Dansen, Natascha Keller, Pietie Coetzee

Adele: What advice do you have for someone at Primary School who is a natural striker? What are the key aspects to develop from a Primary School player to a 1st Team High School player?

Shaun: I feel that players of this ability are not developed but used to win matches. The advice I would give is to continue trusting in the passes and players around you whilst developing their own skillsets. Too often in the primary school years, the dominant players are left to do everything, and this leads to really poor formative years habits. He/she will not lose skill abilities but to develop decision making within these players is fundamental to the success of their careers.

Adele: Very often the top goalscorer and player gets moved to the midfield at Primary school. The player then loses out at specializing at being a forward and continuing with their goalscoring talent. Do you think this is one reason that South Africa, as a country, has lacked really TOP STRIKERS? How can we change this?

Shaun: I think this links into the above and I would most certainly agree with the above statement as well. I feel that the focus at primary school age within schools is about winning and not producing well-rounded players within all the lines who understand the game of hockey, understand their roles and responsibilities of their specialized positions and there is no emphasis on developing thinking players. If you forwards do not know how to think for themselves as they have been told how to play, where to stand, what to do whenever in possession from the sideline by coaches and parents alike, we are breeding robots and stagnating the overall development of hockey in SA.

Adele: Share something that we might not know about you.

Shaun: I am a lifetime member of the Royal Household Cricket Club and have met Her Majesty and played a game of cricket against Prince Harry and Prince William in a charity match!

Adele: You were one of our coaches at Madsen Hockey Academy. How long did you coach in the academy and who were some of the coaches that you coached alongside?   

Shaun: Sho!!! Now this was a long time ago! I believe I worked in the academy during my time coaching at Kearsney and Highbury in the mid 2000’s for around 2-3 years before following my playing and coaching career abroad. I worked with Wayne Madsen, Brenda Bartlett, Lloyd Madsen and the amazing Adele Madsen too!

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JJ Reed

This week on Hosting Hockey, Adele chats to JJ Reed. JJ is currently the Kearsney College 1st team outdoor coach. He coached the Kearsney Ladies 1st team from 2017 – 2019 where they won the outdoor league 2 years in a row and the indoor league 3 times. JJ has played for the KZN U21 hockey team as well as the KZN Raiders team in 2012. He currently plays for Kearsney Hockey Club.

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Adele: Discuss your playing and coaching career. 

JJ: I spent most of my high school years playing hockey for Midlands (KZN Inland). Then after school I studied in Durban and played club hockey for UKZN as well as represented KZN in both indoor and outdoor. I was extremely fortunate to play for UKZN for a couple reasons. Firstly, we had numerous players who were current national players, so to play and learn from players like Shanyl Balwanth, Wade Paton, Taine Paton, Kevan Demartinis, Matt Botha and Gowan Jones  was an incredible experience and looking back, an incredible honour. The second reason our coach Brendan Carolyn. Who was probably one of the most qualified coaches in the country and has since gone on to coach some of the best teams in Europe. So to be coached by BC as we called him, for 4 years was invaluable to me, and a huge help in my coaching career although I may not have known it at the time.   

My coaching started off as a way to earn some income while studying. I started off coaching at a little primary school in Umhlanga called Atholton. This was when I realised quite quickly that I loved coaching as it didn’t take long before I was coaching every day of the week and every sport they offered. I then started looking for hockey coaching jobs where I could learn from someone and begin developing as a hockey coach. One of my close friends and UKZN team mate Sihle Ntuli told me to come start coaching at Madsen Hockey Academy (MHA) as they were looking for coaches and had a great academy. MHA was exactly what I was looking for, Adele Madsen mentored all the coaches and made sure you were tested and developed all the skills required to become a good coach. They had a hierarchy system, so as you improved and climbed the ladder, so you were given more responsibilities and opportunities. One of my opportunities was to coach the St Mary’s Senior primary 1st team as well as the u14a side. During this period I was also coaching PSI u13 and u16 boys and girls which was a nice challenge, as I hadn’t coached competitive indoor before, it was all outdoor up until that point.

My next coaching challenge was to coach senior club hockey. I was asked by Kearsney Hockey Club to coach the mens 1st team as they had just been promoted from the second division. This was a tough challenge as I had never coached senior mens hockey and to make it tougher I was going to be player coach. I then took on the role of Kearsney 1st ladies club side coach, where we had 3 very successful years. I decided to give up coaching club hockey in 2020 so I could watch and support my wife with my daughter on the sidelines. This would also allow me to focus on my most recent appointment as 1st team coach of Kearsney College.  

Adele: Who got you into hockey?

JJ: Other than my parents encouraging me to play hockey at a young age, I would probably say that Keith Fairweather was probably the person who really got me involved in hockey and believed in me. When I got to high school I was a year young and one of the smaller boys, so my plan was to play hockey in grade 8 and then rugby in grade 9 when I was the correct age. Keith was my u14 hockey coach and really got me to love the game. We had a great u14 season and from the point onwards I only wanted to play hockey. 

Adele: You are the current coach of Kearsney College 1st Team Hockey. How long have you been back training for? Has it been easy to adjust to the Covid protocols?

JJ: We have been training for the past 6 weeks and it certainly has been an adjustment as have many things in 2020. We are allowed a maximum of 12 players on the field at once, with 6 players per half. I have actually enjoyed this time as it has forced us to focus on the players skills set and correcting smaller problems in technique that we usually don’t pick up with larger numbers at training sessions. But it has been amazing getting back onto the turf again.

Adele: How important is it to have at least one specialist Drag Flicker in your team? 

JJ: I have always believed it’s extremely important to have someone in the team focused on their flicking, whether that’s from the top of the circle or the slip flick. A specialist flicker should be scoring you a goal a game on average and is always essential in a tight game where winning a short corner can be the difference between winning the game or coming away with a draw.  

Adele: How do you develop with the step by step training of a Drag Flicker? 

JJ: Probably the first and most important decision for anyone wanting to become a specialist flicker is how much effort and time they are willing to put into flicking. Most people don’t realise that it takes hours and hours of extra training as well as strengthening muscles which are put under strain while flicking that you don’t usually worry about as a normal hockey player. Once you have made your mind up then you can start developing your flicking skills. 

Step one starts about 5m from the goals, kneeling down with your left shoulder facing the goals, place the ball behind your right knee and just short of a sticks length away from your body. Collect the ball from behind you, dragging it across your body and pushing it firmly into the goals along the astro.

Step two repeats the same process only now you can have your left leg stretched out towards the goals allowing you to transfer your weight towards the goals. Your main focus is creating power using your arms and upper body as well as repeating the process over and over until it becomes ingrained in you. 

Step 3 repeats the previous two steps, however now we are no longer on our knees. We start in a squatting position with our right leg and our left leg is still stretched out as per step 2. Here we focus on keeping the same technique with the added power of using our right leg to transfer our body weight with a lot more power towards the goals. We are still focused on flicking the ball low across the astro into the goals. 

Step 4 starts about 8 meters from the goals. We now start walking into the flick. So position the ball in front of your left leg. Step with your right leg in front of the ball. Move into the squatting position as per step 3 and continue with the flicking process. The focus in this step is to create a rhythm and as fluid a movement as possible while at the same time keeping the technique the same. 

Step 5 we introduce the run up. We can now move to the top of the circle and practice the full movement towards the ball, collection and release of the flick all in one fluid motion. The key here is to create a comfortable movement from start to finish. I still recommend only flicking low and focus on your power before attempting to flick high into the net. 

Step 6 – Is all about repetition, the more you flick the more natural it becomes, your power increases and the most important element of flicking is your control. I prefer to focus on control as it’s not all about accuracy, the higher the level of competition the more deception is required. At the very highest level if you can combine power, accuracy and deception then you have the formula to become one of the best in the world. 

Adele: Who would you say is one of the top drag flickers in the world?

JJ: My favourite flicker over the last couple years is Gonzalo Peillat from Argentina. 

Adele: What advice do you have for someone at Primary School who would like to start with Drag Flicking?

JJ:  In my experience people stop flicking too soon because they don’t see the results in a short time period and often it’s because others may feel they are wasting their time. My advice would be to focus on yourself and not worry about what others have to say about your drag flicking. Drag flicking is something developed over many years so if you consistently work hard at it from primary school, you will have a skill others will be very envious of by the time you play first team hockey in high school.  

Adele: Tell us something that we don’t know about you?

JJ: Most people are surprised to hear my first name is Justin and not JJ. I will admit I usually don’t respond when people call me by my first name as everyone calls me JJ. 

Adele: You are married to Kelly who is a current International Indoor Player. How do you manage both of your huge involvements with hockey so that you have some quality family time? 

JJ: Both Kel and I thrive on family time especially now that we have a 1 year old daughter Tyla. So it is our biggest priority and we are always planning everything around family time. We also plan our family holidays pretty early in the year so we know what dates we can’t commit ourselves to work wise. We are also lucky in that, family time can be spent around an astro very easily and we all love it.  

Adele: You were one of our Head Coaches at Madsen Hockey Academy. How long did you coach in the academy and who were some of the coaches that you coached alongside?   

JJ: I coached for Madsen Hockey Academy for 4 consecutive years while I was studying and then was involved with the academy part time for another 2 – 3 years as and when I could coach. During my time I have coached with the following coaches who I feel had the most impact on my coaching career. LLoyd Madsen, Tim Drummond, Kevan Demartinis, Sihle Ntuli and of course the most impactful on my life is Kelly Reed.

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Rassie Pieterse

This week on Hosting Hockey, Adele chats to current South African Goalkeeper, Rassie Pieterse. Rassie currently has 161 caps for the South African Men’s Hockey Team. He has competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. Rassie has been to 3 World Cups in 2010, 2014 and 2018 as well as 2 Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014. He currently plays for The Wanderers HC. In 2015, Rassie competed in the Hockey India League for the Dehli Waveriders where they finished 3rd.

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Adele: What is the role of a goalkeeper in hockey

Rassie: The role of a goalkeeper is quite simple, the mission is to try to keep your team in the game for as long as possible. To make good decisions and good saves at crucial moments of the game. Another key part of the job is communication regarding the game plan starting from the back. Defensive lines and tactics all need to come from the general at the back. Good communication also makes the job of the goalkeeper easier.

Adele: How much focus, attention and coaching is given to young primary school goalkeepers?

Rassie: Unfortunately, in South Africa, not enough attention is given to young goalkeepers. The reason why, is there is not enough specialist goalkeeper coaches. I’m a fond believer of the notion that if you are giving your goalkeeper specialist training, it will improve their game by 30%. This 30% will often be the difference between losing or winning by one or two goals.

Adele: When did you start your goalkeeping career?

Rassie: I started at a very late age of 18. I was very lucky to have good coaches who took me under their wing and worked hard on my technique. I was also very fortunate to play many different sports when I was younger that gave me the ball skills that I needed to be a goalkeeper. I was a wicket-keeper in cricket and that definitely got me used to having balls flying at me.

Adele: Describe your career including your international journey.

Rassie: I’ve had quite a compact hockey career, because I started at such a late age. I wouldn’t refer to it as a career though, for me, hockey is a lifestyle. A lifestyle where I’ve met and made a lot of friends from all walks of life and all parts of the world. My international career has given me the opportunity to test myself against the best of the best. Any top sportsman who has represented their country will tell you that it is an unmatched feeling to put on the green and gold. The honour is immense and I am continuously grateful for every moment that I am able to represent my country. I’ve been very fortunate to have my childhood dreams of the Olympic Games, Commonwealth games and Africa games come true. The experiences have been unbelievable, and I will treasure these memories forever.

Adele: How often do you train in a week and what type of training do you do?

Rassie: I train at least four times a week (hockey). At least one of those sessions will entail a specialized goalkeeper session. On top of that, we have a specialized gym program that we have to follow, hence my career long 6-pack ;). I know goalkeepers often get labeled as the lazy ones who just stand there, but I don’t think of myself as an elite athlete, goalkeepers are ULTRA  athletes.

Adele: You are owner of the TK Franchise in South Africa. What type of goalkeeper kit do you sell?

Rassie: Yes, I am very fortunate to be representing one of the top brands in the world. I was sponsored by TK as a youngster and it has always suited my game and given me the competitive edge. It is amazing to see that most top goalkeepers in the world are using TK goalkeeping kit. This includes all four of the SA men’s and ladies goalkeepers. However, we don’t only cater for top level goalkeepers. With 6 tiers in our range, we offer goalkeeping kit all the way from first timer starter sets to those at the top (and everything in between).

Adele: What other equipment or clothing do you supply?

Rassie: Besides selling the best hockey sticks in the world. TK, being a German brand, has always had the edge on textiles and since 2010, we have introduced our clothing into many different sporting codes. Including being the kit supplier to various IPL cricket teams, professional tennis teams and in South Africa more specifically, the Hollywood Bets Dolphins, the VKB Knights, rugby teams in the Guiness Pro 14 as well as being the proud sportswear supplier to most of the top universities and schools in the country.

Adele: How has Goalkeeping changed from when you first played in the international side to the current world goalkeeping styles.

Rassie: The game has changed quite a lot. It has become much faster, with new technology added to hockey sticks, strikers are hitting the ball harder than ever. A lot of different set pieces and techniques have also contributed to the way that the modern game is played. The 6 yard and 9-yard area are where many goals are scored. In the modern era, score lines have also become higher and this means more action for goalkeepers. Now more than ever, us goalkeepers need to always be on the top our game.

Adele: Who is one of your international Goalkeeper role models?

Rassie: My goalkeeping role model is Guus Vogels. He played for the Netherlands, winning 2 Olympic goal medals in 1996 and 2000. He has had such a long and remarkable career and I was privileged to play against him in the 2010 world cup. He is a true gentleman of the sport and has the best technique that I have ever seen, along with phenomenal hand-eye co-ordination and an unmatched ability to read the game and get off his line explosively, flying through the air to protect his goals. His ability to close down space so quickly made him a striker’s worst nightmare.

Adele: What advice do you have to young aspiring goalkeepers?

Rassie: Don’t underestimate how much training hard helps. Listen to your coaches. Try to be creative and training, push yourself and always be a team player. Most of all, enjoy the game and try make as many friends as possible. We are very fortunate to have such a great game like hockey in our lives, which gives us the opportunity to make lifelong memories with the many great people we meet along the way… Keep your eye on the ball ;).

Hosting Hockey
with Sport’s Agent
Craig Livingstone

This week, Adele chats to her brother, Craig Livingstone. Craig is a qualified attorney and manages professional sportsmen. He played and coached at provincial and national level and his hockey highlight was attending the Atlanta 1996 Olympics with Team South Africa. Craig has been managing professional sportsmen primarily in rugby and cricket for the past 25 years. He has managed elite athletes at the highest level and his current clients include Eddie Jones, Jake White and Lukhanyo Am.

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Adele: How long have you been a sport’s agent and what got you in to this field?

Craig: I have been a sports agent since 1995. When rugby turned professional, I was introduced to the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning players by Ray Mordt, a close friend of mine. They needed advice on their contracts, and I saw the commercial opportunities that flowed from them winning the World Cup.

Adele: What are you qualified as? How does this assist with your work as a Sport’s Agent?

Craig: I am a qualified lawyer, and this helps as the role of an agent requires you to negotiate various contracts for your client.

Adele: When did you first get involved with hockey?

Craig: I played hockey from a young age and represented Natal at schools’ level and then went onto play SA Schools and SA u21. I also represented Southerns and Witsies. 

Adele: When did you get involved with coaching and what was your highest appointment as a hockey coach?

Craig: I started coaching at a school level when I was at University. I coached the Southerns team and was assistant coach to the SA team in Atlanta in 1996.

Adele: How has playing and coaching hockey assisted you with your sport’s agency business?

Craig: For me coaching is very much about managing players and getting the best out of them.  As an agent I need to manage my client’s best interests and make sure my client performs on the field and I take care of the off-field side. So, man management skills are very important in coaching and equally in managing players.

Adele: Name some of the great rugby players and cricketers that you have managed or currently manage.

Craig: I was fortunate to have managed a number of Springbok Rugby captains from Gary Teichmann to John Smit and superb players in Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger and more recently Lukhanyo Am.

Adele: Who are some of the top coaches that you are currently managing?

Craig: I manage Eddie Jones, Jake White, John Dobson, John Mitchell, Joey Mongalo and Johann van Graan. Managing coaches has assisted me in identifying quality talent to sign.

Adele: Your business is International. You also have a base in London. Describe how this works.

Craig: I manage clients in SA and overseas. It’s important that you are able to provide a seamless service for the client whether he is playing in SA or abroad. So, I partner with agents overseas who are able to take care of my client’s needs when he is playing abroad.

Adele: How important is a Sport Agent for the player and what functions do you perform for them?

Craig: In most professional sports, players have agents. What role the agent plays varies from client to client but can be anything from negotiating an employment contract to establishing the right image for the player and creating marketing and endorsement opportunities to providing good advice and outsourcing the financial and tax aspects for the players.

Adele: With the Covid 19 Lockdown and no travel allowed how have you continued with communication with your coaches and players?    

Craig: It’s been mainly contact on phone and zoom, especially for my overseas clients. Fortunately for the local clients I have been able to maintain the personal contact. We have all had to adapt to the new normal and as an agent I have had to adapt, and my advice to my players and coaches is the more adaptable you are the more likely you are to succeed.

with Head Coach
Micaela Dorfling

This week on Hosting Hockey, Adele chats to Micaela Dorfling. Micaela came through the Madsen Hockey Academy, starting at 8 years old. She played for the Thomas More College 1st team as well as for Thomas More Hockey Club. Micaela started coaching for Madsen Hockey Academy in 2016 as a junior coach, becoming a head coach in 2019. In 2016 and 2017, Micaela also coached the u13 girl’s hockey team at Curro. After matriculating, she went on to study Biokinetics and completed her Masters in Exercise Science. She now works at Prime Human Performance Institute and Gateway Hospital Medical Centre as a biokineticist.

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Adele: Describe your hockey playing career.

Micaela: I started playing hockey from a young age, I played at school and also at kearsney mini and youth hockey which helped me grow a lot and learn more individual skills. I was always more inclined to playing  a variety of sports rather than focus on one sport so I never played hockey extremely competitively but I did play first team at school, Thomas More college, and travelled to the Netherlands for our tour in matric. In my first year out of school I played for Tuks hockey and that helped grow my love for the sport even more. Thereafter, I had a break in playing hockey and focused more on studies, and coaching but I am going to start playing for Kearsney hockey club in 2021.

Adele: What was your most memorable moment in your career to date?

Micaela: Travelling to the Netherlands on tour and experiencing the level of hockey in another country.

Adele: Describe your coaching career and when you started coaching for Madsen Hockey Academy.

Micaela: As soon as I started coaching in my second year out of school, I grew a passion for teaching children. I have coached since 2016,  and loved it more and more as I learnt more about the coaching side of hockey. I started as a junior coach at Madsen hockey, coaching at both Curro school with my own team and then and over the years worked my way up to a Head coach at Kearsney mini hockey.

Adele: In what area of the coaching do you operate in for Madsen Hockey Academy?

Micaela: Kearsney mini hockey head coach and admin organizer with regards to tournaments and organizing the children’s teams.

Adele: What would you say three qualities of a hockey coach are?

Micaela: Passion, enthusiasm, goal-orientated

Adele: Who are your playing and coaching role models?

Micaela: I never really had any specific role models, but I always looked up to the players in the SA teams who always worked so hard to get to where they were.

Adele: Describe something that we don’t know about you.

Micaela: Growing up being active and playing different sports grew my passion for my current career I am in, a Biokineticist, where I get to work with like-minded people on a daily basis, and can help people reach their sporting goals.

Adele: How did you get started in hockey?

Micaela: I started playing hockey when I was trying out all different sports when I was young and I was more moved to playing hockey based on the people it brings together, the social aspect of it, the Friday nights at Kearsney growing up is what got me more into the sport.

Adele: How do you see Madsen Hockey Academy moving in to the “new normal” when we get started again?  

Micaela: I think Madsen will be able to adapt very quickly to the “new normal”. As a team, we have already looked into ways to adapt to the situation. We luckily have a diverse team where there are always solutions to any bumps in the road. We will stick to the rules and regulations, and divide the children according to regulations. We have also kept the children on the go over this time with online work and exciting challenges on our social media.

Adele: How do you stay up to date with the latest coaching trends and ideas?

Micaela: I stay up to date on social media, following overseas accounts where new ideas are put out there and I also do research on new ideas which I think I need to learn more about to keep up to date.

With …..
Matt Madsen

This week on Hosting Hockey, Adele chats to MHA Coach, Matt Madsen. Matt played for the KZN Coastals u18 Team in 2013 and the KZN U21 team in 2014 and 2015. He currently plays for the Kearsney Hockey Club Men’s 1st team as well as the KZN Mynahs Hockey team. In 2017, Matt travelled to the UK to play and coach for Guildford Hockey Club, as well as coaching at Esher College. He has also coached at many schools such as St Marys, Kearsney and Hillcrest Primary.

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Adele: Describe your hockey playing career.

Matt: I have played provincial indoor and outdoor since I finished school in 2013. I play for Kearsney hockey club men’s 1st team and I played for Guildford hockey club men’s 1st team in the UK.

Adele: What was your most memorable moment in your career to date?

Matt: I’ve had a few which have been very memorable, playing in England for Guildford hockey club was definitely one, playing alongside some of my role models in Jarryd Jones and Jethro Eustice for Kearsney hockey club. While I was over in England, I was lucky enough to travel to Croatia to watch the SA indoor women’s series and watch my sister Kelly while I was there. IPT at Randburg, all the KZN teams won medals with the raiders guys and girls both winning gold! The vibe of not just our team but all the KZN teams together was truly amazing!

Adele: Describe your coaching career and when you started coaching for Madsen Hockey Academy.

Matt: I started coaching at MHA in 2014, I have coached at a number of schools including St Mary’s, Kearsney and Hillcrest Primary. I have also coached Esher college 1st team in England as well as for Guildford hockey club.

Adele: In what area of the coaching do you operate in for Madsen Hockey Academy?

Matt: I have been head coach of Kearsney mini under 9s. I also do private coaching.

Adele: What would you say three qualities of a hockey coach are?

Have the ability to listen

Adele: Who are your playing and coaching role models?

Matt: Playing role models are – my club team mates Jarryd Jones and Jethro Eustice and then my sister, Kelly Reed.
Coaching role models are – Jethro Eustice for Kearsney hockey club, Cameron Mackay, Sihle Ntuli and JJ Reed

Adele: Describe something that we don’t know about you.

Matt: I have an Italian passport which has enabled me to play and coach overseas.

Adele: How did you get started in hockey?

Matt: It was always in my family, I was never pressured into playing, I’ve always played because I loved it.

Adele: How do you see Madsen Hockey Academy moving in to the “new normal” when we get started again?

Matt: I think we will see kids technical skills get a lot better as we will not be able to train in game like situations due to the no contact rules. It will be very weird and strange to begin with and we know the kids will be begging for a game.

Adele: How do you stay up to date with the latest coaching trends and ideas?

Matt: I watch a lot of hockey on YouTube, both indoor and outdoor. I really enjoy watching the Dutch league (hoofdklasse) highlights as well as the England hockey league on YouTube. I also follow a couple of different pages on Instagram that can give me new ideas.

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Head Coach, Hannah Shirley

On Hosting Hockey this week, Adele chats to current MHA coach, Hannah Shirley. Hannah played for the KZN Raiders Outdoor Hockey Team in 2019 as well as the KZN U21 Team where she was awarded top goal scorer and selected in the tournament team. She was selected for the SA Schools U16A Hockey Team in 2016 that played in a tri nations series. She currently coaches the U16A indoor and outdoor team at Westville Girls High School. Hannah is also part of the SA Senior Womens Softball Team.

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Adele: Describe your hockey playing career.

Hannah: My career has been one filled with many ups and downs, many wins and many losers, many goals and many different memories.

Adele: What was your most memorable moment in your career to date?

Hannah: I have many memories from hockey but there are 4 memories that will always stay with me. Firstly, making the SA u16 side that played in a tri nations series. Secondly, winning the biggest schoolgirls hockey tournament: St Mary’s Waverly 2018. Then my next one is my u21 IPT performance last year, my team was amazing, and we played some amazing hockey, I finished the tournament and was awarded top goal scorer and made the tournament top 11 team. Lastly, being drafted for the PHL in 2019 was an unreal experience.

Adele: Describe your coaching career and when you started coaching for Madsen Hockey Academy.

Hannah: I started coaching in my grade 11 year in 2017. It’s been a short coaching career, but it is something I enjoy so much. I love giving back to the game that has given me so much. I think this is only the start of my coaching and I look forward to coaching even more people. The time that I have spent coaching has been amazing, I enjoy going to coaching every time and it has taught me a lot about myself as well as the game of hockey.

Adele: In what area of the coaching do you operate in for Madsen Hockey Academy?

Hannah: I have been involved in many aspects within MHA. I have been a part of clinics, Mini hockey clubs (Kearney and Westville), I have umpires at CMH Nissan 5’s tournaments, private trainings as well as academies at St Mary’s.

Adele: What would you say three qualities of a hockey coach are?

Hannah: Patience, knowledge and passion

Adele: Who are your playing and coaching role models?

Hannah: Playing:
Dirkie Chamberlain and Maartje Paumen
Coaching: Kelly Reed and Mike Baker

Adele: Describe something that we don’t know about you.

Hannah: Many people in the hockey community don’t know that I am a South African Softball player on top of being a hockey player.

Adele: How did you get started in hockey?

Hannah: I went to MHA clinics when I was much younger and have always enjoyed their coaching. Because they worked a lot out of saints, I saw them a lot and then they held a coaching clinic once and I joined and then chatted to Adele about wanting to coach under her.

Adele: How do you see Madsen Hockey Academy moving in to the “new normal” when we get started again?  

Hannah: I think groups might be a bit smaller and possibly offering an online training plan however I think that people are going to want to do more because they feel they have missed out don so much in the last few months.

Adele: How do you stay up to date with the latest coaching trends and ideas?

Hannah: I follow hockey pages on Instagram and Facebook and watch YouTube videos.

Head Coach, Daniel Crouch

This week Adele chats to the Head Coach of Westville Gryphons Mini Hockey Club, Daniel Crouch. Daniel participated in a variety of sport including softball and ice hockey, but it was the love for field hockey that has brought him to where he is today. He was just one of two Grade 10’s that were selected to play for the Glenwood 1st team and since leaving school has been playing club hockey. Daniel plays for the Varsity College Men’s 2nd Team and was a part of the team who won the 1st Division Indoor league in 2018. He started coaching for Manor Gardens and found it so fulfilling watching the little ones develop into such talented players. In 2018, he joined the Madsen Hockey Academy and has made a great impact not only on the kids, but also on the coaches around him. Daniel has a true passion for the sport and coaching.

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Adele: Describe your hockey playing career.

Daniel: My hockey career started from a young age. I remember still playing on the grass fields of my pre-primary school with my wooden Gray’s hockey stick. From then I knew I had a passion for the sport, I moved to Penzance Primary the year the 3 schools Astro was opened and I was fortunate enough to be able to start enjoying my hockey from a young age on astroturf. I played throughout my whole primary school years, playing first team in my senior years and being made the Boys 1st team hockey captain. I then went on to play at Glenwood High school from grade 8 up until matric. I played in the U14A, U16A and 1st team. I was lucky enough to be 1 of 2 grade 10’s included in the 1st team squad at Glenwood. After school I decided to finally play club hockey, and while studying at Varsity College, I played for the Varsity College Men’s 2nd team for indoor and outdoor.

Adele: What was your most memorable moment in your career to date?

Daniel: My most memorable moment in my career was my first 1st team cap as the only grade 10 in the team. Another memorable moment for me was winning the 1st club division indoor league.

Adele: Describe your coaching career and when you started coaching for Madsen Hockey Academy.

Daniel: I first started coaching right after I left school. I was the 1st team boys coach for Manor Gardens in 2017. I then decided to start working with littlees to develop hockey from the grassroots. I coached 4-9 year olds, and for me it was honestly so fulfilling watching these little ones grow from year to year and develop into future hockey stars. I started working for the Madsen Hockey Academy in 2018, for the Westville Gryphons mini hockey as a coach.

Adele: In what area of the coaching do you operate in for Madsen Hockey Academy?

Daniel: Currently I am coaching for the Madsen hockey academy at the Westville Gryphons mini hockey club where I am the head coach.

Adele: What would you say three qualities of a hockey coach are?


Adele: Who are your playing and coaching role models?

Daniel: For coaching, my role model would be the ex SA men’s hockey coach, Fabian Gregory. I had first met him at a High Performance Camp, and he then become my first team coach at Glenwood.

My role model as a player is Tom Boon from the Belgium men’s National Hockey team

Adele: Describe something that we don’t know about you.

Daniel: I have received my National colours for Softball and represented South Africa at the Junior-Mens World Champion in Michigan, USA

Adele: How did you get started in hockey?

Daniel: I first got started in hockey because of my older brother. He had started to play hockey in school and then he and I would spend afternoons playing outside.

Adele: How do you see Madsen Hockey Academy moving in to the “new normal” when we get started again?  

Daniel: I believe one of the best things about Madsen Hockey Academy is it’s adaptability and commitment. I am of the view that when we get started in the “new normal”, Madsen Hockey Academy will follow all of the guidelines and safety protocols that are necessary for the safety of our players and coaches; but this will not hinder our coaching or reduce the enjoyment of anyone coming to our sessions. Madsen Hockey Academy will still be bringing enjoyment and fun to our sessions, in ways that will enhance the individual and team skills so that once the pandemic is over we have made sure that our players are still in top form.

Adele: How do you stay up to date with the latest coaching trends and ideas?

Daniel: In order to stay up to date I am always constantly on the look out for new coaching ideas to pop up in different chat forums and webinars; as well as collaborating with other coaches to brainstorm ideas.

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Kayla Swanepoel

Adele chats to Kayla Swanepoel on Hosting Hockey this week. Kayla comes from a family that has always supported hockey in KZN, be it outdoor or indoor. This has instilled a love for hockey in her which can be seen through her playing and coaching career. Kayla played for the Westville Girls 1st team from grade 10 where she was part of the team that went on to beat St Marys in the final at the Spar Regional Hockey Tournament to qualify for the Spar Girls Hockey Final in 2014. She attended 4 PSI Nationals playing for Panthers from u16 to u18, where she won a bronze medal in Durban in 2015 (u18) and she was vice captain in 2016 (u18). She currently coaches Mini Hockey at Gryphons for MHA as well as the u14A Outdoor Hockey Team at Westville Girls High School.

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Adele: Describe your hockey playing career.

Kayla: My hockey career is definitely not like the other great players you have interviewed before me, haha. I played all through school which were probably some of my more memorable years. I was a part of the Westville Girls’ High School 1st team for 3 years. In my grade 10 year I was selected for the 1st team which was a very big achievement as there were few of us ‘juniors’ chosen. I was privileged to play alongside my two sisters, Kerryn and Kelsey in my matric year. From 2013 to 2016, I played in various PSI Nationals too. In 2015, our under 18 Panthers team won the bronze medal and in my last tournament I was vice captain of the Panthers team.  For club hockey, I currently play for Munies/Collegians Hockey Club. We had a good indoor season and were preparing for outdoor but unfortunately COVID-19 hit and everything came to a sudden stop.

Adele: What was your most memorable moment in your career to date?

Kayla: One stand out moment for me would be winning the Spar Regional Finals in 2014. The tournament was the first time playing for the school’s 1st team so I was so nervous! We were up against St Mary’s in the final, who we lost to earlier on in the day. Intense is an understatement and the pressure was definitely felt. After the final whistle went, the feeling of joy and relief was indescribable. I could not believe that our team pulled off the win. Courtney Slaney had scored for us and we were probably on the defense most of the game, but we proved a lot of people wrong that day! Our team just clicked in that game and we were all playing for each other.

Adele: Describe your coaching career and when you started coaching for Madsen Hockey Academy.

Kayla: I started coaching for Madsen Hockey Academy in 2018. I have loved every minute of coaching. I am grateful to go back and coach Gryphons Mini Hockey where I was also once a player. I also love being able to bring out the potential I see in a player. Coaching for the Madsen’s has also given me the opportunity to go back and coach at my old school which is also fun. Coaching at the Academy has given me so many opportunities. Madsen Hockey Academy is one big family and I know that Adele or any other Head Coach welcomes everyone with open arms.

Adele: In what area of the coaching do you operate in for Madsen Hockey Academy?

Kayla: I am very lucky enough to coach at Gryphons Mini Hockey Club in Westville and not only work with other coaches but with friends and family. At Gryphons, Daniel, Gemma and myself usually work together and coach the group of under 10 and under 11 boys and girls which is always a fun group. I am also the coach of the Westville Girls’ under 14 A indoor and outdoor team.

Adele: What would you say three qualities of a hockey coach are?

Kayla: A coach has to be energetic. Dealing with kids for hours requires a coach to be interactive and involved, it is not just standing on the sidelines and shouting instructions. A coach should be understanding. You have to be mindful that even though you have known a skill for years, the children are only learning it for the first time, and you are there to play the helpful and supportive role. A coach also has to be creative, a coach has to come up with drills and adapt drills to suit the level of your players.

Adele: Who are your playing and coaching role models?

Playing: It would have to be my sisters. Kerryn and Kelsey have accomplished great things in their hockey careers which has just made me want to do better and improve myself. Tegan Fourie is also one of my role models. We have gone through the age groups together and have played in a few of the same teams. I loved playing with her, and I am always amazed when watching her play. Her hard work, determination and skill, I have never seen in any other player before.

Coaching: My coaching role model will have to be Ryan Lees. He was my coach at school. I enjoyed how understanding he was as a coach, never too harsh but not someone we could walk over. He let us have our fun and grow our love for the game.

Adele: Describe something that we don’t know about you.

Kayla: I have a plate in my right arm! I broke my wrist in a club hockey game in a little battle against Jessica Lardant. I had to get a plate put in which is why I have the huge scar on my right arm. If I press in the right spot, I’m sure I can feel one of the pins.

Adele: How did you get started in hockey?

Kayla: My friends. They all wrote their names down on the list for trials all the way back in primary school, so I had to play too.

Adele: How do you see Madsen Hockey Academy moving in to the “new normal” when we get started again?  

Kayla: I hope we start again soon! It will be a challenge, but one we’ll get through. I see us having more and more one-on-one coaching sessions as long as we have the time and astro availability. I also think we will have to adjust our drills and group sizes to accommodate for the COVID-19 safety rules and regulations. I think smaller group sizes will be a good thing though as it will allow us as coaches to focus more on the individual player.

Adele: How do you stay up to date with the latest coaching trends and ideas?

Kayla: Being around Adele and the other Head Coaches really help. I feel as though any ideas we do have, we share them with each other and this gives us a chance to develop them even further. Watching coaches from other teams, schools and even watching international matches also gives me inspiration. I also regularly look at the Sport Plan Website for any new drills that I may use or adapt to make it suitable for whoever I may be coaching.