SPORTS DRIPS: What’s the best gear for hockey?
Share this article:
Welcome to SPORTS DRIPS for this week. We are in the winter sports season and today we will be focusing on one of the biggest female participation sports in South Africa which is Field Hockey. The South African Hockey Association just announced the Mens and ladies teams to participate in the Toyko Olympic games.
I am a provincial hockey player and also a player coach at one of South Africa’s best development teams – Intouch Community Sports so I have some personal knowledge about the sport.
Let take a look at some of the brands that are prominent in the hockey circles and some new exciting brands that are in the market. The most famous hockey gear is Grays in SA, but we have plenty of brands competing – Gryphon, Adidas, Malik, Osaka, TK and a few new brands like Fain, Grip Sports, Brabo, Kipster. We will be taking an indepth look at various branded equipment and what basics are needed to play the sport from Sticks, boots and other equipment.
Hockey is South Africa is a massive participation sport as its played from Primary to High schools and boys and girls. The equipment prices have sky-rocketed and its become a very expensive sport to play with Hockey sticks priced at up to R 5000.00 and boots close to R2500.00
What does a starter in field hockey player need:
gum guard (Not essential)
glove (Not essential)
We will be looking at prices of Sticks made out of 100% Carbon materials for the elite Provincial or international player:
Gryphon Hockey: Top of the range: R4599
Osaka: Top of the range: R5599
Adidas: Top of the range: R4899
TK: Top of the range: R4999
Grip Sports by Tenth Sports: Top of the range: R1899
Fain Hockey: Top of the range: R3599
Kipster by Decatholon Sports: Top of the range: R1999
We will be looking at prices of Sticks made out of 50% Carbon materials which is for the entry level player:
Gryphon Hockey: Top of the range: R2599
Osaka: Top of the range: R2599
Adidas: Top of the range: R2899
TK: Top of the range: R1999
Grip Sports by Tenth Sports: Top of the range: R999
Fain Hockey: Top of the range: R1599
Adidas: range from R699 – R2500
Gryphon: range from R599 – R1500
Dita: range from R699 – R2200
Kipster by Decatholan Sports: range from R399 – R1500
Goal Keeper equipment range from R15000 – R 25000 for brands like OBO or TK but Tenth Sports have a range from R 5000 which includes all pads, Gloves, helmet and a bag.
Clothing and team kits: Hykes – Julian Hykes one of SA’s most prolific striker has his own brand and caters for team across South Africa for more information send us an email and we will connect you with Julian: [email protected]
Good Luck to the Mens and Womens Hockey teams:
SA WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM FOR TOYKO OLYMPIC GAMES:
Quanita Bobbs, Erin Christie, Lisa Deetlefs, Lilian Du Plessis, Nicole Erasmus, Tarryn Glasby, Robyn Johnson, Charne Maddocks, Lerato Mahole, Phumelela Mbande, Edith Molikoe, Kristen Paton, Tarryn Potts, Celia Seerane, Nomnikelo Veto and Onthatile Zulu.
Coaches and Management
Gillian Doig (Manager), Robin Van Ginkel (Head Coach), Nkuliso Zondi (Assistant Coach) and Taren Naidoo (Video Analyst.)
SA MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM
Erasmus Pieterse, Timothy Drummond, Austin Smith, Mohamed Mea, Matthew Guise Brown, Jethro Eustice, Nduduzo Lembethe, Taine Paton, Nicholas Spooner, Clinton Panther, Samkelo Mvimbi, Abdud Cassiem, Mustaphaa Cassiem, Nqobile Ntuli, Keenan Horne and Tevin Kok.
Coaches and Management
Martin Van Staden (Manager), Garreth Ewing (Head Coach), Siphesihle Ntuli (Assistant Coach) and Ashlin Freddy.
From me at Sports Drips: Keep moving, stay warm and stay safe.
Like our Facebook page: Sport Drips SA check out some of the video’s.
Contact me: [email protected]