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World Cup 2010 - Newsletter

The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa has now ended, with altogether eight matches, including a quarter and semi final, having taken place successsfully at the new Cape Town Green Point Stadium.

Even more exciting news is that the World Grand Masters Hockey World Cup 2010 starts in less than 2 months on 15 September and runs until 24 September!

26 teams from 10 hockey nations have registered to play in the GM World Cup. We are delighted to report that New Zealand will be participating for the first time.

Participating hockey nations are: Australia (3 teams), England (5), Germany (3), Italy (1), New Zealand (1), Scotland (2), The Netherlands (3), South Africa (3) and Wales (1). Alliance International H.C. have entered 2 teams. Hong Kong unfortunately had to withdraw at the last minute.

Matches will be played in 4 categories : Over 60 (9), Over 65 (5), Over 70 (4) and a Tournament Trophy competition for the 'non-national' teams (8).

Tournament Organisation

The organisation behind the tournament is the SA Masters Hockey Association coordinated by Jane McKenzie and her support team along with Tournament Director Merle Sterley. Merle has 35 years of umpiring experience and has been involved in tournament directing since the early 1990's including an appointment as Technical Officer at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. To this team has been added Dennis Perkins as the Director of Umpiring.

Functions

14 September 2010 Western Province Cricket Club (Newlands) The opening function will take place on 14 September at the famous Newlands Cricket Ground, considered to be one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world (pictured above), with a march past at 18.30hrs on the actual field followed by a Meet and Greet cocktail party in the Western Province Cricket Club Oaks Room, with plenty of snacks on offer, and a Cash Bar.
18th September 2010 Hartleyvale stadium An informal braai (barbeque, with meat and salads, etc.) will be organised at the tournament venue, Hartleyvale, for those teams that are interested.
22nd September 2010 Mzolis A true and unique African experience - genuine African food, with a certain amount of wine provided - two African dancing acts - disco.
Wine, beer, ciders and cold drinks on sale. Everyone will travel by bus to the destination.

KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS

Should anyone wish to have a guided tour around the botanical gardens, this has been made possible by the Garden Guides. There will be a nominal charge and
booking is essential.


We look forward to a festival of fun, friendship and good hockey.

The Organising Committee

Contact Details for any further enquiries are:

Jane Mckenzie +27 82 972 9552
Email address jane.mc@vodamail.co.za

Brian Smith +27 82 455 7818
Email address bnsmith255@gmail.com

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