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Clark’s men play waiting game

By Mark Etheridge

The national men’s squad are still waiting to see whether they’ll be part of the South African team for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India later this year.

But they haven’t exactly been idle in the meantime and are still going about their training business as they await news of their participation.

Many of the individuals that played for South Africa at the World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year are involved in various leagues abroad.

But coach Gregg Clark, despite being hampered by lack of funding, is still busy trying to keep the squad in shape. “I’m waiting confirmation regarding some redistribution of funds that will enable us to have a couple of training camps as preparation for Commonwealth Games.

“In the meanwhile, I’m doing a bit of post World Cup analysis, which in turn helps Commonwealth planning and refocussing and I’m also busy trying to negotiate around a new programme ahead of Commonwealth.

“We’ve got about 10 of the World Cup team playing in various leagues around the world and the local regional SA leagues are also underway. I’m relying on the internal squad training ethic that we’ve developed to keep the guys going until such time as we have a proper programme in place for Commonwealth.”

Unfortunately, lack of funding has meant that our men have had to turn down some invites to some tournaments, which would have helped them keep their game up to scratch.

They were unable to defend the Four-Nations title they won in Russia last year and were also unable to take part in the Hamburg Masters, coming up in Germany.