Sunday, June 16, 2024

Commonwealth Games Hockey: Guise-Brown ‘loving second crack with South Africa hockey’

Birmingham — Hampstead & Westminster star Matt Guise-Brown is cherishing his second coming with South Africa. Next year, starting with the 2023 men’s World Cup, will mark a decade as an international player. A four-year hiatus from the national side has also meant he is enjoying it better than ever.

Surprisingly, Guise-Brown, 30, marked his first major tournament at last summer’s Olympics. He was nervous, he admitted, heading into the competition. The Hockey Paper spoke to him this week and he is now relishing what the future holds for a sport which has been held back by politics and funding.

“It’s been a long process to build what we are trying to build,” said Guise-Brown, pointing to when Gareth ‘Springs’ Ewing took over in 2019 as the catalyst.

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