She may be only 24 years old, but with more than 100 caps to her name, the captain of the South African women's hockey team is one of the most experienced players in the side. Those who do not follow women's hockey too closely may recognise her name from when she graced the pages of SA Sports Illustrated a few years back, but it is her exploits in the midfield for which she deserves recognition. Being a player of colour, Marescia's mother was never afforded the opportunity to represent South Africa. But the young player was determined to make it, having started playing hockey at the age of nine. She rose steadily through the ranks, first making it into the Natal team (she played softball at provincial level in primary school) and then the South African under-20 side for the junior World Cup. In 2001, Marescia was selected for the senior national side and has now represented the country at two World Cups, two Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. She took over as captain last year after Lindsey Carlisle retired and will lead the side in this month's four-nations tournament against Ireland, Scotland and Germany in Dublin.

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