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Gauteng Gryphons Boys U18A on another planet at PSI Nationals

JONATHAN COOK

gryphons     What a day! And what a brilliant team the defending champion Gauteng Boys U18A team are,

     producing the most dynamic indoor hockey at Nolands PSI Nationals 2014 in Cape Town

     Wednesday that you are ever likely to see at this age-group level.

     On Day 1 Tuesday at the Cape Town Chinese School, defending champs Gryphons A beat

     their highly competitive B side 10-2 in the Boys U18A Section, followed by a close contest

 

against the fancied Durban Panthers 9-6 and an even closer affair versus West Coast Barracudas 8-5 in which the Cudas

were 4-3 up at one time.

 

Wednesday’s Day 2 action at UCT Court 1 saw the Gryphons outclass the impressive West Rand Quaggas 12-5 after

the most sublime 12-minute opening period when they went 5-0 up – that explosion of all that is best in the indoor

game – electrifying one-touch indoor – literally blowing the Quaggas off the court, despite their excellent

second-half comeback.

 

Next up were last year’s finalists Namibia Hawks, coached by astute Namibia senior team coach and Hawks franchise

owner Trevor Cormack. It was a comprehensive 12-1 win for Gryphons, which contributed to a massive 51 goals

with 23 against, for an overwhelming goal difference of 28 in five games over the two days and a full-house

25 points on the log going into Thursday

 

Coach Jean de Wilde, a doctor of sports medicine, has welded together a well-oiled machine that has as its

platform a sound, composed defence and the most explosive of attacking games, particularly on the turnover, where

the breathtaking goals borne of ruthless finishing are crafted from an almost telepathic understanding of court space

and positional play, as well as the crispest of passing and near-faultless receiving.

 

It was an absolute delight to watch – and if any Nolands PSI Nationals has ever witnessed a better side I would love to know.

Thursday, at Bel Har, Gryphons face four gruelling matches, including an all-too likely semi-final late in the afternoon.

First up are the second-last Boland Foxes at 10.15am; then what should be an absolute cracker against the team breathing

down their necks on 24 points and a goal difference of 12, Cape Town Seals; then it’s the ninth and last-placed Midlands

Stallions at 2.45pm before the semi-final showdown against the fourth-placed Pool finishers only an hour later, at 4.30pm.

 

Yes, with a host of competitive sides this year – and the Gryphons not the only side to conjure up brilliant goals, make

superb saves, execute great tackling and combinations, there is still plenty to play for.

Things can still come badly unstuck for the Gryphons if they pick up injuries or a loss of form on the narrower Bel Har court,

so it’s not a fait accompli yet as far as a berth in Friday’s 11.15am gold medal match at UCT is concerned.

 

Cape Town Seals are hot on the trail of the Gryphons and the indications are that their Pool match at Bel Har Friday could

be the precursor to the final … but don’t discount the chances of quality teams such as the Durban Panthers and Namibian

Hawks.

In the eight-team Girls U18A Section, coach Brinsley Powell’s polished Cape Town Seals – the only unbeaten team after

six matches – topped the eight-team Pool at the end of day two, ahead of reigning champs Gauteng Gryphons by

two log points.

 

With just one Pool match each before the playoffs, the other Girls U18A Section semi-final berths are the property of

the Boland Foxes and Namibia Hawks.

In Boys U16A Section, the Foxes lead second-placed Seals by one point with Gryphons A sharing the same log points

as Seals and having a game in hand. Barracudas and Panthers look to be tussling for the remaining semi-final berth.

In Girls U16A Section the impressive Hawks and Foxes are separated by three points with two matches each left, while

PE Vipers are two log points behind but have a game in hand.

 

With Pool games of great importance Thursday – as the age-group sections A and B get down to the make-or-break

matches – topped with the semi-finals at the end of another action-packed round, it promises to be a nerve-jangling day.

The logs, fixtures, all the results and much, much more of the U18 boys and girls, and the U16 sections, can be found

on the PSI websitewww.psihockey.co.za under “Nationals 2014”, U16&U18”.

 

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PSI Nationals U16s produce some superb indoor hockey

JONATHAN COOK

u16_u18 nationals     Day one of the U16 and 18 sections dawned at Nolands Pro Series (PSI) 2015 in Cape Town

     Tuesday and what an experience it was.

     The intensity took one’s breath away. There was an avalanche of stupendous, barely believable

     goals and brilliant saves while the less eye-catching stuff like solid tackling and sound team

     structures and tactics was also impressive.

 

After the delights of the U13 and U14 sections that ran from last Friday to Monday’s finals, the bigger, stronger, faster and

fitter older boys and girls now on display are cognitively more aware of the benefits that the intelligent use of space, depth

and peripheral vision have on outcomes – and so it was.

The U16A Boys and Girls Sections were at UCT Tuesday while it’s the U18A Sections turn at the campus court Wednesday.

What a wonderful prospect.

 

The U18 results from their venues will be on the PSI website as soon as is possible.

A fantastic game in the Boys U16A Section on court one at UCT saw the West Coast Barracudas beat Durban Panthers 4-2.

Outstanding Cudas captain Dayan Cassiem’s X-Factor stickwork proved the difference, but his father Aziz said the score was

not a true reflection.

“The intensity level was high and both teams could have scored more goals,” said the Cudas coach.

“The points are valuable but it’s still early days and there is a need for the boys to maintain their focus over the three

days of round-robin matches,” added Aziz.

Apart from Dayan Cassiem, who is at Bishops, the Cudas team are from the northern suburbs schools in Cape Town with

boys from Settlers, Fairmont, Edgemead, Paarl Gym and Bellville.

 

Coach Aziz Cassiem’s younger son Mustapha, still U12, was named Nolands PSI Nationals 2014 Player of the Tournament

in the U13 A Section, this after being the top goalscorer in the U13A Section at the age of 11 the year before. Cudas U13s

retained their U13A Section title on Monday.

Despite the 4-2 defeat, Panthers U16 coach Mike Wiggett said “it was a great game”.

Wiggett preferred not to comment on the many contentious umpiring decisions but did say, “What we are looking for is

fairness and consistency, that’s all.”

“My boys played very well,” said Wiggett, whose lads were then beaten 8-4 by the impressive Gauteng Gryphons after

trailing 4-1 at half-time.

 

Gryphons coach Ant Woodhouse’s side made excellent use of the full court, their attackers getting plenty of ball behind

the Panthers defence and exploiting the openings. The Durban side did not help their cause by flashing five penalty

corners off-target.

Panthers bounced back with a 6-0 win over PE Vipers in their third match of the day and will draw strength for that.

The Panthers lost 3-1 to Barracudas in Girls U16A Section on court two after beating the Boland Scorpions 5-2 a bit earlier,

but suffered a disappointing defeat to Gryphons B in their late game. Before the Gryphons match, Panthers coach Mark Ziegler

said that his side needed to start believing in themselves.

“The girls must get confident enough to take defenders on, show what they can do, they have got the skills.”

 

The Cape Town Seals lost 3-1 to the Gryphons after beating the strong Boland Foxes earlier. The Girls U16A section had

the craziest of days. The Foxes, beaten by the Seals but spurred on by the sublime skills of last year’s U14 Player of the

Tournament Monique Bartsch, outclassed the Gryphons, who had outdone the Seals …

Seals coach Dane Clark said his side were lacking in the attacking third against Gryphons. “Decision-making – when to

carry or pass – was poor. We defended well, despite their three goals, with composure but the main problem for us was

when we went forward.

The Gryphons impressed the Seals mentor. “Definitely. They are well-drilled, nothing fancy, they graft for each other,

a tough side to play.”

Defending Girls U16A Section champs the CT Seals retained just three girls from last year, most of the new players

are still U15. “But it’s not like they are out of their depth,” said Clark.

“They are mature. We lost 7-0 to Foxes in a warm-up last week, so to win today … the girls were phenomenal. Four of

them flew back to Cape Town last night, as they were at the Top Schools event in Pretoria, where they won the title

with their school, Herschel, so they were mentally and physically tired. They showed great commitment today.”

 

The Seals boys smashed defending U16A champs the Foxes 8-1, this after a warm-up match last week was drawn 3-3.

And in an incredibly passionate U16 A Section boys match, the West Coast Sharks twice came back to draw 3-3 with

Namibia Hawks, the equaliser a stunning solo goal with 23 seconds left.

In a hugely emotional U16 Boys A Section late game, Gryphons capped a great day with a win over the Cudas. It was a

fiercely physical contest and the Cudas did themselves no favours by getting sucked into the physical stuff.

Both sides could meet in the final and if the Cudas learn from this defeat, they could well turn the tables.

The PSI website will have all the results and much, much more as soon as is possible.

 
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SA indoor hockey men win final match

JONATHAN COOK

10407493_767500866633012_4275606585702996927_n     The South Africa men’s indoor hockey team won an entertaining fourth and final exhibition

     match against a PSI Africa All Stars invitation team 8-4 after leading 4-2 at half-time at a

     packed University of Cape Town indoor sports hall Tuesday night.

     SA won the four-match series 4-0, which included victories on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

     The series formed part of the Nolands PSI Nationals 2014 tournament, which involves close

 

on 200 teams and just under 2 000 players, boys and girls, from the ages of 11 to 18, and finishes at a number of venues

in Cape Town on Friday.

 

There were some superbly constructed goals in this match and the SA strikes came from Jarryd Jones (2), Geoff Abbott,

Matt Fairweather (2) and PG Geldenhuys (3) while the All Stars’ goalscorers were Lloyd Norris-Jones, Keenan Horne (2)

and Alex Stewart.

The versatile Namibian Siya Martins was outstanding for the All Stars while SA goalkeeper Chris McCathie made a host

of saves and key interventions in the first half before he was substituted for SA’s other shot-stopper, Richard Curtis.

The SA men’s team will be named shortly for the 2015 Indoor Hockey World Cup, which takes place in Leipzig, Germany

from February 4 to 8.

 
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Thrilling U13 and U14 finals spark much excitement

JONATHAN COOK

B U14A WIN WC CUDAS (1)     Finals day in the U13 and U14 Sections of the eighth Nolands Pro Series Indoor (PSI)

     Nationals promised much and it did not disappoint and big crowds were witness to a

     host of thrilling medal matches in which the skills and teamwork on display from boys

     and girls at such a young age drew much enthusiastic applause.

     Where to watch? It was a tough one to decide, what with the U14s at Cape Peninsula

 

University of Technology and the U13s at the University of Cape Town, but it had to be done and UCT was where

this fan ended up. In the Boys U13A final at the UCT indoor sports centre’s number one court, there was an absolute

blockbuster of a contest that had the crowd on the edge of their seats in the packed stands.

 

PE Vipers, who had been shaded 4-3 by the outstanding West Coast Barracudas team in the round-robin phase,

stepped up with intent to clinch the final 6-5 in a gripping penalty shootout, this after the scores were

locked 3-3 at full-time. The Boys U13A Section bronze medal was won by the Durban Panthers 1-0 on a penalty

shootout after the scores were stalemated 3-3 at full-time.

 

Victorious Boys U13A Section-winning coach Tertian Adams of the PE Vipers said he told his boys in the pre-match

that they “had nothing to lose”.

“The boys went in believing that if they gave everything on the park they would have no regrets afterwards -

and they did exactly that. I said to the boys before the tournament that if they stuck together, played with heart,

determination, discipline and perseverance they would get reward,” said a tired but delighted Adams.

 

The 20-year-old Adams finished school at Wynberg in Cape Town in 2012, where he captained the first side,

before going back to PE, and is in a learnership programme at Grey Junior School, where he coaches the U10As

and was assistant to the EP U13B side.

This immediately likeable young man has played for the EP U21 side for the last two years, while he also won

bronze with the Vipers U11 boys team at PSI U11 and U12 Nationals in the Mother City in July.

 

Chantell Posthumus, who is the Vipers franchise co-owner with Les Kirsten, runs the boys section and she

spoke very highly of Adams.

“Tertian is unbelievable with the boys, he’s awesome, and I am so proud of them all. We don’t have an indoor

court in PE and have to travel to Uitenhage for training, and all the effort and commitment put in make this

achievement even more special.”

Adams said the Vipers did have X-Factor players “but they know they could not have done anything without

the support of their team-mates”.

“The boys worked very, very hard in the build-up to PSI Nationals 2014 and it has paid off.

 

“PSI Nationals has been a great experience for myself and the players. We have four U12s in our team and they

and the senior players worked really well together.

“Personally I did not know what to expect as far as our outcome was concerned, which is what makes winning

the title such an amazing experience. It’s an unbelievable feeling for all of us.”

The girls U13A Section saw the Namibian Hawks – the standout team at the U13 and U14 Nationals -

beat a spirited PE Vipers 8-2 in the final.

 

The U13A Section bronze medal was won 2-1 by Namibian Eagles over Boland Foxes.

The gold medal-winning Namibian  Hawks girls side were the number unit out of all the boys and teams over the

last four days, winning all their matches by five goals or more to boast an untouchable, flawless  record.

Captain Kiana Cormack’s side scored 77 goals in 10 matches with just 22 against, and it says much for the superb

work being done in Windhoek by coach Trevor Cormack and company.

 

At CPUT the stunning Boys U14A Section final was won 6-5 by the West Coast Barracudas over an excellent Cape Seals

line-up in a match-up that reportedly saw the teams almost literally trading goal for goal.

The Boys U14A Section bronze medal was won 6-4 by PE Vipers over Boland Hawks.

The Girls U14A Section gold medal match saw PE Vipers beat Boland Foxes 4-2 to give the Vipers first place in this

section as well as the Boys U13A Section.

The Girls U14A Section bronze medal went to Southern Cape Sables to the tune of 4-3 over Durban Panthers.

 

The PSI website will reveal all the Boys and Girls U13B Section and U14B Section medal winners, with the gold

medallists all winning promotion to next year’s A Sections.

There are all the tournament scores, final logs and much, much more at www.psihockey.co.za as well the opportunity

to have a look at the U16 and U18 tournament fixtures, which start Tuesday and end with the finals on Friday.

Bring it on or bang a gong!

 
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PSi Nationals 2014 

   nationals 2014 badge  It gives me great pleasure to welcome all participants to the 8th Nolands PSi National

     tournament in the heart of the mother city. Over the years the tournament has produced

     some of the most exciting and competitive indoor matches in South Africa. With over 800

     matches scheduled and 184 teams participating in this year’s event, we are definitely in for

     another action-packed tournament. Over the years the tournament has grown from strength

 

to strength and has become one of the biggest school sporting events in the country with close to 2000

participants in 2014. PSi has recently opened a new chapter in its journey joining with SA Hockey as an associate member.

We are excited and proud to work together with SA Hockey in growing junior indoor hockey in South Africa in a

positive manner. This year we welcome our new franchises the Mpumalanga Mambas, Overberg Badgers and

Kimberley Heat. PSi has strong values in growing the sport in all areas of South Africa and now is your opportunity

to be part of this prestigious event.

The tournament allows each one of you to test your skills against other enthusiastic and talented young hockey

players from around Southern Africa. Now is your time to shine and show what you are made of but always remember

its teams that win and not individuals. Just like it is important to make tackles, score goals, listen to your coach

and push yourself the extra mile for 40 minutes, it’s equally important not to ignore one of the most valuable

aspects of the event – building friendships, as ultimately these are what last a lifetime.

Special thanks to our sponsors Nolands, Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun and Princess Hockey for their continued support

of the event. 

The games begin in December, 2014 so let’s all celebrate the spirit of indoor.

Yours in hockey
Simon Martin
Tournament Director & Founder

 

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Event Calandar 2015

PSI Calendar of Events 2015 (1)

 

 

 

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A DIVISION

POINTS

STANDINGS

B DIVISION

POINTS

STANDINGS

TEAMS

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

   

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

   

Bears – Bloem

     

       

        

 

 

 

 

 

Foxes – Boland

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpions – Boland

 

1

 

2

 

 1

 

 

 3

2nd 

Wild Cats – Boland

     

 

 

 

 

 

Seals – Cape

1

3

 

 9

 2nd

 

 

 

 

 

Sunbirds – Cape

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharks – Cape

     

 

 

 

 

 3

 2nd

Panthers – Durban

   

 1

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tigers – Durban

     

 

 

 

 

 2

3rd 

Quaggas – East Rand

     

 

 

 

 2

 4

1st 

Hawks – Namibia

2

 

2

 3rd

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles – Namibia

   

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vipers – PE

4

 1

2

16 

 1st

 

 

 1

 

Gryphons – Joburg

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sables – Southern Cape

   

 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barracudas – West Coast

 1

2

1

3rd 

 

 

 

 

 

Stingrays – West Coast

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stallions – Midlands

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaguars – East London

         

 

 

 

 

 

Heat – Kimberley

         

 

 

 

 

 

Rhinos – Grahamstown

         

 

 

 

 

 

Mambas – Mpumalanga

         

 

 

 

 

 

Pitbulls – Pretoria

         

 

 

 

   

Caracals – West Coast

                   

Badgers – Overberg

                   

Pumas – Durban

                   

Note: GOLD = 3          SILVER = 2          BRONZE = 1

 

 

Player Profiles

 

 

bruce

Bruce Jacobs-

Coach

 

michelle

Michelle Weldhagen -

Quaggas Player

 

mjekejwa

Mjekejwa Mohlaba -

Cape Seals Player

 

caitlin

Caitlin Walters -

Cape Seals Player

 

 
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