2019
Franchise of the Year A Section: Namibian Hawks
Franchise of the Year B Section: Cape Town Sharks
Franchise of the Year C Section: Cape Town Sharks & Namibian Cranes

There is something beautiful about a fairy tale. The likelihood of the tale playing out in the way you hope for it or even dream for it to play out is small, but the possibility is what the romantics of sport come along for. The recently completed U18 Nationals proved exactly that offering a fairy-tale final game in PSi for Kiana Cormack and Aiden Tun.

Kiana Cormack has written many incredible stories in her hockey career of PSi over almost 10 years of action. She has given me some incredible stories to write over the past few years and this year was no different. Kiana was selected as captain to lead the Hawks in the U18 Nationals in her final tournament. It was an age group tournament that they had not won since her older sister Jerrica led the team to the title in 2008. There was optimism but the Hawks knew they would have it all to play for.

Having won their way through to final the Hawks took on the mighty impressive Gryphons coached by SA Men’s Indoor coach David Joshua. They trailed in the final 2-0 before a Kiana hat-trick brought it back level but the Gryphons equalised with two minutes remaining and it appeared the game was going to showdowns. But with the last play of the game the Hawks won a penalty corner and Kiana stood at the top of the D.

A captain at the Youth Olympics, the top goal scorer of the Indoor Hockey World Cup and her PSi career would come down to this. The ball was injected as time stood still, a massive crowd collectively held their breath, the ball was stopped perfectly, the moment was predestined as Kiana “Penalty Cormack” took a step forward. She picked up the ball in her stride and slid into a perfect drag flick. The ball sliced off her stick with venom and as it inched towards the goal, destiny was playing its part. The ball found the top corner like a prized snooker player and the crowd erupted. With her last strike of the ball Kiana had ended 11 years of waiting with the senior girls title.

Of course, just a few minutes later the boy’s final was presented. After the ecstasy of the girls final the stage was set for a showdown between some of the hottest prospects of SA Indoor Hockey. Aiden Tun and Marvin Simons both played their debuts for South Africa a month previously and after years of service would be bidding farewell as a player to the Gryphons. What a better way to go out than make it through to the final to play against the Mustapha Cassiem inspired Barracudas.

With so much attacking talent on the field the unthinkable was happening. Attack after attack was repelled by excellent defending, incredible talent and superb heart. With the minutes ticking away neither side could find the goal that would make them the 2019 Champions and the highly uncommon score of 0-0 remained in force until the final whistle. The title would be decided by showdowns.

With the scores level, Aiden Tun stood over the ball for his final moment of play in Pro Series Indoor National history. Standing at the top of the run the silence was deafening to the point that you could almost hear the heart beat of every single spectator at UCT. His first step and the pulses were racing, his second and they got even faster. Every breath was collectively held as he surged forward looking to fulfil his Psi Destiny. He moved one way, which was followed by the keeper, before turning in style and pushing the ball towards the goal. It may have felt like an eternity but as the ball struck the back of the board, Aiden Tun had won the title for the Gryphons with his final strike of his PSi school boy career.

The picture of Tun’s victorious leap will almost be as iconic as the moment in years to come as he was lifted above the shoulders of the giants of the Gryphons and took his moment in a way that would make whoever decides on destiny smile.

Pro Series Indoor is about indoor hockey, but so much more than that it’s a bout fairy tales and friendship. Its about scoring goals but so much more than that its about making friends and memories. Its about winning titles, but so much more than that is about building character and moulding the future.

Awards

U 11 A Boys

Gold: Panthers

Silver: Gryphons

Bronze: Stallions

U11 A Girls

Gold: Gryphons A

Silver: Gryphons B

Bronze: Panthers

U11 Boys

Player of the Tournament: Jonty Wigget (Panthers)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Sebastian Loudenberg (Panthers)

Spirit: Mambas

U11 Girls

Player of the Tournament: Isabella Duffy (Gryphons)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Luka – Lisa Moolman (Titans)

Spirit: Bears

Spirit: Mambas

U12 A Boys

Gold: Panthers

Silver: Titans

Bronze: Stallions

U12 A Girls

Gold: Gryphons

Silver: Titans

Bronze: Quaggas

U12 Boys

Player of the Tournament: Duardt Tollig (Titans)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Raphael Adjibade (Stallions)

Spirit: West Rand Lions

U12 Girls

Player of the Tournament: Amber-Lily Fairon (Gryphons)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Imibongo Somhlahlo

Spirit: Gryphons

U11 A Boys

Gold: Hawks

Silver: Cranes

Bronze: Seals

U11 A Girls

Gold: Hawks

Silver: Seals

Bronze: Northern Knights

U 11 A Girls

Player of the Tournament: Kerrin Gillies (Hawks)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Kyra Boonzaier (Vipers)

Spirit Award: Seals

U11 A Boys

Player of the Tournament: Zach Philander (Hawks)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Benjamin Prinsloo (Hawks)

Spirit Award: Eagles

U12 A Boys

Gold: Seals

Silver: Foxes

Bronze: Vipers

U12 A Girls

Gold: Hawks

Silver: Barracudas

U12 A Girls

Player of the Tournament: Onique Bezuidenhout (Hawks)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Isla Vorster (Hawks)

Spirit Award: Cranes

U12 A Boys

Player of the Tournament: Jo le Roux (Seals)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Mick Kirsten (Vipers)

Spirit Award: Cranes

U13 A Girls

Gold: Gryphons A

Silver: Hawks

Bronze: Panthers

U13 B Girls

Gold: Quaggas A

Silver: Titans A

Bronze: Knights Silver

U13 C Girls

Gold: Pumas A

Silver: Stallions B

Bronze: Gryphons C

U13 A Boys

Gold: Hawks

Silver: Foxes

Bronze: Seals

U13 B Boys

Gold: Knights Silver

Silver: Black Bears

Bronze: Seal Pups

U13 C Boys

Gold: Titans C

Silver: Sunbirds

Bronze: Wildcats

U13 A Girls:

Player of the Tournament: Reabetswe Phume (Gryphons)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Meghan Hartzenberg (Mambas)

Spirit Award: Eagles and Hawks

U13 B Girls:

Player of the Tournament: Zara Colyn (Quaggas)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Motheo Manzi (Mambas)

Spirit Award: Knights Red

U13 C Girls:

Player of the Tournament: Isabella Nurse (Gryphons)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Amahle Ncongo (Stallions)

Spirit Award: Stallions Black

U13 A Boys

Player of the Tournament: Ryan Williams (Foxes)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Benjamin Parsons (Mambas)

Spirit Award: Stallions Red

U13 B Boys

Player of the Tournament: Joshua Mettler (Barracudas)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Nicholas Thompson (Seal Pups)

Spirit Award: Barracudas

U13 C Boys

Player of the Tournament: Ryan-Harcout Baldwin (Titans)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Reinhardt Steyn (Titans)

Spirit Award: Marlins

U14 A Girls

Gold: Hawks

Silver: Seals

Bronze: Vipers A

U14 B Girls

Gold: Knights Silver

Silver: Scorpions

Bronze: Sharks

U14 A Boys

Gold: Sables

Silver: Foxes

Bronze: Knights Silver

U14 B Boys

Gold: Sharks

Silver: Langa Fire

Bronze: Scorpions

U14 C Boys

Gold: Sables B

Silver: Sunbirds

Bronze: Jaguars

U14 A Girls

Player of the Tournament: Jaime Gillies (Hawks)

GoalKeeper of the Tournament: Emily Adams (Seals)

Spirit Award: Hawks

U14 B Girls

Player of the Tournament: Dineo Letsoalo (Leopards)

GoalKeeper of the Tournament: Darrell Peterson (Stallions)

Spirit Award: Barracudas Green

U14 A Boys

Player of the Tournament: Zeke Hougaard (Sables)

GoalKeeper of the Tournament: Rogan Stirk (Seals)

Spirit Award: Pitbulls

U14 B Boys

Player of the Tournament: Iviwe Bonase (Langa)

GoalKeeper of the Tournament: Zac Heyns (Sharks)

Spirit Award: Gryphons

U14 C Boys

Player of the Tournament: Amani Somana (Jaguars)

GoalKeeper of the Tournament: Dayllen Sagrus (Kimberely Heat)

Spirit Award: Sables

U16 A Girls

Gold: Panthers

Silver: Hawks

Bronze: Gryphons

U16 B Girls

Gold: Bears

Silver: Tigers

Bronze: Sharks

U16 C Girls

Gold: Cranes

Silver: Stallions Black

Bronze: Vipers C

U16 A Boys

Gold: Hawks

Silver: Seals

Bronze: Panthers

U16 B Boys

Gold: Sharks

Silver: Titans C

Bronze: Bears

U16 C Boys

Gold: Cranes

Silver: Sunbirds

Bronze: Heat

U16 A Girls

Player of the Tournament: Daniella De Oliveira (Panthers)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Chene’ Tregoning (Gryphons B)

Spirit: Pitbulls

U16 B Girls

Player of the Tournament: Julia Burnett (Tigers)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Azraa Slarmie (Knights)

Spirit: Leopards

U16 C Girls

Player of the Tournament: Azrah Dick (Sunbirds)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Bongeka Dladla (Mambas)

Spirit: Pitbulls

U16 A Boys

Player of the Tournament: JP Britz (Hawks)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Henning Kruger (Hawks)

Spirit: Sables

U16 B Boys

Player of the Tournament: Meshach Adams (Gryphons)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Ryan Kapanda (Quaggas)

Spirit: Titans C

U16 C Boys

Player of the Tournament: Deon De Klerk (Cranes)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Gavin Scott (Gryphons C)

Spirit: Mambas

U18 A Girls

Gold: Hawks

Silver: Gryphons A

Bronze: Seals

U18 B Girls

Gold: Sharks

Silver: Leopards

Bronze: Quaggas

U18 A Boys

Gold: Gryphons

Silver: Barracudas

Bronze: Hawks

U18 B Boys

Gold: Vipers

Silver: Gryphons

Bronze: Sharks

U18 A Girls

Player of the Tournament: Kiana Cormack (Hawks)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Sarah Paget (Gryphons)

Spirit: Bears

U18 B Girls

Player of the Tournament: Daniella Patrizi (Quaggas)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Nicky Voges (Rhinos)

Spirit: Barracudas

U18 A Boys

Player of the Tournament: Mustapha Cassiem (Barracudas)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Phemelo Ramatlotlo (Gryphons)

Spirit: Cranes

U18 B Boys

Player of the Tournament: Jaime Seale (Gryphons B)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Marc Du Toit (Vipers)

Spirit: Vipers