Pro Series Indoor decided to change things up this year splitting up the U11 & U12 Nationals into two tournaments, namely South Nationals to be held in Cape Town and North Nationals to be held in Durban in September later this year.
It is always an exciting time when kids get to experience the spirit of PSi for the first time and this was clear at the opening function of this years U11 & U12 South Nationals held in Cape Town.
With plenty of entertainment from jumping castles, rodeo bulls, inflatable obstacle courses and skills competitions sponsored by TK and Kloppers Sport there was plenty to keep the kids entertained.
We had a special appearance from SA GoalKeeper Rassie Pieterse in the Nolands PSi goals allowing the kids to test their goal scoring abilities against one of SA’s best.
The excitement from the kids was palpable and only grew throughout the evening with the show that was put on during the Exhibition Match.
Team Tsogo Sun – Tigges and Team Spar – Jethro, put down a stellar battle where a total of 14 goals where scored and the match was tied 6-6 till the last few minutes when Team Jethro put their noses in front with a smashing goal from the ever charasmatic Ryan Julius followed by two quick goals by Robert Tigges to seal the match for Team Tigges.
The atmoshpere on the Belgotex court was electric with LED lighting along the boards and goals as well as spot lights and music that created a high energy environment to show the kids what PSi is all about!
The night ended with glow sticks and a dance party on the main court with Chris Taylor behind the music, allowing the kids to meet and get pictures and signatures from all of their hero’s!
3 days of exciting and exhilarating matches followed suit with the U11 & U12’s showing their intense passion and excitement for the game which could be felt across all 4 venues. The teams all looked fantastic and really stood out in their colourful and vibrant Tayla Sportswear kit!
At PSi we pride ourselves in growing the game of indoor in every way possible and with the inclusion of the coaches game on Saturday night it was a low key but impactful evening with the Sables Franchise making their presence felt and the kids getting involved in umpiring and coaching the relevant teams. It was great to see the enthusiasm and passion the young Sables have for the game and the spirit really came alive with coaches and players exchanging roles for once!
Finals day fast approached and the excitment and nerves could be felt verberating through the walls of UCT and Herschel.
The U11 Girls final took place at Herschel with the mighty Hawks winning the Gold Medal fixture! The U11 Hawks Girls where more than dominant only conceding 6 goals throughout the entire tournament. They reigned victorious winning their final against the Cape Seals in dominant fashion 10 goals to 1.
The U11 boys also had a dominant tournament and the Namibian Franchise once again showed their class as they had both the Hawks and Cranes in the U11 Boys final. The Hawks would come out on top with a convincing 9-0 win against their fellow Franchise team.
The U12 finals where held at UCT and it was clear that we where in for two tightly contested matches.
The U12 girls were up first with the Hawks against the Barracudas. It seemed that the Hawks had the game in the bag with an early 2-0 lead but the Barracudas came back to equalize 3-3 and the Hawks scored with minutes to go and claim a 4-3 win. An exciting and action packed game left the crowd on the edge of their seats anticipating the boys final up next.
The U12 boys final was a heated contest between the Seals and Foxes, a ding dong battle between these two rival Western Cape Franchises. Intense celebrations after each goal filled the stands with cheering and energy, the passion shown from these young boys was spine tingling and it was inevitable that it would be heartbreak for the team coming up short. In the end it would be the Cape Seals that reigned victorous but not without a fight to the very end from the Boland Foxes.
Something special about PSi is the sportmasnship shown between the teams, win or loose the players will hold their heads up high and acknowledge their fellow opponents building friendships with opposing teams that will last a life time.
Passion, energy, and excitement can be the three words used to describe what was displayed and felt throughout this tournament and we cannot wait to see what the North Nationals has in store for us!
This is indoor hockey, this is the spirit of PSi