The British Record Company has been compiling a weekly Singles chart for the top charting songs every week. They have been doing this since 1952 and will no doubt have a new number one. The PSi Intercity. Not only was it a celebration of indoor hockey but also a remarkable event that could cross into the pop culture sphere with ease.
The Pro Series Indoor footprint on the global game of indoor hockey continues to grow at a rapid pace putting us not only in the forefront of the global indoor hockey game and growing the spirit of indoor hockey in as many countries as possible. The PSi InterCity saw England join the countries with already established PSI offerings in South Africa, Netherlands, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
The London Lancers, the Canterbury Cavaliers, the Edinburgh Castles, the Somerset Spartans, the Southampton Spitfires, the Surrey Crusaders as well as the Dublin North Knights coming over from Ireland, brought their best foot forward in the first PSi InterCity and delivered a remarkable showing of talent and skill.
There were tournaments across the age groups for U13 and U15 and it was played over two epic days with Fleming Park the main venue in Southampton. The U15 Boys final was a particular highlight with the level of hockey impressing all in attendance.
The Surrey Crusaders, in their splendid Maroon and white Tayla kits, were the team to take the honour of the first ever Franchise of the Year at the PSi Intercity.
The kids and their families were also entertained in a truly PSi tradition when Team Wess took on Team Brown in a thrilling exhibition game. The action was pulsating with goals being scored frantically and a 11-10 win for Team Brown led by Trinidad and Tobago hero Kwane Brown. Barry Middleton, who represented England, was a crowd favourite and the fans elect man of the match, while Benni Wess was sensational as South African fans already know. There was also an opportunity for a handful of South Africans to play in the game including Ross Willis, Mo Mea and Richard Curtis.
Of course, there was also a host of giveaways by TK with Cyril the Squirrel creating a vibe alongside John McInroy in the way the duo knows best, much to the delight of a vociferous crowd. For many of the kids in attendance it would have been the moment that could light a dream, that may turn into a World Cup appearance one day.
Simon Martin, the founder of Pro Series Indoor, shared his excitement:
“This was an exciting step forward for PSi Hockey as we are constantly striving to grow and promote indoor hockey across the globe. It’s another great opportunity to bring likeminded coaches and players from around the world together to ignite their passion and enthusiasm for the game. PSi constantly strives to make the game fun and progressive for the youth which we believe is an important factor to inspiring our future stars. We can never get enough of indoor hockey due to its fun and exciting nature… so here was a great opportunity for the youth in the United Kingdom and I am incredibly pleased that they have grabbed it with both hands!”
With the dust now settled on the first PSi Intercity the focus for PSi will now be on the upcoming PSi Nationals in Cape Town with the excitement of a test series between SPAR South Africa and Ireland to look forward to as well.