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South Coast Marlins make a splash in maiden Pro Series Indoor Hockey Nationals

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

South Coast Marlins teams made a promising first impression at the Pro Series Indoor (PSi) Nationals held in Cape Town recently.

Following an action-packed introduction to the PSi indoor hockey phenomenon in 2016, eight trail-blazing sides from Under-13 to Under-18 level represented the South Coast at the national showcase for the first time.

These sides were selected after the conclusion of the inaugural PSi South Coast Regional Hockey League season, which played out over four rounds at Port Shepstone High School.

Marlins teams entered the national stage at the deep end as the 10th anniversary of the PSi Nationals promised to be the biggest and best yet.

This was indeed the case as over 1000 players from 228 teams from across the country competed for national glory. Twenty age-group competitions were played, over 6000 goals were scored and over 10 000 spectators witness the thrill-a-second action.

It was always going to be a big step up in competition, pace and intensity for the South Coast newcomers, and they rose to the occasion with promising and enthusiastic efforts.

The Under-18 Girls A team spearheaded the South Coast surge. The talented team made their presence felt and finished sixth out of 12 teams.

The Under-18 Girls B team placed 11th out of 12 teams, while the Under-18 Boys A team finished 11th out of 14 teams.

The Under-16 sides found the going tough, the boys finishing ninth out of ninth teams and the girls seventh out of eight teams.

The younger teams had solid showings with the Under-14 Girls placing 12th out of 18 teams, the Under-13 Boys sixth out of nine teams and the Under-13 Girls ninth out of 16 teams.

Marlins franchise owner Dale Esselaar lauded his charges’ efforts.

“The players should all be extremely proud of their efforts and contributions to making the South Coast Marlins’ first PSi Nationals a huge success,” he told eHowzit.

“Having eight teams was in itself a massive achievement as most new franchises usually take just three or four teams. The performances of all the teams were special to watch. The players grew game by game and by the end of the tournament, they were looking a lot more comfortable.

“All the teams showed great heart and determination throughout the tournament and I have full confidence in our ability to start chasing medals at future tournaments now that the players know what is required to compete at that level.”

Esselaar added the competition, which included an Exhibition Series between the International All Stars – featuring the likes of Robert Tigges, Teun Rohof and 2013 World Player of the Year Moritz Furste – and a South African side, and the trip as a whole was unforgettable.

“The entire experience is something that words can’t really describe. The spirit in our camp was upbeat and the players seemed to be loving every moment of the tournament both on and off the field.

“To be part of something that is as well run as PSi and to rub shoulders with some of the most talented players and coaches in South Africa as well as the International All Stars from Germany and the Netherlands is any hockey lover’s dream!

“I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every parent for allowing their children to join the South Coast Marlins on their incredible journey and I look forward to seeing them all there again in 2017.

“To my coaches Adin Bennett, Gareth Bishop, Morné Bishop and Leroy Johnston for all the effort they put into helping get our teams to Nationals as well as a special thank you to Tarryn Olivier for the constant support and motivation throughout the entire journey.”

Esselaar relocation to the Eastern Cape late last year but assured that the regional league will continue as planned ahead of the Under-11/12 Nationals.

“The league will be run in March/April this year to allow more time for sourcing sponsors and allowing parents some more time to save as the trip [to Nationals]does take a really big financial commitment.

“I will still be fully involved in the running of the franchise and will continue to be the sole owner in the years to come.”

For more information on the upcoming season, contact Esselaar on [email protected]

South Coast Marlins teams:

U/13 Girls: 9th out of 16 Teams

  1. Chloe Wallis
  2. Sarah Rolfe
  3. Olivia Hulley
  4. Slondiwe Ndwalane
  5. Jodi Jefferys
  6. Calli Allan
  7. Briley Roberts (GK)
  8. Bulela Ncanywa
  9. Natasha Arde
  10. Leche Greyvenstein
  11. Zamo Nyawose

U/13 Boys: 6th out of 9 Teams

  1. Kai Hielckert
  2. Ben Strydom
  3. Oliver Currie
  4. Ethan Voigts
  5. Ondela Mtali
  6. Nathan Fray
  7. Andrew Lattin
  8. Sane Ndongeni
  9. Blake Martin

U/14 Girls: 12th out of 18 Teams (no reserves or goalkeeper)

  1. Tannah Caldwell
  2. Ava-Mae Lilje
  3. Demi Orsmond
  4. Mckayla De Bruyn
  5. Yanga Mhatu
  6. Jenna Garrett

U/16 Girls: 7th out of 8 Teams

  1. Marizane Wagenaar
  2. Paige Pretorius
  3. Karissa Van Rensberg
  4. Nobuhle Mnikathi
  5. Daniella Horn (GK)
  6. Anathi Siyongwana
  7. Simone Janse Van Rensberg
  8. Naledi Maqhiki

U/16 Boys: 9th out of 9 Teams

  1. Teboho Khawula
  2. Dominic De Bruin
  3. Travis Truter
  4. Cade Jefferys
  5. Kyle Allan
  6. Luke Lawlor
  7. Andrew King
  8. Ntsikelelo Makanya
  9. Marno Van Wyk
  10. Dominic Tarr
  11. Joshua Pretorius

U/18 Girls A: 6th out of 12 Teams

  1. Chinay-Lee Visser (GK)
  2. Zola Nompuku
  3. Jessica Heaver
  4. Daina Pieterse
  5. Cassidy Calder
  6. Fezeka Nzama
  7. Lara Bouverie
  8. Kelly Van Der Bergh
  9. Lauren Malcom

U/18 Girls B: 11th out of 12 Teams

  1. Lindre van den Berg
  2. Christelle Leeuw
  3. Claudelle Mc Kay
  4. Jamie-Lee Marais
  5. Shidene Taai
  6. Jamie Banks
  7. Dane Gerber (GK)

U/18 Boys: 11th out of 14 Teams

  1. Phiwokuhle Fada (GK)
  2. Jason Marx
  3. Tyler Robertson
  4. Jarryd Robertson
  5. Michael Tarr
  6. Grant Joubert-Nel
  7. Siya Ndongeni
  8. Chad Fanoe
  9. Brodie Fanoe

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