Pierre le Roux, the coach of the SA Men’s Indoor Hockey side, today announced his SA Indoor squad to take on the formidable International All Stars. The squad was picked after the recently completed IPT where the Kwazulu Natal Raiders marched to a dominating title.
The team will in all likelihood continue to be led by Matthew Fairweather who has taken to the SA captaincy incredibly well and also showed a mature leadership in leading the Raiders to an IPT title in Cape Town in October. Joining Fairweather from the Raiders will be Richard Curtis, Justin Domleo, Mo Mea, Robin Jones, Keagan Robinson (Who famously got engaged live on Supersport during the PHL) as well as player of the tournament and top goalscorer Jethro Eustice. All the Raiders players have been part of le Roux’s squads previously announced and their form befits their call up.
Ryan Julius, the sensational youngster from Western Province, has also been called up but will be unable to honour the call up as he will be serving the SA U21 men in the Junior Hockey World Cup in India. Matthew Becker, also from Western Province, is called up following his goalkeeper of the tournament at the IPT and should produce a sensational battle with Richard Curtis and Chris McCathie (unavailable) for a World Cup spot.
There are brand new call ups for Wade Paton (Western Province), Reza Rosenberg and Rusten Abrahams (Southern Gauteng). Wade was the stand out performer for Western Province at the IPT and his wealth of international experience will be instrumental in assisting the SA side in taking on the best All Stars in the history of PSi. Reza and Rusten were rewarded for their fine form for Southern Gauteng in their march to the final of the IPT. A further reminder to all players that form at an IPT can and will be rewarded.
Pierre le Roux share with me that this will probably be the last expansion of the existing SA Group as the national side continue to build for the 2018 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. Players who were not selected but remain in the thought process for the SA Squad towards 2018 include the likes of Jarryd Jones, Taine Paton, Keenan du Toit, Dale Isaac, Kamal Ramburth-Hurt and Brandon James.
The All Star team that is coming to take on the South African men is going to be the best team so far with Pro Series Indoor announcing the team on Facebook on the 28 October. 5 Dutchmen, 3 Germans and supported by a Namibian and a South African will provide le Roux’s men with a tougher test than any of the previous series and it will be a great litmus test to see the progress the team has made over the past 12 months.