Its been a week filled with Gupta Emails, ratings agencies and of course the coolest Google Doodle ever. Well many of us have been talking about Covfefe, the start of the Champions Trophy, Wonder woman or looking ahead to the Champions League, there was a South African that really should have been more spoken about more this week.
Although the news may have slowly but surely filtered through to you, the magnitude of the achievement warrants an individual post. This past weekend Mannheimer HC won the final of the German League to claim their first ever title in their history. One of the pivotal members of the team is South African legend Rhett Halkett, a friend of Sports 24 Seven (Remember the Rhett Diaries at the Commonwealth Games), who will now hopefully bring part of that success in mentality to SA Hockey in a massive year for the Amastokke.
After going behind to a Christophr Rühr penalty stroke, Mannheim bounced back to build a 3-1 lead with goals from Tomas Prochazka, Luca Müller and Timm Haase. Tom Grambusch pulled a goal back from a corner in the closing five minutes and they had four more corner chances in a final frenzy of attacks. But Mannheim kept them all out to cling on to their narrow 3-2 lead and secure the title.
Rhett has captained South Africa before and has featured in the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in 2012. He will play a massive part in a massive 18 months for SA Hockey and has been given a great kick start to it!
Rhetts International team mates were also immensely proud of our South African Star
— Lloyd Norris-Jones (@LloydNJones) May 29, 2017
— Justin Reid-Ross (@JustinReidRoss) May 28, 2017