The Pro Series Indoor nationals has featured an International All-Stars Mens side for the past two years, brining flair, excitement and a celebration of indoor hockey. With Women’s indoor hockey on a remarkable rise in Africa, it was the perfect time to invite the first ever International All-Stars to take on SPAR South Africa at the Psi Nationals in December. It now gives us a great pleasure to introduce you to the team.
Kiana-Che Cormack – Namibia
What a better place to start than with a Psi alumnus and a player who will be playing in the U18 Psi Nationals for the Hawks. Kiana has been a star at Psi for a while but took the world by storm when she was nicknamed “Penalty Cormack” on her way to finishing top goal scorer at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in Germany this year.
Janne Müller-Wieland – Germany
And let’s follow that up with the current German national captain. Janne has played 277 outdoor games for her country and famously led them to the Indoor World cup title with a thrilling 2-1 win over Netherlands. It made Germany the most successful nation in Women’s Indoor Hockey with a third title. You can also throw in an Olympic Games bronze medal from Rio in a CV that is longer than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Ali Meeke – Ireland
With Psi launching in Ireland earlier this year, we were keen to bring out one of the Irish stars to join in the fun. Alison is known for her outdoor performances, featuring over 100 times for the national team, with the crowning glory undoubtedly being the teams fairy-tale run to the World Cup final in London earlier this year.
Lena Lindström – Sweden
South Africans will know of the quality of the Croatian Cup having played there in January this year, while Lena featured for Runners-up Sweden in the 2017 edition. She was also part of the team that played in the EuroHockey Indoor Championship II. She recently captained her indoor hockey side Lunds LHK Nayan to the Swedish Indoor final as well.
Kiki van Wijk – Netherlands
She was a massive driving force in the Netherlands march to the final of the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup netting 6 goals in the road to the final. She plays her club hockey for Kampong and captained the indoor side at the EuroHockey Champions Cup in 2017. She is a force in the game of indoor hockey and the South Africans will be looking to try the best to stop her.
Roda Müller-Wieland – Germany
She is the younger sister of Janne as well as club mate as the two sisters play for the EuroHockey champions Hamburg. She has earned a handful of caps for the German indoor side back in 2016 and with her tackling ability offers a lot of support to the attack minded All-Stars.
Gillian Hermanus – Namibia
Gillian is another PSI All Star from her time with the Hawks and the Namibian International has been superb for her country since her debut in 2015 as a 17-year-old. Since that opening cap in Durban, Hermanus has gone on to represent Namibia in 25 test matches including in their 9th place finish at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. She was recently the top goal scorer in the SPAR Test Series against South Africa in Durban.
Lylie Wilde – Zimbabwe
When Zimbabwe hosted the first ever indoor international hockey match at the Psi Zimbabwe launch, Lylie Wilde was the player that most impressed our selector. Her awareness of the space and her intercepting ability were particularly impressive. It was a great first series for Zimbabwe and we are excited to see the continued development of Wilde surrounded by the other All Stars.
Marlena Rybacha – Poland
The Polish captain is a phenomenon when it comes to indoor hockey. Having played at three indoor hockey World Cups already she was the second highest goal scorer in this year’s World Cup. Having amassed 67 caps, she is also the most capped indoor player in the All-Star side. To add to all the indoor hockey esteem, Marlena has also amassed 91 caps for the outdoor National side.
Alexandra Heerbaart – Netherlands
The Dutch shot stopper is nothing short of superb. She was voted as the Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the FIH Hockey World Cup on the back of a superb showing. Having gone to the 2015 World Cup as the back-up keeper, Alex emerged out of the shadows of Adinda Alberts to not only be Netherlands undisputed number 1, but arguably the best indoor keeper in the world. The Kampong shot stopper will be a massive test for the South African ladies and a thrilling addition to the Psi All Star family!
The series takes place at UCT with all four games at 18:30. The games will take place on 14th, 15th, 18th and 19th December.
This article was written originally for Pro Series Indoor Hockey