Fabian Gregory, the current coach of the South Africa Men’s team, has called up three exciting youngsters from the Cape. The three young lads will be included for the upcoming 2017 Summer Series challenge taking place from Friday at Hartleyvale. The three youngsters could get their first taste of international hockey against two top tier nations in Belgium & the Netherlands.
The three youngsters are:
Che is an ex-Wynberg Boys’ High School pupil having just finished Matric. He plays his club hockey for Western Province Cricket Club and will be heading off to the University of Johannesburg for his studies. Che is a lightning quick forward with silky hands that leaves defenders for dead. He has a remarkable maturity for his age and lead the Wynberg team as their captain last year on their way to winning the Boys Premier League. Once he gets past the initial jitters of playing with the big boys, I think he will show his true class. I am sure he will be one cog of the 2022 Commonwealth team and more than likely a future leader of SA hockey for many years.
Mr Hobson is an absolute rock at the back. Again, another player with leadership qualities, Andrew captained both Paul Roos and Boland. He lead Boland brilliantly in their march to taking gold at the 2015 IPT, and a very respectful 4th in 2016. Andrew has a little more experience than the other two having played numerous times for SA u21 already, as well as a full season playing for Maties 1st side while still being at school. Hobbo is comfortable playing out from the back, excellent in 1v1s and combined with his maturity and leadership experience, I think he will be able to hold his own at international level. Anyone dare to call him the next Rhett Halkett?
The most volatile of the three, but the most likely to bring fireworks to the field. With tricks on the ball that are naked to the normal eye, “Yaanie” has the flair and skill to put top defenders to shame. Currently plying his trade for Bishops & Central 1st teams, he had a remarkable season last year scoring goals from impossible angles, all on his own, and making it look as if it was just another day on the training field for him, this is one youngster to watch. You were warned here first Belgium & the Netherlands, don’t give this boy too much space to shoot reverse stick from the base line. He will try it, and all you will see is “Dayaan” on the back of his stick as the ball flies into the net.