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After the disappointing news that senior IPT had been moved from Cape Town to Joburg due to the water restrictions meaning that we wouldn’t be able to water the astro’s during the tournament, it is great to see the teams announced. IPT takes place in Johannesburg at the Randburg astro from 24 to 30 April.

The Men’s A team is looking a little more fresh faced than previous years but after last years disappointment of not making the semi-final’s perhaps it was time for a little shake up? There is an emphasis on a young team, but by no means does that mean that this group is inexperienced. There are a number of youngsters who have national caps, combined with some players that are starting to lose the youngster tag and come into their own as established top quality players. 9 players with international caps recently isn’t something to scoff at.

Men’s A Team:

Steve Evans (Head Coach)
Lungile Tsolekile (Assistant Coach)
Martin Van Staden (Manager)
Alex Stewart – Maties
Andrew Hobson – Maties
Anton Van Loggerenberg – UCT
Bernard Greybe – Central
Bjorn Sorenson – UCT
Callum Buchanan – WPCC
Charlie Bowren – Maties
Dave Agar – WPCC
Dayaan Cassiem – Central
Jason Mulder – Central
Jean – Pierre De Voux – Central
Jody Erasmus – Central
Keenan Horne – Maties
Matt De Sousa – Maties
Owen Maqhula – Langa
Rob Edwards – Langa
Ryan Crowe – WPCC
Ryan Julius – Central

Men’s Peninsula Team:

Denzil Dolley (Head Coach)
Jacques Grobler (Assistant Coach)
Nathan Diedericks (Manager)
Cameron Ryan – WPCC
Chris Louw – Central
Chris Rhode – Maties
Jacki Mohlaba – Maties
Jacques Bleeker – Maties
Jordan Turnbull – Maties
Kurt Hensburg – WPCC
Lance De Kock – Central
Luke Schooling – Maties
Luthando Jonas – Central
Michael Mulder – Central
Raaghib Fredericks – Central
Reece Arendse – Maties
Rob Mckinley – Maties
Tim Welsh – UCT
Tom Richardson – Maties
Walter Pfaff – UCT
Warren McEwan – WPCC

I really like the blend that the Men’s Pens team have. There is a great mix of players that will create a good group and establish a really strong team. I expect them to punch above their weight again this year. Dare I say sneak a top 6 finish?

Ladies A Team:

Andi Bernstein (Head Coach)
Ryan Pillay (Assistant Coach)
Norma Schooling (Manager)
Nicole La Fleur – Maties
Ashleigh Freeman – Fish Hoek
Jackie Scheepers – Somerset West
Bronwyn Kretzman – Conberg
Paige Phillips – Maties
Paige Alcock – Maties
Michelle Dias – WPCC
Anche Nortje – Maties
Jade Mayne – Somerset West
Natasha Rootenberg – Maties
Illse Davids – WPCC
Quanita Bobbs – Central
Line Malan – WPCC
Gina Sole – WPCC
Tarryn Glasby – Maties
Candice Manuel – Conberg
Heather McEwan – Maties
Meg Robertson – Pinelands

Looking at the brains trust that this team has, I would be expecting some big things. Two of the top coaches in the country, supported by true leaders involved in the national setup, and you have such a strong setup. Through in a few youngsters, some established provincial players and things are looking good. Oh, and don’t forget the 6 national players.

Ladies Peninsula Team:

Brinsley Powell (Head Coach)
Mark Pickering (Assistant Coach)
Lynn Abrahamse (Manager)
Brittany Haupt – WPCC
Kaitlin Bryne – UCT
Kelly Croxford – Pinelands
Erin Prince – WPCC
Casey Hendricks – Conberg
Tarryn Horner – Conberg
Christine Seggie – UCT
Mikaela Watson – UCT
Melissa de Koker – Conberg
Allegra Djikstra – Maties
Francis Carstens – Maties
Nicole Bartsch – Somerset West
Kelsey Bailley – WPCC
Danni Cairns – Maties
Kaira Day – Somerset West
Kaydee Miller – Bellville
Robyn Pinder – UCT
Sasha Sivertsen – WPCC

This is the B team you say? Hmmm…similar to the Men’s Peninsula side, this team will give most top teams a run for their money. There are plenty of players pushing on the door of the A team and I am excited to see some of these youngsters push on into the A team in the coming years. Look at the number of players under the age of 23 in this squad and I would say that we are well set for a good few years! Top 8 spot is on the cards.

View the original announcement here.