Hockey’s PHL player draft

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First ever Premier Hockey League (PHL) Draft

The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has hailed, as a major success, the first ever Premier Hockey League (PHL) Draft.

Saturday’s draft, to select the playing squads for the first ever PHL event was inspired by American sports leagues, such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL). Coaches from the newly formed PHL teams, each took turns, on a round by round basis, to build their squads. Full coverage of the day’s drama was delivered via social media and the newly launched PHL official website.

The teams will now go on to compete at the inaugural PHL, which will run over four weekends, commencing on Saturday 3rd September and running until Sunday, 25th September 2016. All matches are being played on Saturday’s and Sunday’s at the Randburg Astro.

“The player draft system was an exciting new innovation for the PHL, and we are very happy with the outcome of the event. The South African Hockey Association (SAHA), with support from the Department of Sport & Recreation, is very proud to be launching the PHL. The PHL teams are well balanced and will provide high quality hockey action for all to enjoy. We wish all the PHL teams and their coaches the best of luck for the upcoming competition,” said Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA.

Following the day’s accomplishments, the PHL is proud to reveal the squads for the 2016 PHL teams:

Men’s PHL Teams:

*The first four names in each playing squad are marquee players that were allocated to each team before the draft took places. Names 5 – 18 were selected in Saturday’s draft.

 

 

  Every Sun Addo Elephants Drakensberg Dragons Garden Route Gazelles Mapungubwe Mambas Maropeng Cavemen
1 Julian Hykes Mo Mea Pierre De Voux Ross Hetem Clinton Panther
2 Ignatius Malgraaf Tim Drummond Keenan Horne Stephen Cant Rassie Pieterse
3 Robin Jones Gowan Jones Lloyd Norris-Jones Brandon Panther Miguel Da Graca
4 Richard Pautz Jethro Eustice Dylan Swanepoel Owen Mvimbi Reza Rosenburg
5 Sinoxolo Mbekeni Grant Glutz Richard Curtis Estiaan Kriek James Drummond
6 Onke Letuka Taylor Dart Gerald Mpopo Matt Brown Lance Louw
7 Jody Erasmus Chad Cairncross Luthando Jonas Travis Hardnick Xola Maqula
8 Damian Kimfley Lethabo Leoto Reece Arendse Sizwe Mtembu Michael Abrahams
9 Andrew Manson Thabang Modise Satchi Reddy Kirwin Christoffels Dillan Langeveld
10 Jermaine Johnson Nick Gonzalves Warren Grobler Michael Marki Nicholas Berichon
11 Joshua August Dalan Phillips Keagan Robinson Callum Buchanan Callan Hansen
12 Rusten Abrahams Dylan Swanepoel Tim Guise-Brown Cerezo Comerasamy Brynn Cleak
13 Brett Walraven Cody Van Wyk Dylan Coombes Winchester Scott Jacques Bleeker
14 Andrew Buckley Muzzamil Sheik Kurt Hensburg Raagib Fredericks Ricky West
15 Chad Durrheim Luke Schooling Michael Mulder Lyall  Meyer Bernard Greybe
16 Devon Clarke Adrian Abrahams Lyndon Fredericks Grant Kapp Jarryd Jones
17 Matthew Martins Brandon James Jason  Maclachlan Ross Gonzalves Cameron MacKay
18 Roberto Bosman Dave Agar Mark Turner Keegan Hezlett Hendy Seerane

 

Women’s PHL Teams:

*The first four names in each playing squad are marquee players that were allocated to each team before the draft took places. Names 5 – 18 were selected in Saturday’s draft.

 

  Blyde River Bunters Madikwe Rangers Orange River Rafters The Young Solutions St. Lucia Lakers Wineland Wings
1* Phumi Mbande Anel van Deventer Sanani Mangisa Zimi Shange Nicole La Fleur
2* Nicolene Terblanche Lisa Deetlefs Nicole Walraven Kara Stella Jade Mayne
3* Izelle Verster Bernadette Coston Cornelle Botha Shelley Russell Kaila Flemming
4* Christine Roos Toni Marks Sulette Damons Kelly Madsen Illse Davids
5 Mmamoagi Kungoane Louise De Jager Nicky Veto Stephanie Baxter Robyn Johnson
6 Jessica De Bruyn-Smith Lisa Hawker Kirsty Adams Jacinta Jubb Jessica O’Connor
7 Erin Prince Amore De Wet Lizanne Jacobs Hannah Pearce Demi Harmse
8 Bianca Wood Cheneal Raubenheimer Luche Klaasen Charne Maddocks Anche Nortje
9 Chrizelle Andries Isabella Da Rocha Monique Bartsch Kate Koenig Thati Segaole
10 Elmien Marais Sinalo Jafta Zimasa Dunywa Heraldine Olin Heather McEwan
11 Anel Luus Mmatshepo Modipane Simone Gouws Jackie Scheepers Minjon Van Tonder
12 Mienke van Heerden Charne Martell Bronwyn Kretzman Polly Mashau Belinda Mentoor
13 Lauren Nina Casey Jean Botha Nicole Koenig Chardinay Penniston Stephanie Botha
14 Meeghan Klomp Courtney Abrahams Megan Robertsen Jenna Shuker Nompilo Thenjwayo
15 Kaydee Miller Sylvia van Jaarsveldt Priscilla Esterhuyzen Karen Browyer Catherine McNaulty
16 Charne Hill Frances Carstens Ashleigh Datnow Sarah Bingham Michelle Dias
17 Kylie Oosthuizen Lelethu Ndakisa Bophelo Seoe Cheree Greyvenstein Hanli Hattingh
18 Beatrix Wesdyk Ashleigh Tarr Sulize De Klerk Kiona  Sequeira Natasha Rootenburg

 

The two other teams in the PHL are the Golden Gate Gladiators (Men) and the Lip Ice Namaqualand Daisies (Women). These teams are actually the SA men’s and women’s U21 national teams, respectively, and are playing in the PHL as franchise teams in preparation for the Junior World Cup that takes place later this year. As they are pre-selected national squads, the players from these teams were not included in the draft.

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