- Golden Gate Gladiators and Namaqualand Daisies will be made up of the National u21 Men and Women’s squads
- Both teams to be sponsored by Old Mutual iWYZE
The Premier Hockey League was designed to deliver the very best high performance event for South African Hockey. To this end 10 of the 12 playing squads (6 x Men and 6 x Women) will comprise the very best players in South Africa with the 2016 squads augmented by additional Marquee Players and a revised draft process taking place on 4th November in Johannesburg.
In line with SA Hockey’s high performance pipeline strategy the two remaining franchise teams, The Golden Gate Gladiators and The Namaqualand Daisies will be dedicated for the SA men’s and women’s u21 national squads respectively.
Prior to the launch of #PHL16 last year, Marissa Langeni, the CEO of SAHA, stated that “If the u21 team experiment proves a success then we may make these age group national teams a permanent fixture in future PHLs”. With the success of their inclusion in the tournament and specifically the u21 Men’s success at the FIH Junior World Cup post #PHL16, the SA Hockey High Performance team agreed to make this a permanent part in u21 preparations for future international campaigns.
In even more exciting news for South African Hockey and particularly the u21 High Performance programme, Old Mutual iWYZE have signed on to sponsor both teams as an extension of their very successful iWYZE Hockey Nationals 2017 sponsorship of u13, u16 and u18 schools events for boys and girls.
“Hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa amongst both boys and girlssays iWYZE Head of Brand & Advertising, Presodhini Naicker. “iWYZE believes that the future of South Africa is dependent on the development of its youth. Through this sponsorship, we are given an opportunity to extend our support of schools hockey to the next really important developmental stage for young players, the national u21 programme. We are excited to be part of this great event and to further the development of South African youth who are also our future clients,” says Naicker.
Tyson Dlungwana, a member of the 2016 Gladiators and national u21 squad member said “It’s wonderful to be back in the Gladiators squad for #PHL17. Last year was an incredible opportunity for us as young players and I have no doubt that the new generation of u21 players joining us this year will gain enormously from the experience.” Included in the Men’s u21 squad is Western Cape schoolboy Dayaan Cassiem who has already represented the Men’s national team and proved during the recent FIH Hockey World League in Johannesburg that he is a global superstar in the making.
Exciting young talent Kriston Paton who has just returned from the African Cup with the National Women’s squad will again be representing the Daisies alongside 2016 Daisies’ veterans Sisipho Magwaza, Sadiswe Tabata, Tegan Fourie and Ongeziwe Mali.
#PHL17 will be broadcast live on SuperSport so please look out for the final match and broadcast schedules which will be published in the coming weeks.
The iWYZE Namaqualand Daisies
Coach: Rob van Ginkel
Courtney du Preez
Mmamoagi Agi Kungoane
Sisipho Magwaza (gk)
Moya Smith (gk)
Casey Jane Botha
The iWYZE Golden Gate Gladiators
Coach: Gareth Ewing