By JONATHAN COOK
The spirit of indoor hockey will be celebrated in over 900 matches involving 190 teams at Nolands PSi
Nationals 2015 – and it’s the U13s and 14s who get the ball rolling!
After Thursdays’ fun and games at uShaka Marine World’s Wet and Wild, the Girls U13A Section action in the ninth Nolands PSi Nationals takes off Friday with 15 matches on UKZN Westville Court 1. Game one is at 07h15 and the last match ends at 18h30.
First up, though, on Thursday evening, Test matches in Durban and Pietermaritzburg are sure to inspire the young PSi players ahead of their own tests in the days ahead.
The SPAR SA women’s national indoor hockey team take on Namibia at 6pm on St Anne’s Diocesan School for Girls’ (DSG) splendid new court in the KZN capital while the Blitzstokke SA men’s national line-up face Denbeys International All Stars at 7pm at the tried and tested UKZN Westville Court.
These international clashes are the first two of 17 Test matches over nine days in KZN!
So apart from all the thrills and spills in their own games, the junior players at PSi Nationals 2015 are also going to get the opportunity to watch top-class international indoor hockey.
The matches feature South Africa’s national teams, the SPAR SA women and the Blitzstokke SA men, plus visiting countries Namibia, Australia and the USA – and most definitely not forgetting the Denbeys International All Stars!
Go to www.psihockey.co.za home page for dates, times and venues of what are sure to be high-octane encounters.
There is a five-Test series between Namibia and the SPAR SA women; the four-match Denbeys Indoor Series featuring the Blitzstokke SA men and the Indoor World Cup gold medal-loaded Denbeys International All Stars (from Holland, Germany, Spain, Zimbabwe and Namibia).
And last but by no means least, the equally-anticipated SPAR Four Nations showdown between Australia, USA, Namibia and the SPAR SA women.
But let’s get back to the feast of Girls U13A Section action! After Friday at UKZN Westville, this festive indoor fare moves to Maris Stella High in Durban on Saturday and Sunday with 15 matches on each day, culminating in Monday Showtime! Game number 47, the gold medal clash, starts at 09h30 Monday back at UKZN Westville Court 1.
All the Boys and Girls U13 and U14 fixtures are under the Nationals 2015”, “Fixtures and Results” tabs on the www.psihockey.co.za website.
Girls U14A Section kicks off Friday at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (PMB GHS) before moving to St Anne’s Saturday and The Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) Sunday, before the gold medal match brings the house down at 11h15 Monday at UKZN Westville Court 1.
Boys U13A opens proceedings in this section at UKZN Westville Court 2 at the fresh time of 07h15 Friday. Saturday sees the lads move to Westville Boys High and Sunday to Kloof High School. The Big Show for gold is at 09h30 UKZN Westville Court 2 Monday!
Boys U14A starts with a bang at TWC 08h00 Friday, then it’s PMB GHS Saturday and St Johns Sunday. The battle for silver and gold is on UKZN Durban Court 2 at 11h15 Monday.
Nolands PSi Girls U13B Section goes from UKZN Durban Court 1 and 2 Friday to UKZN Westville Courts 1 and 2 Saturday, back to UKZN Durban Court 1 and 2 Sunday with the early-morning final at UKZN Westville Court 1 starting 08h00 Sunday.
Girls and Boys U14B is in Pietermaritzburg with all the dozens of fixtures in clear sight if you follow the “Nationals 2015”, “Fixtures and Results” tabs on the www.psihockey.co.za website.
The U13 and U14 Boys and Girls prize-giving, where the gongs and individual awards change hands – from Psi Founder and Tournament Director Simon Martin, Psi Brand Manager Bruce Jacobs and, no doubt, a special guest or two – to the honoured recipients, begins at 12h15 in what is sure to be a packed-to-the-rafters UKZN Westville indoor sport hall.
It’s always a special occasion, if previous years are anything to go by!
And then it’s Boys and Girls PSi Nationals U16 and U18 in Durban from Tuesday to Friday’s finals. The fun never ends!
Remember, you can access whatever detailed info you may need at www.psihockey.co.za home page when you follow the tabs.
Psi Nationals 2015: Hockey Lovers’ Heaven on Earth! Let the Games begin!!