Namibian Hawks Win Gold At Kings of the Coast

THE Namibian Hawks U14 boys and girls hockey teams excelled to win the inaugural ‘Kings of the Coast’ PSI Hockey Tournament in Mossel Bay, South Africa over the weekend.

Playing against the top coastal South African hockey franchises, the boys won gold after beating the PE Vipers 8-5 in the final, while the girls won gold after beating the Cape Seals 5-3 in the final.

Namibia also made a clean sweep of the individual awards with Dakota Hansen winning the boys player of the tournament award and Kiana Cormack the girls player of the tournament award.

The Hawks’ coach Trevor Cormack was ecstatic with the results, saying that the future of Namibian hockey looked very bright.

“We are ecstatic and honoured that we were invited to the inaugural Kings of the Coast tournament. It was a regional tournament but due to the respect that PSI South Africa have for Namibia they also invited us,” he said.

“Winning both finals was absolutely fantastic and if I look at the talent coming through, then the future of Namibian hockey looks very bright,” he added.

The boys were in a class of their own and went through the tournament unbeaten.

On the first day they beat the Vipers 6-3, the Sables 8-1 and the Cape Seals 7-2 to go to the top of the log.

On the second day they continued their winning ways, beating the Sables 9-0, the Seals 5-2 and the Vipers 9-6 to book their place in the final where they faced the PE Vipers.

By now the Vipers had analysed the Hawks’ game and tried to counter them by man-marking their key players, but the Hawks were still too g and won the match 8-5.

Cormack said the boys team was in a class of its own.

“The boys were awesome and took the opposition apart. Their tactical awareness, combinations and team play was scary – they made the opposition look weak and they looked years ahead of their time,” he said.

The girls had a tougher path to the final after they beat the Vipers 7-5 and the Sables 10-5, but then lost 5-4 to the Seals on the first day.

On the second day they beat the Sables 3-1, and then made an incredible comeback to draw 7-7 against the Seals.

The Seals seemed to have the game wrapped up when they shot into a 6-0 lead but a fine tactical change by Cormack, who replaced the Hawks’ keeper for an outfield player, changed the complexion of the game as the Hawks launched a great comeback to draw the match.

The girls drew 3-3 against the Vipers in their final group match to qualify for the final, where they beat the Seals 6-3 to win the gold medal.

It was the first time that a Namibian boys team had won gold at a PSI tournament, and on this performance Namibia stands a good chance of winning gold at the South African PSI Nationals in Cape Town in December.

“The South Africans know that the Hawks teams always provide tough competition, and after these performances I think we can bank on a few more medals at the PSI Nationals,” Cormack said.

Source : The Namibian