Getting to know the PSi World All Stars a bit better
Just over a week ago we unveiled the PSi Showdowns and with that came the announcement of a World All Stars in addition to the SA Indoor and International All Stars that we know so well. In order to prepare yourself for a celebration of the spirit of indoor hockey, we thought we would let you have a little bit more information on the World All Stars coming to our shores in December. We are only focusing on the players we haven’t seen before at PSi so Siyabonga and DJ aren’t in the below.
Ronan Gormley – Ireland
Ronan has been a pivotal part of the team that Craig Fulton has built from nobodies to Olympians. He played his 250thtest match for Ireland in February this year, the first ever Irish hockey player to reach the milestone, and the 33 year old now sits on 256 caps for his country (Based on FIH Match Centre). Incredibly Gormley has also captained the Irish side on more than 100 occasions and his defensive ability may be integral to limit the forays of Robert Tigges and co. in Cape Town.
Matthew Hotchkis – Australia
The Australian indoor hockey legend has played in three Indoor Hockey World Cups leading Australia to 8th in 2007, 7th in 2011 and more disappointing 10th in 2015. He was also named in the provisional World Cup squad for 2018, meaning he could potentially play a fourth Indoor World Cup (I can’t find the final Australian team yet). The Australian is also a Podiatrist, so maybe some tricky feet from him. Having spent some of his career playing hockey in Belgium, he is now slowly focusing on the master’s leagues. Expect some mastery from him in December!
Ross Canning – Ireland
When I searched for Ross online, one of the first articles I came across was titled “Canning fires five-star Rovers to Leinster Indoor Title”. The second Irishmen in the team is a superb indoor player and the more articles you read the more you realize how lethal he is in front of the goals. If my understanding is correct the victory in the Leinster League for Three Rock Rovers means Canning and his team mates will get to play in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge next year. I really look forward to the battle that could ensue between him and Teun Rohof during the PSi Showdowns.
Viktor Lockwood – France
Viktor formed part of the French team that came to South Africa for the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final and secured a World Cup spot with their seventh placed finish. It is the first time France have been to the World Cup since 1990. He has now already represented his country on 78 occasions in the outdoor game. He has also earned 10 indoor caps for his country and will add to these when he represents them at the 2018 EuroHockey Indoor Championship II against some of the Dutch playing at PSi Nationals. Currently plays his club hockey in Belgium for the Waterloo Ducks.
Joaquin Gonzalez – Argentina
Argentina headed to the Pan American Indoor Cup ranked third and knowing they would have to play above themselves to win the tournament and qualify for the Indoor Hockey World Cup. They managed to play above themselves but fell short to an inspired Trinidad and Tobago in the final. Key to their run to the final was the form of their skipper Joaquin Gonzalez, who also chipped in with two goals. He adds to the tremendous leadership potential in the team that could offer a whole new dynamic in the 2017 PSi Showdowns.
Mickael Kempf – France
Like Lockwood, Kempf has represented France in both indoor and outdoor hockey but is much closer to the end of his senior career. Mickael will probably form part of the French team in January for the EuroHockey Indoor Championship, where his goals at the last edition helped push Scotland and Croatia to the bottom four, as they look to gain promotion to the top tier of European Indoor Hockey (And with that a good shot at qualifying for the next Indoor World Cup).
Written for PSi by Tyron Barnard