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Choices for coach Clark

Action goals from Kaspersky Southern Gauteng’s Shaun Davenhill midway through the first half and another from an untidy penalty corner finished off on the stroke of half-time by homeboy Taine Paton of KZN Coastal Raiders gave Brothers Sport Braves a 2-0 win over iTrainer Warriors in the final game of the EagleTurf All Star Men’s Hockey Series at Riverside Sports Club in Durban on Wednesday night.

The result clinches a 3-1 series victory for the Braves and gives national men’s coach Gregg Clark much to think about as he whittles down South Africa’s top 30 players into an 18-man team that will go into the Olympic Games qualifiers and Champions Challenge tournament later this year.

The Warriors certainly had their chances, but steering the ball between the sticks was not their forte on the night, while goalkeeper of the series Jacques le Roux was in no mood to concede the Braves’ series victory.

iTrainer Warriors skipper Justin Reid-Ross and national captain Austin Smith of Brothers Sport Braves were deservedly crowned players of the series with exciting performances from SA U19 midfielder Grant Robertson and Le Roux making them among the talented young men to watch going forward.

The innovative nature of this EagleTurf All Star Series, which had plenty to keep spectators excited and involved, owes much to the work of SA men’s hockey team business manager Jack Thonissen and his support staff.

Certainly, the enthusiasm and interest this series generated amongst players and fans bodes well for All Stars II which takes place in Gauteng later this year.