The highly anticipated third season of the CTM PHL took a step up in preparation tonight as the teams were finalised after the draft. The draft, which is based on the American sports draft system as seen in the likes of the NBA and NFL, sees the selected coaching teams battle for players to fill their squads. The draft is seen as a great curtain raiser to the tournament and such is its innovative nature that it has been shortlisted for the Sports Industry Awards 2018 for  “Cutting Edge Sport Award”.

Each squad consists of 20 players, made up of 7 marquee players as determined by SA Hockey’s High-Performance team, a maximum of 8 players retained from the prior year squads and a new 6 players selected in today’s draft.

In the Women’s tournament a change for 2018 is that the Namaqualand Daisies are no longer the SA Under 21 side as the decision was made to integrate the younger players into the main tournament. In the Men’s tournament the Golden Gate Gladiators remained a South African Under 21 side, which would remain largely the same from the Men’s IPT.

As each round in the draft ticked by, the coaches were like the bargain hunters at an auction, changing plans, shifting ideas and hoping to pick up their first-choice targets. It was remarkable, for example, that the name of Tim-Guise Brown was scratched off by 3 other coaches from their wanted list when Cheslyn Gie picked the Northern Blues star. This was not the only time it played out like this as the coaches battled for the best South African talent in a quest to dethrone the Orange River Rafters and the Maropeng Cavemen.

“I am so excited to be moving into the head coach position with the Blyde River Bunters. It’s been an incredible journey with the team as an assistant and I can wait for this year’s CTM PHL,” shared Marcelle Keet, head coach of the Blyde River Bunters: “I am incredibly pleased with the draft process and the players I managed to get in, I got the targets I wanted! Thank you to CTM for getting on board, having a headline sponsor is going to just help this great tournament continue to grow!”

South African’s Men’s coach Mark Hopkins knows the process well having featured as a coach in 2017 and shared his thoughts after the draft: “I am very excited that we have a fantastic sponsor behind the PHL and it will continue to help develop hockey in South Africa. We have some exciting coaches that will raise the level of the tournament and it also gives players an opportunity of playing at a high level in front of a large tv audience. The CTM PHL is an exciting event that will help build high performance hockey in South Africa.”

Marissa Langeni, the CEO of SA Hockey, excitedly shared: “The CTM PHL is always an exciting event on the hockey calendar. I think the coaches have done some good hard work in planning their squads for 2018 and I think they will be happy with what they have done. We are delighted to partner with CTM as our headline sponsor of PHL for 2018. The CTM PHL has a fantastic legacy already of making sure we make top level hockey accessible to all players, and we look forward to growing this legacy going in 2018!”

Six men’s and six women’s team will contest the third edition of the CTM PHL which gets under way on August 11, at the Randburg Astro in Johannesburg, with the finals taking place on the 26 August.

Final Teams for CTM PHL 2018 – Women

Italtile Orange River Rafters (2017 – Champions)

Cheree Greyvenstein, Sulette Damons, Casey-Jean Botha, Zimasa Dunywa, Simone Gouws, Charne Maddocks, Nicole Walraven, Charne Hartel, Donna Small, Lerato Mahlangu, Kelsey Minnaar, Luche Klaassen, Zimkhitha Weston, Amy Etherington, Francisca Darkoh, Mia Barnard, Candice Silent, Zeena Martin, Anneke Beukman, Badrunnisaa HallidayCoach: Shaun Hulley. Assistant Coach:Taryn de Winnaar. Manager:Kgothatso Maboea

Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters (2016 – Champions)

Phumelela Mbande, Nicolene Terblanche, Izelle Verster, Kirsty Adams, Courtney du Preez, Mmamoagi Kungoane, Jessica De Bruyn Smith, Marissa Poolman, Meeghan Klomp, Elmien Marais, Julia Flemming, Anél Luus, Nicole Kemp, Thati Segaole, Carmen Smith, Lelethu Ndakisa, Kim Mentor, Sarah Bingham, Miecke Flemming, Minke van Heerden Coach: Marcelle Keet. Assistant Coach:David Joshua. Manager:Gloria Baartman

Old Mutual IWyze Namaqualand Daisies

Sisipho Magwaza, Chardinay Penniston, Dunell Van Taak, Marizen Maria, Natalie Esteves, Toni Marks, Lauren Nina, Refilwe Ralikontsane, Jacinta Jubb, Amy Greaves, Aimee-Leigh Pote, Gretchin Davids, Deneho Didi Mgwenya, Brady Wiseman, Carli Pretorius, Christine Seggie, Nicole Koening, Lize Steyn, Tayla Johnson, Cindy Bothma Coach: Andi Bernstein. Assistant Coach:Nelson Nkomane Nel.Manager:Marcel Lamont

Top T Madikwe Rangers

Lisa Deetlefs, Nomnikelo Veto, Mmatshepo Modipane, Monique Bartch, Kristen Paton, Sylvia van Jaarsveldt, Ashleigh Datnow, Isabella Da Rocha, Londeka Dlamini, Courtney Abrahams, Shindré-Lee Simmons, Claire Gibbings, Lezaan Janse van Vuuren, Amoré De Wet, Cheneal Raubenheimer, Malikah Potgieter, Nicole Bartch, Elan-Margo van Vught, Hildah Dikhudu, Andrea Leader. Coach: Bevan Bennet. Assistant Coach:Tarrin Ramsden.  Manager:Jo-Anne Deysel

Ceramic Industries Wineland Wings

Zimisele Shange, Stephanie Botha, Jamie Southgate, Jessica O’Connor, Tarryn Glasby, Sandisiwe Tabata, Candice Manuel, Robyn Johnson, Miche Bennet, Thando Chithi, Hope Nkosi, Sasha Sivertsen, Nompilo Thenjwayo, Michelle Dias, Lida Kotze, Sonika van Heerden, Edith Molikoe, Ashleigh Thomas, Michelle Dykman, Jessica Lardant. Coach:Lenise Marais. Assistant Coach:Cindy Brown. Manager:Lynn Abrahams

Private Property St. Lucia Lakers

Kara-Lee Botes, Moya Smith, Shelley Jones, Erin Hunter, Leratho Mahole, Stephanie Baxter, Teegan Fourie, Jenna Shuker, Tiffany Jones, Bianca Wood, Polly Mashau, Megan Anderson, Heraldine Olin, Paige Phillips, Karen Bowyer, Ayanga Baleni, Lisa Hawker, Alexandra Kavanagh, Demi Harmse, Chané Hill.Coach: Inky Zondi. Assistant Coach:Kim Hubach. Manager:Taryn McCreedy

Final Teams for CTM PHL 2018 – Men

Garden Route Gazelles

Siya Nolutshungu, Tyson Dlungwana, Clinton Panther, Taylor Dart, Michael Abrahams, Taine Paton, Keenan Horne, Reece Arendse, Gerald Mpopo, Dylan Coombes, Le-Neal Jackson, Jayson Reed, Berne Burger, Brandon James, Connor Beauchamp, Gertjie Lamprecht, Pierre De Voux, Pierre Bothma, Luke Schooling, Tom Richardson.Coach:Ashlin Freddy. Assistant Coach:Colin Fielding. Manager:Emmanuel Segale

Kilamanjaro Addo Elephants

Matthew Martins, Robin Jones, Tevin Pieterson, Dan Bell, Miguel da Graca, Julian Hykes, Ignatus Malgraaf, Sinoxolo Mbekeni, Onke Letuka, Jody Erasmus, Damian Kimfley, Andrew Manson, Joshua August, Zamokuhle Ngubo, Bjorn Sorensen, Tim Guise-Brown, Cody Postumus, Andrew Buckley, Cerezo Comerasamy, Roberto BosmanCoach: Cheslyn Gie. Assistant Coach:Anthony Woodhouse. Manager:Mark Jenneker

Elf Laminates Mapungubwe Mambas

Rob McKinley, Matt Brown, Alex Stewart, Jonty Robinson, Dalpiro Langford, Owen Mvimbi, Tevin Kok, Michael Marki, Callum Buchanan, Winchester Scott, Ross Gonzalves, Dillon Langeveld, Kyle Esau, Kewan Harries, Courtney Halle, Luthando Jonas, David Zwemke, Michael Baiden, Xola Maqula, Caleb Syce. Coach:Lungile Tsolekile.Assistant Coach:Geowynne Gamiet. Manager:Brighty Mashaba

Pro Grip Drakensberg Dragons

Gowan Jones, Jethro Eustice, Mo Mea, Matt de Sousa, Melrick Maddocks, Richard Pautz, Nqobile Ntuli, Chad Cairncross, Nick Gonzalves, Dylan Swanepoel, Cody Van Wyk, Mbuso Mgobozi, Amkelwe Letuka, Lance De Kock, Cameron Ryan, Francois Pretorius, Grant Robertson, Blake Tyack, Peter Jarvis, Keegan Hezlett.Coach:Sihle Ntuli. Assistant Coach:Luke Makaleni. Manager:Nkosinathi Nathi Ngubani

Origins Maropeng Cavemen (2016 & 2017 Champions)

Rassie Pieterse, Lance Louw, Tommy Hammond, Nduduzo Lembethe, Ryan Crowe, Rusten Abrahams, Reza Rosenburg, Brynn Cleak, Ricky West, Cameron MacKay, Thabang Modise, Chad Futcher, Kyle Lion-Cachet, Kingsley Botes, Travis Hardnick, Rayner York, Lethuxolo Thomo, Stephen Cant, Craig Wiid, Steven Paulo. Coach:Mark Sanders. Assistant Coach:Sandile Bosman. Manager:Lehlohonolo Maluke

Old Mutual iWyze Golden Gate Gladiators

William Eveleigh, Jared Cass, Andrew Hobson, Samkelo Mvimbi, Che February, Andile Ndlovu, Duncan Fischer, Gabela Lungani, Chris Makaba, Mark Chong, Matthew Roman, Michael Hora, Clayton Saker, Max Pike, Brad Sherwood, Matthew Davies, Michael Forrest. Coach:Garreth Ewing. Assistant Coach:Devon van der Merwe. Manager:Nhlanhla Mlambu

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