Five to Watch

We pin­point five of the top men’s in­doors play­ers who we be­lieve could make a dif­fer­ence at Wembley over the week­end

The Hockey Paper - - SUPER 6S -

Mark Pearn – Surbiton At 39, player- coach Pearn is the old­est mem­ber of a youth­ful Surbiton side on their first foray into the lat­ter stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

But with the ex­pe­ri­ence of win­ning the ti­tle with East Grinstead, cap­tain Lewis Prosser could not ask for a bet­ter right- hand­man to lean on. Si­mon Faulkner – East Grinstead He car­ries the weight of his name on his shoul­ders, but East Grinstead cap­tain Faulkner shows no signs of buck­ling un­der the pres­sure. With a ninth- straight ti­tle on the line though, will the ev­er­p­re­sent be able to lead his troops to an­other record- set­ting crown in front of the Wembley crowds? Andy Watts – Read­ing

Tom Car­son may be skip­per, but player- coach Watts has the courage to go for it when the mo­ment dic­tates.

He pulled his keeper right from the start in his side’s fi­nal round robin game against Sevenoaks, and the gam­ble paid off. Michael Bar­ber – Sevenoaks Bar­ber was the stand­out name from the round robin phase, lead­ing all scor­ers with 15 from just eight games – nine of which from open play. Net­ting at nearly two a game, the 26- year- old will be key to Sevenoaks’ hopes of up­set­ting the odds and bring­ing home a first in­door crown. Alan Forsyth – Surbiton One of the most lethal fin­ish­ers in the hockey world, Forsyth has shown what he is ca­pa­ble of out­doors this sea­son, without also sparkling in­doors. If the Scot fires on the day, then Surbiton could well be walk­ing away with the Su­per 6s tro­phy.

Lethal fin­isher: Alan Forsyth PIC­TURE: Andy Cray­ford

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