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
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