Gantoise duo join small group of ehl 15-year-olds

When Gantoise lined out last week in the EHL Women’s FINAL8 in the Wagener Stadium, they did so with one of the freshest faced sides ever assembled for an EHL fixture.

In total, they had seven teenagers, two of which only reached the eligible age limit of 15 last August. 

In so doing, Alexi van Remortel and Fee van den Abeele joined a very small group of players to hit the EHL turf before hitting their 16th birthday.

“It was a really nice experience,” said van Remortel who – at 15 years, seven months and 21 days – is nine days older than van den Abeele. “It is an amazing tournament and we are really happy to be here. It is an amazing chance for us.”

Van den Abeele added: “It is really cool to be here; we have a really nice team – everyone supports us here, no matter what age – even the oldest ones! We feel so comfortable in this team to be able to do what we want which is really cool!”

They are not quite the youngest of all time. In the EHL Women’s competition, that honour falls to their team mate Louise van Hecke who was a month younger when she played in 2022’s FINAL8.

On the boys side, meanwhile, last October’s EHL Men’s KO16 saw Malo Martinache come on in the 37th minute for Lille MHC against AH&BC Amsterdam at 15 years, five months and 21 days. 

In total, just 12 players have stepped onto the field in EHL action since the first tournament back in 2007 before their 16th birthday,

Here’s the list in full:

Malo MatinacheLille MHC15 years 5 months 21 days2022 Men KO16
Louise van HeckeGantoise15 years 6 months 26 days2022 Women FINAL8
Cyrpien FermautRacing Club de France15 years 7 months 10 days2018 Men KO16
Alexi van RemortelGantoise15 years 7 months 21 days2023 Women FINAL8
Fee van den AbeeleGantoise15 years 7 months 30 days2023 Women FINAL8
Anton NoshinDinamo Elektrostal15 years 8 months 14 days2018 Men ROUND1
Volha MaskalevichHC Minsk15 years 8 months 26 days2021 Women Ranking Cup
James CrollGrange15 years 8 months 29 days2019 Men KO16
Findlay HallidayKelburne15 years 10 months 2 days2017 Men ROUND1
Robbert RubensKHC Dragons15 years 10 months 4 days2012 Men Round 1.2
Hugo VerrierSaint Germain15 years 10 months 7 days2019 Men KO16
Anton BorrasReal Club de Polo15 years 11 months 25 days2019 Men KO16