Blues and Raiders post thriller

2014-08-20 00:00

DEFENDING champions Southern Gauteng and 2013 silver medallists Western Province began their campaigns with big wins in early matches on the opening day of the elite A Section action at the SA Interprovincial Tournament (ITP) on Greenfields Turf in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

North West and Southern Gauteng Witsies ended goalless, while the evening match saw Northern Blues beat KZN Coastal Raiders 2-0.

The best match took fire in the second minute when Blues’ left back Charné Martell showed exquisite skill in a stunning elimination of her marker on the half-way and the outcome was an equally fine piece of control under duress from ex-Durban girl Jacinta Jubb to get in a shot cleared off the goalline by the KZN Raiders’ hugely experienced Investec South Africa defender Lenise Marais.

Jubb made sure with a well-struck goal four minutes later (sixth) and the Blues were in the ascendancy.

Amone Mouton took the Blues further ahead a couple of plays later; Raiders ’keeper Yvonne Roentgen did well to palm a rising shot away.

Blues had got in first with their aggressive play, putting the Raiders under pressure, and in the 18th, Jubb took the ball right at a penalty corner before firing her disguised shot/pass back to PC injector Jenna Shuker lurking on the post and making no mistakes (2-0).

RESULTS

A Section: Southern Gauteng (4) 11 (Shelley Russell, Kaila Flemming, Lisa Deetlefs, Christine Roos 2, Lilian du Plessis, Sylvia Horstmann 2, Sammy Prost 2, Louise de Jager) Eastern Province 0; Western Province (2) 5 (Jade Mayne, Bronwyn Kretzman, Anna Malan, Gretchen Davids, Leigh Boardman) Border 0; North West 0 Southern Gauteng Witsies 0; Northern Blues (2) 2 (Jacinta Jubb, Jenna Shuker) KZN Coastal Raiders 0.

B Section: KZN Mynahs (3) 7 (Carla Laurie, Carla van Niekerk 2, Michelle Cogle, Tamryn Strumpher, Lisa Payne, Danny Oosthuizen) Mpumalanga (0) 1 (Elizma Loxton); Zimbabwe (2) 2 (Michelle Williams, Iman Johnson) SA Country Districts A 0; EP Settlers (2) 3 Christine Buckle, Michelle Badman, Nicole December) SACD B (1) 2 Tarryn Woodroffe, Janet Coetzee); WP Peninsula (1) 3 (Margaux Reynecke, Teagan van der Wath, Rosanne Lombard) Eastern Gauteng 0.

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