Blues dig deep to win hard fought hockey humdinger

2014-08-25 00:00

NORTHERN Blues dug deep to win the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament for the first time with a 5-4 victory over Western Province at a packed Greenfields Turf Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

WP led 1-0 at half-time through a Farah Fredericks goal in the 13th minute but Blues came back to level 1-1 after Kim Hubach scored in the 49th before going on to win a sudden-death penalty shootout for an eventual 5-4 victory, Chanelle van Zyl delivering the shootout’s knockout blow for the Northerns girls.

After the regulation five shootout opportunities still hadn’t broken the deadlock the final went into three rounds of sudden-death.

In the bronze medal match, defending champs Southern Gauteng were comfortable winners, coming away 6-1 victors after leading 2-1 at the break.

In the fifth/sixth place playoff KZN Coastal Raiders were disappointing while underdogs Border were in inspirational form, the East London girls winning 3-2 after leading 2-1 at half-time.

Raiders coach Jodax Beaumont summed it up: “The girls didn’t rock up. Our basics were very poor, far too many unforced errors.”

Free State were all over KZN Inland in the B Section final for promotion to the 2015 A Section in place of Eastern Province, who went down to Southern Gauteng Witsies in Saturday’s last-place finishes (seventh and eighth) in the top tier, but a 5-0 lead with 30 minutes left was whittled down to 5-3 by final whistle as the spirited host province fought back.

“We’re back in the A Section and that’s what counts,” said Free State coach Braam van Wyk.

• The SA Hockey Association released a squad at the conclusion of the SA Women’s Interprovincial Tournament who were chosen by convenor of selectors Mickey Gordon and his panel.


Cornelle Botha, Liné Malan, Tanya Britz, Nicole Walraven (all Free State); Tiffany Jones (KZN Inland); Anelle van Deventer, Celia Evans, Sulette Damons, Stephanie Baxter (all North West); Sanani Mangisa, Shelley Russell, Lilian du Plessis, Kaila Flemming, Lisa Deetlefs, Demi du Toit, Bernie Coston, Christine Roos (all Southern Gauteng); Toni Marks (Eastern Province); Carmen Smith (Southern Gauteng Witsies); Hanli Hattingh, Candice Manuel, Illse Davids, Jade Mayne, Tarryn Bright, Erin Hunter (Western Province); Phume Mbande, Nicolene Terblanche, Jacinta Jubb (Northern Blues); Marcelle Manson (Border); Kara Stella, Kelly Madsen, Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal Raiders).

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