Close shave for SA under21 mens hockey side in Cairo

2008-07-15 00:00

THE South Africa U21 men’s and women’s hockey teams are on course to contest their respective finals at the Junior World Cup Africa zone qualifiers in Cairo, Egypt this Saturday.

The SA teams are unbeaten as they seek to nail down places in the Junior World Cup finals in Singapore/Malaysia (men) and Boston, U.S. (women) next year.

SA men’s manager Graham Bennetts told The Witness yesterday that the SA men “made hard work of beating Ghana in what was our first real challenge” and in “a tough match” late last night against likely co-finalists Egypt in this round-robin series, SA captain Eugene Pelteret’s side won 4-3.

In the Egypt clash, Bennetts said the SA team “played close to their true potential”.

Duzo Khanyile got a brace of goals via penalty corners and Matt Fairweather added another PC, while “Dalan Philips scored a scorcher of a goal from field play”.

Bennetts said SA coach Kurt Cerfontyne praised the team, but emphasised that the tournament ends with the finals on Saturday and there is still work to be done.

The three SA goals against Ghana all came from penalty corners via Anthony Vervoort, Fairweather and Oliver Whitely.

The SA U21 women, meanwhile, have had three comfortable victories in succession and are unlikely to find any opposition likely to upset them, as Ghana and Egypt nearly did to the SA U21 men’s side and Egypt could still do in Saturday’s likely men’s final.

RESULTS

Junior World Cup — SA U21 men: vs Libya 20-0; vs Sudan 20-0; vs Ghana 3-2 (Anthony Vervoort, Matt Fairweather, Oliver Whitely); vs Egypt 4-3 (Duzo Khanyile 2, Matt Fairweather, Dalan Philips). SA U21 women: vs Egypt 5-0; vs Zimbabwe 9-0; vs Ghana 5-0.

KZN Super League – Men: Dbn North II 1 Pmb Collegians 0; Dbn North I 13 (Stew Dunbar 5) Kearsney 2; DUT Rovers (5) 8 (Michael Botha 5) Pinetown (0) 3. Women: DUT Rovers 11 Dbn North II 0; Dbn Varsity 7 Kearsney 2; Dbn Collegians 2 Dbn North I 1.

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