Curtain closes on biggest hockey fest

2013-05-06 00:00

A MEMORABLE weekend of hockey ended in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday after over 1 200 players had descended on the province from all corners of South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

The Time Freight SA Masters brought over 1 000 players to Pietermaritzburg in the biggest tournament of its kind in the southern hemisphere, while the National U21 Women’s Tournament featured 216 players in Durban.

Western Province were crowned South African U21 women’s champions in Durban when they beat North West 2-0 in the final on Saturday night.

The KZN Inland U21 women were outplayed by Free State in the playoff for fifth place in Durban, but their final ranking of sixth is a considerable improvement from 11th the previous year.

In Pietermaritzburg, the KZN Colts line-up won the coveted Time Freight SA Masters men’s section and WP Pandettes won the women’s section.

In Pretoria, Northern Blues won the National U21 Men’s Tournament when they beat Western Province 2-0 in the final.

The KZN Inland men will be kicking themselves for missing out on a place in the semi-finals, but finished a commendable fifth. They had the tournament’s leading goalscorer in Damian Kimfley.

FINAL RESULTS

National U21 Men: (11/12) Wits 7 East Gauteng 0; (9/10) EP 4 Namibia 1; (7/8) North West 4 Southern Gauteng 2; (5/6) KZN Inland 3 WP Peninsula 2; (3/4) KZN Coastal 4 (Davyn Keuter, Richard Pentecost, Daniel Sibbald, Ryan Wallace) Free State 3 (CJ van Wyk, Dylan Swanepoel, Achmat Richards); (1/2) Northern Blues 2 WP 0

National U21 Women: (11/12) Wits 6 East Gauteng 0; (9/10) Namibia 3 WP Peninsula 0; (7/8) EP 4 KZN Coastal 1 (Amy Visagie); (5/6) Free State 10 KZN Inland 2 (Caitlyn Seegers, Vicki Jonker); (3/4) Northern Blues 2 Southern Gauteng 0; (1/2) WP 2 North West 0.

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