Hockey: Mixed bag of results at Interprovincial Tournaments

2012-04-26 00:00

THERE has been a mixed bag of results for the KZN teams at the SA U21 Men’s and Women’s Interprovincial Tournaments, which are under way in Port Elizabeth and Pretoria respectively.

The KZN Inland U21 men’s side, under coach Jethro Eustice, were unbeaten after three days’ play with an 8-0 victory against Witwatersrand, a 2-1 win over hosts Eastern Province, and a 2-2 draw with Southern Gauteng.

Inland are certainly in with a shout for a top-four position.

The KZN Coastal Raiders U21 men’s squad beat Namibia 4-0, shaded North West 3-2 and lost 2-0 to Western Province.

But it has been tough going for the KZN Inland women’s team under coach Mario Campbell in Pretoria.

Inland went down 10-1 to Western Province on day one, where one of South Africa’s most talented young players, Tarryn Glasby, netted six goals.

Inland captain Nadia Stella scored her side’s lone goal.

Inland then went down 2-0 to host province Northern Blues before losing 5-1 to North West, with Vicki Jonker getting her team’s solitary goal.

It hasn’t been plain sailing for KZN Coastal Raiders’ girls either.

The Durban-based province went down 1-0 to Peninsula on day one before drawing 1-1 with Northern Blues B and then losing 1-0 to Free State.

Meanwhile, several KZN Inland-schooled players are battling for the South African men’s hockey team in the Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan from today to May 6.

Wade Paton, his younger brother, Taine, and Marvin Harper all learnt hockey at Maritzburg College, while Tim Drummond (Hilton College) and Clint Panther (Michaelhouse) were also schooled in the Midlands.

And just down the road at Botha’s Hill, Lloyd Madsen was a star for Kearsney College.

The KZN Inland presence in the national men’s team is a tribute to the solid grounding in the game that players in these parts receive from their alma maters.

The Olympic Qualifier Tournament is one that South Africa must win in order to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games and join the Investec SA women’s hockey team at the four-yearly showpiece, which represents the pinnacle of the sport.

TEAMS

KZN Inland U21 men: Joel Barron, Sibusiso Ngubane, Lloyd de Kock, Robin Jones, Michael Esteves, Mzamo Ngubo, Cameron Redmead, Mxolisi Ngcobo, Travis Hardnick, Damian Kimfley, Mzamo Cele, Gareth Rall, Matthew Redmead, Chad Cairncross, Njabulo Zondi, Matthew Pace, Ndumiso Mncwango. Coach: Jethro Eustice. Manager: Harry Suckert.

KZN Inland U21 women: Megan Woodburn, Kirsten Camons, Annemi Janse Van Rensburg, Ashton Botes, Sam Scott (vice-capt), Tumelo Setlaba, Anna-Marie Maartens, Roslyn Flint, Lana Kruger, Vicki Jonker, Ilse Gordon, Shannon Anderson, Nadia Stella (capt), Confidence Mashau, Amy Greaves, Dionne van Heerden. Coach: Mario Campbell. Manager: Megan Stella.

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