Hockey: Tough week in store for KZN Inland at women’s IPT

2009-08-24 00:00

COMING off the high of a superbly organised Men’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf and Maritzburg College’s Pape’s Astro, where the provincial body received much praise, the KZN Inland Hockey Association might well be brought down to earth by the fortunes of their other flagship team at the Spar Women’s IPT in Pretoria this week, writes JONATHAN COOK.

The KZN Inland women’s team, under coach Kegan Walters aren’t set for an easy time at the Tshwane University of Technology Hockey Stadium, where they are up against last year’s finalists Southern Gauteng, North West and WP Peninsula in Pool A.

Pool B in this year’s Top Eight quest for the coveted Spar Interprovincial Cup title is made up of out-and-out favourites and three-time defending champions Western Province — who are packed with Spar SA national players — this year’s strong KZN Coastals line-up, host province Northern Blues plus Witwatersrand.

The SA Country Districts team, one could argue, is virtually another KZN Inland team at Spar IPT, as nine of its members are from the province, while two more are from KZN Coastal.

SACD should pose a major threat in the B Section for the President’s Cup trophy and it will be another feather in the cap of country districts hockey if the women are to achieve as much as their men’s counterparts, who were B Section Shield finalists at the equivalent IPT that has just ended in the KZN capital.

SACD face Boland at 12.20 pm today while Inland face Spar SA captain Marsha Marescia’s mighty Southern Gauteng squad at 3.40 pm tomorrow.

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