Hosts Inland struggle as defending champs WP show how its done

2015-04-22 00:00

FORMER Maritzburg College captain Tim Guise-Brown, now leading Northern Blues Under-21, nailed down a hat-trick of penalty corner drag-flicks as host province KZN Inland were beaten 4-0 on day two of the Greenfields SA U21 Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf yesterday.

Defending champions Western Province put together another superb performance to underline their intention of retaining the title.

WP, possessing strike power across the board,outplayed North West before running out 11-0 victors. A Jordan Turnbull hat-trick, matched by James Drummond, was complemented further by strikes from Ryan Crowe (2), captain Dan Bell, Chris Hawkridge and Nqobile Ntuli.

As in the 2-1 defeat to Western Province Peninsula on Monday, Inland were again disappointing in not finishing the chances they created. In essence, Blues were clinical from set-pieces while Inland frittered away their opportunities.

Inland have a bye today, before the KZN derby against Coastal at 3 pm tomorrow.

Including the unprecedented 5-0 drubbing of Southern Gauteng on day one, WP have now scored 13 field goals between seven players in the two matches, plus three PCs from three different players. There appears little chance that anyone can stop them.

Southerns and Free State were locked in a fierce, hugely entertaining battle mid-morning. Southerns scored through Walter Pfaff, Chad Burke and Kyle Lion-Cachet while Free State’s goals came from Cheslyn Neethling, Tiaan Weldhagen and Melrick Maddocks.

First up Tuesday, Durban’s KZN Coastal Raiders beat a determined Eastern Province 4-2 after leading 3-2 at half-time in an entertaining affair.

Meanwhile on day one of the women’s event in Bloemfontein, Northern Blues beat Free State B 10-0 after leading 7-0 at half-time; Eastern Province beat Namibia 2-0 after the score was 0-0 at the break; Western Province beat WP Peninsula 8-0 after leading 5-0 at half-time; North West edged KZN Coastal Raiders 1-0 after the score was 0-0 at half-time; Southern Gauteng beat Wits 3-0 after leading 2-0 at the break; and Free State beat KZN Inland 5-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time.

Today’s PMB fixtures: 9 am EP vs Pens; 11 am KZN Raiders vs Blues; 1 pm Southerns vs Wits; 3 pm WP vs Free State. KZN Inland, North West (Bye).

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