Inland draw with Raiders in KZN derby

2011-08-19 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland men’s hockey team have flattered only to deceive at the halfway stage of the SA Interprovincial Tournament at Kaspersky Park in Randburg.

In their most recent match Witwatersrand were inspired by a brilliant display from SA U21 keeper Michael Smith in beating Inland 2-1.

Defending champions KZN Coastal Raiders, on the other hand, took their chances against Southern Gauteng to win 3-1.

A thrilling KZN derby between Raiders and Inland kicked off the tournament, with the Maritzburgers disappointed that they had to share the points after the 2-2 final score.

Inland, with captain Darryn Gallagher (34) orchestrating from the centre, had more shots on goal and more penalty corners.

Despite Inland’s early dominance, Raiders took the lead against the run of play when David Zwemke deflected past Rohn Barron after an accurate cross from the left.

James du Plessis had an impressive debut and another strong run down the right brought Inland’s third penalty corner on the half-time hooter.

The potential gamebreaker came from Inland 11 minutes after half-time when Matt Coombes accomplished a stunning inside pull that eliminated his marker and created the opportunity for lively Devon van der Merwe to feed off striker Gavin Jelley, and 2-1 was the upshot.

The Raiders came back well and right-half Greg Last’s accurate aerial balls, plus Paton’s hard graft in the engine room alongside the more cerebral Tim Drummond, brought the reward.

Sihle Ntuli was in the thick of things as well, while keeper Jones was in top form in producing a glove save from Karl Oftebro’s low flick off Inland’s seventh penalty corner.

At the other end Inland centre back Jethro Eustice was a tower of strength, but Raiders’ third PC three minutes from time saw Last fire the slip left past a partially unsighted Barron for the equaliser.

And a minute later Barron brought off a phenomenal glove at full-length to his right from Drummond to leave a superb game of hockey deadlocked at 2-2.

RESULTS

Day three — A Section: Western Province 2 Northern Gauteng Blues 1; Western Province Peninsula 3 Eastern Province 1; Witwatersrand 2 KZN Inland 1; KZN Coastal Raiders 3 Southern Gauteng 1.

B Section: Eastern Gauteng 2 Amathole (Border) 1; North West 7 KZN Inland B 0; Free State 11 SA Country Districts 0; KZN Mynahs 7 Southern Gauteng Shumbas 1.

Day two — A Section: KZN Inland 2 KZN Coastal 2; Western Province 7 Peninsula 1; Northerns Blues 0 Eastern Province 0; Southern Gauteng 2 Witwatersrand 2.

B Section: KZN Inland B 2 KZN Mynahs 2; Amathole 6 SA Country Districts 2; Southern Gauteng Shumbas 4 Southern Cape 3; Eastern Gauteng 2 Southern Gauteng Nuggets 2.

Day one — B Section: Free State 6 Kaspersky Southern Gauteng Nuggets 1; North West 5 Southern Cape 0; SA Country Districts 1 Eastern Gauteng 1; KZN Inland B 3 Kaspersky Southern Gauteng Shumbas 2.

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