Inland hockey girls pummel spirited SACD

2013-08-21 00:00

THE opening day of the South Africa Interprovincial Women’s Hockey Tournament, at the KC March Astro in Port Elizabeth, yesterday saw the KwaZulu-Natal Inland side start on an extremely positive note.

Under coach Devon van der Merwe, the Inland girls opened their campaign in the lower-tier B section with an encouraging 8-2 win over a spirited South Africa Country Districts (SACD) “B” side. Van der Merwe praised the ability of his midfield to supply a steady stream of quality passes to the strikers. The result was a surfeit of shots on goal.

Inland led 4-1 at half time, despite conceding the opening goal to Leani van der Merwe of SACD “B” in the third minute.

All eight Inland goals were from field play, with Sarah Dixon and Vicki Jonker each bagging a brace, Slindile Mbhele a hat-trick, while Caitlyn Seegers got one. SACD’s other goal went to Afia Boachi-Yiodom.

Van der Merwe said Inland’s aim was to win every match during the week, win the B section in the process and stake their claim for a return to the top tier next season.

In the top tier A section, KZN Raiders of Durban were outplayed 5-2 by Northern Blues, after the Pretoria girls had gone into half time 1-0 up.

Despite having a healthy number of shots on goal, the Raiders were never really in it. Blues ’keeper Phume Mbande was up for the challenge much of the time, while her team took their chances in a clinical fashion.

Blues made it 5-2 on full time when the on-song Kate Koenig made no mistake.

The Durban second-stringers, KZN Mynahs, went down 2-1 in an upset B Section defeat by minnows Mpumalanga.


A Section: Northern Blues 5 KZN Raiders 2; Western Province 3 Free State 2; North West 7 Border 3; Southern Gauteng 2 Eastern Province 0.

B Section: KZN Inland 8 SA Country Districts B 2; Mpumalanga 2 KZN Mynahs 1; Witwatersrand 7 SA Country Districts A 0

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