It’s time for semi-finals at AB Jackson

2008-04-11 00:00

AFTER five days of hard-fought hockey at the AB Jackson GreenFields Turf, the semi-finalists have been determined for today’s showdowns.

Yesterday’s final round of matches in Pool A and Pool B were played in stifling conditions as teams jockeyed for placings that would determine whether they would be in the running for first to fourth positions, fifth to eighth positions or ninth to 12th.

The outcome at the top of the pecking order sees favourites Western Province tackle underdogs North West in the first semi-final at 2.30 pm, while Southern Gauteng meet SA U19 in the second semi-final at 4 pm.

Province got in early in their final Pool A match against SA U19 yesterday afternoon, two penalty corners in the first 12 minutes ensuring a 2-0 victory.

It wasn’t that the SA juniors were poor by any means, but the lessons learnt in playing against an experienced WP side will be invaluable.

Province captain Eugene Peltgret was my player of the day by a country mile. The tall, composed defender seldom loses the ball or a tackle situation, while his accurate 50 metre overheads turn defence into attack in a moment.

North West coach Keith Fairweather will have his work cut out in plotting a way through the formidable WP line-up.

In Randburg, the women’s U21 semi-finals are between North West and WP, and Southerns and Northerns.

DAY 5 RESULTS

Men: WP 2 SA U19 0; EP 4 Border 0; Northern Gauteng 0 KZN Midlands 0; WP Peninsula 0 North West 4; Southern Gauteng 11 South Gauteng Wits 0; KZN Coastal 12 Free State 0.

FRIDAY’S PLAYOFFS

Men: EP vs Free State (8.30 am); Border vs Wits (10 am); KZN Midlands vs Pens (11.30 am); Northerns vs KZN Coastal (1 pm); WP vs North West (2.30 pm); Southerns vs SA U19 (4 pm).

* Due to technical problems relating to load shedding, there was no other information available on the women’s U21 IPT.

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