KZN Inland defeated by Southerns in extra time

2012-07-17 00:00

THE matches on the final day of the boy’s U16 Interprovincial Tournament took place at the Maritzburg College astro and the Greenfields turf on the AB Jackson field on Saturday.

The final matches of the week-long tournament were to finalise the positions in both the A and the B sections.

On the AB Jackson field, KZN Inland B played against Southern Gauteng B for the top position.

Brent Kennedy (St Charles) put the local boys in front, scoring from a penalty corner, after a goalless first half.

Southerns replied with a penalty corner strike by Daniel Wiehe (KES) to take the teams into extra time.

The golden goal rule applies and it was an unfortunate end as Southerns were awarded a penalty stroke after an Inland player had stopped the ball going into the goal with his body.

Wiehe made certain and Southerns were crowned the B section winners and won promotion to the A section in 2013.

KZN Coastal B had to play Northerns B for 3/4 positions.

The Coastals won the game to take third place in the B section.

KZN Inland played Western Province B for positions 5/6. At half time, WP led 1-0 and although Inland had their chances in the second half, they could only get the ball into the net once when Tevin Kok (M College) scored. Province had scored two goals, one in each half to win 2-1.

The final of the A section was preceded by the singing of the national anthem and the players were met by SA Schools Hockey representatives, Wayne Marsden and Graham Bennetts. The game was keenly anticipated by Durban spectators as the Coastal side had deserved to win the pool encounter on Thursday after dominating much of the play, but had lost 0-1 with a WP goal in the final minutes of the game.

At the break after an evenly contested half, Coastals had made more use of their chances and they led 3-0 and appeared to have the trophy in their hands.

The first goal came five minutes after the start with Nqobile Ntuli (Kearsney) scoring with a tremendous reverse stick strike into the corner from the right side of the circle.

Not long after, it was James Dellis (Glenwood) with a similar angled shot, but this time from the left of the D.

The third goal came from Nqobile after Dellis had made a good strike across the goal which found Nqobile unmarked. He steered the ball into the net to give him his second and ensure that he was the top goal-scorer of the tournament.

In the 14th minute Gregory Briton (Wynberg) made a good strike into the top corner of the net. It was almost 10 minutes later that their second goal was scored. This came from a smashed hit into the circle by Briton and John Milligan (SACS) just managed to deflect the ball into the net.

The panic began to set in between the Coastal players as Province became more confident. A long overhead pass by Chad Muller (Rondebosch) found Milligan close to the circle with few defenders in position and he made sure to equalise with about five minutes remaining. The KZN side had lost some of their structure and no further goals were scored.

The teams had to play an extra 15 minutes, or until the first goal was scored. Province were the more confident side and it took them just over four minutes, when Ryan Crowe (Wynberg) worked his way into the circle and struck the deciding goal.

Southern Free State will now be relegated to the B section and Southern Gauteng B is promoted to the A section. Boland withdrew their B team from the tournament and to keep numbers even a KZN Inland C side was assembled and they played in the B section, but their matches did not count for points.

FINAL POSITIONS

A Section: 1 Western Province, 2 KZN Coastal, 3 Southern Gauteng, 4 Eastern Province, 5 Western Province B, 6 KZN Inland, 7 Northerns, 8 Amathole, 9 Eastern Gauteng, 10 South Western Districts, 11 Boland, 12 Southern Free State

B Section: 1 Southern Gauteng B, 2 KZN Inland B, 3 KZN Coastal B, 4 Northerns B, 5 North West, 6 Amathole B, 7 Northern Cape, 8 Limpopo, 9 Mpumalanga, 10 Eastern Gauteng B, 11 Northern Free State.

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