KZN Inland men in tight race for spot in semi-finals

2013-05-02 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland U21 men’s hockey team are in a close race for a berth in tomorrow’s semi-finals of the South African U21 Men’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Tuks in Pretoria.

Inland let slip a 3-2 half-time lead to draw 3-3 with Free State in a vital match in Pool B yesterday and the outcome leaves the Inland lads needing Pool B log leaders Western Province to draw or beat Free State in the final round of pool matches today, while Inland must make certain of beating the Eastern Province line-up in the preceding match.

Against Inland yesterday, Free State established a two-goal lead after a field goal in the fourth minute by CJ van Wyk and a penalty corner midway through the first half from the stick of Michael Baiden.

Inland dug deep to draw level at 2-2 when in-form striker Damian Kimfley found the back of the net in the 24th minute and once again just three minutes from the half-time hooter. And with seconds left to the siren Inland took the lead for the first time when dangerous forward Philip Smerdon beat Free State goalkeeper Jaco Gerber.

However, a vital victory for Inland was not to be as Free State vice-captain Daryll Sutherland struck the lone goal of the second half for the final scoreline to read 3-3.

Meanwhile in Durban, the KZN Inland U21 women’s team were outplayed by title favourites Western Province to the tune of 7-1 in the equivalent women’s tournament.


Men: Eastern Province 10 Namibia 0; Western Province 2 WP Peninsula 1; Kaspersky Southerns 5 Kaspersky Wits 1; North West 5 Eastern Gauteng 0; KZN Inland 3 Free State 3; Northern Blues 2 KZN Raiders 0.

Women: Free State 4 WP Peninsula 1; Kaspersky Southerns 2 Eastern Province 2; Northern Blues 2 Kaspersky Wits 0; Namibia 8 Eastern Gauteng 0; Western Province 7 KZN Inland 1; North West 2 KZN Raiders 0.

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