KZN Inland take six from Northern Gauteng

2010-07-22 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland team lost their second successive match at the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament in East London yesterday.

Northern Gauteng’s Blues dominated, and although Inland again competed well in the first half to trail 1-0, the floodgates opened in the second half as the Pretoria side’s talented forward line finally began to click.

Inland have an inexperienced team, which is a problem when faced with seasoned provincial players piling relentless pressure on young shoulders.

Goalkeeper Megan Woodburn was again called upon to make many saves and she drew praise from Inland coach Craig Haley.

“As in the KZN Coastal match [Inland lost 8-0] Megan really put her hand up, while the girls in general played with a lot of spirit, but you must remember that Northerns have four players in the SA team that was named for the Commonwealth Games today and you can’t buy experience like that,” Haley told The Witness.

Northerns opened the scoring in the ninth minute through striker Jamie Porteous, but the Inland defence held firm for the remainder of the half.

Northerns head coach Gregg Hesom felt his side were poor up front in the first half.

“We left five or six goals on the table in the first half, but that’s not to comment on the quality of the opposition as I prefer to focus on my own team,” said the Northerns mentor, who is assisted by former SA captain Lindsey Wright, the most capped player in the country’s history with 209 Test matches to her name.

Inland meet Witwatersrand in the final round of pool matches today, and, whatever the result, will play for a place in the bottom four of the eight-team A Section in tomorrow’s cross-pool play-offs followed by Saturday’s classification matches.

The big match Pool B match saw Southern Gauteng surprised 3-1 by Western Province, which makes today’s clash with North West the key encounter of the day.

RESULTS

A section: North West 1 Eastern Province 0; KZN Coastals 8 Witwatersrand 0; Western Province 3 Southern Gauteng 1; Northerns Blues 6 KZN Inland 0. B Section: KZN Mynahs 2 Sasko SA Country Districts 1; WP Peninsula 5 Southern Cape 0; Northern Cape 2 Namibia 0; Border 12 Mpumalanga 0.

FIXTURES

A Section: WP vs EP; Northerns vs KZN Coastals; Wits vs KZN Inland; North West vs Southerns. B Section: Mpumalanga vs Namibia; KZN Mynahs vs Sasko SA Country Districts B; Northern Cape vs Free State; Southern Cape vs Sasko SA Country Districts A. Byes: WP Pens; Border.

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