KZN Varsity men pipped by Tukkies

2008-06-30 00:00

THE first day of the SA Students Sports Union (Sassu) hockey week at the Pukke Hockey Academy in Potchefstroom saw several exciting matches in the A Section in particular, which is the top end of this tournament.

The men’s A Section witnessed several ding-dong battles in true student tradition,

The evening clashes were the highlight of the day with University of Johannesburg (UJ) beating Maties

3-2, before Tukkies beat University of KZN 2-1.

The defending champion UKZN men were locked 1-1 with Tukkies at the changeover after scoring in the third minute through Matt Botha, to which Kyle Rhodes replied four minutes later from a penalty corner.

The winner of a fiercely contested match came six minutes after half-time when Vaughn Erasmus struck with a field goal.

The UJ/Maties muscle-up was a hot-tempered affair, with umpires KJ Friend and Reinhardt Blokker having to intervene to douse the flames.

The hockey was magnificent at times, Maties shading the first half and UJ enjoying a purple patch in the second to go 2-1 up before another equaliser. Then UJ conjured up a stunning goal to take the lead again at 3-2 and held on for a wonderful victory.

Matie Dave Wilson opened the scoring in the second minute, but UJ came out firing after half-time, with Andrew Nicholson equalising immediately after the restart. Then UJ’s Oliver Whitely netted brilliantly, while Maties’ captain Clive Terwin made it 2-2 straight after, before Raul Teixeira conjured up the winner with 11 minutes to go.

In the women’s A Section, Tukkies banged in six field goals in an 8-0 defeat of NMMU, the others coming via the penalty corner route. Tukkies led 5-0 at half-time.

UJ had a 6-0 win over Free State, with a brace of goals apiece for Nicole de Vries, Sarah Harley and Bernadette Coston.

North West were made to work hard by UCT in a close-fought match, which ended 1-1, the Cape Town team’s Mandy Skinner equalising seven minutes from full-time.

North West skipper Kristen Kriel’s penalty stroke three minutes after the changeover had kept her side in front for 25 minutes.

Maties beat Wits 4-1 with goals from Adele Davie, Pippa Rabey, Robyn-Lee McLaren and Wendy Kockott, while Kathryn McLaverty scored the only goal for the Johannesburg girls.

In the women’s B Section, UKZN beat Rhodes 1-0 via an Eloise Miskey penalty corner.

RESULTS

A Section

Men: North West 3 NMMU 1; UCT 2 Wits 1; UJ 3 Maties 2; UKZN 1 Tukkies 2.

Women: Tukkies 8 NMMU 0; UJ 6 Free State 0; North West 1 UCT 1; Maties 4 Wits 1.

B Section

Men: Free State 2 FET College 1; CPUT 2 UWC 1; Tukkies B 4 TUT 1; CPUT 2 CUT 2; Vaal 6 Limpopo 1; North West B 10 UWC 0; Free State 5 Rhodes 2.

Women: CUT 1 CPUT 2; UKZN 1 Rhodes 0; Tukkies B 5 TUT 2; Fort Hare 2 Limpopo 0.

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