KZN boys shine at U13 hockey festival

2009-05-10 00:00

WHEN tournament post-mortems are conducted, the KZN boys’ derby will come up for consideration as the best match seen at the National U13 Hockey Festival in Pietermaritzburg this year.

The AB Jackson Greenfields Turf saw a rousing exhibition of hockey when KZN Coastals shaded KZN Inland 3-2 before a packed house yesterday afternoon.

In an action-packed first half, Coastals opened the scoring with a penalty corner by Andile Phehlukwayo after five minutes. Inland struck back with one of there own by Amkelwe Letuka. Coastals captain Jarryd Edy’s PC made it 2-1 inside the first 10 minutes. Then a minute before half-time, Inland captain Mudiwa Llobell conjured up a stunning left-handed deflection goal high into the net off a pinpoint cross from the right to leave the score 2-2.

The second half was a cut-and-thrust affair as both sides sought the advantage, although Coastals’ policy of playing ace goalscorer Nqobile Ntuli way out on the left was mystifying, as the scorer of five goals in two matches Tuesday hardly ever got the ball.

Nevertheless, Coastals got the break for a vital 3-2 lead when the outstanding Edy slotted his second PC. Galvanised by the setback, Inland’s skilful Tevin Kok began weaving his magic; deft runs here and just the right pass there creating holes in the Coastals defence. Penalty corners and a penalty stroke were not converted, though, and in the end the Durban boys just about deserved their victory.

Inland probably saved their best for last, though, when they beat WP 3-0 in a fantastic late game at the ABJ, goals from Ross Talmage, Jacques Swart and Werner van Staden accounting for the Capetonians.

Meanwhile, at the SA U16 Girls’ IPT at University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, both KZN Inland and KZN Coastals have reached today’s semi-finals.

Coastals beat Inland 2-0 yesterday through a brace by Jacinta Jubb and shaded North West 1-0 (Karabu Dube), while Inland beat Free State A 1-0 (Nadine Herholdt). Today’s semis see Inland tackling EP and Coastals facing Southern Gauteng.

RESULTS

Boys: KZN Inland 3 WP 0; KZN Coastal 3 KZN Inland 2; Boland 0 North West 0; Border 2 South Free State 0; North Cape 2 North Free State 1; Mpumalanga 3 SWD 2; KZN Coastal 1 EP 1; South Gauteng 2 North Gauteng 1; WP 1 SFS 0; SWD 3 NW 1; Limpopo 3 Mpu 1; Bor 2 SG 2; East Gauteng 2 NFS 0; NG 1 EP 0; Lim 2 EG 0; Bol 4 NC 1.

Girls: Lim 5 EG 0; Bol 0 NC 0; NG 1 EP 1; NFS 2 EG 0; Bol 2 NW 2; SFS 1 Bor 0; NFS 1 NC 0; Mpu 2 SWD 0; KZN Coastals 1 EP 1; SG 2 NG 0; NW 2 SWD 0; SFS 4 WP 1; Coastals 1 Inland 1; Mpu 4 Lim 1; Bor 0 SG 0; Inland 1 WP 0.

Correction: KZN Inland boys beat SFS 2-1 Tuesday.

Games to watch at Maritzburg College Thursday – Boys: Coastals vs SFS 12.15 pm; Inland vs North Gauteng 1 pm. Closing ceremony at ABJ at 2 pm.

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