KZN hockey sides impress at indoor tournament

2014-03-07 00:00

THERE was much for KZN fans to savour as their men’s and women’s teams excelled at the interprovincial indoor hockey tournament on the University of KZN and Durban University of Technology courts this past weekend.

The weekend was especially sweet for KZN Inland, who beat KZN Coastal Raiders in both the men’s and women’s finals to retain the titles won in Cape Town last year. The victories cemented Inland’s position as the heartland of indoor hockey in SA and must have given much pleasure to the appointed coaches, Brian Edwards (women) and Charlie Pereira (men).

While it’s two titles in a row for the Inland ladies, the Inland men won their title for the umpteenth time.

Day three saw the finals and classification matches take place, and in the men’s semi-finals Raiders had a hard-fought 7-4 win over the big province of Southern Gauteng while Inland enjoyed a 6-2 defeat of the biggest hockey province in the country, Western Province.

The men’s final saw Inland shade Raiders 4-3 in a titanic struggle.

In the women’s competition’s semi-finals, Raiders beat their B side, KZN Coastal Mynahs, 4-0 while Inland outplayed Namibia 4-0.

The women’s final was a tense affair with Inland scraping past Raiders 2-1.

While there were some landslide victories for the Inland and Raiders men’s sides, there were also some close contests, namely Inland’s 5-4 defeat of Southern Gauteng in a Pool match, and Raiders’ 7-4 victory over Western Province.

Among the other KZN men’s teams, Mynahs beat Namibia 5-4 for fifth place while Inland B ended eighth after losing to Eastern Gauteng A 6-2.

The women’s semis were relatively straightforward for Inland and Raiders. The Raiders beat Mynahs 4-0 and Inland accounted for Namibia 4-0.

In the playoffs outside the final, Mynahs beat Namibia 4-3 for fourth spot and Inland B were giant-killers in beating Southern Gauteng 5-3 to end in fifth place.

Title Winners

KZN Inland Women: Taryn de Winnaar, Tracy Martens, Tracy Bestall, Eloise Walters, Amy Greaves, Carla Botha, Natalie Esteves, Lyndal Robertson, Lauren Stone.

KZN Inland Men: Ryan Gray, Chris McCathie, Justin Domleo, Simon Johnson, Grant von Mayer, Travis Hardnick, Lloyd de Kock, Gavin Jelley, Ayden Shrives, Kegan Walters.

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