Local old boys shine in tough hockey tournament

2011-05-06 00:00

THE going has been tough for the KZN Inland men’s and women’s teams at the SA U21 Inter-provincial Hockey Tournaments taking place in Durban and Cape Town respectively this week.

At Queensmead the men were beaten 3-1 by Eastern Province on day one, lost 6-0 to Free State on day two, lost 5-1 to Northern Blues on day three and beat North West 6-2 on day four.

With the match against probable semi-finalists Southern Gauteng to come in the final round of Pool B fixtures, Inland’s defeat of North West ensures they won’t be consigned to 11th and last place in the competition, although they will be playing for ninth/10th place tomorrow.

At Hartleyvale the KZN Inland women have also found the level of competition a handful, although their defeats have been by closer margins.

The Western Province third-string side, WP Disas, beat Inland 1-0 on day one, the WP second-string squad, WP Peninsula shaded Inland 2-1 on day two and Free State hammered Inland 7-0 on day three. Inland did well on day four to draw 0-0 with serious semi-final challengers Northern Blues. The Inland side will be in the ninth to 12th place playoffs today and tomorrow.

Despite the scores, a host of former Pietermaritzburg and midlands schoolboys are shining for their new provinces and teams. Among a few of the impressive number of former PMB and midlands schoolboys who are starring for other provinces are:

• SA U19 captain Marc Fourie, originally at Maritzburg College

• Former College boy Brad Logan Michaelhouse product Mickey Crawford, who are both shining for Western Province

• Logan’s former College team-mate, Matthew Guise-Brown, who is whistling penalty corner drag-flicks into the net for Northern Blues, whose outstanding goalkeeper, Rene de la Peyre, is another ex-College boy

• Former Michaelhouse star Clint Panther, who has been in top form for Kaspersky Southern Gauteng

The KZN Coastal side is littered with former Inland schoolboys, including ex-College boys Andrew Manson and Jared Mitchell, and Michaelhouse product David Zwemke.

College schoolboy and high-ranking goalscorer Grant Glutz (18) is one of Fourie’s SA U19 team-mates, as are PMB Varsity’sLloyd de Kock and Damian Kimfley.

There are also a healthy number of former PMB and midlands schoolgirls who are turning out with distinction for other provinces.

RESULTS

Sunday:

Men: WP 4 WP Peninsula 0; Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 10 North West 0; South Africa U19 7 Kaspersky Wits 2; EP 3 KZN Inland 1; Free State 1 Northern Blues 0.

Women: KZN Coastals 2 Western Province 1; Free State 5 WP Peninsula 0; WP Disas 1 KZN Inland 0; Namibia 1 EP 0; Northern Gauteng Blues 2 North West 2; Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 3 Kaspersky Witwatersrand 0.

Monday:

Men: SA U19 8 WP Pens 2; Free State 6 KZN Inland 0; EP 3 North West 1; Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 3 Northerns Blues 1; KZN Coastal 4 Kaspersky Witwatersrand 1.

Women: Northern Blues 2 Free State 1; Eastern Province 3 Kaspersky Wits 1; North West 4 Western Province Disas 1; WP 4 Namibia 0; WP Peninsula 2 KZN Inland 1; Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 2 KZN Coastals 1.

Tuesday:

Men: Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 4 Eastern Province 1; Free State 10 North West 1; Northern Blues 5 KZN Inland 1; Western Province 6 Kaspersky Witwatersrand 2; KZN Coastals 2 South Africa U19 4.

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

Wednesday:

Men: Western Province Peninsula 2 KZN Coastal 6; Free State 3 Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 2; Northern Blues 4 Eastern Province 2; Western Province 3 South Africa U19 2; KZN Inland 6 North West 2.

Women: WP Peninsula 1 WP Disas 0; KZN Inland 0 Northerns Blues 0; KZN Coastals 1 Eastern Province 0; Kaspersky Witwatersrand 1 Namibia 1; WP 1 Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 3; North West 2 Free State 2.

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