Men’s hockey interprovincial semi-finals results

2009-08-21 00:00

THE semi-finalists in the National Men’s Hockey Interprovincial Tournament for 2009 were determined in yeterday’s matches at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf.

From a 2-0 half-time deficit, Southern Gauteng won 3-2 against KZN Coastal to end top of Pool B with the Durban boys in second place.

Western Province accounted for nearest Pool A rivals Northerns Gauteng 3-1 to finish top of the Pool with the Pretoria men in second spot.

This means two-time defending champions WP will meet KZN Coastals in the second semi-final at 3 pm today, with Northern Gauteng tackling their neighbours south of the Jukskei River, Southerns, at 1 pm.

Host province KZN Inland drew 3-3 with Eastern Province after leading 3-1 at half-time to finish second, ahead of the men from Port Elizabeth, and at 11 am yesterday they face Peninsula in the cross pool playoffs that will ultimately decide positions five to eight on tomorrow in this Top Eight Shield competition. Inland scored through Gavin Jelley (2) and Karl Oftebro to EP’s three from Darren Kimfley, Satchi Reddy and Geowynne Gamiet.

In the equivalent cross pool playoff, North West come up against EP in the dawn patrol match at 9 am.

The A Section Shield pool stage has been filled with exciting hockey – lots of mistakes, yes, but also a heartening dose of pure skill that has gladdened the hearts of those close to the game.

The talk of the AB Jackson yesterday was the amazing turnaround in the Southerns/Coastals encounter. Coastals went 2-0 up through Taine Paton and Michael Botha and Southern were nowhere. The half-time break changed things; Southerns just relaxed and had a go with startling results, the outstanding Thornton McDade bagging two and Ricky West the other goal.

WP were too good for Northerns, who did come back from 2-0 down to 2-1, but nevertheless the champs held firm and took the match with an Austin Smith hat-trick to Northerns’ goal from Grant Hosken.

North West came to light, beating Pens 4-1.

RESULTS

A Section: North West 4 Pens 1; WP 3 Northerns 1; KZN Inland 3 EP 3; Southern Gauteng 3 KZN Coastal 2.

B Section: Border 4 KZN Mynahs 2; EP Settlers 3 Namibia 0; Free State 3 KZN Inland B 3; Wits 0 Mpumalanga 0.

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