Men’s interprovincial hockey: Tuffy and Southerns through to semis

2014-08-28 00:00

DEFENDING champions Tuffy Western Province and last year’s finalists Southerns Gauteng went through to the semi-finals of the elite A Section yesterday.

Competing in day two of the Greenfields Men’s Interprovincial at Queensmead, WP maintained their 100% record in Pool A of the elite A Section with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Northern Blues, the goals coming from Grant Robertson and a brace by Pierre de Voux, while a trademark Matt Guise-Brown penalty corner drag-flick pulled one back for the Pretoria-based lads five minutes from the end.

WP are assured of finishing first in Pool A and have a 4.30 pm semi-final date today with whoever ends second in Pool B.

The pressure is off WP and their final match in the pool stages against Eastern Province can be utilised any which way they want, be it to try things ahead of their semi-final or to give certain players confidence-boosting game time. WP will also look to maintain their winning momentum, while a fired-up EP know that a massive upset win over WP could just be enough to make the last four for the first time in many years.

The more likely second berth in the A Section semi-finals from Pool A sees the 10.30 am clash between South Gauteng Wits and Northern Blues being effectively a quarter-final, and that one could go either way.

In Pool B, Southern Gauteng are into the semi-finals after being fortunate to beat KZN Coastal Raiders 1-0, thanks to a 56th minute penalty corner by Gareth Heyns.

Raiders had plenty of opportunities, especially from penalty corners.

However, Southerns’ national number one keeper Rassie Pieterse was in brilliant form, making double and even triple saves on occasion, with Raiders’ lack of options at penalty corners playing into his hands.

The result leaves Raiders with the task of netting a hatful of goals against KZN Inland in today’s final pool match in the A Section. Southerns play WP Peninsula in the game prior to the Raiders-Inland clash.

In the B Section, or promotion division, North West are already through in Pool A, while KZN Coastal Robins are in with a good chance of a semi-final placing, while Border still have an outside chance. Robins will know what is required, as Border play before them today.

In the B Section’s Pool B, KZN Mynahs and Free State will finish first and second. At the time of going to Press, Mynahs were 5-2 up against Free State with 12 minutes left.


A Section: South Gauteng Wits 1 Eastern Province 0; WP Peninsula 4 KZN Inland 0; Tuffy Western Province 3 Northern Blues 1; Southern Gauteng 1 KZN Coastal Raiders 0.

B Section: KZN Coastal Robins 4 EP Settlers 0; North West 2 Border 1; SA Country Districts 7 Namibia 0; KZN Mynahs 5 Free State 2.


A Section (at Queensmead): Northern Blues vs SG Wits (10.30 am); WP vs EP (12.30 pm); Southern Gauteng vs WP Pens (2.30 pm); KZN Raiders vs KZN Inland (4.30tpm).

B Section (at Queensmead): Border vs EP Settlers (8 am); KZN Coastal Mynahs vs SA Country Districts (6.30 pm).

B Section (at Three Schools Trust): Free State vs Namibia (9.45 am); North West vs KZN Coastal Robins (11.30 am).

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