Northerns in upset win over champions WP

2009-08-27 00:00

HOME province Northerns Blues dug deep to unseat champions Western Province 1-0 at the Spar Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria yesterday.

A penalty corner by Kim Hubach handed Northerns the win and a chance to make the semis after their 3-0 loss to KZN Coastals on Tuesday.

Northerns played simple hockey, uncomplicated by their opponents’ reputations.

SA defender Hubach was inspirational, as the Pretoria girls never gave an inch to their illustrious opponents.

Southerns and North West, after 10-0 and 8-2 wins over KZN Inland and WP Peninsula respectively, are already through to the semi-finals from Pool B and their final pool match today will determine who tops the pool.

KZN Coastals beat Wits 7-0, and their match against WP today will play a big role in determining how many goals Northerns need to score against Wits to end in the top two teams in Pool A. Should WP win, both they and Raiders will have two wins from three pool matches, so Northerns will know how many goals they need to beat Wits by to go through ahead of either of their Pool rivals. But Northerns are the outsiders in the pool, as they will likely have to win by a double-figure margin.

Inland played good hockey mixed with bad against North West, for whom last year’s former Girls’ High School captain and SA age-group player Celia Evans looked every inch as good a prospect as the outstanding Lesley Ann George once was.

Both Robyn Pearson and coach Kegan Walters were proud of the manner in which the Inland side played in the first 50 minutes, but with 30 to go the midday heat wilted the Inland team and North West capitalised.

Inland goalkeeper Patricia Marsh had a good game, as she did against Southerns on Tuesday, but the lack of quality competition is evident in the fact that Inland are not used to playing at the pace of the game and the quickness of thought required at this level.

Pearson had an outstanding game, the former Maties and Western Province Peninsula player constantly urging her players on, more by her example than anything else.

The others all have the ability to play at this level, but they need quality club competition to be able to step up to the plate at provincial level without having to make such a massive adjustment to their game.

DAY 3 RESULTS

A Section SPAR Trophy: KZN Inland 2 North West 8; Witwatersrand 0 KZN Coastals Raiders 7; Southern Gauteng 10 WP Peninsula 0; Northerns Blues 1 Western Province 0.

B Section President’s Cup: Free State 0 Northern Cape 3; SA Country Districts 2 Southern Cape 0; Border 4 Namibia 1; Northerns B 2 Eastern Province 5.

DAY 4 FIXTURES

A Section SPAR Trophy: Southern Gauteng vs North West (12.20 pm); WP vs KZN Coastals (2 pm); Northerns vs Wits (3.40 pm); WP Pens vs KZN Inland (5.20 pm).

B Section President’s Cup: Mpumalanga vs Border (Tuks 9 am); Namibia vs Northern Cape (9 am); Boland vs Northerns B (10.40 am); EP vs Southern Cape (Tuks 10.40 am).

KZN Inland Premier League – women: Standard A 4 Varsity B 1; Standard A 5 GHS Old Girls B 1.

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