Raiders win thrilling victory over Free State

2013-08-26 00:00

KZN Coastal Raiders won their first match in five starts at the South African Women’s inter-provincial hockey tournament with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Free State to end in seventh place.

The result turned around the Free State side’s 1-0 win in the pool A encounter on Wednesday.

The Raiders led for most of the game, while the Free Staters played catch-up with admirable tenacity until Kara Stella nailed the winner 10 minutes from the end.

It was a disappointing end for the young Free State side, who started with a bang on day one, leading SA hockey heavyweights Western Province 2-0 at half-time before a lack of self-belief contributed to a 3-2 defeat.

Southern Gauteng retained their title, with Athens 2004 Olympian Tsoanelo Pholo netting the opener and engineering the winner in a 2-1 win against Western Province, last year’s silver medallists.

In an entertaining bronze-medal match, Northern Blues won 4-2 to retain their third-place ranking in SA women’s hockey.

The Northerns led for three-quarters of the match and North West were always chasing the game. The Pretoria girls scored goals through Kate Koenig and captain Nicolene Terblanche before a brace from Lenthea Kamffer levelled matters.

Northerns pulled away via the sticks of Marlene Nortje and vice-captain Kim Hubach for the 4-2 scoreline.

One of the highlights was the tussle for fifth between Border and Eastern Province. Wednesday’s pool A match went the way of Border 4-0, but it was Eastern Province who displayed the tenacity to come back in a typically hard-fought derby to win 2-1.

In the B section final between two sides with four wins from four starts, KZN Inland began well against Witwatersrand with a goal by Caitlyn Seegers, but the match went to a penalty shootout with Wits prevailing 2-0.

Eastern Province ended third, Mpumalanga fourth, KZN Mynahs fifth, SA Country Districts B sixth, SA Country Districts A seventh and Southern Cape eighth.

In the men’s action, the two KZN Coastal Hockey Association teams, Raiders and Mynahs, met each other in pool B. The Raiders’ slick first half against their second-stringers set up an emphatic 11-1 victory, the goals coming from a hat-trick by captain Wade Paton, a brace from Greg Last and one each to vice-captain Geoff Abbott, Matt de Sousa, Matthew Boote, Taine Paton, Keagan Robinson and Ryan Williams.

Davyn Keuter scored a consolation goal for Mynahs.

KZN Inland opened their campaign in pool A of the tournament with a workmanlike 4-1 win over Free State at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town.

Coach Fabian Gregory was much happier with the Inland performance after the changeover. Three minutes into the second half, the Pietermaritzburg-based lads scored through the outstanding Devon van der Merwe, before Satchi Reddy nailed down a penalty corner and Zamo Cele added the fourth in the last minute.

“In the second half, we were able to hit the target player with our passes and this enabled our midfielders to run through the lines, which made for some great goals,” said Gregory.

“The structure was also good, but we need to work on our defence.”

KZN RADIERS

Gowan Jones, Calvin Price, Justin Birnie, Sean Baxter, Greg Last, Ryan Williams, Bruce Grant, Wade Paton (captain), Michael Botha, Taine Paton, Mondli Dlamini, Matthew Boote, Jarred Jones, Matt de Sousa, Keagan Robinson, Steve Wiggett, Geoff Abbott, Kai Petty. Coach: Ryan Hack. Manager: Michael Wiggett.

KZN MYNAHS

Mark Wilson, Davyn Keuter, Kelvin Berry, Calvin McManus, Nick Williams, Warren Plumber, T.J. Smith, Blake Goosen, Kyle Thompson, Cameron Mackay (captain), Nick van der Berg, Kegan Pearce, Gareth Lees, Matt Richardson, Ryan Lees, Tanner Stack (vice-captain). Coach: Andy Stoffberg. Manager: Lyle Tissong.

KZN INLAND

Joel Barron, Chris Oldnall, Justin Domleo (captain), Stephen Griffen, Satchi Reddy, Matt Coombes, Zamokuhle Ngubo, Ndumiso Ncwango, Guy Elliott, Gavin Jelley, Zamo Cele, Le-Neal Jackson, Devon van der Merwe, Robin Jones (vice-captain). Coach Fabian Gregory. Manager: Richard Randelhoff.

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