Southerns meet WP in women's IPT final

2008-05-23 00:00

THE same teams since 1997 are going to contest the Spar Women’s Interprovincial hockey final when the showdown plays out from 3.30 pm on Saturday at Queensmead in Durban.

Western Province beat North West 7-0 after leading 3-0 at half-time in the first semi-final and Southern Gauteng put two first-half goals past South Africa U21 in the late game — both matches fairly one-sided and stamping the winners as worthy contestants for the top domestic prize in SA women’s hockey.

The WP goals came from a Henna du Buisson brace — the striker toppling Tsoanelo Pholo off the top goalscorers’ list with 10 to the Southerns forward’s nine — and four from the incomparable Tarryn Bright plus one via the stick of the outstanding Taryn Hosking.

The Southerns goals against the SA juniors came from the in-form pair of Bernadette Coston and Anika Fischer — how the latter has not been capped by her country is a puzzle and a half.

Player of the day was Marsha Marescia, the Spar SA and Southerns captain, and national U21 coach Adrian Carolan said the final outcome on Saturday would depend on whether she could produce the same stellar performance against WP.

“We’ve nothing to lose and the way the girls have been playing even I don’t know which Southerns side will turn up on the day,” said the Johannesburg-based province’s coach Lindsey Wright.

Indeed, Southerns have mixed the sublime with the sloppy this week, but they know there is no time for mistakes on Saturday. WP coach Wayne Denne was pleased with the way his team moved the ball in the semi-final as it enabled them to create plenty of chances.

“Southerns will throw us some curve balls, so our disciplines must pull us through,” he added.

WP skipper and Spar SA vice-captain Kate Hector agreed that discipline would be key.

“If we can keep our disciplines in the three areas — defence, midfield and attack — we should be able to make it a hat-trick of Spar IPT titles,” she said.

The last time it wasn’t WP versus Southerns was in 1996 when Natal Raiders lost to the Gautengers. This time WP are going for a hat-trick of titles and it is fitting that their arch-rivals Southerns are their opponents once again as no other province could be more motivated to upset the applecart than them. Bring it on!

CROSSPOOL PLAYOFF RESULTS

Contesting for positions 9-12: Wits 4 Mpumalanga 2; Mynahs 6 Boland 0.

Positions 5-8: Northerns 5 Midlands 0; Raiders 1 Pens 0.

Semi-final 1: WP 7 () North West 0.

Semi-final 2: Southerns 2 North West 0.

SATURDAY CLASSIFICATION MATCHES

For positions 11 and 12: Mpumalanga vs Boland (8.00).

(9/10): Witwatersrand vs KZN Mynahs (9.30).

(7/8): WP Peninsula vs KZN Midlands (11.00).

(5/6): Northerns Blues vs KZN Raiders (12.30).

Bronze medal match: South Africa U21 vs North West (2.00).

FINAL: Western Province vs Southern Gauteng (15.30).

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