Umgungundlovu rule the roost at U18 level

2009-06-23 00:00

THE curtain came down on a superb KZN provincial girls’ interdistrict hockey tournament with some pulsating finals at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf.

Pool B in the U18 age group was set on the second last day of the tournament, with Umgungundlovu going through to the final when they beat toughest opposition in the pool Pinetown (3-2). This turned out to be the best match of the tournament. They won the other pool games with ease, beating Amajuba 5–0, Empangeni 4–0 and Othukela 8-0.

Pool A on the other hand, saw Umlazi U18, the favourites to be in the final, disappointed when they could only win one match (Ugu 5-0). They drew to Sisonke (2-2), Umgungundlovu B (1–1) and Vryheid/Umzinyathi (1–1). This resulted in the pool being wide open.

With one game to go, Sisonke were one point ahead in the pool, looking set to go to the final. But it was not to be. Vryheid/Umzinyathi proved too good for them and beat Sisonke 1–0. This left both Sisonke and Vryheid/Umzinyathi on the same points with Umgun­gundlovu U18B still having a match to play and being three points and four goals short of equalling Sisonke’s points and goal difference. The local girls turned on the taps and managed to beat Ugu 5–0, allowing them to go through on goal difference.

It was not ideal that two teams from the same district had to play each other in the final, but it also indicates the strength of hockey in the Umgungundlovu District (basically, the midlands).

The Umgungundlovu U18A team scored two goals in the first half, with Tarryn Mallet and Vanda Papenfus netting from penalty corners.

The A team continued their dominance in the second half when first Kim Rennie scored after a penetrating run and then Anele Gabela added the fourth. The B team’s Tamryn Strumpher scored a consolation goal a few minutes before the end.

The provincial director of co-curricular support services at the KZN Department of Education, Nomusa Muthwa indicated that the department would continue to work with the schools hockey association to provide assistance for the newly selected players that will be participating in the forthcoming national tournaments. Tournament organiser Charmaine Koekemoer said that with the support district teams received from the DoE, nearly 200 more players have been exposed to this level of hockey in KZN.

The DoE district offices assisted teams with accommodation, meals and transport, and the DoE provincial office assisted with the hosting costs of the tournament including the hire of playing facilities, medical services, equipment and meals for the provincial officials.

The U16 final saw Umlazi shade Umgungundlovu 1-0, while the U14 final went to Pinetown, 6-4 winners over Umlazi following a penalty stroke shootout, the score after regulation time having read 1-1.

Meanwhile, the final log positions for the Parklane SuperSpar Umgungundlovu A League saw St Anne’s the new winners and reigning champions GHS in second place, followed by St John’s, The Wykeham Collegiate, Treverton, Voortrekker, Epworth, Howick and Carter.

The KZN Inland U18 and U16 teams for national tournaments from June 29 to July 3 in Durban and July 4 to 10 in Bloemfontein, respectively, were named at the AB Jackson after the final district match.

 

TEAMS

Inland U18: Phum Mbande, (Carter), Amy Johnson (vice-capt), Julia Hudson (GHS), Kim Rennie, Rachel Froneman, Tumelo Setlaba (St Anne’s), Amore de Wet (Voortrekker), Teagan Mill (St John’s), Lana Kruger, Sam Scott, Tarryn Mallett (Epworth), Pippa Stone (capt, TWC), Dumisile Mchunu (Treverton), Sune Potgieter (Ferrum, Newcastle), Kaylon Godden (Kokstad). Coach: Lyndal Robertson (Treverton).

Inland U16: Hlubikazi Sipamla, Vicky Jonker, Roslyn Flint, Robyn Prentice, Sne Zungu (vice-capt), Zimi Shange (GHS), Anna-Marie Maartens, Nadine Herholdt (Voortrekker), Sherry King, Kirsty Gourlay (St Anne’s); Kathrine Lindsay (capt), Courtaney Stock, Cathrine Smart, Victoria Sylvester (TWC), Amy Greaves (Epworth). Coach: Charmaine Koekemoer (Voortrekker).

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