Winless Wednesday for KZN teams in IPT

2008-05-21 00:00

AFTER a physical and at times tempestuous 2-0 victory over a competitive KZN Raiders on day four of the Spar Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Queensmead in Durban yesterday, Western Province captain Kate Hector and coach Wayne Denne were critical of the umpires’ management of the game.

Umpires Annelize Hattingh and Lisa Wheatley were at the centre of several contentious issues during a match that Raiders coach Lennie Botha felt was handled well.

Denne obviously thought otherwise: “The umpires missed a lot. To have a physical game is fine, but they lost control and it affected the fluidity of the match,” the former Olympic Games, World Cup and Commonwealth Games hockey player said. “It showed the character of Kate [Hector] that she held her tongue. What impressed me, too, was the manner in which my girls stood up as a team in the face of the physical challenges and blows going against us.”

Hector said she was perplexed at the sin-bin sentence she received 10 minutes before half-time. The Spar SA vice-captain was sent to the cooler for six minutes after Wheatley ruled she had made a deliberate follow-through after a clash of sticks with Raiders star Jen Wilson.

“The umpires blew us out of the game. Coupled with the restrictions on game time that the national players have, quite rightly in terms of the bigger Olympic Games picture, it made for a frustrating match.”

WP were without SA striker Vida Ryan, who has flown back to Cape Town for specialist treatment after breaking a finger in Tuesday’s match.

The Raiders’ second-stringers, KZN Mynahs, did well in holding Northerns Blues to a 3-1 victory, although player of the day Tarryn Moses is proving to be a valuable goalscorer for the Pretoria girls.

The less said about the lacklustre performance of KZN Midlands the better, although full marks must be given to their former provincial team-mate and St Anne’s Old Girl Sarah Harley and the rest of a dynamic SA U21 side for their eight-goal rout of the Pietermaritzburg-based side.

Several permutations in terms of goal difference and points should make today’s match-ups fascinating affairs — not least the KZN derby between Midlands and Raiders.

DAY 4 RESULTS

North West (8) 11 (Chantelle Bekker, Harriet du Toit, Michelle Dias 3, Kristen Kriel 2, Inge Kemp, Carina van Zijl 2, Chene Henderson) Mpumalanga 0; SA U21 (4) 8 (Kelly Madsen, Candice Manuel 2, Nicole Kemp 3, Chrizelle Andries, Loreen Irvine) KZN Midlands 0; Southern Gauteng (1) 3 (Jaqui El-Hage, Anika Fischer, Fiona Butler) WP Peninsula (0) 1 (Linda Kotta); Northerns Blues (1) 3 (Tarryn Moses 2, Jacqueline Brown) KZN Mynahs (1) 1 (Kelly Rowe); Witwatersrand (3) 3 (Jennifer Cheketri, Sylvia Horstmann, Mel Kruse) Boland 0; WP (1) 2 (Shelley Russell, Farah Fredericks).

LOGS

Pool A: 1 WP (GD21) 12 pts; 2 SA U21 (GD7) 7 pts; 3 KZN Raiders (GD4) 7 pts; 4 KZN Midlands (GD-5) 6 pts; 5 Witwatersrand (GD-4) 3 pts; 6 Boland (GD-23) 0 pts.

Pool B: 1 Southerns (GD21) 12 pts; 2 North West (GD16) 10 pts; 3 Northerns (GD5) 7 pts; 4 Pens (GD5) 3 pts; 5 Mynahs (GD-11) 3 pts; 6 Mpumalanga (GD-36) 0 pts.

DAY 5 FIXTURES

Mynahs vs Mpumalanga (8.30); Southerns vs North West (10.10); Northerns vs Pens (11.50); WP vs Wits (13.50); Raiders vs Midlands (15.30); Boland vs SA U21 (17.10).

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