Bumper July for schools, indoor hockey in KZN

2014-07-19 00:00

IT has been a bumper July for schools and indoor hockey in KwaZulu-Natal.

The U18 interprovincials for girls and boys have already been reported in The Witness, while the U16 boys and girls IPTs, the SA U18 versus Australia series, as well as the indoor hockey series between South Africa and Namibia, are also worth a look.

In the KZN-dominated South Africa men versus Namibia indoor series, the South Africans won the five-Test series 5-0 with a 12-1 win at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School as well as 10-4, 12-3, 12-4 and 16-1 wins at Danville College in Durban North.

KZN’s Gavin Jelley (10), Geoff Abbott (9) and Justin Domleo (9) were the top goalscorers. Domleo and Abbott are Maritzburg College Old Boys while Jelley is a teacher at the school.

The SA women, also packed with KZN Inland and Coastal players, versus Namibia Tests went the way of the South Africans 4-2, 5-1, 4-0 and 2-0.

KZN’s Shelley Freyer, Jessica O’Connor and Kara Stella, with three goals apiece, topped the goal­scorers list.

The final of the Boys U16 Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Kearsney saw the scores locked 4-4, this after KZN Coastal equalised in the last 30 seconds against Western Province.

The teams eventually went into a penalty shoot-out to decide the game. Several KZN attempts were shut out and WP took the title 6-5 (2-1 on shoot-outs).

In the boys U16 play-off for the bronze medal, Eastern Province beat KZN Inland 5-2.

In the girls U16 final at Maritzburg College, Southern Free State beat South Gauteng 2-1. KZN Inland came fifth, beating Eastern Province 3-1 in a shoot-out after the score was 0-0 at full-time. KZN Coastal ended eighth after losing 4-1 to Border.

The SA U18 boys and girls Test series versus Australia School Sport boys and girls will be reported in Tuesday’s Witness.

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