Defeats for KZN Inland men and women

2013-05-01 00:00

THERE was no luck in the winning stakes for the KZN Inland men’s and women’s hockey teams at the South African U21 men’s and women’s interprovincial tournaments in Pretoria and Durban respectively yesterday.

While the Inland U21 women put up a good fight at Queensmead in Durban to hold the fancied Northern Blues line-up for much of the first half, in the end there was no stopping on-song Blues striker Jacintha Jubb, who smashed in five goals in the Pretoria side’s 7-1 win. There was some pleasure for Inland when Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) captain Chiree Coetzee got the PMB-based province’s lone goal.

The Inland U21 men put up a heroic showing against the highly rated Western Province team but eventually lost by the odd goal in 11.

Coach Fabian Gregory’s Inland men were always playing catch up and after 25 minutes the score was 4-0 to WP. Inland fought back to 4-2 at half time before WP stretched their lead to 6-3 with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Inland made a second comeback to score a brace of goals within four minutes of each other for the score to read 6-5 to WP with 11 minutes to go, but the score remained that way until the final whistle.

While the KZN Inland women are out of the reckoning for a place in the top four, the KZN Inland men have a game with big implications for their chances of finishing in the top two in Pool B when they take on Free State at 4.30 pm today.


Men: Free State 6 Namibia 1; WP Peninsula 3 Eastern Province 1; Western Province 6 KZN Inland 5; North West 5 Kaspersky Wits 0; KZN Raiders 5 Kaspersky Southerns 4; Northern Blues 15 Eastern Gauteng 0.

Women: Western Province 5 WP Peninsula 0; North West 5 Eastern Province 2; Free State 7 Kaspersky Wits 0; Kaspersky Southerns 9 Eastern Gauteng 0; Northern Blues 7 KZN Inland 1; KZN Raiders 4 Namibia 0.

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