Good day for KZN Inland teams

2012-07-14 00:00

THE first day of the playoffs of the under 18 Boy’s Hockey IPT took place yesterday in Pietermaritzburg. It was a good day for the KZN Inland A and B sides as they both won. The A side beat Amathole (Border) 5-3 and the B side beat KZN Coastal B 3-1 in a semi-final, putting them in line for the final against Southern Gauteng B.

KZN Inland B were into their stride quickly and they built up a 3-0 lead by half time. The goals came from Jaun-Luc Clackworthy (Michaelhouse), Ross Schreuder (Hilton) and Hloni Dladla (Maritzburg College). Coastals got one back in the second half when Nduduzo Mchunu (Northwood) scored.

Inland A had been placed third in the A Pool and Amathole fourth in the B Pool. At half time Inland led 3-1 due to a penalty corner by Marc Knoble (St Charles) and two field goals by Tim Halle (Maritzburg College). Amathole’s goal came from open play by Sanwabile Bless (Queens).

Tevan Kok (Maritzburg College) scored two further goals, both from penalty corners, to put Inland 5-1 up. Amathole did not give up, and two goals in the last 10 minutes, both scored by Winray Christoffels (Queens), made the final score 5-3.

The first semi-final in the A section saw KZN Coastals, who had been runners-up to Western Province in the A Pool playing against the winners of the B Pool, Southern Gauteng. The latter were largely outplayed by the Durban boys, who won 5-0 with penalty corners from Tanner Bottomley and Andile Phehlokwayo, both of Glenwood. In the second half, James Dellis (Glenwood) scored a goal and Nqobile Ntuli showed some special skill in scoring the next two field goals, the last 30 seconds from full time.

The second semi-final appeared to be going Eastern Province’s way as they led 2-1 with about four minutes remaining, but in a goalmouth scramble, a penalty stroke was awarded to WP. Nicolas Price (SACS) made sure to equalise and take the game into extra time.

There was not much to separate the two teams but EP’s Justin Long (Grey HS) had scored the first goal, from their second penalty corner, much against the run of play at that stage.

WP had also scored from their second pc when Ryan Crowe (Wynberg) netted. With six minutes remaining in the half a cross ball was deflected into the net by a diving Nick Embling (St Andrews) to put EP into the lead.

No further goals were scored but Western Province went through on a better penalty count in extra time.

The A section final on Papes at College later today will be at 12:00, between Coastals and WP. Coastals will be determined to reverse the result from the pool game where they lost 0-1 but deserved better. The B final on AB Jackson at 10:00 is between KZN Inland B and S Gauteng B.

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