Hockey: First big outdoor tournaments for Inland U21 men and women teams kick off next week

2010-04-23 00:00

THERE is lots to look forward to for KZN Inland hockey players and supporters alike as the first big outdoor tournaments of the men’s and women’s calendar kick off from next week Monday until next Saturday.

The KZN Inland Under-21 women’s side are taking part in the SA U21 Interprovincial Tournament to be held mainly at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf, opposite Harry Gwala Stadium

The tournament features the top junior players from all over the country.

The Inland men’s U21 line-up are off to the Pukke Hockey Academy Turf at North West University in Potchefstroom for the equivalent men’s IPT.

The men’s side have a trump card in coach Darryn Gallagher.

The former SA Olympian in Beijing in 2008 has vast experience and coaches and guides the Maritzburg Varsity club side — one of the best in the country — as well as playing and having captained the KZN Inland senior side at the senior IPT in Pietermaritzburg last year.

While looking a bit thin in parts, the Inland U21 men’s side have highly experienced players in Jethro Eustice and SA U21 Junior World Cup striker Dalan Phillips.

There is also much talent in the likes of goalkeeper Rohn Barron, and defender Matthew Redmead.

That said, it is not the most star-studded young Inland side by the standards of recent years, and the team will have their work cut out to repeat the triumphs of past IPTs.

Nevertheless, if the team play to their potential and give their all, there is no disgrace in earning a spot in accordance with their own particular level of play — be that in the top four or middle four.

Much will lie in the ability of the experienced players to bring the best out of the others.

On-field guidance from the likes of Phillips and Eustice will be essential to the team achieving their best possible results.

The Inland U21 women’s side have no less imbalance in experience than their men’s counterparts, with the likes of Kara Stella and Sade Simons having to pilot the team when things get tough — as they always do in a week-long IPT.

Amoré de Wet (Voortrekker), Lana Kruger (Epworth) and Rachel Froneman (St Anne’s) have been included in the U21 women’s side, an honour that Charmaine Koekemoer, chairperson of Umgungundlovu Girls’ Hockey, described as a great honour for the girls as well as their schools.

It is from these young players that much is expected in the future, and if they are able to relax, and perform to their ability, they should come through the test with flying colours.

It is in areas like this that experienced player Karl Oftebro, relatively new in the coaching job, will be put to the test.

In the first round of KZN Super League action, Varsity men beat Collegians 13-0 after leading 4-0 at the break at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf. Oftebro and Phillips netted hat-tricks with a brace apiece going to Eustice and Duzo Khanyile.

The equivalent women’s sides, Varsity and Collegians, were involved in a cliffhanger, the students shading the red and blacks 3-2 after the scores were locked 1-1 at the change-over.

Two minutes after the break, Collegians went 2-1 up, but Varsity equalised, and then Simons scored the winner nine minutes from the end.


Women: Megan Woodburn, Kara Stella, Rachel Froneman, Sade Simons, Sian Eustice, Amore de Wet, Julia Hudson, Katy Harrison, Sara Holland, Lana Kruger, Andrea Houston, Sam Scott, Ilse Gordon, Dionne van Heerden, Nadia Stella. Manager: Michelle Henwood. Coach: Karl Oftebro. Physio: Kurt Nero.

Men: Rohn Barron, Matthew Redmead, Lynton Dent, Robin Jones, Jethro Eustice, Mxolisi Ngcobo, Gift Buys, Dalan Phillips, Ndumiso Mcwango, Matthew Pace, Wanda Mtshilibe, Andrew Watson. Coach: Darryn Gallagher. Manager: Harry Suckert. Assistant manager: Ian Griffiths.


KZN Super League – men: PMB Varsity 13 PMB Collegians 0; Riverside I 5 Riverside II 1; Rovers 7 Toti 1. Women: Riverside I 3 Riverside II 0; PMB Varsity 3 PMB Collegians 2; DBN Coll 2 DBN Var 1.

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