Hockey: KZN Inland have the goods to win Men's Interprovincial title

2009-08-14 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland selectors have announced a strong team for the National Men’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament (IPT) that begins at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf and Maritzburg College’s Pape’s Astro on Monday.

Apart from outstanding Michaelhouse schoolboy Clinton Panther, an SA U18 midfielder of two years’ standing, the 18-man squad only contains Maritzburg Varsity players, which is a reflection on the ill-health of the KZN Inland Men’s Premier League, yet this also brings many advantages.

Having played and practised together the entire season, the players know each other inside out and should be able to get out of the starting blocks at full speed in their tournament opener on Tuesday.

Coach Jock Coombes is himself a former national player and SA director of coaching, while in outstanding captain and Varsity player/coach Darryn Gallagher, Inland have a trump card alongside fellow Beijing Olympian Tommy Hammond in the middle.

The team are littered with talent, and if on song, they can win this IPT for the first time in Inland hockey’s short history.

KZN Inland B are in the 10-team B Section and have a highly experienced leader in Stuart Gower-Jackson, the SA international indoor player.

Former Springbok captain and coach Brian Edwards will be directing proceedings from the dugout.



KZN Inland: Rohn Barron (GK), Matthew Redmead, Kyle Nipper, Justin Domleo, Jethro Eustice, Clinton Panther, Darryn Gallagher (capt), Kegan Walters, Daniel Deane, Tommy Hammond, Matt Coombes, Duzo Khanyile, Dalan Phillips, Karl Oftebro, Gavin Jelley, Andrew Watson (GK), Harry Beachcroft-Shaw, Devon van der Merwe. Manager: Reggie Smith. Coach: Jock Coombes. Physio: Mike Denton.

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