Hockey:It’s the Blues for KZN Raiders

2013-08-21 00:00

THE opening day of the SA Interprovincial Women’s Hockey Tournament at the KC March Astro in Port Elizabeth yesterday brought about a dismal start for Durban’s KZN Raiders, who were thumped 5-2 by the Northern Blues in the top-tier A section.

The Pretoria lasses had gone into half-time 1-0 up and then led 4-0 with 15 minutes to go.

Despite having a healthy number of shots on goal, the Raiders were never really in it. Blues ’keeper Phume Mbande was up for the challenge much of the time, while her team took their chances in clinical fashion.

The Blues had in captain and South Africa key player Nicolene Terblanche and former SA defender Kim Hubach the composure at the back, plus the vision to open up chances for their willing strikers.

Marlene Nortje capitalised on a penalty corner rebound to open the scoring for the Blues in the sixth minute; Tarryn Moses used her pace up the left to set up Kate Koenig for goal number two 11 minutes after the break before Nadine Dames and Amone Mouton scored within six minutes of each other for Blues to go four goals clear.

Raiders captain Lenise Marais put in a hard cross from the right that was deflected in by Cardeux Nel for their opening goal after an hour’s play, while Wendy Snelling helped the ball over the line after Kara Stella fired the ball in for the far post with one minute left.

The Blues made it 5-2 on full-time when the on-song Kate Koenig made no mistake.

The Durban second-stringers, KZN Mynahs, went down 2-1 in an upset B Section defeat by minnows Mpumalanga.The KZN Inland side under coach Devon van der Merwe opened their campaign in the lower-tier B Section with an encouraging 8-2 win over a spirited South Africa Country Districts B side.

Inland coach Van der Merwe praised the Inland midfield for a steady stream of quality passes to the strikers.


A Section: Northern Blues 5 KZN Raiders 2; Western Province 3 Free State 2; North West 7 Border 3; Southern Gauteng 2 Eastern Province 0.

B Section: KZN Inland 8 SA Country Districts B 2; Mpumalanga 2 KZN Mynahs 1; Witwatersrand 7 SA Country Districts “A” 0

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