Inland face prospect of relegation match tomorrow

2010-07-23 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland team were beaten 2-0 by Witwatersrand in the final round of Pool A and B matches of the A Section of the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Kat Leisure Park in East London yesterday.

Inland coach Craig Haley said the first goal by Wits was illegitimate as his side felt they had won a vital tackle and were expecting the umpire, Mia van Lill of Boland, to blow her whistle, but play was waved on and exciting young striker Cindi Tregoning put away the chance.

“Fair enough if you concede a genuine goal; you pick yourself up and go in search of the equaliser, but the team were disappointed and it was difficult for them to get back into the game,” said Haley.

Eight minutes from half-time, Sylvia Horstmann netted Wits’s second goal, also from field play, which leaves Inland having conceded 18 goals in their three pool matches, without getting on the scoreboard themselves.

“We had our chances, but again we didn’t take them, which really cost us, and we are in an uncomfortable position right now,” Inland mentor Haley added.

Indeed, Inland now face a bottom four cross-pool play-off against North West, and the talk and the formbook suggest that they face an uphill battle.

North West were shaded 2-0 by champions Southern Gauteng in a game in which they gave as good as they got against star-studded opponents.

The Potchefstroom team’s coach, Sheldon Rostron, who guided his province’s U21 side to the national age-group title at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf in Pietermaritzburg earlier this season, said he has looked closely at Inland’s players and identified a strategy that will exploit the weaknesses he has identified.

And if he’s correct, Inland will be playing in the A Section relegation match come 8 am tomorrow. It’s a daunting prospect.


A Section: Western Province 5 Eastern Province 0; Northerns 2 KZN Coastals 1; Witwatersrand 2 KZN Inland 0; Southern Gauteng 2 North West 0.

B Section: Mpumalanga 1 Namibia 1; KZN Mynahs 1 Sasko SA Country Districts B 0; Free State 19 Northern Cape 1; Sasko SA Country Districts A 1 Southern Cape 1.



A Section cross-poll playoffs (Kat Leisure Park): (9-12) EP vs Wits 9 am; KZN Inland vs North West 11 am; (first semi-final) Southerns vs Northerns 2 pm; (second semi-final) KZN Coastals vs WP 4 pm.

B Section (Buffalo Flats unless stated): Free State vs Mpumalanga (11 am); Sasko SA Country Districts B vs Southern Cape (1 pm); WP Peninsula vs Sasko SA Country Districts B (3 pm); Namibia vs Border (Kat Leisure Park 6 pm).

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