Inland women relegated to B Section

2010-07-26 00:00

THERE was no escape for the KZN Inland women’s hockey team as they were relegated from the top eight A Section at the SA Interprovincial Tournament in East London on Saturday.

The Kat Leisure Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for captain Robyn Pearson’s side, and in the play-off for seventh position they were beaten 4-2 by last year’s promoted side, Eastern Province, after fighting back from a 2-0 deficit at half-time.

Free State, who have beaten all before them, are the promoted side after they walked away with the B Section final 5-1 against Western Province Peninsula.

And in the title match, mighty Southern Gauteng retained their crown when they beat a never-say-die KZN Coastals 3-1 in the IPT’s final match.

Inland coach Craig Haley was impressed with the manner in which his side came back from the two-goal deficit, but once again the team’s lack of pace was exposed.

“We showed some grit in what was an all-round good performance, a solid team effort,” Haley said afterwards. “But again, EP had very quick forwards and we couldn’t keep up with their pace, which has been a problem the whole week.”

Haley said the team also lacked sufficient creativity up front, and the ability to transfer the ball fluently through the line during build-up play.

“It is never pleasant being relegated, but the girls showed old-fashioned determination to come back,” he said.

Inland scored through Kara Stella and Linda Tarr.

Meanwhile, Southern Gauteng left KZN Coastals as bridesmaids once again, as in Pretoria last year.

Southerns scored first when the superb Roxanne Turner forced a penalty corner midway through the first half and then deflected in Pietie Coetzee’s penalty corner effort.

Coastals soon equalised via Cindy Botha after a well-worked move up the right channel. But just before half-time, Southerns were awarded a controversial penalty stroke and Coetzee made no mistake.

Coastals dominated the last 20 minutes of the final, but Southerns’ back four and goalkeeper Leandri Janse van Vuuren were magnificent and stemmed the tidal wave before Coetzee pounced again at the death.


A Section: (7/8) EP 4 Inland 2; (5/6) North West 2 Wits 1; (3/4) Northerns 0 WP 4; (final) KZN Coastals 1 Southern Gauteng 3.

B Section: (9/10) Sasko SA Country Districts B 5 Namibia 5 (SACD B won penalty stroke shootout 5-4); (7/8) Sasko SA Country Districts A 0 Northern Cape 1; (5/6) Southern Cape 3 Mpumalanga 0; (3/4) KZN Mynahs 1 Border 1 (Border won 4-2 on penalty strokes); (final) WP Peninsula 1 Free State 5.

A Section Player of the Tournament: Marsha Marescia (Southerns) B Section: Marcelle Keet (Border).

A Section top goalscorer: Pietie Coetzee (six).

B Section: Hettie Oosthuizen (Free State, 20).

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