KZN Inland get workmanlike 4-1 win over Free State

2013-08-26 00:00

KZN Inland opened their campaign in Pool A of the BDO Men’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament (IPT) with a workmanlike 4-1 win over Free State at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town yesterday.

The score was 1-1 after a hard-fought, aggressive first half in which Inland, hit by seven withdrawals due to injury and the like, had battled to get into rhythm.

In the 20th minute, Free State opened the scoring through Jan Ras, who smacked the ball inside the near post. A minute before half-time (34th) Matt Coombes cracked in a cross from the left and Inland striker Gavin Jelley got a touch past helpless Free State keeper Xander van Biljon. While Inland had controlled the first half, they struggled to get combinations going and consequently lacked penetration.

Coach Fabian Gregory was much happier with the Inland performance after the change-over. Three minutes into the second half (38th) the Pietermaritzburg-based lads scored through the outstanding Devon van der Merwe before Satchi Reddy nailed down a penalty corner in the 45th and Zamo Cele added the fourth in the last minute (70th).

Meanwhile, the two KZN Coastal Hockey Association teams, Raiders and Mynahs, met each other in Pool B and the Raiders’ slick first half against their second-stringers set up an emphatic 11-1 victory.

At the women’s interprovincial, Athens 2004 Olympian Tsoanelo Pholo netted a stunning opening goal and then engineered the winner as Southern Gauteng retained the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament title with a 2-1 win in the final over last year’s silver medallists Western Province at the KC March Astro in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

In the entertaining bronze medal match, Northern Blues won 4-2 to retain their third-place ranking in SA women’s hockey. Northerns led for three-quarters of the match and North West were always chasing the game.

One of the highlights was the tussle for fifth between Border and Eastern Province.

Wednesday’s Pool A match went the way of Border 4-0, but it was EP who came back to win 2-1 after a best of five penalty shootout.

KZN Coastal Raiders won their first match in five starts with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Free State to end in seventh place. The result turned around the Free State side’s 1-0 win in the Pool A encounter on Wednesday.

The Raiders led for most of the game while the Free Staters were never in front, but played catch-up with admirable tenacity until Kara Stella nailed the winner 10 minutes from the end.

In the B Section final, KZN Inland began with a seventh-minute goal by Caitlyn Seegers to open the scoring, but the Pietermaritzburg girls were unable to capitalise on this start as Wits equalised early in the second half. Wits finished strongly but the encounter was forced into golden goal extra-time. The deadlock could still not be broken and the match went into a penalty shootout, where Wits prevailed 2-0.

EP Settlers ended third, a much-improved Mpumalanga fourth, KZN Mynahs fifth, SA Country Districts B sixth, SA Country Districts A seventh and Southern Cape eighth.

KZN INLAND: Joel Barron, Chris Oldnall, Justin Domleo (capt), Stephen Griffen, Satchi Reddy, Matt Coombes, Zamokuhle Ngubo, Ndumiso Ncwango, Guy Elliott, Gavin Jelley, Zamo Cele, Le-Neal Jackson, Devon van der Merwe, Robin Jones (vice-capt). Coach Fabian Gregory. Manager: Richard Randelhoff.

KZN RAIDERS: Gowan Jones, Calvin Price, Justin Birnie, Sean Baxter, Greg Last, Ryan Williams, Bruce Grant, Wade Paton (capt), Michael Botha, Taine Paton, Mondli Dlamini, Matthew Boote, Jarred Jones, Matt de Sousa, Keagan Robinson, Steve Wiggett, Geoff Abbott, Kai Petty. Coach: Ryan Hack. Manager: Michael Wiggett.

KZN MYNAHS: Mark Wilson, Davyn Keuter, Kelvin Berry, Calvin McManus, Nick Williams, Warren Plumber, TJ Smith, Blake Goosen, Kyle Thompson, Cameron Mackay (capt), Nick van der Berg, Kegan Pearce, Gareth Lees, Matt Richardson, Ryan Lees, Tanner Stack (vice-capt). Coach: Andy Stoffberg. Manager: Lyle Tissong.

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