KZN Inland hockey women grab thrilling win in PE

2013-08-24 00:00

HARD work in training paid off for KZN Inland when they earned a deserved 2-1 win over a gutsy Eastern Province Settlers in the semi-finals of the B Section at the SA Women’s Inter-provincial Women’s Hockey Tournament in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

The festive crowd at KC March Astro were treated to a thrilling encounter that was dominated by head coach Devon van der Merwe’s girls, but the inability to finish off close to a dozen penalty corners almost came back to bite the Pietermaritzburg-based side.

Gilt-edged Inland opportunities in field play were also butchered and on another day the few chances Settlers got might have borne fruit in what would have been a shock win.

Inland striker Vicki Jonker was the most dangerous player on the park. Once Settlers took the lead in the eighth minute through Talia Nomdoe against the run of play, she equalised immediately with a well-struck shot from her side’s fourth PC. The former Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School star is now studying on the PMB campus of the University of KZN.

The lively, in-form Amy Greaves then nailed down Inland’s advantage with a superb goal in the 21st minute (2-1). The second half was a relatively even affair and the scoreline remained the same.

Inland will play Witwatersrand, the other B Section side with a 100% win record, in the tournament’s lower-tier final at 2 pm today.

Meanwhile, KZN Mynahs beat Southern Cape 6-0 and will play SA Country Districts B in the play-off for fifth and sixth places in the B Section.

The KZN Coastal Raiders were unable to break their losing streak in the A Section. They lost an entertaining game against Border 3-2 on penalty shoot-out after the scores had been locked 0-0 at full-time.

The hapless Raiders will meet Free State in the play-off for seventh place.

At the time of going to press, the outcome of the A Section semi-finals had yet to be determined.

A full report on the tournament will appear in Monday’s paper.

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