North West lower KZN Inland’s colours on day one of IPT

2010-04-27 00:00

KZN INLAND were beaten 4-0 by North West after trailing 2-0 at half-time on the opening day of the SA U21 Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at the AB Jackson and Maritzburg College turfs yesterday.

Sulette Damons notched a field goal, along with Michelle Dias and North West captain Loreen Irvine, who also added a penalty corner.

In the top match, Western Province shaded Southern Gauteng 3-2, with the winner coming two minutes from time.

Southerns were 2-0 up after a quarter hour thanks to field goals from Cindi Tregoning and Dominique da Graca.

Turning around a goal down after Crystal Nicols got one back, WP equalised five minutes after half-time through a Quanita Bobbs penalty corner. The WP winner went to vice-captain Candice Manuel, her FG giving the Western Cape side a crucial three points.

KZN Coastal beat WP Peninsula 3-0 after leading 1-0 at half-time, with two penalty corners from captain Kelly Madsen complementing Nikki Mullins’s field goal.

In the IPT opener, South Africa U18 accounted for Northerns 4-0 after leading 2-0 at the changeover, Lina Malan getting a PC and FG with the rest going to Welma Luus and captain Amy Freakes.

Eastern Province beat Witwatersrand 2-0 after changing over with first-half field goals from Danielle Judge and Lynn Prinsloo.

Free State overwhelmed Namibia 8-2 after leading 4-1 at half-time, Hettie Oosthuizen grabbing a hat-trick and the rest going to captain Cardeux Nel (2), Nicole Kemp, Christelle Slabbert and Cherie Smith.

One unfortunate thing is the absence of cross-pool play-offs. Pool A has three of the best teams in KZN Coastal, Southern Gauteng and Western Province. Pool B looks a lot easier. The teams go straight into direct play-offs for the final positions on Saturday. That means the final will be contested between the respective winners of Pool A and B, meaning two of the three mentioned teams will have no chance of coming second and taking on the Pool B winners in the semi-finals, where they would have a definite chance of winning.

The men’s U21 IPT in Potchefstroom has the same problem, Southerns, KZN Coastal and WP all piled into Pool B. Granted, the pools are divided according to last year’s final placings, but the SA Hockey Association need to look at these anomalies.

The KZN Inland men were shaded 3-2 by SA U18 on day one in Potchefstroom yesterday after the scores were level 1-1 at the break.

Dalan Phillips got both of Inland’s goals via the penalty corner route, while Matthew Taberer and former Maritzburg College boy Marc Fourie (field goals) netted for the SA juniors with a Matthew Brown PC signalling the winner.

Due to technical problems no other results were available.

Today’s women’s U21 fixtures (all at ABJ unless noted): 9 am Wits v SA U18 (College); 9 am Free State vs Pens; 11 am North West vs Northerns (College); 11 am Southerns vs Namibia; 1 pm EP vs Inland; 3 pm Coastals vs WP.

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