Sudden deluge delays interprovincial hockey semi

2013-08-31 00:00

A STUNNING downpour forced the rescheduling a semi-final at the BDO Men’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Hartleyvale in Cape Town last night.

The torrential rain came five minutes into the second half of the semi-final two between favourites Tuffy Western Province and Northern Blues. It forced tournament director Feico Mulder to re-schedule the remaining 30 minutes to be played at 8 am today at the University of Cape Town.

Due to the rain delays and the waterlogged stadium pitch at Hartleyvale, today’s classification matches in the “A” Section will begin at 9 am at UCT. At the time of going to press a decision had still to be made with respect to the time and venue, UCT or Hartleyvale, for the final. However, the B Section final between Western Province Disas and Border will be at 2 pm on Hartleyvale Pitch B.

Pretoria’s Blues lead WP by establishing a 3-1 lead when play was called off.

In the 21st minute Berné Burger scored a magnificent solo goal after collecting the ball out on the left wing, cutting inside, drawing WP keeper Jacques le Roux out of goal and placing the ball inside the post (1-0). Two minutes later (23rd) the Blues won a second penalty corner. With WP skipper Andrew Cronje sent to the sin-bin, Matt Guise-Brown made it hurt even more with a stunning drag-flick that rattled the goal frame (2-0).

Blues fans erupted in the 26th when Kewan Harries loped around on the left flank before slipping the ball to the in-form Richard Pautz, who made the score 3-0.

WP retaliated from the re-start — just as the heavens opened with stunning force — when Pierre de Voux pounced on a loose ball, finishing clinically in the 28th minute (3-1).

The downpour forced the players off. The remaining seven first-half minutes were completed on Pitch B. Five minutes into the second half, still on Pitch B, play was a halted due to another deluge, which made conditions dangerous. An hour later, the decision was made to play the remaining 30 minutes this morning.

Defending champions Southern Gauteng won the first semi-final 4-1 against KZN Raiders at Hartleyvale Stadium after leading 2-0 at half-time. Durban’s Raiders felt aggrieved at a number of decisions that went against them at key moments.

Southerns, with a dozen national players past and present, went 1-0 up in the 13th minute. Jethro Eustice won the ball near halfway and fed Julian Hykes, who was 30 metres out. The striker broke the game wide open with a magnificent display of close control and neat footwork under pressure. He beat three defenders with very little space to work in near the left-hand baseline before evading keeper Gowan Jones and slipping the ball over the goalline.

In the 26th minute Southerns won the first penalty corner and Gareth Heyns fired a pass towards the far post. Dean Symons, coming at pace from the right, connected with a flat-stick deflection goal on the forehand past a stunned Raiders defence (2-0).

The Paton brothers, Wade and Taine, as well as Greg Last, worked incredibly hard and created opportunities but the decisions did not go their side’s way, causing much frustration.

After the changeover, Southerns went 3-0 up from their fourth penalty corner when Ricky West made no mistake. The Raiders appealed but to no avail.

In the 51st minute the Raiders’ Greg Last drilled a free-hit towards goal that edged off a defender’s stick on to Taine Paton, who tipped the ball in (3-1). However, in the 61st minute Eustice steered Southerns’ sixth PC low into the backboard (4-1).

Due to the rain delays, the times and venues of today’s final classification matches had still to be confirmed at the time of going to press, although the matches are still scheduled for Hartleyvale. The final is at 4 pm.


Bottom four first-round play-offs: WP Peninsula 4 Free State 2; North West 7 KZN Mynahs 1.

Middle four first-round play-offs: South Africa U21 3 KZN Inland 0; Witwatersrand 3 Eastern Province 2.

Semi-final 1: Southern Gauteng 4 KZN Raiders 1.

Semi-final 2: Northern Blues 3 WP 1 (Remaining 30 minutes to be played at 8 am Saturday at UCT).

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