Titanic clash on the cards for the IPT women’s hockey final play-off

2014-08-22 00:00

The SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament yesterday clearly showed who the in-form and frontrunners teams are for the 2014 title.

Southern Gauteng and Northern Blues both sailed through their third and last pool matches with ease and look primed to repeat the medicine when tackling their semi-final opponents this afternoon and evening.

Northerns cantered to a 6-1 win over a feisty Border who never threw in the towel, but were outgunned. Blues striker Jacinta Jubb is a considerable threat and her lethal finishing earned the Tuks student a brace including a penalty corner and one field goal.

Pool B winners Blues’ other goals came from Marlene Nortje, Jenna Shuker, Marguerite van Wyk and Kim Hubach, while Marlies van der Stel got on the scoresheet for the East Londoners.

Star-studded defending champs Southerns faced Southern Gauteng Witsies in their final Pool A match and brushed them aside 8-1.

Young Investec South African striker Lilian du Plessis delivered another impressive display with four goals.

Southerns’ other strikes came from Louise de Jager, Robyn Johnson, South African star Shelley Russell and Sammy Prost, while Witsies skipper Bridget Kee netted her side’s solitary goal from the penalty spot.

Pool A runners-up North West missed a hatful of chances, but still beat a spirited Eastern Province 2-0 for a semi-final qualifier.

In a storm-delayed Pool B match, Western Province beat KZN Coastal Raiders 4-0.

First-half goals from Leigh Boardman, Candice Manuel and Tarryn Bright were complemented by a Anna Malan strike in the dying seconds.

Last year’s finalists WP will meet defending champs Southern Gauteng in the second semi-final at 6 pm today, while Raiders will face Eastern Province at 12 noon in the play-off round with that winner progressing to the fifth/sixth place decider.

In the B Section, or promotion division, Free State continued their run with another convincing victory, this time a 4-1 win over a defensive Mpumalanga, to finish top of Pool A. Free State’s goals went to Minjon van Tonder, Ashleigh Datnow and two for Mariaan Conry.

Host province KZN Inland won Pool B with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Eastern Province Settlers, the goals coming from Vicky Jonker, Carmen Grobler and two from Caitlyn Seegers.

The first A Section semi-final today sees North West play Northern Blues at 4 pm. To morrow’s A Section final is at 4.30 pm.

Today’s first B Section semi-final sees KZN Inland play KZN Mynahs (upset 2-0 winners over the fancied WP Peninsula) at the Maritzburg College Pape’s Astro at noon with the second semi-final featuring Free State and Zimbabwe at 2 pm.

Go to www.sahockey.co.za for all the logs, results and fixtures.


A Section semi-final 1: Northern Blues vs North West (4 pm). Semi-final 2: Southern Gauteng vs RAIDERS/WP (6 pm).


A Section: North West 2 Eastern Province 0; Southern Gauteng 8 Southern Gauteng Witsies 1; Northern Blues 6 Border 1; Western Province 4 vs KZN Coastal Raiders 0

B Section: Free State 4 Mpumalanga 1; KZN Mynahs 2 WP Peninsula 1; SA Country Districts A 2 SA Country Districts B 1; KZN Inland 4 EP Settlers 0.

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