Women’s provincial hockey clash today

2013-08-20 00:00

THE 2013 SA Women’s Interprovincial Tournament takes place at the KC March hockey venue in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, from today until Saturday and the likelihood is that last year’s medallists — champions Southern Gauteng, finalists Western Province and bronze winners Northern Blues — will once again be among the medals.

Among a number of notable absentees is triple Olympian and South Africa women’s hockey team captain Marsha Cox, who was unable to get time off work. Cox has starred for Southern Gauteng for many years, but fellow triple Olympian Pietie Coetzee — the world record Test match goalscorer — will be going all-out to ensure that she steps up to collect the winners’ trophy for Southerns, as she did last year in Randburg. Among the other absentees are double Olympians Tarryn Bright and Shelley Russell of Western Province, as well as Dirkie Chamberlain of Northern Blues.

Apart from Coetzee, Southerns have national players Sanani Mangisa and Lisa Deetlefs, as well as experienced former SA players Tsoanelo Pholo and Roxy Turner. In coach Garreth Ewing the Johannesburg-based side have one of the best in the country. Southerns face EP today.

EP have in 2004 Athens Olympian Liesel Dorothy a highly intelligent, knowledgeable campaigner. With the support of the likes of 2013 Junior World Cup forward Toni Marks, EP can spring surprises.

Western Province, who lost 3-0 to Southerns in last year’s gold medal match, will again mount a strong challenge with players of the calibre of current SA striker Jade Mayne, London 2012 Olympian Illse Davids as well as experienced former national players in Hanli Hattingh and Farah Fredericks. WP face the young Free State side on day one.

In the experienced former SA defender Kim Hubach, London 2012 Olympian and much-capped SA player Nicolene Terblanche, as well as two of the young crop of national players in striker Lilian du Plessis and goalkeeper Phume Mbande, Northerns have the core that could make the difference. The Pretoria-based province open their campaign against Durban’s KZN Raiders.

In the B Section — the second-tier competition that runs alongside the title tournament — one team determined to win promotion back into the A Section is KZN Inland.

The cross-pool play-offs are on Friday with the finals on Saturday.

Today’s fixtures

A Section: Northern Blues vs KZN Raiders (12 pm); WP vs Free State (2 pm); North West vs Border (4 pm); Southern Gauteng vs EP (6 pm).

B Section: KZN Inland vs SA Country Districts B (8 am); KZN Mynahs vs Mpumalanga (10 am); Witwatersrand vs SA Country Districts A (2 pm); Southern Cape vs EP Settlers (8 pm).


A Section – Pool A: Southern Gauteng, North West, EP, Border. Pool B: WP, Northern Blues, Free State, KZN Raiders.

B Section – Pool A: Witwatersrand, Southern Cape, SA Country Districts A, EP Settlers. Pool B: KZN Mynahs, KZN Inland, Mpumalanga, SA Country Districts B.

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