hockey: Inland should be reasonably confident as they prepare to face western province in the finals

2009-05-10 00:00

IT has been a good week for KZN Inland as they beat Southern Free State, the winners of Pool A, in the second semi-final late yesterday afternoon. Inland have won all their matches except the loss against Pool A winners Western Province. As runners up in Pool A, they had to play Pool B winners Free State.

It was expected to be a tight match and it certainly was, although they did have the better of the possession. It was that man Grant Glutz (College) again, as he scored with a drag-flick from a penalty corner about half-way through the first half. This gave Inland a 1-0 lead and they managed to prevent Free State from scoring, to win the match and the semi-final by the lone, but great, goal.

Inland had to soak up a lot of pressure, as two players were given yellow cards and they had 10 men on the pitch at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half.

KZN Coastals, after starting the Under 16 Hockey IPT rather nervously have improved from game to game and in the semi-final against Western Province, the winners of Pool A, they held them to 1-1 at full time. Playing the “golden goal” rule, Western Province scored the winning goal to go into the final, where they will play KZN.

The final today will be between KZN Inland and Western Province, a side they lost 1-2 against on Wednesday. They will feel reasonably confident of taking this game after seeing Coastals hold them to one all at full time yesterday and that they were not outplayed in the first game.

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