Durban Ladies Grab Final Spot
The Vodacom Promotion Playoffs end tomorrow in Qwa Qwa, and all indications are that the women’s final will be contested by Durban Ladies and Palace Super Falcons Ladies.
Durban Ladies, currently top the Coastal Stream with seven points, have already qualified for the final after picking up their second win, beating Crusaders Ladies 3-nil yesterday.
Palace Super Falcons are currently top the Inland Stream with nine points, and look set to join Durban Ladies in the final.
Yesterday, the Falcons scored their third win of the week, with a 4-1 victory over Halleluja Zebra Force, bringing their goal tally in the tournament to 16 in three games.
Durban Ladies team manager Mary Jane Sokela says the players’ morale is high, and she is happy with they way the team is playing.
“We didn’t have a good start to the week because some players picked up a stomach bug as we arrived and they were weak,” said Sokela, “But we still won our first game. But as week has progressed, they have improved and are looking good, so it should be an exciting final, whoever we play.
“I don’t see many changes at the top of the Inland Stream, but soccer is soccer, and anything can happen.”
Sokela says women’s soccer is growing drastically, and has improved a lot over the last five years.
“From what I’ve seen, it is growing drastically. The players are improved, they beginning to understand the sport. There isn’t a province you can say is a walkover.
“But marketing is the biggest problem. In all the provinces, there are leagues happening all the time, but you don’t hear about it. You only hear about women’s football when there is a big tournament,” said Sokela.
In other results, Spurs WFC drew 2-all with City Lads Ladies, and Flamingo drew 1-1 with Kutloanong Ladies.
Vodacom Promotion Playoffs
Thursday 23 May 2007 Results:
Spurs WFC 2-2 City Lads Ladies
Palace Super Falcons 4-1 Halleluja Zebra Force
Crusaders Ladies 0-3 Durban Ladies
Flamingo 1-1 Kutloanong Ladies