Hockey Heavyweights Cement Semis Berths

Hockey Heavyweights Cement Semis Berths

Unbeaten KZN Inland (pictured in action against the Mynahs) and Kaspersky Wits have already secured their semi-final berths in the B Section of the IPT in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, while Western Province and Kaspersky Southerns hold sway in the tournament’s top-flight A section. Photo: Supplied

Hockey heavyweights Western Province and Southern Gauteng cemented semi-finals berths with emphatic wins on day two of the SA Interprovincial Women’s Hockey Tournament, at the KC March Astro in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013.

(Scroll down for fixtures and results, Click to read the Tournament Preview, and the Day 1 wrap)

Province, last year’s silver medallists, enjoyed a three-goal blitz in the first nine minutes to set up a superb 4-1 victory over last year’s bronze medallists Northern Blues, while defending champions Southern Gauteng were comfortable 4-1 winners over the willing but outgunned North West combination.

A gale force wind and driving rain made play extremely unpleasant in the evening, yet it did not stop a highly motivated Border from beating favourites Eastern Province 4-0, while Free State worked very hard to beat the winless KZN Coastal Raiders 1-0 in the midday game.

However, the elements did enough to postpone the late-evening game – a B Section clash between SA Country Districts’ A and Eastern Province Settlers, to be played Thursday at a time and venue still to be determined.

Fighting for second spot behind WP in Pool B, the Free State clash with Northern Blues will be Thursday’s key encounter.

With both teams on equal log points and each having a goal difference of zero, only victory will be enough to ensure Free State’s berth in the semi-finals, while a draw will be enough for Blues, who have a superior “goals for” margin of three.

In the B Section, the unbeaten KZN Inland and Witwatersrand are guaranteed places in Friday’s semi-finals.

 

Section A Day 2 Results of the 2013 SAHA Senior Women Outdoor IPT on Wednesday 21 August, 2013:
KZN Coastal Raiders 0-1 Free State
Western Province 4-1 Northern Blues
Kaspersky Southerns 4-1 North West
Eastern Province 4-4 Border
Section A Day 1 Results on Tuesday 20 August, 2013:
Northern Blues 5-2 KZN Raiders
Western Province 3-2 Free State
North West 7-3 Border
Kaspersky Southerns 2-0 Eastern Province
 
Section B Day 2 Results of the 2013 SAHA Senior Women Outdoor IPT on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013:
KZN Inland 5-0 KZN Mynahs
Witwatersrand 8-0 Southern Cape
SA Country Districts B 4-4 Mpumalanga
SA Country Districts A vs EP Settlers (Delayed for inclement conditions)
Section B Day 1 Results on Tuesday, 20 August, 2013:
KZN Inland 8-2 SACD B Pool A
Mynahs 1-2 Mpumalanga
Kaspersky Wits 7-0 SACD A
Southern Cape 0-6 EP Settlers
 
Fixtures for Section A on Thursday 22 August, 2013:
12:00: A05 Northern Blues vs Free State
14:00: B05 Western Province vs KZN Raiders
16:00: B06 Kaspersky Southerns vs Border
18:00: A06 North West vs Eastern Province
Fixtures for Section B:
08:00: A05 KZN Inland vs Mpumalanga
10:00: B05 Southern Cape vs SACD A
14:00: B06 Mynahs vs SACD B
20:00: A06 Kaspersky Wits vs Ep Settlers
 
A Section Pools:
Pool A:
Kaspersky Southerns
North West
Eastern Province
Border
Pool B:
Western Province
Northern Blues
Free State
KZN Raiders
 
B Section Pools:
Pool A:
Kaspersky Wits
Southern Cape
SACD A
EP Settlers
Pool B:
Mynahs
KZN Inland
Mpumalanga
SACD B
 

(With editing by gsport)

 

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