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.
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)