Northerns continued their winning record on Thursday at the 2012 SAHA Women’s Hockey IPT at Randburg Astro with a 4-3 win over Kaspersky Southern Gauteng to top Group B at the conclusion of the pool matches, while the free-scoring Southerns outfit were handed their first lost of the tournament by Northerns to finish second on the log, with 12 points from five games.
The SA U21 team finished their 2012 IPT round-robin campaign positively with a 3-2 win over Kaspersky Wits to end their round-robin fixtures convincingly at the top of Pool A with three wins and two draws in their five fixtures, two points clear of Western Province who sneak a semi-final spot with eight log points from two wins and three draws, one point ahead of North West.
Semi-finals action kicks off at 3pm featuring hard work for 2011 champs Western Province up against vs the dominant Northerns, while Pool a leaders SA U21 face a powerful Kaspersky Southern Gauteng in the closing fixture of the day, at 5pm.
If form is to be believed, it is likely that Southerns will face Northerns in a duel for the tournament bragging rights on Saturday, but the determination showed by an impressive SA Under-21 team promises a resolute battle against the mighty Southerns outfit, while tournament defending champs Western Province hope to make every chance count in their quest for an upset against Northerns.
Prolific Southern Gauteng striker Pietie Coetzee’s form in the tournament has been another eye-opening, and her strikes has her with nine goals to her name, and is currently the leading goal-scorer in the tournament.
Coetzee’s team mate Anika Fischer is second of the pool-stage goal-scoeres with six goals, while Kylie Oosthuizen (Northerns), Tsoanelo Pholo (Southern Gauteng) and Janie Porteous (Northerns) each have five goals each, and are tied for third.
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A Section Results from Day 5, on Thursday, 23 August 2012: KZN Mynahs 2-0 KZN Inland North West 4-1 Amathole Eastern Province 0-0 Free State Western Province 3-0 KZN Raiders Kaspersky Wits 2-3 SA U21 Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 3-4 Northerns Semi-Final Fixtures, on Friday 24 August, 2012: 09.00 Amathole vs KZN Mynahs 11.30 Kaspersky Wits vs KZN Inland 11.00 KZN Raiders vs Eastern Province 13.00 North West vs Free State Section A Semi-Final 1: 15.00 Western Province vs Northerns Section A Semi-Final 2: 17.00 SA U21 vs Kaspersky Southern Gauteng The SAHA 2012 Hockey Interprovincial Tournament, at the Randburg Astro from 19–25 August 2012: Section A: Pool A: SA U21 KZN Raiders Western Province Kaspersky Wits Amathole North West Pool B: Kaspersky Southerns Eastern Province Northerns Free State KZN Inland KZN Mynahs Results from Day 1 of the Women’s IPT A Section 2012, at the Randburg Astro on Sunday 19 August 2012: North West 1 – 4 SA U21 KZN Raiders 2 – 0 Amathole Eastern Province 6 – 0 KZN Inland Western Province 1 – 1 Kaspersky Wits Northerns 5 – 0 Free State Kaspersky Southerns 8 – 0 KZN Mynahs A Section Results from Day 2, on Monday, 20 August 2012: Northerns 7-0 KZN Inland North West 3-0 Kaspersky Wits Eastern Province 2-1 KZN Mynahs Western Province 6-2 Amathole KZN Raiders 1-3 SA U21 Kaspersky SG 5-1 Free State A Section Results from Day 3, on Tuesday, 21 August 2012: Kaspersky Wits 3-1 Amathole Northerns 1-0 Eastern Province Free State 2-0 KZN Mynahs KZN Raiders 2-2 North West Western Province 1-1 SA U21 Kaspersky SG 15-0 KZN Inland A Section Results from Day 4, on Wednesday, 22 August 2012: Northerns 1-0 KZN Mynahs Amathole 1-1 SA U21 Free State 6-0 KZN Inland Western Province 1-1 North West KZN Raiders 5-1 Kaspersky Wits Kaspersky SG 6-1 Eastern Province