The shock of Wednesday’s second round of the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament was the 7-0 defeat suffered by last year’s silver medallists KZN Coastal Raiders at the hands of a formidable Western Province line-up that are looking to be on a collision course with two-time defending champions Southern Gauteng in Saturday’s final.
“It was a fantastic team effort,” said WP captain Kate Woods. “The SA squad players were outstanding and Illse Davids and Jade Mayne really put their hands up. It is not like we are relying on a few key players, though; if the opposition targets certain players there are a number of other girls who can step in.”
WP coach Wayne Denne pointed out that the Raiders are missing two or three players that have been important to the side in the last two IPTs in which the Durban girls reached the final.
But Denne was surprised that Raiders went in with a defensive outlook. “I was surprised they played captain and striker Cindy Botha in midfield as she would have been a threat up front,” he said. “With our ball possession and speed they got very tired defending all the time and in a sense they gifted us the match with their defensive approach.”
Nevertheless the Raiders are still in with a semi-final chance and they must beat Eastern Province in their final pool match Thursday.
In the other A Section matches Southerns were surprised by a motivated Northern Gauteng Blues outfit and came back from a one-goal deficit with 12 minutes to go to draw 2-2. Eastern Province got on the winning trail with a 2-1 win over Witwatersrand and Free State disappointed their loyal supporters when they went down 5-0 to a fired-up North West.
Results from the second day of the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011:
A Section:Eastern Province 2-1 Witwatersrand KZN Coastal Raiders 0-7 Western Province Southern Gauteng 2-2 Northern Gauteng North West 5-0 Free State
B Section:SA Country Districts A 4-0 SA Country Districts B KZN Inland 0-3 Southern Cape Amathole (Border) 2-1 KZN Mynahs Mpumalanga 0-6 Free State B
Day 1 Results on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011:
A Section:Southern Gauteng 4-0 North West Western Province 8-0 Eastern Province KZN Coastal Raiders 5-0 Witwatersrand Northern Gauteng Blues 1-0 Free State
B Section:KZN Inland 2-0 Mpumalanga Amathole (Border) 4-0 SA Country Districts A KZN Mynahs 9-0 SA Country Districts B Free State B 1-0 Southern Cape
A Section:10:30: Northerns vs NW 13:30: KZN Raiders vs EP 15:30: WP vs Wits 17:30: SG vs FS
B Section:09:00: SC vs Mpum 11:00: KZN Mynahs vs SACD A 13:00: Amathole vs SACD B 15:00: KZN Inl. vs FS B