Southern Gauteng striker Pietie Coetzee sets up a reverse-stick shot as Simone Barret and Northern Gauteng Blues captain Kim Hubach look on. The Gauteng derby ended in a 2-2 draw at the SA Women's Interprovincial Hockey Tournament in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. Photo: Frikkie Kapp

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.

Western Province captain Kate Woods takes on KZN Coastal Raiders defender Catherine Morris during the Cape team's 7-0 win. Province face an improving Witwatersrand on Thursday. Photo: Frikkie KappA 3-0 half-time lead progessed to a further four goals in the second half six WP players got on the scoresheet, which gives an indication of their magnificent all-round play.

“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.

Christel Fourie of Northern Gauteng Blues on attack during the 2-2 draw with 2010 title holders, Southern Gauteng. Photo: Frikkie KappLenise Marais, Farryn Halstead and Jen Wilson were all unavailable for various reasons and that makes a massive difference.

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


Thursday Fixtures:

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