SA Hockey U21 IPT Medal Contenders Face Friday Knockout Semi-Finals Round

North West and Western Province (Pictured in celebration) go top of their 2024 SA Hockey Under 21 IPT pools to qualify for Friday’s semi-finals as favourites in their ties against Western Province and Northern Blues respectively, at the University of Cape Town on Thursday, 2 May, 2024. Photo: Belgotex Sport / SA Hockey

All group stage ties are settled after three days of action at the 2024 SA Hockey Under 21 IPT, and just eight games remain building towards the crowning moment and the tournament winner after Day 3’s action at the University of Cape Town on Thursday, 2 May, 2024.

With North West women and the Southern Gauteng and Northern Blues men already in the final four of their respective tournaments, today we will look at how the other five team secured their spots. 

In the Women’s tournament Western Province knew anything other than a defeat would secure passage to the Semi-finals. They went one better to make it a full house with a 2-1 win over the Johannesburg ladies. 

Shamira Titus and Coreen Matthee made it 2-0, Raffael Abrahams pulled one back to make it 2-1 and set up a tense final 15 but Western Province secured the win and passage further. 

Northern Blues played a virtual quarter final against KZN Raiders and played it to perfection as they defeated the coastal side 3-1 for a semi-final match up with the hosts. Cerian Fourie led from the front and starred with two goals to give a 2-0 lead. 

Elizabeth Anderson pulled one goal back to set up a frenetic finale, but Angele Vogel put it to bed to end the hopes of the Raiders.

WP Peninsula knew a draw would be enough thanks to their earlier win against Southern Gauteng but they didn’t settle for that, defeating Eastern Province 3-0 through Wren September, Tanya Pieterse and Hannah Breytenbach to secure a semi-final against North West.

In the only other game of the women’s tournament on the day, North West made it 3 out of 3 with a 5-0 win against Free State. 

Day 3 Results at the 2024 Under 21 South African Hockey IPT on Thursday, 2 May, 2024

(Pool A) Northern Blues 3-1 KZN Raiders
(Pool B) Southern Gauteng 1-2 Western Province
(Pool A) Free State 0-5 North West
(Pool B) Eastern Province 0-3 WP Peninsula

Day 4 Fixtures at the 2024 Under 21 South African Hockey IPT on Friday, 3 May, 2024

12:00 5-8 Playoff – Southern Gauteng v Free State
13:45 5-8 Playoff – KZN Raiders v Eastern Province
18:30 Semi-Final – North West v WP Peninsula
20:15 Semi-Final – Western Province v Northern Blues

Day 1 Results on 30 April, 2024

Day 2 Results on 1 May, 2024

Original Copy: SA Hockey, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: North West and Western Province (Pictured in celebration) go top of their 2024 SA Hockey Under 21 IPT pools to qualify for Friday’s semi-finals as favourites in their ties against Western Province and Northern Blues respectively, at the University of Cape Town on Thursday, 2 May, 2024. Photo: Belgotex Sport / SA Hockey

Photo 2 Caption: Northern Blues played a virtual quarter final against KZN Raiders to defeat the coastal side 3-1. Photo: Belgotex Sport / SA Hockey

Photo 3 Caption: North West made it 3 out of 3 with a 5-0 win against Free State. Photo: Belgotex Sport / SA Hockey

Photo 4 Caption: WP Peninsula were determined for the knockout qualifier win, defeating Eastern Province 3-0. Photo: Belgotex Sport / SA Hockey

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