Goal-scoring powerhouse Southern Gauteng properly came of age at the Randburg Astro on Saturday, when they swept aside 2011 champions Western Province 3-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time, to claim top honours in 2012 SA Hockey Inter-Provincial tournament in Johannesburg.
Turning out in their 21st consecutive appearance in the national tournament’s final, Kaspersky Southern Gauteng wasted no time in piling pressure on the visiting defending champs Province when captain Pietie Coetzee found Tsoanelo Pholo in space in the circle.
Forward of the Tournament Pholo feigned to the left and spun around to send keeper Hanli Hattingh the wrong way and tuck away the opening goal of the final, in the fourth minute of the match.
Back in the hunt minutes later, Pholo delivered the ball to Roxy Turner for a shot at goal, and when the ball deflected off Hattingh’s pads to fall favourably for Genevieve Frank, she made no mistake with an open goal in front of her for the hosts to double their lead in the 7th minute.
Southerns dominant possession in the opening half meant that Western Province spent most of their time in defence, and when Candice Manuel broke for a across the Southerns goal, SA’s reserve keeper Sanani Mangisa made short shrift of the interception to keep her sheet clean.
When WP’s Louise Coertzen opted for the aerial route to get the ball to her forwards, Robyn Johnson couldn’t get on the end of it to take the attack forward, and the rest of the half was spent mainly in the mid-field, with ample ball for Southerns to keep the pressure up.
Goal machine Pietie Coetzee was unlucky to be kept out by a brilliant save by Hattingh in the dying minutes of the first half from a PC, but she made good when she dragged a ball into the back of the net from a Penalty Corner in the 56th minute, to bring to finality the sparse opportunities the defending champs failed to put away when the opportunities presented themselves.
Northerns won bronze earlier in the day, beating an inspired SA U21 side 2-1 (1-0) to claim bronze.
SA Hockey IPT A-Section Results for Day 7, on Saturday, 25 August 2012: Final: Western Province 0-3 Kaspersky Southern Gauteng Bronze Medal Match: Northerns 2-1 South Africa U21 5th-6th place: Eastern Province 3-4 North West 7th-8th place: KZN Raiders 0-3 Free State 9th-10th place: Amathole 2-2 (4-2 on Penalty S/O) Kaspersky Wits 11th-12th place: KZN Mynahs 7-0 KZN Inland Final SA Hockey IPT 2012 Rankings: 1. Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 2. Western Province 3. Northerns Blues 4. SA U21 5. North West 6. Eastern Province 7. Free State 8. KZN Raiders 9. Amathole 10. Kaspersky Wits 11. KZN Mynahs 12. KZN Inland Individual Awards: IPT Goalkeeper of the tournament: Inke van Wyk (Northerns) IPT Defender of the tournament: Lousie Coertzen (Southerns) IPT Midfielder of the tournament: Marcelle Keet (Amathole) IPT Forward of the tournament: Tsoanelo Pholo (Southerns) A Section Results from Day 1, 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 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 A Section Results from Day 6, on Friday, 24 August 2012: Amathole 3-2 KZN Mynahs Kaspersky Wits 6-0 KZN Inland KZN Raiders 2-2 Eastern Province (EP Wins 3-2 at Shoot-Out) North West 3-0 Free State Semi-Final 1: Western Province 3-2 Northerns Semi-Final 2: SA U21 3-5 Kaspersky Southern Gauteng Western Province Jayde Mayne (Capt) Tracey Whitfield Gina Sole Suleke Brand Rosanne Lombard Margaux Reynecke Nicola Walters (VC) Emily Tullis Natasha Rootenberg Candice Manuel Crystal Nichols Jenna Bowes Megan Robertson Sarah Bingham Hanli Hattingh (GK) Coach: Andi Bernstein Manager: Norma Schooling Kaspersky Southern Gauteng: Sanani Mangisa (GK) Robyn Johnson Genevieve Frank Mapule Mokoena Bernadette Coston Jules Cass Catherine McNulty (VC) Tanith Drake Roxanne Turner Sarah Harley Christine Roos Lisa Deetlefs Pietie Coetzee (C) Anika Fischer Louise Coertzen Tsoanelo Pholo Coach: Jurgen Bakker Manager: Leanne Sim