The stage has been set for two exciting semi-finals in the top-tier A Section of the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament following the outcome of Thursday’s final round of Pool matches at the KC March Astro in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth on Thursday, 22 August, 2013.
In Friday’s first semi-final unbeaten Pool B winners Western Province will play North West at 6pm, while the second semi-final features unbeaten defending champions and Pool A winners Southern Gauteng against Northern Blues at 8pm.
The pivotal encounter Thursday was the Pool B clash between Free State and Northern Blues. Free State had to win in order to reach the semi-finals while a draw was good enough for the Blues. And what a match it turned out to be.
The Blues eventually prevailed 3-2 but one had to feel for the very young Bloemfontein-based side who gave everything in their bid to remain in medal contention.
In the other A Section matches WP edged winless KZN Coastal Raiders 2-1, Southerns were given a proper run for their money by Border before eventually prevailing 3-2, and North West were held to a 0-0 draw by a winless but much-improved Eastern Province.
Friday’s B Section semi-finals at KC March Astro will see Pool B winners KZN Inland versus Pool A runners-up EP Settlers at 10 am. Pool B runners-up Mpumalanga will meet Pool A winners Witwatersrand at 2 pm.
Saturday’s A Section gold medal match for the right to be crowned national champions is at 8pm with the bronze medal match preceding it at 6pm, while the B Section final is at 2pm, all at the KC March Astro.Section A Day 3 Results of the 2013 SAHA Senior Women Outdoor IPT on Thursday, 22 August, 2013: Northern Blues 3-2 Free State Western Province 2-1 KZN Raiders Kaspersky Southern Gauteng 3-2 Border North West 0-0 Eastern Province Section A Day 2 Results on Wednesday 21 August, 2013: Click to read the IPT Day 2 wrap on gsport KZN Coastal Raiders 0-1 Free State Western Province 4-1 Northern Blues Kaspersky Southerns 4-1 North West Eastern Province 4-4 Border Section A Day 1 Results on Tuesday 20 August, 2013: Northern Blues 5-2 KZN Raiders Western Province 3-2 Free State North West 7-3 Border Kaspersky Southerns 2-0 Eastern Province Section B Day 3 Results of the 2013 SAHA Senior Women Outdoor IPT on Thursday, 22 August, 2013: SA Country Districts A 6-0 Southern Cape KZN Inland 7-2 Mpumalanga EP Settlers 1-0 SA Country Districts A KZN Mynahs 2-0 SA Country Districts B Witwatersrand 4-2 EP Settlers Section B Day 2 Results onWednesday, 21 August, 2013: KZN Inland 5-0 KZN Mynahs Witwatersrand 8-0 Southern Cape SA Country Districts B 4-4 Mpumalanga SA Country Districts A vs EP Settlers (Delayed for inclement conditions) Section B Day 1 Results on Tuesday, 20 August, 2013: KZN Inland 8-2 SACD B Pool A Mynahs 1-2 Mpumalanga Kaspersky Wits 7-0 SACD A Southern Cape 0-6 EP Settlers Fixtures for Section A of the 2013 SAHA Senior Women Outdoor IPT on Friday 23 August, 2013: Bottom Four Playoffs: 12:00: Eastern Province vs Free State 14:00: Border vs KZN Coastal Raiders A Section semi-finals: 18:00: Western Province vs North West 20:00: Southern Gauteng vs Northern Blues Fixtures for Section B of the 2013 SAHA Senior Women Outdoor IPT, on Friday 23 August, 2013: Bottom Four Playoffs: 08:00: Southern Cape vs KZN Mynahs 14:00: SA Country Districts A vs SA Country Districts B (Westering High School) B Section semi-finals: 10:00: KZN Inland vs EP Settlers/Witwatersrand 14:00: Witwatersrand/EP Settlers vs Mpumalanga A Section Final Logs: Pool A: 1. Southern Gauteng 9 points 2. North West 4 pts 3. Border 3 pts 4. Eastern Province 1 pt Pool B: 1. Western Province 9 pts 2. Northern Blues 6 pts 3. Free State 3 pts 4. KZN Coastal Raiders 0 pts B Section Final Logs: Pool A: 1. Witwatersrand 9 pts 2. EP Settlers 6 pts 3. SA Country Districts A 3 pts 4. Southern Cape 0 pts Pool B: 1. KZN Inland 9 pts 2. Mpumalanga 4 pts 3. KZN Mynahs 3 pts 4. SA Country Districts B 1 pts
(With editing by gsport)