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WP down the champions
- Updated: July 22, 2010
The Pool A match between defending champions Southern Gauteng and Western Province went the way of the Cape team 3-1 at the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament in East London on Wednesday.
Southerns had themselves to blame, reports Jonathan Cook, as they missed numerous opportunities but WP were more adept in the attacking circle from both field and penalty corner play.
Cindy Brown opened the scoring eight minutes before half-time via a penalty corner and they added one more nine minutes after the break when Taryn Bright netted from another corner.
Southerns hit back soon after when captain Marsha Marescia scored a field goal but with 13 minutes to full-time former national striker Henna du
Buisson restored the two-goal cushion.
North West were somewhat fortunate to shade last year’s B Section winners Eastern Province 1-0 via a penalty stroke that was half-saved by goalkeeper Michelle Cremer but Michelle Dias’s effort trickled over the goalline.
KZN Coastals continued their impressive form in an admittedly weaker Pool B as their overall balance between attack, midfield and defence overwhelmed a willing but outclassed Witwatersrand as the Durban side chalked up their second successive 8-0 win after beating KZN Inland by the same margin in their opening match.
The final A Section match of the day saw Northerns Gauteng Blues beat KZN Inland 6-0 with a brace apiece for Dirkie Chamberlain and Marlene Nortje.
The B Section saw a shock result when the fancied Sasko SA Country Districts A side lost 2-1 to KZN Mynahs, who led 2-1 at half-time thanks to a brace of penalty corners from Caryn Thompson, this after Cara-Lee Williams had shot the country girls into the lead with a field goal in the sixth minute.
Thursday sees the final round of A Section pool matches and the big one sees Southern Gauteng facing North West to decide who qualifies for the
semi-finals next to top dogs WP.
A section: North West 1 Eastern Province 0; KZN Coastals 8 Witwatersrand 0; Western Province 3 Southern Gauteng 1; Northerns Blues 6 KZN Inland 0
B Section: KZN Mynahs 2 Sasko SA Country Districts 1; WP Peninsula 5 Southern Cape 0; Northern Cape 2 Namibia 0; Border 12 Mpumalanga 0
A Section: WP vs EP; Northerns vs KZN Coastals; Wits vs KZN Inland; North West vs Southerns.
B Section: Mpumalanga vs Namibia; KZN Mynahs vs Sasko SA Country Districts B; Northern Cape vs Free State; Southern Cape vs Sasko SA Country Districts A.
Byes: WP Pens; Border.