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Raiders win nine, lose one

Defending champions the KZN Raiders had nine reasons to be happy but one reason for regret at the men’s interprovincial hockey tournament in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

The Raiders thrashed newcomers Amathole 9-1 to secure a place in the semi-finals. The downside though is that they will be without key player Taine Paton for their semi against Southern Gauteng.

The reason being that Paton picked up a third yellow card of the tournament which means he was automatically suspended for the key clash.

Garth Carr (2) and Lloyd Norris-Jones (2) were the Raiders’ top scorers against Amathole and Carr is now the tournament’s leading goalscorer. Others to find the net were Paton, Michael Botha, Marvin Haper, Mondli Dlamini and Tim Drummond.

Southerns reached their semi-final courtesy of a 6-1 against Peninsula with Ricky West the topscorer with a hat-trick.

The second semi-final sees Western Province coming up against Gauteng North, a repeat of last year’s third-fourth place play-off.

Western Province, who are chasing a third title in four years, beat host side Eastern Province 3-0 while Gauteng North played out a 2-2 draw with KZN Inland. Gauteng North nearly missed out on their semi-final berth before a Justin Reid-Ross goal secured the draw.

Thursday’s results
A Division:
KZN Raiders 9 Amathole 1, Southern Gauteng 6 Peninsula 1, Gauteng North 2 KZN Inland 2. Western Province 3 Eastern Province 0
B Division: KZN Inland B 3 Southern Cape 1, Norhtern Cape 4 Mpumalanga 2, KZN Mynahs 2 Free State 1, Witwatersrand 8 EP Settlers 2