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Dominant S Gauteng whip WP to take IPT hockey title
- Updated: August 30, 2015
Southern Gauteng have won the final of the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament 5-2 against Western Province after leading 3-0 at half-time at North-West University in Potchefstroom.
the 12th minute Toni Marks coolly slotted the opening goal, the Southerns striker finding space and time to pick her spot (1-0), reports Jon Cook.
Southerns’ dominance continued in the second quarter and in the 17th minute Taryn Mallett showed composure to make it 2-0.
Four minutes from half-time (26th) Lisa Hawker shovelled the ball in to put Southerns 3-0 up. WP disputed the decision but the ruling stood.
Turning around three goals down, WP had a mountain to climb. The first half had seen no lack of effort or skill but the disciplined Southerns defence was unyielding. Western Province’s Taryn Bright, who had to fly back to her club in Australia after the semi-finals, was sorely missed.
WP had two penalty corner opportunities early in the second half before a PC came and went for Southerns, while in the 34th minute Candice Manuel had a delicate lob at goal brilliantly pulled away from danger by Southerns defender Carmen Smith.
To compound the woes of the Capetonians, Southerns immediately scored at the other end through captain Bernie Coston for a 4-0 scoreline after 35 minutes.
Manuel got her reward in the 37th with a stunning strike to pull one back for WP (4-1).
Going into the fourth and final quarter of 15 minutes WP had a lot to do but Southerns went 5-1 up soon after the re-start (47th minute) when it was Coston once again who breached the goalline.
Southerns brought on No2 keeper Chloe Keeping for Sanani Mangisa with eight minutes left. WP continued to strive mightily in a bid to narrow the margin and with five minutes left (55th) striker Tarryn Glasby scored a superb goal to make it 5-2.
Southerns had three more chances at the end but the final was in the bag anyway and the score remained 5-2 to the Johannesburg girls.
The play-off for third place and the bronze medal also saw plenty of thrills and spills, leading into a sudden-death penalty shootout. Last year’s champions Northern Blues eventually won 4-3 in the shootout against Free State after the scores were 1-1 at full-time.
After the final presentation, Nicole Walraven (Free State) was named SA U21 Players’ Player of the Year and Lisa Deetlefs (Southern Gauteng) the senior SA Players’ Player of the Year.
Anelle van Deventer (North West) was named Top IPT Goalkeeper, Top IPT Goalscorer was Cardeux Nel (Spar KZN Raiders), the Greg Beling Memorial Trophy for Junior Player of IPT was awarded to Carmen Smith (Southern Gauteng), and Southern Gauteng star Shelley Russell was named the Top Player of IPT 2015.
The second-tier B Section, a nine-team tournament played in a round-robin format with no semi-finals or final was a close race for first place between Namibia and WP Peninsula, and it was Peninsula who emerged victorious.