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WP’s second big win

The shock of Wednesday’s second round of the SA Women’s interprovincial hockey tournament was the 7-0 defeat suffered by last year’s silver medallists KZN Coastal Raiders at the hands of a formidable Western Province line-up that are looking to be on a collision course with two-time defending champions Southern Gauteng in Saturday’s final.

A 3-0 half-time lead progessed to a further four goals in the second half and six WP players got on the scoresheet, which gives an indication of their magnificent all-round play.

ÔÇ£It was a fantastic team effort,ÔÇØ said WP captain Kate Woods. ÔÇ£The SA squad players were outstanding and Illse Davids and Jade Mayne really put their hands up. It is not like we are relying on a few key players, though; if the opposition targets certain players there are a number of other girls who can step in.ÔÇØ

WP coach Wayne Denne pointed out that the Raiders are missing two or three players that have been important to the side in the last two IPTs in which the Durban girls reached the final.

Lenise Marais, Farryn Halstead and Jen Wilson were all unavailable for various reasons and that makes a massive difference.

But Denne was surprised that Raiders went in with a defensive outlook. ÔÇ£I was surprised they played captain and striker Cindy Botha in midfield as she would have been a threat up front,ÔÇØ he said. ÔÇ£With our ball possession and speed they got very tired defending all the time and in a sense they gifted us the match with their defensive approach.ÔÇØ

Nevertheless the Raiders are still in with a semi-final chance and they must beat Eastern Province in their final pool match Thursday.

In the other A Section matches Southerns were surprised by a motivated Northern Gauteng Blues outfit and came back from a one-goal deficit with 12 minutes to go to draw 2-2. Eastern Province got on the winning trail with a 2-1 win over Witwatersrand and Free State disappointed their loyal supporters when they went down 5-0 to a fired-up North West.

A Section: Eastern Province 2 Wits 1; KZN Raiders 0 WP 7; Southern Gauteng 2 Northern Gauteng 2; North West 5 Free State 0.
B Section: SA Country Districts A 4 SA Country Districts B 0; KZN Inland 0, Southern Cape 3; Amathole (Border) 2 KZN Mynahs 1; Mpumalanga 0 Free State B 6.

A Section: Northerns vs North West; KZN Raiders vs EP; WP vs  Wits;  Southern Gauteng vs Free State.
B Section: Southern Cape vs Mpumalanga; KZN Mynahs vs SA Country Districts A; Amathole (Border) vs SA Country Districts B; KZN Inland vs Free State B.

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