Defending champions WP put five past Free State at IPT | SASCOC - SASCOC

Defending champions WP put five past Free State at IPT

Despite not taking all their chances, defending champions Tuffy Western Province still kicked off their Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals hockey campaign on a winning note with a 5-0 victory over Free State at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Monday.
Western Province dominated from the opening exchanges, but the opening goal only came at the end of the first quarter as Raghieb Fredericks eventually bobbled in a deflected goal after great work down the left flank by James Drummond.
The second Western Province goal was a 21st minute tap-in for Pierre de Voux and the Capetonians then made it 3-0 at the halftime break when the impressive Lloyd Norris-Jones went ranging down the left wing and Shannon Boucher got on the end of the strong cross to the far post.
The outgunned Free Staters stuck gamely to their task and created the best chance of the third quarter, Lyndon Fredericks going narrowly wide from a short-corner following a good run by Melrick Maddocks.
Western Province then had their first two short-corners of the match, but both were unsuccessful.
It was Norris-Jones, who scored a hat-trick in last year’s IPT final, who then provided a study in clinical finishing as he put himself in space inside the circle to score two well-taken goals in the last two minutes of the match.
The Peninsula men’s side were also off to a good start in the B Section as they hammered Eastern Gauteng 6-0, with Reece Arendse scoring twice. KZN Mynahs beat SA Country Districts 3-0 in the other Men’s B Section match played. In the women’s B Section WP Peninsula are chasing a second successive title and got off to a winning start with a 4-2 win over Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe scored first through Jessica Hilton-Barber and were level 2-2 after 19 minutes through a Nicolle Grant goal, but a disappointing final quarter saw them concede decisive goals to Nicole Bartsch and Georgia Grobler.
Peninsula’s other goals were scored by Danielle Cairns and Kayde Miller.
KZN Mynahs got the women’s B Section underway with an impressive 7-1 win over Northerns B, with Pamela Daniel scoring four goals and Stacey Hiron two.
South African Country Districts edged out Mpumalanga 4-3 in an entertaining fixture, with Wilna Phillips scoring twice and Hettie Trollip bagging the winner seven minutes from time with a deflection at the far post after a short corner.
Goalkeeper Zelda van Rooyen made a crucial save for SACDs after that, with Shannia-Lee Swart scoring twice for Mpumalanga.

In the picture, Western Province’s Adrian Abrahams comes in to challenge Melrick Maddocks of Free State. Picture courtesy of Reg Caldecott

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