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In front of the biggest crowd of the week at the AB Jackson Astro-Turf in Pietermaritzburg, the KZN Raiders came from a goal behind to defeat Southern Gauteng 2-1 in a fantastic display of hockey. The victory for Sihle Ntuli’s men means the province defended their title won last year and, in the process, completed back-to-back indoor and outdoor hockey national titles.

The game started in the warm winter sun with Southern Gauteng looking fired up and ready to win the title. They created the first big chance of the game as they broke from defence and skipper Miguel da Graca hit the most delightful diagonal through ball to set up Nic Spooner in a one-on-one with Gowan Jones. The Southerns hot shot, who plays his club hockey in Germany, took a touch, lined up his shot and slid it into the bottom corner. The composure in the finish brought the Gauteng fans to their feet.

Southerns defence was the hallmark to their great week and once establishing a lead they would be difficult side to break down, needing either an error by Southerns or a moment of magic from the Raiders. Fortunately for the crowd it was a moment of magic as Clinton Panther, a former IPT winner with Southerns, produced a breath-taking run down the line laying the ball off for Matt de Sousa who set up Cameron Mackay. Mackay had a lot to do still but finished outstanding well from a tight angle.

The second half saw both teams looking to gain the lead with chances spurned on both ends, but the defining moment arrived in the 46th minute when national skipper Tim Drummond set up Bili Ntuli, despite the attention of three Southern Gauteng defenders. Ntuli finished with a strike worthy of winning a championship and that’s exactly what it did, sealing the title for the KZN Raiders.

The B Section produced an outstanding final of its own as the Northern Cape side took an early 3-0 lead through Severiano Kock and a brace from Lyndon Fredericks. They then went defensive in restricting SA Country Districts to just two goals to bag a historic title for themselves.

The Bronze medal was won by Southern Gauteng Witsies, who came from a goal down to win 2-1 thanks to Kingsley Botes and Thabang Modise, while Western Province secured fifth spot with a 3-1 victory over SA Invitational U21.

The individual awards of the B section were announced after the final with Darren Kamfer (SACD) named as player of the tournament and Macheke Fanelo (SACD) won the goalkeeper of the tournament. In the A Section the prize winners were Jarred Cass (SAU21) – young player of the tournament, Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng) – goalkeeper of the tournament and Mo Mea (KZN Raiders) – player of the tournament.

For many of the players the eye will now turn to the upcoming PHL tournament, which starts next week, while the greater world cup squad announcement will also be released shortly.

Day 7 Final Results

A Section Final
Southern Gauteng 1-2 KZN Raiders

A Section Playoffs
3/4 – SG Witsies 2-1 Northerns Blues
5/6 – Western Province 3-1 SA Invitational U21
7/8 – Eastern Province 6-1 WP Peninsula
9/10 – Free State 0-1 North West
11/12 – SG Nuggets (1)2-2(3) KZN Mynahs

B Section Final
Northern Cape “B” 3-2 SA Country Districts

B Section Playoffs
3/4 – Northern Daisies 1-2 KZN Inland
5/6 – Mpumalanga 5-1 Northern Cape “A”

After 6 days and 36 matches we are left with the final two contesting the Gold medal match. The defending champions the KZN Raiders will take on Southern Gauteng to decide who reigns supreme in SA Men’s Hockey.

The Raiders won their way to the final with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Southern Gauteng Witsies. Witsies would have looked to maintain a tight back wall to start the game, but it took Raiders just 7 minutes before International Taine Paton finished spun and fired the tomahawk into the bottom corner. A period of domination then followed with Raiders unable to create too many goal scoring chances although they were bossing the possession.

As the minutes ticked by the Raiders continued in their possession bossing and were left disappointed when umpire Peter Wright ruled off a goal for the strike being outside the D. It took a view reviews on the Video Analysis computer after the game to decide that it was the right call, much to the relief of Wright. Raiders did gain their second early in the second quarter when Andrew Manson finished superbly after great work by Bili Ntuli.

The crowd may have expected a massive fight back from Wits, who definitely were better in the second half, but their fans had to wait till the last minute of the game for Kyle-Lion Cachet to fire into the bottom corner and spring a spark of hope that was quickly doused by Damian Kimfley firing in past Brett Walraven who was playing kicking back after the withdrawal of Gary Cooper.

In the second semi-final the game was ultimately decided on a massive swing at a pivotal moment. Southern Gauteng's Matt Brown had already given the favourites the lead, but Northerns Blues were presented with an opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a stroke. Rassie Pieterse however came up tops as he stuck out his long legs to get a toe to the ball. Southerns broke up the field in the next play and scored through experienced Tommy Hammond to not just take the wind out of the Northerns sails but drag a knife right through the centre of them.

Although Northerns never stopped running at their Gauteng neighbours, including a superb break led by Tevin Kok, they could not take advantage of their chances. Southerns on the other hand were superb as Courtney Halle, one of the first picks in the 2018 PHL Draft, made it 3-0 and Julian Hykes, who is in some great form, made it 4-0 after one of those trademark runs from skipper Miguel da Graca.

It’s all set for a classic final between the two best teams in the county. It hits off at 17:00 tonight.

In the days other games, a Rhett Halket Penalty stroke gave Tuffy Western Province a 4-3 win over Pens, Eastern Province were given an 8-minute burst split over half-time losing 4-1 to the SA Invitational U21 side, Gertjie Lamprecht earned North West a 2-0 win against the Mynahs and the Nuggets went down 4-3 in a hectic match with Free State. 

In the B Section, the drama came down to the wire as three teams finished tied on 12 points. Northern Cape B (The older generation of players) beat the younger ones 18-2 to secure a spot in the final. They will be joined by SACD who lost 2-1 to Northern Daisies but qualified by a 1 goal better differential in goal difference!

Day 6 Results – A Section

1-4 Semi Finals
Southern Gauteng 4-0 Northern Blues
KZN Raider 3-1 SG Witsies

5-8 Playoffs
Tuffy Western Province 4-3 WP Peninsula
SA Invitational U21 4-1 Eastern Province

9-12 Playoffs
Free State 4-3 SG Nuggets
North West 2-0 KZN Mynahs

Day 6 Results – B Section

Northern Cape A 2-18 Northern Cape B
Mpumalanga 1-8 KZN Inland
SACD 1-2 Northerns Daisies

 

The final day of the group stages took place at the AB Jackson Astro Turf in Pietermaritzburg today with all eyes on the big matchup between Tuffy Western Province and the KZN Raiders. It was a cooler evening on the astro as temperatures dropped, but the action more than made up for it as tensions reached a peak.

The opening quarter was a tentative affair but with some massive tackles, some incredibly physical, as Tuffy Western Province had the best chance of the half through Ryan Julius. The indoor and outdoor national player was not able to beat Gowan Jones in goal with his reverse stick strike. The Raiders started the second quarter with renewed purpose and probably should have had the lead through national captain Tim Drummond. Raiders were in the ascendancy winning three penalty corners in the quarter with Bili Ntuli finishing brilliantly after Greg Lasts effort was saved. 1-0 it remained until half-time.

In the third quarter it was continued pressure from the Raiders limiting the opportunities for Tuffy Western Province, with Keenan Horne looking the most likely to create something, but ultimately Jethro Eustice, Greg Last and Tim Drummond were brilliant in marshalling the defence. It remained 1-0 at the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter started in much the same way and after a superb through ball by Ntuli set up Taine Paton for a big opportunity that was fantastically saved with the helmet by Anton van Loggerenberg, the increased pressure eventually told for Raiders. They finished off a superb team goal with a mature dink by Dan Sibbald to make it 2-0.

Earlier in the day Southern Gauteng and Witsies both completed 100% group stage efforts with victories over SA Invitational U21 and Northerns Blues respectively. Southerns were tested by Garreth Ewings men far more than they would have liked but picked up a narrow 3-2 win through Nic Spooner, Courtney Halle and Namibian Brynn Cleak. Witsies were full value for their 2-1 win taking an early 2-0 lead through a Kyle Lion-Cachet brace. And despite conceding from Tim Guise-Brown, they managed to see out the pressure and set up a semi-final meeting with the Raiders

Southern Gauteng Nuggets produced an improved display that will raise hopes that they can avoid relegation despite a 4-2 defeat to North West. Free State also secured their first victory of the tournament when they overcame the Mynahs early in the day.  

In the B Section the Northern Daisies were belligerent in dismissing Northern Cape A, KZN Inlands were defeated easily by Northern Cape B and SA Country Districts produced a superb display in a 5-1 win against Mpumalanga

Day 5 Results – A Section

SG Nuggets 2-4 North West
Free State 4-1 KZN Mynahs
Eastern Province 1-1 WP Peninsula
Southern Gauteng 3-2 SA Invitational U21
SG Witsies 2-1 Northern Blues
KZN Raiders 2-0 Tuffy Western Province

A Section Crossovers

1-4 Semi Finals
Southern Gauteng vs. Northern Blues
KZN Raider vs. SG Witsies

5-8 Playoffs
Tuffy Western Province vs. WP Peninsula
SA Invitational U21 vs. Eastern Province

9-12 Playoffs
Free State vs. SG Nuggets
North West vs. KZN Mynahs

Day 5 Results – B Section

Northerns Daisies 11-0 Northern Cape A
KZN Inland 2-7 Northern Cape B
SA Country Districts 5-1 Mpumalanga

 

In today’s headline game the defending champions Kwazulu Natal Raiders took on the 2016 champions Southern Gauteng in a battle for supremacy in Group A. Southerns were playing on the back of their victory against Tuffy Western Province and knew that a draw would likely be enough to secure their spot in the final four, while the Raiders were keen to get the win to relieve the pressure on a final day meeting with Tuffy Western Province.

The match was always expected to be a tight affair featuring two of South Africa’s best goalkeepers in Gowan Jones and Rassie Pieterse, while the defences boasted a collection of International players. The game played out in the expected way with the cagey affair not producing any goals in the first half.  Eventually though it was Southerns who broke the deadlock as Nic Spooner when he punished the Raiders with a penalty stroke. Southerns would further enforce the advantage when Julian Hykes, who has more than 100 caps for South Africa, made it 2-0 on the whistle of the third quarter.

Try as they might the Raiders could not break through the defensive wall in the fourth quarter until the 58th minute when another international veteran Jonty Robinson pounced to set up a nervy end. The result remained, and it sets up a “Quarter-Final tomorrow when Tuffy Western Province play the KZN Raiders for a place in final four of the A Section.

Northern Blues secured their place in the final four with a workman-like 4-1 victory over Free State with Tevin Kok scoring the pick of the bunch, while Witsies had a tough encounter with Eastern Province that they emerged victorious from securing a 2-1 win and a place in the final four when Kingsley Botes scored the decider in the 58th minute.

In the B Section the SA Country Districts cemented their place as favourites when they convincingly beat Northern Cape B 8-4. It was an impressive attacking display as SACD netted at least one goal in each quarter to set themselves clear at the top. It was also an impressive day for KZN Inland who defeated Northern Cape A convincingly to reignite their campaign in the B Section.

Day 4 Results – A Section

SA Invitaitonal U21 3-2 North West
SG Witsies 2-1 Eastern Province
Tuffy Western Province 11-2 SG Nuggets
Northerns Blues 4-1 Free State
WP Peninsula 3-1 KZN Mynahs
KZN Raiders 1-2 Southern Gauteng

Day 4 Results – B Section

KZN Inland 7-1 Northern Cape A
Northern Blues 3-0 Mpumalanga
SA Country Districts 8-4 Northern Cape B

 

After the thrill of the opening day’s action, crowds in Pietermaritzburg were once again entertained by a day of goals and more. After two days both Group A and Group B are perfectly split with the top 3 having 100% records and the bottom three yet to taste victory.

The pick of the watching from the A Section was undoubtedly in the closing game of the day when the defending champions, the KZN Raiders, took on the SA Invitational U21 side. It was the coastal side who got off to the better start when South African striker Bili Ntuli scored in the fifth minute before underrated Greg Last fired home a penalty corner.

Sam Mvimbi fought back for the SA youngsters with his own penalty corner that ended the quarter 2-1 to the Raiders, a score that would remain until the 43rd minute when Damian Kimfley regained the two-goal cushion for the Champions. That lead was short lived as Michael Forrest cut the deficit to 1. A combination of good defence and Gowan Jones was able to repel any chances that the youngsters created to hold onto a well-deserved victory.

In Group B EP fought back from 1 goal down to win 3-2 with Malgraff in the goals again, while the other humdinger of the days saw the battle of the “B” teams produce “A-Class” quality when Witsies took on Pens. Pens came out firing and led 3-1 at the end of the first Quarter through a brace from Jordan Turnbull and a goal from Dave Agar either side of a Stuart Phillip strike.

Witsies methodically fought back under the tutelage of Anthony Woodhouse, famous for his gripping #PickWoody campaign for PHL 2017, and went into the half-time break only one down thanks to Matthew Povall’s strike. In the third quarter they turned up the heat even more and former SA U21 skipper Kyle Lion-Cachet levelled before Chad Futcher scored what would be the decisive goal, maintaining Witsies undefeated status.

In the three other games Southerns walloped the Nuggets with hat-tricks for Julian Hykes and Richard Pautz, Tuffy Western Province were dominant against North West with a brace for both Luthando Jonas and Connor Beauchamp, while the Northern Blues were hardly tested in a routine win against the Mynahs. The Letuka twins each got on the scoresheet for their province.

The B Section got underway today as well and it was wins for Mpumalanga, SA Country Districts and Northern Cape B.

Day 2 Results – A Section

Southern Gauteng 12-0 SG Nuggets
SG Witsies 4-3 WP Peninsula
Northern Blues 5-0 KZN Mynahs
Eastern Province 3-2 Free State
Tuffy Western Province 7-0 North West
KZN Raiders 3-2 SA Invitational U21

Day 2 Results – B Section

Northern Daisies 3-4 Northern Cape B
SA Country Districts 3-0 KZN Inland
Mpumalanga 4-1 Northern Cape A

 

Undoubtedly all eyes were on the final game of day 1 of the 2018 Men’s IPT, where Tuffy Western Province would take on the SA Invitational U21 side. In a group that features both last year’s winners SPAR KZN Raiders and 2016 winners Southern Gauteng, an early loss would make the mountain far more difficult in the route to the crown.

The game produced a humdinger as Tuffy Western Province, captained by former national skipper Austin Smith, took the lead through Callum Buchanan in the 22nd minute and made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time when Luthando Jonas finished off smartly. Keenan Horne made it 3-0 to Tuffy Western Province in the third quarter before the SA Invitational U21 fought back.

Dayaan Cassiem, playing against his home province, pulled one goal back before a 51st minute Matthew Roman goal created a frenetic finish in front of two of South Africa’s top referees Peter Wright and Ayden Shrives. Tuffy Western Province would hang on for a massive three points and ending the day in a happier position.

Earlier in the day two of the three Southern Gauteng sides dominated their matches with Southern Gauteng and Witsies easily seeing off North West and Free State respectively. Nic Spooner, a man all fans would love to see in Green and gold again, netted a hat-trick, which itself was matched by Matt Brown, while the Witsies side were spurred on by a brace from Kingsley Botes and Chad Futcher.

SPAR KZN Raiders, the defending champions, also had cause for happiness as 7 different scorers got their names on the scoresheet including Greg Last who netted two. The Northern Blues were also pushed all the way in their entertaining 2-1 win against the WP Pens. Dirk van der Spuy the hero when he scored in the 53rd minute.

In the opening game of the day Eastern Province were barely troubled putting together a fine 4-0 win against the KZN Mynahs, with Ignatius Malgraff coming to the fore again.

The Men’s IPT has produced some remarkable results in recent years with Witsies, SA Under 21 and WP Pens all making the finals in the last 5 years and we all know what happened when Pens made the final. In IPT there may be an “A” and “B” section, but there is no such thing as a “B” Team

Day 1 Results – A Section

Eastern Province 4-0 KZN Mynahs
Southern Gauteng 13-0 North West
Witsies 6-1 Free State
SPAR KZN Raiders 8-2 SG Nuggets
Northern Blues 2-1 WP Peninsula
Tuffy Western Province 3-2 SA Invitational U21

Picture - Sean Burke

The Men’s IPT for 2018 gets underway in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday with 12 teams competing for the A section and a further six sides contesting the B Section. A year ago, in Randburg, SPAR Kwazulu Natal Raiders completed the unthinkable double-double winning the Men’s and Women’s indoor and outdoor IPT titles.

The draw for this year’s tournament offers a group of death in name as the champions SPAR KZN Raiders, Western Province, Southern Gauteng and the SA Invitational U21 squad all meet up in Group A. In Group B, last year’s surprise Runner-up Witsies headline a pool that offers great opportunity for a semi-final spot.

In the B section the likes of the Northern Daisies and Mpumalanga will be looking to get themselves into the A Section in 2019, while the inclusion of the Northern Cape sides is also a fantastic addition to the tournament.

The tournament runs from 29 July until the 4 August and will take place at the UKZN Astro and the AB Jackson Turf. With the CTM PHL starting the following weekend it offers an opportunity for some of the players to really put their hands up to be included in the tournament.

You can follow daily match reports on the SA Hockey website as well as the Tournament Management Site (link on the homepage)

Fixtures – A Section

Time

Pool

#

Team 1

Team 2

Venue

Sunday – 29/07/2018

10h30

B

1

Eastern Province

Mynahs

ABJ

12h15

A

2

Southern Gauteng

North West

ABJ

13h30

B

3

Witsies

Free State

UKZN

14h30

A

4

KZN Raiders

Nuggets

ABJ

16h15

B

5

Northerns Blues

Pens

ABJ

18h00

A

6

Western Province

SA U21

ABJ

Monday – 30/07/2018

10h30

A

7

Southern Gauteng

Nuggets

ABJ

12h15

B

8

Witsies

Pens

ABJ

13h30

B

9

Northerns Blues

Mynahs

UKZN

14h30

A

10

Eastern Province

Free State

ABJ

16h15

B

11

Western Province

North West

ABJ

18h00

A

12

KZN Raiders

SA U21

ABJ

Tuesday – 31/07/2018

10h30

B

13

Pens

Free State

ABJ

12h15

B

14

Witsies

Mynahs

ABJ

13h30

A

15

KZN Raiders

North West

UKZN

14h30

A

16

SA U21

Nuggets

ABJ

16h15

B

17

Northerns Blues

Eastern Province

ABJ

18h00

A

18

Western Province

Southern Gauteng

ABJ

Wednesday – 01/08/2018

10h30

A

19

SA U21

North West

ABJ

12h15

B

20

Witsies

Eastern Province

ABJ

13h30

A

21

Western Province

Nuggets

UKZN

14h30

B

22

Northerns Blues

Free State

ABJ

16h15

B

23

Pens

Mynahs

ABJ

18h00

A

24

KZN Raiders

Southern Gauteng

ABJ

Thursday – 02/08/2018

10h30

B

25

Nuggets

North West

ABJ

12h15

B

26

Free State

Mynahs

ABJ

13h30

A

27

Eastern Province

Pens

UKZN

14h30

A

28

Southern Gauteng

SA U21

ABJ

16h15

B

29

Witsies

Northerns Blues

ABJ

18h00

A

30

Western Province

KZN Raiders

ABJ

Friday – 03/08/2018

10h00

 

31

A6

B5

ABJ

12h00

 

32

A5

B6

ABJ

13h00

 

33

A4

B3

UKZN

14h00

 

34

A3

B4

ABJ

16h00

 

35

A2

B1

ABJ

18h00

 

36

A1

B2

ABJ

Saturday – 04/08/2018

09h00

7/8

37

Loser Match 33

Loser Match 34

ABJ

11h00

11/12

38

Loser Match 31

Loser Match 32

ABJ

13h00

3/4

41

Loser Match 35

Loser Match 36

ABJ

13h45

9/10

39

Winner Match 31

Winner Match 32

UKZN

15h30

5/6

40

Winner Match 33

Winner Match 34

UKZN

17h00

1/2

42

Winner Match 35

Winner Match 36

ABJ


Fixtures – B Section

Time

Pool

#

Team 1

Team 2

Venue

Monday – 30/07/2018

08h15

A

1

Northerns Daisies

Northern Cape 2

UKZN

10h00

A

2

SACD

KZN Inland

UKZN

11h45

A

3

Mpumalanga

Northern Cape 1

UKZN

Tuesday – 31/07/2018

08h15

A

5

Northerns Daisies

KZN Inland

UKZN

10h00

A

6

SACD

Northern Cape 1

UKZN

11h45

A

7

Mpumalanga

Northern Cape 2

UKZN

Wednesday – 01/08/2018

08h15

A

9

KZN Inland

Northern Cape 1

UKZN

10h00

A

10

Northerns Daisies

Mpumalanga

UKZN

11h45

A

11

SACD

Northern Cape 2

UKZN

Thursday – 02/08/2018

08h15

A

13

Northerns Daisies

Northern Cape 1

UKZN

10h00

A

14

KZN Inland

Northern Cape 2

UKZN

11h45

A

15

SACD

Mpumalanga

UKZN

Friday – 03/08/2018

09h00

A

17

Northern Cape 1

Northern Cape 2

UKZN

11h00

A

18

Mpumalanga

KZN Inland

UKZN

15h00

A

19

SACD

Northern Daisies

UKZN

Saturday – 04/08/2018

09h00

 

21

Position 5 B Section

Position 6 B Pool

UKZN

11h00

 

22

Position 3 B Section

Position 4 B Section

UKZN

15h00

 

24

Position 1 B Section

Position 2 B Section

ABJ

 


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Lloyd Norris-Jones celebrates scoring a hat-trick

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