WP Peninsula earmarked themselves as the favourites for the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals Men’s B Section title as they strolled into the semi-finals on Thursday with a 14-0 thrashing of KZN Inland in their quarterfinal in Randburg.
Warren McEwan scored a hat-trick of penalty corner goals for the Western Province B side, the defending champions, while there was also a hat-trick for Reece Arendse and a brace for Brandon Hanekom.
They will meet Zimbabwe, who had too much skill and attacking fluency for a defensively-vulnerable Northerns B side, in their semi-final on Friday.
Arnold Mpofu scored the last two goals for Zimbabwe as they cruised to a 5-1 victory, with the first quarter being particularly beneficial for them as they scored twice, through captain Tendayi Maredza’s short-corner flick and Cydreck Strach’s clinical field-goal finish to go 2-0 up.
Zimbabwe goalkeeper Ranga Museki then conceded a 19th-minute penalty stroke to Northerns captain Jacques Klopper, but from that low point they steadily wore down their opposition, scoring three more goals through Newton Mashanyar, who got on the end of a high ball, and Mpofu’s brace.
None of the Men’s B Section quarterfinals were low-scoring, with North-West beating SA Country Districts 5-2 and KZN Mynahs seeing off Eastern Gauteng 5-0.
North-West went 3-0 up through field goals by Themba Twani, captain Essex Mbekeni and Neo Selehelo, but defensive errors then cost them two short-corner goals, by Gregg French and Henry Cock, in the second half. But further goals by Francois Cilliers and Mitesh Makan meant their semi-final place was always safe as houses, and they will play the KZN Mynahs on Friday for a place in the final and possible promotion to the A Section.
KZN Mynahs hit Eastern Gauteng hard in the second half after being held to just a single goal, scored by Dale van der Merwe, in the first half-hour.
Van der Merwe notched his second field goal in the 37th minute and it was followed by further goals by Tanner Bottomley and Brendon Smith, before Ryan Bradfield’s short-corner strike five minutes from time completed the scoring.