The plucky youngsters of the North-West team were unable to prevent an all-Gauteng Women’s A Section final in the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals on Friday as Northerns Blues triumphed 4-0 in their semifinal at the Randburg Hockey Stadium.

 

Northerns Blues will now go on to meet neighbours and defending champions Southern Gauteng in the final on Saturday.

Northerns struck first in the fifth minute as Jacinta Jubb added to her considerable tally this week with a crisp strike from the back left of the D, but North-West goalkeeper Anele van Deventer produced a couple of fine saves to prevent them from scoring a second in the first quarter.

 

Midway through the second chukka, Kim Hubach pushed a penalty stroke narrowly wide, but it did not cost Northerns as, just a couple of minutes later, Chane Hill stretched the lead to 2-0 with a fine deflection on the post from a meaty strike by Izelle Verster.

 

It stayed that way through to half-time, but Jubb completed a hat-trick with two goals in the final quarter as the Northerns short-corner team roared into life.

 

The talented North-West side created a few opportunities, but the solid defence of the Blues gave them little leeway and the team coached by Lindsay Wright, the former SA star, will now get a shot at the ultimate title as they take on the Southern Gauteng powerhouse.

 

Don’t forget that all the matches taking place on the main field at the Randburg Hockey Stadium are being streamed live Saturday and the action from Friday's games on the main field have also been archived on live streaming site which can be accessed by visiting http://antcast.antfarm.co.za/sahockey/April_2016_01/