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For the fourth time in succession the SPAR KZN Raiders are the champions of women’s indoor hockey in South Africa. They earned the title through a show of supreme dominance throughout the week and although they were gainfully tested in the final against Pietie Coetzee’s Southern Gauteng, the weight of pressure paid off and earned the team the gold.

They did not have it all their own way as Calvin “Chicken” Price’s team were asked some difficult questions by Southern Gauteng. They were asked to stop a hard-working Lilian du Plessis, a goal hungry ex-Raider Kara Botes, a new international star Alex Kavanagh and to find a way past goalkeeper extraordinaire Namibian Petro Stoffberg. For much of the opening half those questions were asked, but on the verge of half-time they finally found an answer. A beautiful team move involving Jessica O’Connor, Tegan Fourie and Shelley Higgo saw the ball worked through to Kelly Reed and the South African ace fired the defending champions into the lead.

Karen Bowyer, the Mynah promoted to the Raiders on the back of Botes move to Johannesburg, was then the benefactor of a rare error from Stoffberg, who had already pulled off three or four high quality saves, and scored just her second goal of the tournament. Although that was a sucker punch for the Johannesburg ladies they refused to give up and having soaked up more pressure they pushed forward, and Ashleigh Redhead pulled a goal back. For the tactical approach to the game it was a goal well deserved and set up a tense final 9 minutes.

But this is where the Raiders showed their class. They managed the clock creating a few chances and limiting Southerns to small chances that Cheree Greyvenstein would save easily. The game was then put to bed in the 37th minute when Shelley Higgo was the benefactor of a goal mouth scramble the game was over.

Elsewhere in the tournament it was the KZN Inland women who stole a dramatic bronze medal with a penalty shootout victory over Western Province. This after equalising with 6 seconds left on the clock. The KZN Mynahs confirmed a back-to-back 5th place finish with a 4-3 win over WP Disa’s. Mpumalanga sealed their highest finish at 7. The remaining places were WP Peninsula (8th), Northern Blues (9th), Free State (10th), SG Witsies (11th) & Eastern Gauteng (12th).

The goalkeeper of the tournament was awarded to Petro Stoffberg (Southern Gauteng) and the player of the tournament was Jessica O’Connor (SPAR KZN Raiders).

It was as hot as I have experienced in Cape Town today and the action on the pitch did nothing to cool the arena down. In a day of 22 games I pick out five of my favourite ones on a thrilling day of action at the Velodrome.

Mens IPT 2018 – Northern Blues 6-6 Namibia

Namibia were sensational in opening an early 4-0 lead through Neethling, Finch, Cleak and Martins and they looked to be cruising to a second win of the tournament. But closing in on half time Lamprecht and Paulo pulled two goals back to wrestle the momentum. Namibia struck first in the second half through Neethling before three goals in two minutes pulled the game level. Lamprecht, Paulo and Forbes the scorers. Ernest Jacobs then scored a rare goal to give Namibia the lead but Janse levelled again for the Blues. Namibia then won a penalty stroke with 8 seconds left of the match, but Martins flick was saved by Champion to keep it level.

Mens IPT 2018 – KZN Raiders 5-3 Northern Blues

Having witnessed the Blues earlier draw with Namibia the Raiders knew they needed a win to set up a favourable quarter final. Keegan Hezlett, Jonty Robinson and Greg Last set up a fantastic first half but the Blues again fought back, through a Lamprecht double and another Steven Paulo goal. But the Raiders made sure of the win thanks to South African World Cup Star Jarryd Jones and Keegan Hezlett to win a tight game.

Women’s IPT 2018 – Western Province 1-1 WP Peninsula

In the classic “A” team takes on “B” team battle, the hosts derby lived up to expectation. The match was a tactical affair with Kaitlyn Byrne the absolute star for Pens denying chances regularly with class. Gillian Hermanus, Namibian World Cup Star, scored early for Province but the “B” side levelled on the stroke of half time as Rozanne Compion scored from open play. Although they had to defend gainfully the Pens were full value for their draw.

Women’s IPT 2018 – Northern Blues 2-4 SG Witsies

Northerns look a far better team than 12 months ago as Celia Evans works her magic as a coach, they also ran into a first half 2-1 lead thanks to Roxanne Paans. But an inspired performance by Lethabo Nkoe with a second half hat-trick made it a fantastic day for Blake Goosen and his team.

Women’s IPT 2018 – Mpumalanga 3-1 SG Witsies

Southerns followed up that dramatic victory with a historic defeat as Mpumalanga tasted victory for the first time ever over Witsies. The first goal of the game only came in the 31st minute through Jonker and Mpumalanga then got a second through Davey. Atkins pulled one back for Witsies, but the icing was put on the cake for Mpumalanga when Dunell van Taak punished a loose ball.

Among the other results were another two convincing wins for SPAR KZN Raiders in defence of the SA Indoor Women’s IPT title, Pietie Coetzee’s Southern Gauteng made their own shout too with a fantastic two victories and KZN Inland made it three out of three as well.

In the Men’s tournament Namibia, Southerns and Western Province remain undefeated after their three games.

SA Mens IPT 2018 | Day 2 Results

Western Province 14-2 Mpumalanga
KZN Raiders 4-0 WP Peninsula
Northern Blues 6-6 Namibia
Southern Gauteng 11-5 Eastern Gauteng
Mpumalanga 1-10 PSI WP Invitational
KZN Raiders 5-3 Northern Blues
KZN Mynahs 3-9 Namibia
Southern Gauteng 16-0 Mpumalanga
Northern Blues 9-3 WP Peninsula
Western Province 9-3 PSI WP Invitational

SA Women’s IPT 2018 | Day 2 Results

Southern Gauteng 11-0 Free State
KZN Inland 6-0 Mpumalanga
Western Province 1-1 WP Peninsula
Northern Blues 2-4 SG Witsies
SPAR KZN Raiders 24-1 Eastern Gauteng
KZN Mynahs 4-0 WP Disa’s
Mpumalanga 3-1 SG Witsies
KZN Inlands 4-2 WP Peninsula
SPAR KZN Raiders 12-0 WP Disa’s
KZN Mynahs 1-9 Southern Gauteng
Eastern Gauteng 1-8 Free State
Western Province 8-0 Northern Blues

Photo - Cindy Hack - Facebook

The opening day of the 2018 IPT saw a remarkable 119 goals scored across 12 games at an average of just under 10 goals a game. Incredibly 10 different players bagged themselves hat-tricks on an opening day that featured four shut outs as well. It was another day advertising how entertaining the sport of indoor hockey can be as an average of a goal every four minutes offered the spectators at the Belville Velodrome some great excitement.

The most score-full game of the day was an absolute classic as the defending champions the KZN Raiders Men were stunned 9-7 by Namibia in a game of high octane hockey. At half-time the score was 3-2, but there were few signs of what was to come in an explosive second half. 6 goals in 7 second half minutes saw Namibia surge to a 9-4 lead before a late fight back from the defending champions set up an unlikely finish, unfortunately for the Raiders that was how it stayed.

There were 14 goals in one of the women’s games as the SPAR KZN Raiders scored all of them in a dominant display from the defending champions. 8 different players on the score sheet against Free State to put a big marker down as the favourites once again.

The KZN Mynahs, KZN Inland and Southern Gauteng women were all dismissive of their opposition winning comfortably with clean sheets against Eastern Gauteng, Witsies and WP Disas respectively, while there was a tight win for home team Western Province over Mpumalanga and a Northern Blues got Celia Evans her first win as a coach over Pens.

The KZN Mynahs men and the Northern Blues produced arguably the game of the day with Steven Paulo the star for the Pretoria side in a dramatic 5-4 win. Having trailed 4-2 with 6 minutes remaining the Mynahs pulled level only and with all the momentum on their side would have been confident of sneaking the win, but they didn’t as Paulo popped up with the winner, his third, in the final minute of the game.

Day 2 promises more action as team’s jostle for position and an advantageous group position for the cross-pool playoffs later in the week.

SA IPT 2018 | Womens Day 1 Results

Northern Blues 4-1 WP Peninsula
Southern Gauteng 10-0 WP Disa’s
KZN Inland 7-0 SG Witsies
KZN Mynahs 8-0 Eastern Gauteng
SPAR KZN Raiders 14-0 Free State
Western Province 5-2 Mpumalanga

SA IPT 2018 | Mens Day 1 Results

PSI WP Invitational 5-3 Eastern Gauteng
KZN Mynahs 4-5 Northern Blues
KZN Raiders 7-9 Namibia
Southern Gauteng 8-5 PSI WP Invitational
KZN Mynahs 5-7 WP Peninsula
Western Province 4-1 Eastern Gauteng

The outdoor club season has winded down across South Africa and attention has shifted back to indoor hockey as the provincial sides prepare to face off for a battle of supremacy. The Belville Velodrome, which hosted the 2016 edition, will once again play host to 22 teams playing off over four days for the title of South African Men’s or Women’s indoor champions.

We start with the girls, with indoor hockey on a high following the 3-0 series victory against African Champions Namibia, taking the run to 25 undefeated matches in a row. The 12-team’s taking part of in the Women’s tournament will all be looking to try and stop the imperious SPAR KZN Raiders who have won the last 7 titles in a row. They have the two most capped indoor players in Africa in Jessica O’Connor and Cindy Hack and complete the line-up with 6 further South African players, including the player of the series from the recent SPAR Series Jessica Lardant, and Namibian superstar Kiana Cormack. On paper they will be the team to beat once again.

Southern Gauteng will be optimistic about their opportunity to dethrone the Raiders as they will offer a first Gauteng selection at nationals to the brilliant Kara Botes, while Lilian du Plessis, Alex Kavanagh and Robyn Johnson were all part of the most recent national squad. In Namibian Petro Stoffberg they have a shot stopper that can decide matches.

The KZN Inland challenge also looks to be a good one after their runner-up finish in 2017. They have the abilities of Amore de Wet and sensational youngster Edith Molikoe along with goal scoring machine Eloise Walters and Amy Greaves filling the squad. Keagan Walters is also a passionate coach who manages to get the best out of his teams so will be looking to time the run perfectly again.

You also can’t discount the abilities of Western Province playing at home, they are a much-changed team from the impressive 2017 team but in Gillian Hermanus, Jamie Southgate and Jessica Glass they have great experience and talent. They also have a superb keeper in Nicole la Fleur who always saves her best for the biggest games.

Women’s IPT 2018 – Groups

Group A

 

Group B

Southern Gauteng

 

Northern Blues

WP Disa’s

 

WP Peninsula

KZN Mynahs

 

KZN Inland

Eastern Gauteng

 

SG Witsies

Western Province

 

SPAR KZN Raiders

Mpumalanga

 

Free State

 

In the men’s tournament it will be a case of rebuilding the confidence after the disappointment of the indoor hockey world cup. All eyes will obviously look to the KZN Raiders once again, but it will be a much different side that Cameron Mackay presides over. There are a host of changes and playing away from home the Raiders will be up against it. Jonty Robinson, Jarryd Jones and Greg Last will be integral for the defending champions.

Southern Gauteng will be looking to go a step further this year after back-to-back silver medals. They have lethal goal-scoring talent in Chad Futcher and Julian Hykes, while the experience of Reza Rosenberg and Kyle Marks will be of incredible importance. Can they step up to challenge the other sides?

Dale Isaac will lead the challenge for last year’s bronze medallists, who will be looking to at least get into the title match this time around as hosts. They once again have a host of new caps, so the challenge will be a tough one, but the likes of Jacki Mohlaba, Andrew Winter and Anton van Loggerenberg are all capable of producing moments of magic.

The men will also have to deal with the challenge of Namibia, who have been invited to take part once again. Trevor Cormack has continued his blend of selection bringing DJ Strauss, Brynn Cleak and Siyabonga Martins all selected along with the young stars in Cody van der Merwe, Liam Hermanus and Nico Neethling. They will be a fantastic test for everyone they play against and will add a great quality to the tournament.

Mens IPT 2018 – Groups

Group A

 

Group B

KZN Mynahs

 

PSI WP Invitational

Northern Blues

 

Eastern Gauteng

KZN Raiders

 

Southern Gauteng

Namibia

 

Western Province

WP Peninsula

 

Mpumalanga

 

 

The Women’s SA Hockey IPT 2018 opened its second day of competition by opening the B section’s competition for 2018 and that’s where we will start. The B Section features 7 teams looking for an opportunity to earn a place at the top table in the future.

The format features each team playing each other once where the top 2 will then compete in the final. SA Country Districts A laid down the first marker as they triumphed 4-2 over the KZN Robins. They led 2-0, were pegged back to 2-2 before Amber Collins and Fortunate Mshenge made the game safe.

SA Country Districts B also started with a victory as they held sway to beat KZN Inland 2-0, while the Northern Daisies showed devastating form in beating Border 9-0. Harriet du Toit picked up five goals for herself, making her the clear leader in the golden stick race already. The Southern Gauteng Nuggets, coached by SA Commonwealth Star Tyson Dlungwana, were tested in their opener against SACD A but managed to edge a 2-1 win, while the KZN Robins bounced back from their opening defeat to beat their Inland neighbours 5-1 in the last game of the day.

In the A section, KZN Mynahs were strongly expected to test Free State after their fine display against Southern Gauteng on day one. They were stunned however as they found themselves 5-0 down to the Free State ladies at half-time. A spirited second half saw them score two goals but Free State looked really fantastic in a 6-2 win, putting up their hands for a top-four finish.

Tuffy Western Province completed their second 5-1 win in a row, this time over the Eastern Province ladies. South African star Candice Manuel started the scoring which was punctuated with goals throughout the game. Jade Mayne, another Commonwealth Games squad member scored the last to make it two from two for the Cape side.

North West continued their glut of goals and netted the second hat-trick of the tournament and their second too through Dirkie Chamberlain, while Sulette Damons got on the score sheet again helping her side to a comfortable 5-0 win over Mpumalanga.

Southern Gauteng underlined their title credentials with their own 5-0 victory over the WP Pens side. Sylvia van Jaarsveldt and Lisa Hawker both scored a brace to take Pietie Coetzee’s charges top of pool B alongside Western Province.

Northern Blues continued the run of clean sheets and defeated the SG Witsies side 3-0 after goals from Celia Evans, Almay van der Linde, and the superb Natalie Esteves, whose goal capped off an outstanding performance in front of the national selectors with a deserved goal.

The final game of the day was looking likely to be a tough one for the SPAR KZN Raiders as they took on the SA Invitational U21 side, but in truth, it was a game they were always well and truly in control of. A brace from Jacinta Jubb took it to halftime before a fantastic finish from Donna Small set Raiders away even further. There was still time for arguably the best goal of the day as Kelly Reed reminded everyone what an incredible talent she is, smashing a bullet into the corner of the goal.

North West, Northern Blues, and SPAR KZN Raiders all remained undefeated in Group A, while Western Province and Southern Gauteng do the same in Group B. The five teams, along with Free State produced 6 convincing results from the 6 games today. But as we get deeper into the tournament we know that someone will step up to the top podium step alone, the question at this point is who will it be? You can follow daily updates on SA Hockey or check out the Tournament Management site through https://saha.altiusrt.com/competitions/25#matches

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The SPAR South Africa Indoor Hockey women’s team have a fantastic summer to look forward to as SA Hockey confirms two series on their calendar. The first confirmed series vs Zimbabwe will take place in Durban on the back of a fantastic Interprovincial tournament hosted there this month. The second sees SPAR South Africa heading to an invitational tournament in Croatia in January 2018. There is also a third International series to take place in Cape Town pending confirmation

The SPAR South Africa women to take on the Zimbabweans as well as the International series features 14 players. There are three goalkeepers in the 14 player squad with previous shot stoppers Hanli Hattingh and Nicole la Fleur (currently on International outdoor duty in Egypt) joined by Cheree Greyvenstein who was outstanding for the SPAR KZN Raiders in Durban.

Coach Lennie Botha has the opportunity to call up current dual internationals in Jessica O’Connor, Kara Botes and Celia Evans, while Kelly Reed and African Hockey Indoor Cup of Nations top goal scorer Heather McEwan also make the final team. Lethal striker Eloise Walters and Amore de Wet, who has been out of the side for the past year, also earned call-ups from some inspired hockey at IPT. Cindy Hack, the first South African player to reach 50 indoor hockey caps, will continue to lead the team after her player of the tournament performance at the 2017 IPT.

New caps in the squad include the impressive Jamie Southgate, Robyn Johnson and explosively talented youngster Teagan Fourie.  It’s a great opportunity for Botha to field youthful exuberance and introduce a few talented players into the rigours of international indoor hockey.

For the Croatia Cup, 12 of the players remain the same, with the exclusion of Heather McEwan and Cheree Greyvenstein. The Cup offers the SPAR South Africa women a great opportunity to test themselves against some high quality opposition while simultaneously building a bigger group of players for the SPAR South Africa squad.

Skipper Cindy Hack is particularly excited about the Croatia Cup opportunity stating: “This an incredible opportunity to be invited to the tournament and it’s an exciting new phase, a building phase, where we are able to expose new players to top international indoor hockey. Tournaments like this allow us to gauge where we are in the international scene and outline what we need to be working on going forward.”

SPAR South Africa squad for Zimbabwe Series (15-19 November) and International Test Series (4-10 December)

No.

Name

Province

1

Amore de Wet

North West

2

Celia Evans

Northern Blues

3

Cheree Greyvenstein

SPAR KZN Raiders

4

Cindy Hack (c)

SPAR KZN Raiders

5

Eloise Walters

KZN Inland

6

Hanli Hattingh

Western Province

7

Heather McEwan

Western Province

8

Jamie Southgate

Western Province

9

Jessica O’Connor

SPAR KZN Raiders

10

Kara Botes

SPAR KZN Raiders

11

Kelly Reed

SPAR KZN Raiders

12

Nicole la Fleur

Western Province

13

Robyn Johnson

Southern Gauteng

14

Tegan Fourie

SPAR KZN Raiders

 

SPAR South Africa squad for Croatia Cup (2-9 January 2018)

No.

Name

Province

1

Amore de Wet

North West

2

Celia Evans

Northern Blues

3

Cindy Hack (c)

SPAR KZN Raiders

4

Eloise Walters

KZN Inland

5

Hanli Hattingh

Western Province

6

Jamie Southgate

Western Province

7

Jessica O’Connor

SPAR KZN Raiders

8

Kara Botes

SPAR KZN Raiders

9

Kelly Reed

SPAR KZN Raiders

10

Nicole la Fleur

Western Province

11

Robyn Johnson

Southern Gauteng

12

Tegan Fourie

SPAR KZN Raiders

 

 

 

Southern Gauteng miss a penalty corner in their Quarter-Final against Western Province. Picture - SA Hockey.

The 2017 South African Indoor Hockey IPT entered its second day in Durban with extra excitement as day one had given the supporters and players a taste of what to expect from day 2.  The morning fixtures completed the group stage with all focus then turning onto the Quarter Finals.

QF1 – SPAR KZN Raiders 7-0 Mpumalanga

It was a fairly clinical display by the SPAR Raiders who got off to the perfect start with an early goal from National skipper Cindy Hack. 19-year-old current SA U21 member Teagan Fourie netted the second, she is an exciting prospect for South African Indoor Hockey, which was followed by one more for Kelly Reed. The second half saw Reed complete her hat-trick with another two and international team-mate Shelley Higgo got in on the act. Sethu Sithole also got one finishing off a fantastic team goal to put the defending champs into the final four.

QF2 – Southern Gauteng 1-3 Western Province

In a pulsating and physical battle, it was the Cape ladies who triumphed in a battle of attrition. Lilian du Plessis scored first for Southerns converting after a period of dominance before Heather McEwan, the top goal scorer at the African Indoor Hockey Cup of Nations, pulled level. Skipper Natasha Rootenberg took advantage of a lapse in concentration to pull Province ahead and it was a position they never relinquished. They would add gloss to a resolute defensive display with Kaira Day netting a third.

QF3 – North West 4-1 KZN Mynahs

The Mynahs had smashed their group and were safely expected to navigate the Quarter Final against North West. North West, however, produced the result of the tournament so far and stunned their much-favoured hosts. Stephanie Baxter caught the host’s cold before less than 30 seconds later Jocelle Deysel made it 2-0! Deysel would add a third early in the second half as the quick start paid dividend again. That goal spurred on the Mynahs who pulled one back through Dani Roberts but were making mistake after mistake and it was North West who capitalised netting one more through Elmien Marais. It was the standout team performance in the tournament and produced the standout result for Shaun Hulley’s team.

QF 4 – KZN Inland 5-1 Northern Blues

Inland came into the game on the back of distinctly average form in the group stages and were facing the favourites on the day, the Northern Blues. But as had already been shown by North West, with the right application and attitude any team can win. Following her move from the KZN Raiders, Eloise Walters brought out a player of the match performance to dismantle the Blues. Walters work rate, which was often not needed playing for the Raiders, was impeccable and her hat-trick was nothing less than deserved. Nicolene Terblanche pulled the score back to 2-1 at a stage but Inlands were never truly troubled. Amy Greaves and Nadia Stella got the other two goals to set up a Semi-Final match against North West.

Ladies Semi-Finals

10:30 – SPAR KZN Raiders vs. Western Province

11:30 – North West vs. KZN Inland

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