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.
10:30 – SPAR KZN Raiders vs. Western Province
11:30 – North West vs. KZN Inland