Over five days of action the top two teams from the tournaments have emerged and the finalists have now been decided. Here is how the semi-finals went down on a very weather affected day in.
SA U21 IPT – Women’s Semi-finals
KZN Raiders 0-1 North West
It was a tactical affair as the two favourites battled it out for a spot in the final. The game was largely a fight between who was the best defence rather than the best attack and would probably be decided by only one goal. And that proved to be the fact, as Chante Ferreira’s 50th minute strike put the defending champions back in the final.
Southern Gauteng (2) 0-0 (1) WP Peninsula
It was another tense affair in the other semi-final as the highly favoured hosts were kept at bay by a determined and resolute WP Pens performance. Both sides had opportunities to win the game in normal time but cam up against determined defence. In the end it was a shootout and it was Sisipho Magwaza who starred as Southerns won 2-1 in the first sudden death round.
FINAL – 13 April 16:00 – Southern Gauteng vs. North West
SA U21 IPT – Men’s Semi-Finals
Northern Blues 2-1 Southern Gauteng
This was arguably the people’s choice for the final, a repeat of the 2018 final, with no disrespect meant to other teams. Sihle Ntuli, in his first tournament with the Northerns Blues, was the one who got one over Miguel da Graca’s men. Sheldon Supra continued his fine form netting the first but Southerns fought back with a fourth quarter goal to make it 1-1 by none other than Spencer Botes. Trevor de Lora then re-established the lead just one minute later. It was the last goal of the game as the Northern Blues underlined their quality at this age group.
WP Peninsula 2-3 Western Province
The Western Province men managed to overcome the challenge that their female counterparts had succumbed to as they emerged victorious over their “B” side. Jacque van Tonder and Mbuso Mgobozi made it 2-0 before Ben Proctor pulled one back. Wesley Gardener made it 3-1 before Jack Tevershan set up a nerve-wracking finale. The Province men managed to hang on for their place in the final and an opportunity to emulate the Men’s Senior indoor side.
FINAL – 13 April 18:00 – Western Province vs. Northern Blues
Photos – Sean Burke
On day four of the South African Hockey U21 IPT, Four sides secured their spots in the Semi-Finals. Here they are and their routes to the final:
SA U21 IPT – Women’s Section
They are the only team with a 100% record from the Pool stages. Coach Brinsley Powell has enjoyed some good success in his first tournament with the KZN side. Made it four out of four with a comfortable 3-1 win against Western Province. Hannah Shirley has been instrumental with 6 goals while skipper Tegan Fourie continues to lead from the front.
The underdogs of the tournament who largely secured their place with a 1-0 win over Western Province on day 2. They secured their spot in the top 4 with a 2-0 win against Witsies. Incredibly they have not conceded since the opening game showing the focus that Justin Grundlingh has put on defence.
Tsoanelo Pholo’s side snatched top spot from North West in the most dramatic style when they beat Free State 6-1 to go one ahead on Goal Difference. It was a massive final quarter that saw them over the line. Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren has led the team from the front with 6 goals while Michelle Dykman has also impressed.
North West won their spot in the Semi-Finals effectively winning a Quarter-Final against the Northern Blues. Johan Jacobs has a very team effect with the goals being shared across the team with the likes of Clarise Smit, Courtney du Preez, Chante Ferreira and Sare Laubscher all contributing significantly.
KZN Raiders vs. North West
WP Peninsula vs. Southern Gauteng
SA U21 IPT – Men’s Section
The defending champions have played like that exactly, champions. Four wins from four games have left Sihle Ntuli’s side as the favourites. Guy Morgan, Brad Sherwood and Sheldon Supra have come up good with the goals and have kept the Blues as the only mens team with a 100% record.
In a battle of the “B” teams the Peninsula Mens side mirrored their girls side to make it to the final four. They secured their spot with a draw against Wits to go through on goal difference. Cameron Baker, one of the WP Indoor stars, has been fantastic for Michael van Rensburg and his team.
Western Province secured top spot and a game against their “B” side in the Semi with a thrilling victory over Southerns thanks to goals from Mbuso Mgobozi and Idrees Abdulla. It was as good a performance as they have produced in the tournament. Lungile Tsolekile will be a very happy man ahead of the semi-finals.
Having already secured top four spot, they had to settle for second as they fell short against Western Province. But in Spencer Botes they have a lethal goal scoring machine and a superb shot stopper in Duncan Fischer means they set up a titanic tussle with their Northern Neighbours.
Northern Blues vs. Southern Gauteng
WP Peninsula vs. Western Province
Photos – Sean Burke
Just three days into the 2019 South African Hockey U21 IPT, only 3 teams still look back with a perfect record so far. That means there is all to play for in Day 4 as the playoffs will be finalised. The Perfect three so far are the Northern Blues and the Southern Gauteng in the Mens tournament and KZN Raiders in the Womens tournament.
The Northern Blues confirmed their status as favourites as they added their 3rd win from 3 with a 4-1 win over Eastern Province. The win also secured them a semi-final spot. Although they trailed to an early goal by Laython Coombs, the Blues won thanks to goals from Brad Sherwood, Nicholas Pio and a brace from Guy Morgan.
Southern Gautengs men made it a perfect four themselves when they defeated Mpumalanga 4-0. The result took them to 19 goals scored having only conceded one and they look a tough team to beat on the home turf. Brad Riley, Chris Makaba, Che February and of course Spencer Botes were the goal scorers for the hosts.
The only team in the ladies section with a 100% record is the Tegan Fourie – led KZN Raiders. They made it 3 out of 3 with a brutally effective display in defeating Wits 4-0. Courtney Slaney, Kerryn Swanepoel and 2 from Hannah Shirley got on the score sheet to see the Durban side home.
In the women’s tournament its neck and neck in Pool B where the Northern Blues, Southern Gauteng and North West are fighting over the top 2 spots, while in Pool A the remarkable bvictory on day 2 by Pens over Western Province means they look likely to steal second place behind the Raiders.
In the Men’s tournament Western Province must just avoid a heavy defeat to the hosts and the ywill join them in the semi-finals, while Pens, Daisies and Wits are all still in with a shout of second in the other pool.
The questions of who will qualify for the semi-finals and who will make the most of their opportunities will be decided in the next 24 hours at Randburg Astro! We cant wait!
SA U21 IPT – Results Day 3
Women’s Pool A
Western Province 9-3 Mpumalanga
KZN Raiders 4-0 SG Witsies
Women’s Pool B
Northern Blues 3-0 Northern Daisies
Southern Gauteng 3-1 Eastern Province
North West 0-0 Northern Daisies
Free State 1-2 Eastern Province
Northern Blues 1-1 Southern Gauteng
Men’s Pool A
Northern Blues 4-1 Eastern Province
Northern Daisies 1-1 WP Peninsula
Men’s Pool B
Western Province 6-0 Mpumalanga
North West 4-0 Northern Cape
Western Province 3-1 North West
Southern Gauteng 4-0 Mpumalanga
KZN Raiders 4-2 Northern Cape
Photos – Sean Burke
The Western Province Pens produced the display of the tournament so far, overcoming a lightning break, to produce a 1-0 win against their A side in a classic battle in the women’s tournament. Ernelene Botha was the match winner for the Pens in this classic underdog tale. This after they started the day with a 3-0 win against Mpumalanga. Carienke Jacobs continued her fine form with two of the goals.
North West and Southern Gauteng refused to be separated in their own titanic tussle for Pool A supremacy, Kaylee Hardwood netted early before the impressive Clarise Smit levelled and then took advantage for North West. But Tsoanelo Pholo’s team refused to accept defeat and regained parity through a late Tamlyn Kock goal. 2-2 is how it ended.
Elsewhere it was big wins for Free State over Northern Daisies (6-2), Northern Blues over Eastern Province (6-0), North West over Free State (6-0) and KZN Raiders over Mpumalanga (7-0).
After two days it’s the Northern Blues, WP Pens, Southern Gauteng, KZN Raiders and North West putting their hands up highest.
In the men’s tournament the hosts, the Southern Gauteng Lions raised their voice the loudest when they put 5 past the KZN Raiders. It was once again a superb display by Spencer Botes and his team leaving Miguel da Graca a very happy coach.
Sihle Nutli was also a very happy coach as Brad Sherwood starred for his side in a smashing 5-0 win against the Wits side. It was also a superb defensive display by the defending champions. Witsies themselves kept their tournament hopes alive with a thrilling 4-3 win over Eastern Province, after being level at 2-2 at the end of the third quarter.
EP did get their own back somewhat with a 2-1 win over the Daisies in the late game of Day 2, while WP completed a spanking of Northern Cape with an 8-0 win.
SA U21 IPT – Results Day 2
Women’s Pool A
WP Peninsula 3-0 Mpumalanga
Western Province 0-1 WP Peninsula
KZN Raiders 7-0 Mpumalanga
Women’s Pool B
North West 2-2 Southern Gauteng
Free State 6-2 Northern Daisies
Northern Blues 6-0 Eastern Province
North West 6-0 Free State
Men’s Pool A
SG Witsies 4-3 Eastern Province
Northern Blues 5-0 SG Witsies
Northern Daisies 1-2 Eastern Province
Men’s Pool B
Southern Gauteng 3-1 North West
KZN Raiders 5-1 Mpumalanga
Western Province 8-0 Northern Cape
Southern Gauteng 5-0 KZN Raiders
Photo - Sean Burke
The opening day of action at the 2019 South African Hockey Under 21 IPT got underway with the coldest day of the year in Johannesburg. The cold never stops the business side of things in Johannesburg and that’s exactly the approach that many of the favourites produced on the opening day.
In the Women’s tournament Witsies had to play in the coldest conditions of the day emerging 1-0 winners over Mpumalanga in the tournaments opening game. Gracious Mpe got the games only goal in the 11th minute. That was the closest any of the women’s games would run with KZN Raiders, Northern Blues, North West and Southern Gauteng in various routine victories.
Cerian Fourie, the younger sister of SA National player and Raiders captain Tegan Fourie, netted twice in a 4-1 win against WP Pens for the KZN Raiders. Angel Nkosi and Jean-Leigh du Toit both netted braces as Northern Blues were dismissive of the Free State challenge. North West underlined their own title credentials with a flawless 6-0 win over Eastern Province, Courtney du Preez getting two of the goals. Western Province also kept a clean sheet in a tough 4-0 win against Witsies. Leah Piggott contributing two of the goals.
The performance of the day was undoubtedly by Tsoanelo Pholo’s host side who beat the Northerns Daisies 9-1 in the final game of the day. An opening quarter blitz inspired by a Michelle Dykman hat-trick gave the hosts a 5-0 lead. They never looked back and had Lezaan Janse van Vuuren, who impressed in last years Premier Hockey League, to thank for another hat-trick that completed their dominance.
On the men’s side of the tournament there were three convincing victories, two classic battles and one thrilling stalemate. Let’s start with straight forward results. Southern Gauteng opened their account with a Spencer Botes hat-trick inspiring a 7-0 win against Northern Cape. Miguel da Graca’s side would have been expected to win their match, but he will be happy with the way they went about doing so!
North West added a 1 to the W column with Louis Nel and skipper Pierre Botma leading them to a business-like victory over the limited squad Mpumalanga. While WP Pens were comfortable in a 5-2 win against Eastern Province. Laython Coombs continues to enhance his reputation in a valiant display for the losing side, but it was Cameron Baker who will have fonder memories of this game.
It was of course the Pens second game of the day due to their being an odd number of teams and they will be happy to have got the win after losing their opener 3-2 to the Northern Blues. Sihle Ntuli’s men took an early lead before defending well to hold out the Pens from any late blushes.
The Northern Daisies were the victors in the battle of the “B” Teams when they took on the hosts “B” side Witsies. They were trailing 1-0 to the impressive Dalpiarro Langfords goal but a 51st minute strike by Hlumelo Mekuto and a late winner by Anthony Glutz gave Wayne Coetzee’s side the bragging rights.
The game of the day was however the battle between two of the biggest names of South African Hockey in Western Province and KZN Raiders. It also featured two of the games most entertaining and passionate coaches in Lungile Tsolekile and Michael Baker. It was a game littered with 5 yellow cards, 3 green cards and tons of heart. Jacque van Tonder gave Western Province the lead in the second quarter but just a minute later Caleb Carney levelled the scores. Keegan Gibbon then popped up with what looked like the match winner for Raiders in the final quarter but the highly impressive Idrees Abdulla stole the draw with the last play of the game!
After day 1’s superb hockey, we can’t wait for day 2. Remember you can follow all the action by clicking on the SA Hockey TMS logo above.
SA U21 IPT – Results Day 1
Women’s Pool A
SG Witsies 1-0 Mpumalanga
KZN Raiders 4-1 WP Peninsula
Western Province 4-0 SG Witsies
Women’s Pool B
Northern Blues 5-1 Free State
North West 6-0 Eastern Province
Southern Gauteng 9-1 Northern Daisies
Men’s Pool A
Northern Daisies 2-1 SG Witsies
WP Peninsula 5-2 Eastern Province
Northern Blues 3-2 WP Peninsula
Men’s Pool B
Western Province 2-2 KZN Raiders
North West 4-0 Mpumalanga
Southern Gauteng 7-0 Northern Cape
The 2019 South African Hockey U21 IPT gets underway at Randburg Astro on the 8 April 2019. In the Ladies competition Western Province will be looking to defend the title they won in Pretoria last year when they defeated North West 2-1 in the final. In last years Men’s final it was a titanic clash between the Gauteng sides that saw the Pretoria side win 2-1.
The 2019 Men’s competition will see a host of teams vying for the title. The likes of Southern Gauteng as hosts will be one of the favourites but will once again face stiff competition from the Northern Blues and Western Province. There will also be a fierce competition within the tournament as the Northern Daisies, SG Witsies and WP Pens battle to be the top second side, an unofficial title that the Daisies won last year in finishing fourth.
In the Ladies competition Western Province look a fantastic side once again but will face stiff competition from KZN Raiders, North West, Northern Blues and Southern Gauteng. Its tough to pick a winner up front but home ground advantage could play into the favour of the hosts.
The Randburg Astro has been a home for many great South African Hockey moments over the years and to step onto the turf is to step onto a piece of South African sport history. For many of the players this will be a massive opportunity to play at the home of the Premier Hockey League, a goal for most players involved. Some will be lucky enough to play in the 2019 edition later this year.
The finals will take place on Saturday 13 April, with the Ladies final taking place at 16:00 and the mens at 18:00. Download the fixtures here.
After a week of hockey action in Pretoria, the champions of the U21 IPTs have been decided.
North West had secured their spot in a dramatic fight back against Northern Blues and the Potchefstroom ladies were up for the final against Western Province. It was two teams packed with some great quality with the likes of Dunell van Taak, Charne Maddocks, Mia Barnard, Courtney du Preez and Kelsey Minnaar all having CTM Premier Hockey League experience for North West, while Western Province had Stephanie Botha, Caitlin Odendaal and indoor hockey national player Jamie Southgate. They could also call on Ammaarah Hendricks who has just been confirmed to take part in the Youth Olympic Games.
It was Western Province who struck first when Lida Kotze, a Wineland Wings player, struck in the 20th minute through a well-worked field goal. Once again though it was Anneke Beukman who pulled level on the stroke of half-time for North West.
The second half was played in normal final efforts as both teams looked for the gap, but it was Western Province that found it when Kotze popped up as the hero for the Cape side. They held on to the result to the delight of coach Ryan Pillay and the team.
Ladies Under 21 IPT Results – Day 7 –Final Day
Mpumalanga 0-2 Northern Blues
Free State 6-1 WP Pens
SG Witsies (3) *0-0 (1) Southern Gauteng
Northern Blues 2-1 KZN Raiders
North West 1-2 Western Province
Ladies Under 21 Individual Awards
Top Goal scorer: Lizanne Jacobs (Free State) & Candice Silent (North West)
Best goalkeeper: Cheree Greyvenstein (KZN Raiders)
Player of the Tournament: Megan Anderson (Northern Blues)
The Men’s final offered the tantalising prospect of the best two teams playing off for the title. The star studded Northern Blues vs. the superbly talented Southern Gauteng. It offered the battle of Chris Makaba vs. Tyson Dlungwana, Tristan Le Forestier vs. Michael Forrest, Courtney Halle vs. Sam Mvimbi and Rayner York vs. Jared Cass amongst others.
It was always going to be a high-intensity and 10 cards in the final showed that. After an incredibly tough opening half the game’s opening goal came through South Africa U21 star Mark Chong, who has also been named in the greater SA Hockey Men’s squad. They didn’t have to wait long for the second when inspirational captain Tyson Dlungwana made it 2-0.
Southerns laid siege to the Northern Blues goal in the last quarter and despite the man advantage they had for more than 10 minutes could only breach the goal once through Michael Newland-Nel. Guy Elliot was the successful coach and the crowd was delighted as the title landed in the Northern part of Gauteng.
Mens Under 21 IPT Results – Day 7 –Final Day
Mpumalanga 3-4 Border
Free State 2-4 Eastern Province
SG Witsies 0-1 KZN Raiders
WP Pens 4-1 North West
Northern Daisies 0-4 Western Province
Southern Gauteng 1-2 Northern Blues
Mens Under 21 Individual Awards
Top Goal scorer: Carlyle Volmink (KZN Raiders)
Best goalkeeper: Sizwe Mtembu (Northern Blues)
Player of the Tournament: Chris Makaba (Southern Gauteng)
So, it’s down to four teams in the Mens and Women’s section each that can still lay claim to the title as the best U21 side in the Country. After 5 days of group stage action we are just 2 days away from knowing who will lift the coveted title.
We already knew that Southern Gauteng and the Northern Blues would be in the semi-final, but it was Southern Gauteng who secured top spot in group B with an 8-0 win against KZN Raiders. They finished ahead of the Blues on Goals scored after both teams finished with a goal difference of 31 thanks to the Blues 10-0 victory over Border.
As a prize for finishing top the Southern Gauteng men will meet the Northern Daisies who remarkably secure their semi-final spot when North West were held to a dramatic 2-2 draw by Western Province Pens. This after they secured a 3-1 win of their own over Eastern Province. Northern Blues will play the defending champions Western Province in the semi-finals, WP also completed a perfect 100% group record to finish top of Group A.
Mens Under 21 IPT Results – Day 5
Mpumalanga 0-10 Western Province
Eastern Province 1-3 Northern Daisies
WP Pens 2-2 North West
Southern Gauteng 8-0 KZN Raiders
Free State 0-4 SG Witsies
Northern Blues 10-0 Border
Mens Under 21 IPT Semi-Final Fixtures
Southern Gauteng vs. Northern Daisies
Western Province vs. Northern Blues
There was a massive shock in the women’s tournament when Free State produced the goods to beat Southern Gauteng 2-0. That result coupled with the KZN Raiders 3-0 win over North West saw the Southerns eliminated on goal difference while Raiders and North West progressed. It means that we will have a new champion in the women’s section for 2018.
The other group had already been decided but a victory for the Blues meant they echoed the Western Province performance in the boy’s section by securing a 100% record in the group stage. They are joined in the semi-final by the female Western Province side who only lost to the Blues in the group stage.
Ladies Under 21 IPT Results – Day 3
North West 0-3 KZN Raiders
Free State 2-0 Southern Gauteng
Eastern Province 1-5 Western Province
SG Witsies 2-1 Northern Daisies
WP Pens 0-2 Northern Blues
Ladies Under 21 IPT Semi-Final Fixtures
Northern Blues vs. North West
KZN Raiders vs. Western Province
After four days of action we are much closer to knowing who will compete in the semi-finals on Friday with a clear eye on the 2018 Under 21 IPT final on Saturday. Today we start with the ladies.
In Pool B the Northern Blues and Western Province have both secured a semi-final berth ahead of the final day of group games. Western Province were comfortably victors in their match with Northern Daisies winning 6-0 largely thanks to a Catherine Stacey hat-trick. Nicole Koenig got 2 and Andrea Leader chipped in with one in a very one-sided match.
The hosts secured their spot in the semi-finals when they beat Witsies 4-0 to make it four out of four. Once again, the goals were shared with the impressive Thati Segaole, Megan Anderson, Jean-Leigh du Toit and Shelmy Hall doing the damage.
In pool B’s other game Pens narrowly beat EP 2-1 in a tight battle for position below the top 2. Pens two goals were scored by Jessica Rossouw while Kiara Meyer scored for EP.
In pool A it is down to a three-way battle for the 2 spots as North West, Southern Gauteng and KZN Raiders are split by just 1 point with one game remaining. Southerns and North West played out a tough 1-1 draw that kept the pool open ahead of the final group games. Lezaan Janse van Vuuren, the young player of the tournament at the PHL, scored first for Southerns before Carli Pretorius equalised for Sulette Damons team.
On the final day of group play North West take on KZN Raiders knowing a draw will be enough while Southerns will play Free State and you would expect them to safely navigate that hurdle.
Ladies Under 21 IPT Results – Day 4
Free State 4-2 Mpumalanga
Southern Gauteng 1-1 North West
Northern Blues 4-0 SG Witsies
Western Province 6-0 Northern Daisies
WP Pens 2-1 Eastern Province
In the men’s tournament Pool B is done and dusted as both the Northern Blues and their neighbours Southern Gauteng have qualified after SG Witsies shock 3-2 win against the KZN Raiders. It was the game of the day that saw Witsies come from behind to win. Carlyle Volmink got both goals for the Raiders while Michael le Forestier and a double from Armand Scorgie saw the Witsies home.
Southerns knew a win against Border would be enough and they did it emphatically winning 12-0. Courtney Halle got a hat-trick, the Cavemen’s Rayner York got a brace and there were also goals for Dylan Butler, Michael Horan, Delpiarro Langford, Jesse Martin, Tristan le Forrestier, Michael Newland-Nel and Brandon Spence.
The hosts the Northern Blues also knew a victory would secure their place and produced a solid display in a 6-0 win against Free State. Nicholas Church (2), Bradley Sherwood, Cody van Breemen, Michael Forrest and Steven Paulo got the goals for one of the tournament favourites.
In Pool B North West and the Northern Daisies played out a 1-1 draw courtesy of goals from Clayton Tait and Tyron Denton, meaning the second spot from Pool B will likely go down to goal difference!
The first spot was secured by Western Province with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Eastern Province with Bayanda Simetu dramatically scoring in the last minute of the game. EP were incredibly unfortunate not to take something from the game.
So, one day is left of group stage action. Who will it be to join the already qualified three in the semi-finals???
Mens Under 21 IPT Results – Day 3
Western Province 1-0 Eastern Province
WP Pens 7-0 Mpumalanga
North West 1-1 Northern Daisies
KZN Raiders 2-3 SG Witsies
Southern Gauteng 12-0 Border
Northern Blues 6-0 Free State
62 goals were scored across the 11 games on day 2 of the 2018 Under 21 IPT with only four of the 22 sides in action not getting on the scoresheet as the favourites put their names forwards as potential champions of the 2018 tournament.
In the six men’s matches only two were tight affairs as the Northern Blues, Southern Gauteng, Western Province and KZN Raiders all got comfortable victories to further underline their title credentials. In one of the other two games it was a narrow 3-1 win for North West over Mpumalanga thanks to goals from Pierre Bothma, Damian Tamine and Snyman Thessner while Landriu Scorgie got the only one for Mpumalanga. The real tight game was the exciting 2-2 draw between Eastern Province and Western Province Pens that required a goal from Michael Feldtman for Pens with the last play of game to snatch a draw. Andre Potgieter had given EP the lead before Malachy Barbour pegged them back. EP Regained the lead through the superb Laython Coombs before Feldtman’s intervention shared the points.
Northern Blues beat Witsies 7-0 with their PHL stars shining. Bradley Sherwood (2), Steven Paulo (2), Sam Mvimbi, Michael Forrest and Cody van Breemen were too much for the neighbours from Johannesburg. The Southern Gauteng first side were also too much for the Free State men with matching the score of the hosts in a 7-0 win. Keagan Smith got the tournament’s first hat-trick and further goals from Brandon Spence, Chris Makaba and two from Michael Newland-Nel kept Southerns undefeated after three days.
Western Province continued their fine form with a third win in three and Bulelani Ngqukuvana continued his form adding two more goals to his day 1 and 2 strikes. Nathan Loff added a third as the Cape side beat the Northern Daisies 3-0. KZN Raiders bounced back from their day 2 defeat with an enthralling 10-3 win over Border. Border will be pleased with the second quarter which they won 1-0 through Keagan Hykes and the last quarter which they won 2-1 through Hykes and Keenan Trollip, but they were mauled in the first and third quarters conceding 4 and 5 goals without reply respectively. The Raiders goals were scored by Carlyle Volmink (4), Keegan Hezlett (2), Shane Bradbury (2), Lungani Gabela and Ryan Coleman.
Mens Under 21 IPT Results – Day 3
Western Province 3-0 Northern Daisies
Western Province Pens 2-2 Eastern Province
North West 3-1 Mpumalanga
Southern Gauteng 7-0 Free State
Northern Blues 7-0 SG Witsies
KZN Raiders 10-3 Border
In the ladies’ tournament it was business as usual for the hosts as they continued their fantastic defensive form in a 2-0 win over Eastern Province. Coach Inky Zondi is developing a reputation for defensive excellence and it showed once again as Mmamaoagi Kungoane and Ashleigh Thomas scored to see them safely home.
North West marched out to a 4-0 lead through Candice Silent, Carli Pretorius and a double from Anneke Beukman. Free State fought back with two goals from Shindre-lee Simmons and Lizanne Jacobs to set up a frenetic finish, but they could not find any more falling short.
It was five different goal scorers for Western Province as they easily overcame the SG Witsies side 5-1. Rebecca Kaps and international indoor player Jamie Southgate gave Province a 2-0 lead before Kiara Fitzhenry scored her third in three games to give Witsies hope. Unfortunately, that hope was distinguished by Nicole Koenig, Sasha Sivertson and Lenta Cullinan.
In today’s battle of the “B” sides the crowd were treated to a classic as Pens and the Daisies battled out an electrifying 2-2 draw. It was a 2-0 lead for Pens through Rozanne Compion and Estelle Stambolie, but the Daisies fought back and levelled through Ane Luus and Matika Ras. With the momentum on their side the Daisies surged forward but were unable to find the match winner.
The KZN Raiders would have been nervous of getting tested but like their mens side bounced back fantastically with a 6-0 win against Mpumalanga. Jessica Lardant, Bulelwa Mzimela, Cailynn den Bakker (2), Kiana Cormack and Tegan Fourie took the star-studded Raiders side to a comfortable victory.
Ladies Under 21 IPT Results – Day 3
KZN Raiders 6-0 Mpumalanga
Free State 2-4 North West
Western Province Pens 2-2 Northern Daisies
Western Province 5-1 SG Witsies
Northern Blues 2-0 Eastern Province