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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

9-10 Playoff

Mpumalanga 0-2 Northern Blues

7-8 Playoff

Free State 6-1 WP Pens

5-6 Playoff

SG Witsies (3) *0-0 (1) Southern Gauteng

Bronze Medal

Northern Blues 2-1 KZN Raiders

Final

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

11-12 Playoff

Mpumalanga 3-4 Border

9-10 Playoff

Free State 2-4 Eastern Province

7-8 Playoff

SG Witsies 0-1 KZN Raiders

5-6 Playoff

WP Pens 4-1 North West

Bronze Medal

Northern Daisies 0-4 Western Province

Final

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

Pool A

Mpumalanga 0-10 Western Province
Eastern Province 1-3 Northern Daisies
WP Pens 2-2 North West

Pool B

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

Pool A

North West 0-3 KZN Raiders
Free State 2-0 Southern Gauteng

Pool B

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

Pool A

Free State 4-2 Mpumalanga
Southern Gauteng 1-1 North West

Pool B

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

Pool A

Western Province 1-0 Eastern Province
WP Pens 7-0 Mpumalanga
North West 1-1 Northern Daisies

Pool B

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

Pool A

Western Province 3-0 Northern Daisies
Western Province Pens 2-2 Eastern Province
North West 3-1 Mpumalanga

Pool B

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

Pool A

KZN Raiders 6-0 Mpumalanga
Free State 2-4 North West

Pool B

Western Province Pens 2-2 Northern Daisies
Western Province 5-1 SG Witsies
Northern Blues 2-0 Eastern Province

The second day of the 2018 SA Under 21 Hockey IPT once again was a chance for the players that took part in the 2018 CTM Premier Hockey League rise to the occasion and play pivotal roles for their teams.

Starting with the women today, the five games produced 17 goals from just six of the sides as certain teams rose to the top while others were left searching for answers. There were two “A” team vs. “B” team games on the day as first the hosts the Northern Blues took on their second side the Northern Daisies before Western Province took on last year’s runners-up Pens.

In the Northerns hockey derby a brace from Jean-Leigh du Toit sandwiched by goals from Aneme Jacobs and Shelmy Hall were enough to see off their sister side, while Province were able to get a comfortable result over their “B” side with Wineland Wings Lida Kotze getting a goal along with Caitlin Odendaal and Rebecca Kaps.

In the tightest game of the day Eastern Province managed to snatch a late draw with Southern Gauteng Witsies. Kiara Fitzhenry, who got on the scoring action on day one, struck from a third quarter penalty corner that left the Witsies leaning towards the 3 points. Unfortunately for them the Eastern Province captain Robyn Thompson levelled with a last-minute field goal to snatch a point for the Nelson Mandela Bay side.

Southern Gauteng clearly reasserted their threat to defend their title beating the classy KZN Raiders by 2-0. Nomnikelo Veto, the former SA U21, Daisies and Rangers striker, was again on the scoresheet with the other goal for the Johannesburg side coming from Jerri Dennyschen.

North West were the queens of day 2 with their superb dismantling of the Mpumalanga defence winning 6-0 inspired by PHL stars Mia Barnard, Anneke Beukman, Courtney du Preez and Dunnell van Taak amongst others. Carli Pretorious, Miecke Fleming, Sherine Ledwaba and Julianne du Plessis each got a goal while Candice Silent was anything but that with her brace.

Ladies Under 21 IPT Results – Day 2

Pool A

North West 6-0 Mpumalanga
Southern Gauteng 2-0 KZN Raiders

Pool B

Western Province 3-0 WP Pens
Eastern Province 1-1 SG Witsies
Northern Blues 4-0 Northern Daisies

The Mens tournament produced even more goals on day 2 as the 6 matches produced 33 goals at an awesome average of 5.5 per game. Western Province made their own statement while the two Gauteng sides got wins after their opening day draw.

In the days only “B” team battle it was the Daisies who sneaked out a narrow 2-1 win against Pens. Dean Lamprecht getting both goals for the host side while the consolation was got by Ethan Buhler for the Cape team. Southern Gauteng easily overpowered their own “B” side Witsies in an entertaining 6-2 result. Courtney Halle, Rayner York and Delpiarro Langford all showed why they earned PHL drafts with goals (2 for Langford), while Brad Riley and Dylan Butler got in on the action too. Armand Scorgie and Meric Martin got the goals for Witsies.

Eastern Province were in dominant form as they dismissed the challenge of Mpumalanga with relative ease through goals from Jacques Potgieter, Andre Potgieter, Jarryd Stansbury and a brace from Laython Coombs. Nkosinathi Masango earned the consolation goal for the Mpumalanga side who tried valiantly throughout the game.

Western Province were tested again by North West, but again managed to pass the test superbly with a quality 3-1 win. The exceptionally talented Connor Beauchamp got himself two goals and Bulelani Ngqukuvana got himself his second of the tournament while North West were only able to beat Ashlin Freddy’s men once through Snyman Thessnar. Free State were also delighted with their performance in a 4-0 win over Border through goals by Willem Kruger, Tsephang Mokgadi, Winray Christoffels and Thapelo Matlekang.

The result of the day belonged to the Northern Blues with a devastating first half producing six goals to shock the Raiders into a heavy full-time defeat of 8-0. There were two goals for Nicholas Pio, Cody van Breemen, skipper Tyson Dlungwana and further goals from Michael Forrest and Keagan de Castro. This is a very good Blues side who will be a team to watch for victory on their home turf.

Mens Under 21 IPT Results – Day 2

Pool A

Western Province Pens 1-2 Northern Daisies
Eastern Province 5-1 Mpumalanga
Western Province 3-1 North West

Pool B

Free State 4-0 Border
Southern Gauteng 6-2 SG Witsies
Northern Blues 8-0 KZN Raiders

The 2018 SA Hockey Under 21 IPT got underway in Pretoria yesterday as the defending champions, the Western Province men and the Southern Gauteng ladies, both got opening day victories, while the hosts the Northern Blues were held to a 1-1 draw in the Gauteng derby in the Mens section.

Many of the team feature players that competed in the 2018 CTM Premier Hockey League and these players were looking to be the driving force behind their team’s quest for the 2018 Under 21 title. We start with the Men’s section where the hosts the Northern Blues, led by full national player Tyson Dlungwana, led through a Steven Paulo goal early before the ever-dependable Courtney Halle levelled late for Colin Fielding’s side. These two teams both look like title challengers for this week.

Connor Beauchamp, who had an outstanding senior IPT for Western Province, has been tasked with leading the defending champions who are missing certain players for exam reasons. They started well with a 3-0 win over their “B” side Pens thanks to Beauchamp, Bulelani Ngqukuvana and Tim Alfeld. The KZN Raiders also got a big win on day 1 beating Free State 4-0. The superb Lungani Gabela got a brace while fellow PHL player Keegan Hezlett also got on the scoreboard, with the scoring rounded off by Awande Sikhosana.

In one of the games of the day Chiraz Koetjie gave North West a lead over Eastern Province only for Laython Coombs to score a last quarter equaliser. Instead of holding on for a point North West went back up the other end and took all three when Loanko Pieterse scored a late goal to confirm the win. The Northern Daisies were stretched but ultimately the extra legs they had was the difference in a 2-1 win over Mpumalanga thanks to Guy Terry and James Godfrey. Mpumlangas late goal was nothing more than a consolation through Connor Flowers. Reuben van Tonder scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the SG Witsies over Border in the other game.

Mens Under 21 IPT Results – Day 1

Pool A

Western Province 3-0 WP Pens
Eastern Province 1-2 North West
Mpumalanga 1-2 Northern Daisies

Pool B

Northern Blues 1-1 Southern Gauteng
Free State 0-4 KZN Raiders
Border 0-1 SG Witsies

The opening game of the women’s tournament produced an outstanding game in a battle of the “B” teams. Southern Gauteng Witsies were looking to establish themselves as the best second team in the land while Pens were looking to repeat their historic run to the final last year.

Gracious Mpe fired first for Witsies but their lead lasted only 30 seconds when Rozanne Compion levelled from a field goal. Compion was at it again 10 minutes later scoring her second and giving last year’s runners up a 2-1 lead. Witsies fought back and Tayla Johnson, who played for the Daisies at the 2018 CTM PHL, brought matters level. Kiara Fitzhenry, who is just 17 years old then popped up to win it for Witsies with the final goal.

Ayenga Baleni is a veteran for the PHL and that experience was telling in the Northern Blues comfortable 2-0 win over Eastern Province. Her goal along with one from Matika Ras in the first quarter were enough to give the hosts 3 points from the opening day. The defending champions, Southern Gauteng, hardly raised a sweat in a good 4-1 win over Mpumalanga. Alex Kavanagh, Gabriella Terblanche and a brace from Nomnikelo Veto set them up for a confidence boosting start to their title defence.

Nikki Shange was the star for the KZN Raiders as her first half hat-trick inspired a 4-2 victory over Free State. Free State fought back valiantly in the third quarter to pull the score back to 3-2 thanks to Casey-Jean Botha and Anke Badenhorst, but the Raiders made sure of the result with a late Courtney Slaney goal.

IN the final game of Day 1, Nicole Koenig gave Western Province a first quarter lead with a fine field goal, but the hosts surged back with one goal in each of the remaining quarters to win their opener 3-1. It was Almay van der Linde in the second, Thati Segaole, a champion of CTM PHL 2018 with the Bunters, in the third and Mmamaogi Kungoane in the fourth.  

Ladies Under 21 IPT Results – Day 1

Pool A

Free State 2-4 KZN Raiders
Southern Gauteng 4-1 Mpumalanga

Pool B

Western Province Pens 2-3 Southern Gauteng Witsies
Eastern Province 0-2 Northern Daisies
Northern Blues 3-1 Western Province

 

 

Insurance brand, Old Mutual iWYZE is excited to again partner with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) on behalf of SA Schools Hockey Association, as the official title partner sponsor of the 2018 Schools Hockey Nationals under-16 and under-18 categories as well as the National Schools Teams for this season. This sponsorship forms part of iWYZE’s vision to support and groom the country’s young talent and fits into its brand vision, which is to enable positive futures.

Old Mutual iWYZE maintains their youth sponsorship programme for boys and girls at under 16 and under 18 tournaments and as well as the Schools High-Performance programmes, which also sees the inclusion of an international series between South African Schools and Australian District School Teams that will take place from 9-11 July in Pietermaritzburg.

“I am thrilled that iWYZE returns to sponsor this amazing tournament for a second year. Last year’s tournament was incredible and we look forward to it being bigger and better this year,” says iWYZE Head of Brand & Advertising, Presodhini Naicker.

“Sports has always been a significant part of our country’s heritage – our people are passionate about it and take it very seriously. Therefore, it is an honor to partner with SAHA, to help develop one of our country’s fastest growing sports and support the boys and girls who passionately perform their best to represent their respective schools and promote the game of hockey. With our support, we can help these boys and girls inspire other young hopefuls to follow in their footsteps and assist this beautiful game to continue to flourish.

“SA Hockey would like to thank iWYZE for their continued support for our schools hockey program. The iWYZE Nationals are a platform for future stars of the game to showcase their talents.." Said Marissa Langeni the CEO of South African Hockey Association.

“The SA Schools Hockey family are ecstatic to once again be involved with Old Mutual iWYZE, a household name in short-term and motor vehicle insurance. This year’s event will showcase the difference that iWYZE has made in Schools’ Hockey at the National Events,” said Wendell Domingo, President of SASHOC. “This spectacular event will have the added attraction of SA u18 Boys and Girls strutting their talents against Australia National Schools teams.”

Two pulsating finals played at in Potchefstroom today to determine the winners of the 2017 SA Hockey Under 21 IPT.

Women’s Final – Southern Gauteng vs. Western Province Pens

It was a tentative opening half as the two sides waited for openings to capitalise. Southern Gauteng has been immense under Tsoanelo Pholo, but her charges were not going to underestimate Cindy Brown’s squad. The game, however, came to life in the third chukka as Southerns fired back-to-back penalty corners in the 36th and 37th minutes through Lezaan Janse and then Gabriella Terblanche.

The impressive defensive unit would then shut up shop and Nadia Mattana in goals would deal with whatever was thrown her way. They ended the tournament having conceded only one goal and were rightfully our 2017 under 21 IPT Champions

Result: SG 2-0 WP Pens

Men’s Final – Western Province vs. Northern Blues

If the Ladies final had distinct favourites, that was not the case in the Men’s as the Province side led by Jason Mulder and the Blues team under the tutelage of Ryan Anderson had very little on paper to separate them and the game would follow that script too.

Connor Beauchamp fired in a blistering penalty corner to give WP the early lead, a lead that would last only 7 minutes before Michael Hesse pulled one back through a field goal. We would have to wait 27 minutes after that for the next goal and this time the Blues pulled ahead from a superbly taken penalty corner by Peabo Lembethe. Province raised the temperature and were eventually rewarded with a 55th minute equaliser by Beauchamp again.

That would be the last goal of the game and so the title would be decided on showdowns. Early goals from WP through Maximillian Pike and Luke Schooling were followed by misses by Campbell, Tate and Hobson. The Blues had missed through Steven Paulo, Travis Jutronich and National player Tevin Kok, before Cody van Breemen pulled one back. Unfortunately for the Blues Nicholas Church could not beat Christopher Rhode in the WP goal and it was the Cape side that would take home the title.

Result: WP (2) 2 -2 (1) N. Blues

Final Results for the tournament

Ladies U21 IPT

 

Men’s U21 IPT

POS

TEAM

 

POS

TEAM

1

Southern Gauteng

 

1

Western Province

2

Western Province Pens

 

2

Northern Blues

3

Northern Blues

 

3

Southern Gauteng

4

Free State

 

4

Western Province Pens

5

North West

 

5

Eastern Province

6

Eastern Province

 

6

Free State

7

Western Province

 

7

KZN Coastals

8

Invitational

 

8

North West

9

KZN Coastals

 

9

Mpumalanga

10

Mpumalanga

 

10

Border

Just like that the National under 21 IPT’s are nearing their conclusion with just one day left of action. Saturday will mark all the positional playoffs before all eyes turn to the finals of both the Men’s and Ladies tournaments.

The tournament structure is two groups of five teams, with teams playing a single round cross pool to determine positions. Ultimately every group game would count as only the top two would progress to the final.

Starting with the Men’s tournament the final will be contested between two of SA Hockey’s heavy weights in Western Province and Northern Blues. Western Province’s march to the final started fairly imperiously with a massive victory over Border before they were almost stunned by KZN Coastals, twice coming from behind to save a draw.

The goal scoring dried up slightly for WP but another titanic defensive display secured a 1-0 victory over EP and a 3-1 win over their "B" team secured their spot in the final by topping Group A. Group B was topped by Northern Blues in a very similar fashion winning 3 and drawing one. Their defining game was the match against Southern Gauteng when Michael Hesse popped up with a last minute winner to seal top spot after the surprise 2-2 draw with Free State put the Blues in a precocious position.

The final takes place this evening at 19:00 and can be followed here https://saha.altiusrt.com/

In the ladies tournament, Group B was cut and dried as South Gauteng were in dominant moods and smashed in 17 goals conceding only 1. The goals evenly spread amongst the team as their top scorers are Cheneal Raubenheimer and Nomnikelo Veto with three goals apiece.

Pool A offered up a more tantalising race to the final as North West, Northern Blues and both Western Province sides were in with a chance. The place in the final was ultimately decided in one game on Friday morning. The Northern Blues scored twice to lead WP Pens 2-0 through Natalie Esteves and Megan Anderson. But as they have done all tournament, Pens fought back and pulled one back through Miche Bennett before Rozanne Compion pulled the game level and put WP Pens into the final!

Incredibly the WP “A” side is playing for 7/8 while the “B” team will be playing for the title at 17:15 this afternoon. You can follow it here https://saha.altiusrt.com/

The 2017 under 21 Men’s and Ladies Inter Provincial Tournaments are underway in Potchefstroom where the best young talent in South Africa are taking each other on in a challenge for domination. There is added excitement around the youngsters after the U21 Men’s performance at the Junior Hockey World Cup last year, finishing in 10th place.

Starting with the ladies tournament the Northern Blues, winners in 2015, have shown their determination to win again this year with a massive statement of intent in triumphing 3-1 over Western Province inspired by a brace from skipper Natalie Esteves. They followed this up with a convincing display against Mpumalanga to remain an undefeated team in Group A. Western Province Pens are also undefeated so far but missed out on a 100% record when they were held 0-0 by the host province North West.

In Group B its Southern Gauteng, under the guidance of 2004 Olympian Tsoanelo Pholo, who have started the early charge thanks to emerging victorious from a bruising encounter against KZN Coastals. Lezaan Janse popped up with a goal on the stroke of half time that would be the only goal of the game. They too had an easier second game against EP but today find themselves facing the also unbeaten Free State. The Free State ladies were disappointed to draw with the Invitational side in a match with lots of tactical defence and very few goal opportunities.

The Men’s tournament features some very exciting up and coming players of South African hockey. Goals are also more prominent with the trio of Eastern Province, Western Province and Northern Blues combining for 40 goals at an average of 5 goals a game. Border were the unfortunate team to be on the receiving end of a rampant display by Luke Schooling and Max Pike both netting hat-tricks.

Incredibly in five consecutive games in the tournament, not a game was decided by more than a goal before WP beat their “B” side Pens 3-1. This just highlights how closely matched so many of our teams are and to win this tournament and impress SA U21 coach Garreth Ewing will not be a foregone conclusion.

The game of the tournament for me so far was the EP game against the KZN Coastals as the back and forth game was eventually sealed by a dramatic 58th minute field goal from Arno van Jaarsveld to the delight of Gerrard Noah and his coaching staff.

 

Ladies U21 IPT

A

Western Province

12-1

Mpumalanga

B

Eastern Province

3-2

Invitational

B

Southern Gauteng

1-0

KZN Coastals

A

North West

0-0

WP Pens

B

Free State

5-0

Eastern Province

A

WP Pens

5-0

Mpumalanga

B

KZN Coastals

1-1

Invitational

A

Northern Blues

3-1

Western Province

B

Southern Gauteng

9-0

Eastern Province

A

Northern Blues

6-0

Mpumalanga

B

Free State

0-0

Invitational

A

North West

0-1

Western Province

 

Men’s U21 IPT

B

Southern Gauteng

2-1

Free State

A

WP Pens

3-1

KZN Coastals

A

Western Province

10-0

Border

B

Northern Blues

10-1

Mpumalanga

A

Eastern Province

9-3

Border

B

Northern Blues

2-2

Free State

A

Western Province

2-2

KZN Coastals

B

North West

3-2

Mpumalanga

A

KZN Coastals

2-3

Eastern Province

B

Southern Gauteng

0-1

Northern Blues

A

Western Province

3-1

WP Pens

B

Free State

4-1

North West

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