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