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)