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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

You can follow the tournament on the Tournament Management Events site here https://saha.altiusrt.com/  

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