The Tuffy Western Province men’s side got their Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals campaign back to winning ways as they downed a plucky Witsies side 5-2 at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Friday.
In a strange turn of event for the Province hockey sides neither their men’s or women’s side were able to advance past the quarterfinal stage and instead the men’s side will now go into the play-off for fifth and sixth.
After losing to Northerns in the quarters it was crucial for Province to restore some parity, coming out strongly and openign the scoring in the ninth minute through a well-worked Roagnib Fredericks field goal.
But Witsies cancelled that strike out with a Gerald Mpopo goal in the 18th minute, the result of a good run on the baseline by Kyle Marks to leave the sides 1-1.
Province then extended their lead midway through the second chukka as Pierre de Voux netted and they took that advantage into the break.
There was no real action to speak of in the third chukka until Keenan Horne won a penalty stroke which was duly converted by Lloyd Norris-Jones.
The game sparked to life in the 45th minute as Witsies, who pushed the SA Under-21 side to a shootout in their quarterfinal, pulled one back through a Nic Gonsalves short-corner to cut it to 3-2 but Province were having none of it, winning a short corner after the restart.
The penalty corner attempt was successful with Daniel Bell slotting home a drag-flick to double the advantage at 4-2 and then James Drummond took advantage of some space in the circle to score on the stroke of fulltime.
In some of the other matches played today, WP Peninsula continued their run in the men’s B-section with a 4-1 win over Zimbabwe with three goals in the second half killing off the opposition fightback.
There was a comfortable 5-0 win for the Northerns Blues B side in their game against KZN Inland. Their efforts were made much easier by the fact that Inland had their ranks seriously depleted through injuries and at one stage only had eight players on the field.
In the women’s B-section, Southern Gauteng Nuggets were able to get the better of the SA Country Districts in their play-off game, winning 2-0 in a shootout after the sides were locked at 2-2 at the final hooter.
That result means that they will take on Mpumalanga in the game for fifth position on Saturday after their 2-1 win, which was something of an upset, over Northerns Blue B earlier in the morning.