Things may not have gone to plan for Western Province hockey in the A-section at this year’s Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals there was some reason for the Cape teams to cheer as WP Peninsula claimed gold in the women’s B-section of the tournament on Saturday.
As expected, the draw worked out in such a way that Pens met KZN Mynahs in the final - played at an alternate venue given the tournament’s expansion to include both men’s and women’s tournaments for the first time - and the result went the Cape side’s way.
The Pens would eventually claim the B-section title with a 2-1 win in a fixture that only really came to life after the halftime break.
The scores remained locked at nil all at the changeover but a Kayde Miller strike from a short corner in the 40th corner handed Pens the lead but the advantage only lasted nine minutes as Mynahs hit back through Stacey Hiron.
But the game was sealed with eight minutes to play as Robyn Pinder converted from a short corner and Pens were able to hang onto their advantage to claim the B-section crown for another year.
That victory made up for the misgivings of the Western Province side assembled for the A-section of the tournament after they failed to progress past the quarterfinal stages.
As far as the rest of the placing in the women’s B-section went, Zimbabwe rounded off a very good tournament with a 4-0 win over KZN Inland to finish third in the B-section. Two goals in the first quarter, one by Michelle Williams and the other by Michelle Mollins, set the tone for Zimbabwe.
Milliams added a second in the 33rd minute before Mollins completed her brace, the result leaving Inland to finish in fourth in the B-section.
As far as the play-off for fifth and sixth went, Mpumalanga made sure that they did enough to finish ahead of the Southern Gauteng Nuggets, coming back from a goal down to eventually end on top at 2-1.
The South Africa Country Districts side were excellent in their quest to avoid the wooden spoon in the women’s B-section by claiming a 5-3 win over Northerns Blues B with two goals inside the first minute of the game setting the tone.