There was almost a case of deja vu for the Southern Gauteng women’s side but a goal nine minute from time earned them a berth in the final of the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals at Randburg Hockey Stadium on Friday.

 

The hosts were forced into a shootout in their quarterfinal earlier in the week and it looked as if their last four match-up against KZN Raiders was heading the same way before a goal, eight minutes from time, by Taryn Mallett handed them a 1-0 win.

 

But it should have been more, especially when you take into account just how much of the possession Southerns held and the number of short corner opportunities they were able to create as a result.

 

In the 52 minutes leading up to the game’s solitary goal, Southern Gauteng were able to make a number of circle entries and have shots on goal with Toni Marks in particular proving a handful to the Raiders defence.

 

But as good as Marks was at getting herself into space and firing shots at goal so to was Raiders shot-stopper Cherie Greyvenstein at deflecting danger away and her efforts.

 

Penalty corners third and fifth minute of the game didn’t go to plan and by the time Southerns earned their eighth shortie of the contest you felt that if they weren’t going to get that one right then they never would.

 

But a well-worked variation saw the ball set up nicely for Mallett and she struck home the advantage and Southerns ran down the clock to book their final berth.

 

Most of the game was spent inside the Raiders half and the Kwa-Zulu Natal outfit only managed to create two clear cut opportunities, once from a short corner, and the other in open play.

 

It seemed as if they’d hammered home the advantage in the third quarter, scoring from a penalty corner, but umpire Michelle Joubert ruled that there was obstructive running and Southerns were off the hook.

 

The only other Raiders chance came at the end of the third chukka as Kylie Oosthuizen got on the end of a brilliant feed into the circle by captain Kara-Lee Stella but her deflected effort sailed over the crossbar.

 

While the Southerns defence was miserly in providing the opposition with opportunities to break into their territory it was the reverse at the other end with the home side making a number of runs into the circle.

 

There was, however, a period where both sides were guilty of giving away possession too easily which detracted somewhat from the spectacle involving two of the best ladies sides in the tournament.

 

 

Don’t forget that all the matches taking place on the main field at the Randburg Hockey Stadium are being streamed live on Friday and Saturday via this link http://antcast.antfarm.co.za/sahockey/April_2016_01/

The SA U21s had to use a penalty shootout to advance to the final of the men’s  A Section in the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Friday, beating Northerns Blues 3-1 after their semi-final had ended 3-3 after regulation time.

 

Matthew de Sousa, Nqobile Ntuli and Ryan Crowe all showed impressive confidence and skill in scoring, while goalkeeper Robert McKinley was composure personified as he only allowed Kewan Harries to beat him in the shootout.

 

Much of the early stages of the match was played in the Northerns defensive area, as the SA U21s dominated midfield and ran hard at their opponents. But their failure to hang on to possession for more than two or three passes is definitely an area they can improve on and too many of their attacks broke down to the extent that they did not earn a single short-corner in the first chukka.

 

The first quarter finished goalless as Northerns defended stoutly and waited to catch the SA U21s on the break, but it was the Blues who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Matthew Guise-Brown sent a quality drag-flick from a short-corner whistling into the net.

 

But the SA U21s had a great chance to equalise just three minutes later, when they were awarded a penalty stroke for a player being pushed off the ball in the circle, but Kyle Lion-Cachet’s powerful flick went off the right post.

 

Northerns went into half-time 1-0 up , their mixture of predominantly former Maritzburg College and St Albans players defending well but not creating too many clearcut opportunities to score.

 

It was the SA U21s, the showroom for the factory of talent in South African hockey, who made the ideal start to the second half as they manufactured a short corner. A superb variation gave captain Alex Stewart the chance to shoot for goal and he rammed the ball home for the equaliser with barely a minute gone since the restart.

 

Ryan Julius, who owned the left-hand side of the park with his skilful runs, then set up the SA U21s second goal, which Stewart once again claimed, this time with a strong, well-placed shot into the right corner from the back-left of the D.

 

Northerns have a solid defence, led by the experienced Michael Marki and Guise-Brown, but they have a lack of real potent attacking threats up front and, faced with a 1-2 deficit, their response was almost sluggish.

 

Eventually though, they were able to win a short-corner in the 47th minute and, having such a dangerous flicker as Guise-Brown in their side, it proved enough to net them the equaliser as the international once again found the net on the right side of goal.

 

Both teams seemed content to have a shootout decide the outcome and it was the SA U21s who had the flair and confidence to give themselves a chance of being crowned national champions.

 

 

The South African Hockey Association is delighted to announce that hockey fans across South Africa, and indeed the world, will be able to watch the final two days of the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals via live online streaming.

 

The Interprovincial Nationals are currently underway at the Randburg Astro in Johannesburg and all Friday (April 29) and Saturday’s (April 30) matches, played on the A field, will be broadcast live via a special link on SAHA’s website.

 

This means that seven matches per day, including the both the Men’s and Ladies A section semifinals and Finals, can be watched live wherever you are. 

 

The first match of each day gets underway at 08h30 (SA Time), with the final match scheduled for a 19h00 (SA Time) start.  

 

Go to http://antcast.antfarm.co.za/sahockey/April_2016_01/ to view the very best South African Men’s and Ladies hockey players battle it out for the right to be crowned 2016 Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Champions. 

 

 

See a full list of fixtures to be broadcast below:

 

 

Note: Times are subject to change based on weather or other unexpected factors. 

 

 

Missed a live match? There is no need to panic. Each match will be archived, so you can catch-up on previous matches when it suits you best. 

 

It proved to be a great afternoon for both the men’s and women’s KZN Raiders sides as they advanced their causes in the A-section of the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Thursday.

 

A 2-1 win by the women earlier in the day over the South Africa Under-21 side was followed up by a 4-1 victory for the men over Eastern Province in the game immediately afterward as both sides continued their march.

 

The results mean that both sides are likely to take on Southern Gauteng depending on how they go in the respective clashes, the men take on Free State while the women meet Witsies, later on Thursday.

 

Raiders managed to convert sustained pressure into a penalty corner and it was duly converted by Ross Hetem and barely a minute later the lead was 2-0 as Stephen Wiggett fired one in from left of goal after being given too much space by the Eastern Province defence.

 

A Dalan Phillips drag-flick pegged one back for EP in the 46th minute but two quick goals from Raiders killed off the contest which was scrappy at times.

 

The Kwa-Zulu Natal outfit were guilty of losing possession too easily but once they strung passes together they whipped through the defence and it showed in the goals by Damien Kimfly and the effort from Cameron Mackay. Both players were able to round off brilliant build-up wth their strikes in the 51st and 52nd minutes.

 

But while the KZN sides had reason to cheer it was the complete opposite for both Tuffy Western Province sides as first their women crashed out of contention, losing on penalty strokes to North West, and then the men suffered a 3-1 defeat to Northerns.

 

Province managed to score first in the 16th minute thanks to a Lloyd Norris-Jones field goal and they held their lead right up to the halftime break.

 

It remained close after the changeover before a Matthew Guise-Brown double strike, once from a penalty stroke and the second from a short corner, in the space of nine minutes put the defending champions on the back foot.

 

 

They pressed for an equaliser but it never came and their fate was sealed four minutes from time as Grant Glutz made it 3-1.

The new format for the 2016 Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals is turning into a disaster for Tuffy Western Province as both their men’s and women’s sides were knocked out in the quarterfinals on Thursday at the Randburg Hockey Stadium.

 

The women, beaten finalists last year, were the first to depart as the young but highly-talented North-West team beat them in a sudden-death shootout after they played to a 3-3 draw in regulation time.

 

Less than an hour later, the Western Province men, the defending champions, were shocked 3-1 by Northerns Blues.

 

The Western Province women discovered in the opening minute how dangerous North-West are as goalkeeper Anelie van Deventer saved a short-corner and the Mielieboere immediately swept upfield earning a short corner.

 

North-West coach Shaun Hulley is clearly a fan of the short-corner variation and a lovely interchange of passes between Danielle de Wet and Martinette Mans saw Mans score the opening goal.

 

The Western Province penalty corner set-up is also an accomplished one, however, and, in the sixth minute, Bronwyn Kretzman swept the ball past Van Deventer at her near post, after a good variation saw the ball go wide left from the castle.

 

North-West dominated the rest of the first half, earning a couple more short corners without reward, and they also piled on the pressure at the start of the second half.

 

Western Province defended tenaciously however, getting through the tough period and then showed that they are also dangerous on the break as they suddenly burst upfield and Natasha Rootenberg buried the goal deep in the net to give the more fancied team a 2-1 lead.

 

Four minutes later, Gretchin Davids latched on to a loose ball in the D and flipped it into the goal to give Western Province a comfortable 3-1 lead.

 

But just two minutes later, they were embroiled in a desperate and ultimately hapless battle for survival as North-West scored twice in quick succession to level the scores.

 

The first goal came from a short corner that was initially well-saved by goalkeeper Nicole le Fleur, but Stephanie Baxter slammed the rebound into the net with a fine strike.

 

North-West were soon back in the Western Province D and although a short corner did not work out for them, they were given a hit just outside the circle. Sulette Damons, who played in the 2012 Olympics and is one of the hopefuls to appear in Rio later this year, took the hit quickly and sent a tremendous reverse-sticks shot rocketing into the goal.

 

North-West actually had the better chances to claim the winning goal in the closing stages, including a run of three successive short-corners, but ultimately the teams went into a shootout once the hour of regulation time was done.

 

Both teams could only notch a single goal each in the initial round of five shots each, so it went to sudden death.

 

Baxter (NW) and Heather McEwan (WP) both scored going first for their teams, followed by two misses each. But then Sinalo Jafta produced a top-class piece of improvisation, lobbing the goalkeeper after her initial shot had been saved, to put North-West one-up.

 

Van Deventer then produced a last crucial save for North-West, blocking Candice Manuel’s attempt at goal, and North-West were in a semi-final for the first time in many years.

 

Spar KwaZulu-Natal Raiders held sway over the SA U21s in the other early women’s quarterfinal, beating the international juniors 2-1.

 

KZN Raiders went 2-0 up through a field goal by Kate Koenig and a short-corner scramble completed by Donna Small, but they courted danger for much of the second half as Anneke Beukman scored to bring the SA U21s to within a goal.

Ultimately, it was a case of experience and strength on the ball that won the day for the Raiders, the SA U21s losing composure at crucial times as well as three players injured on duty.

 

WP Peninsula earmarked themselves as the favourites for the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals Men’s B Section title as they strolled into the semi-finals on Thursday with a 14-0 thrashing of KZN Inland in their quarterfinal in Randburg.

 

Warren McEwan scored a hat-trick of penalty corner goals for the Western Province B side, the defending champions, while there was also a hat-trick for Reece Arendse and a brace for Brandon Hanekom. 

 

They will meet Zimbabwe, who had too much skill and attacking fluency for a defensively-vulnerable Northerns B side, in their semi-final on Friday.

 

Arnold Mpofu scored the last two goals for Zimbabwe as they cruised to a 5-1 victory, with the first quarter being particularly beneficial for them as they scored twice, through captain Tendayi Maredza’s short-corner flick and Cydreck Strach’s clinical field-goal finish to go 2-0 up.

 

Zimbabwe goalkeeper Ranga Museki then conceded a 19th-minute penalty stroke to Northerns captain Jacques Klopper, but from that low point they steadily wore down their opposition, scoring three more goals through Newton Mashanyar, who got on the end of a high ball, and Mpofu’s brace.

 

None of the Men’s B Section quarterfinals were low-scoring, with North-West beating SA Country Districts 5-2 and KZN Mynahs seeing off Eastern Gauteng 5-0.

 

North-West went 3-0 up through field goals by Themba Twani, captain Essex Mbekeni and Neo Selehelo, but defensive errors then cost them two short-corner goals, by Gregg French and Henry Cock, in the second half. But further goals by Francois Cilliers and Mitesh Makan meant their semi-final place was always safe as houses, and they will play the KZN Mynahs on Friday for a place in the final and possible promotion to the A Section.

 

KZN Mynahs hit Eastern Gauteng hard in the second half after being held to just a single goal, scored by Dale van der Merwe, in the first half-hour.

 

Van der Merwe notched his second field goal in the 37th minute and it was followed by further goals by Tanner Bottomley and Brendon Smith, before Ryan Bradfield’s short-corner strike five minutes from time completed the scoring.

Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals goes live online

The South African Hockey Association is delighted to announce that hockey fans across South Africa, and indeed the world, will be able to watch the final two days of the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals via live online streaming.

The Interprovincial Nationals are currently underway at the Randburg Astro in Johannesburg and all Friday (April 29) and Saturday’s (April 30) matches, played on the A field, will be broadcast live via a special link on SAHA’s website.

This means that seven matches per day, including the both the Men’s and Ladies A section semifinals and Finals, can be watched live wherever you are.

The first match of each day gets underway at 08h30 (SA Time), with the final match scheduled for a 19h00 (SA Time) start.

  Go to http://antcast.antfarm.co.za/sahockey/April_2016_01/ to view the very best South African Men’s and Ladies hockey players battle it out for the right to be crowned 2016 Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Champions.

Note: Times are subject to change based on weather or other unexpected factors. Missed a live match? There is no need to panic. Each match will be archived, so you can catch-up on previous matches when it suits you best.

 

Whenever KZN Raiders and Tuffy Western Province clash it’s always going to be a hotly contested encounter and their meeting on day three of the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals was no different at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.

 

After 60 minutes of high-quality hockey the sides could not be separated as they ended in a 1-1 stalemate, the result having something of an impact on the final standings with South Africa’s Under-21 side moving to the top of Pool A as a result after their win over Free State earlier in the afternoon.

 

It was Raiders who managed to open the scoring, doing so as early as the second minute, as Andrew Manson made the most of a defensive blunder by the Province defence to slot home to make it 1-0.

 

Province had a chance to draw level in the eighth minute but Austin Smith pushed his flick wide although the did manage to equalise three minutes from halftime as captain Daniel Bell found the back of the net with a powerful drag-flick.

 

The score would remain locked at 1-1, although not from a lack of effort from both sides, with both Gowan Jones - in goal for Raiders - and Province shotstopper Mark Turner proving immense in goal with a number of brilliant saves.

 

The outcome of this contest means that Province, who suffered a 3-2 loss to SA Under-21 on day two of the tournament, ended third in Pool A with Raiders dropping from first to second. 

 

The South Africa Under-21 men’s side continued their brilliant form at the tournament with a comfortable 5-0 win over Free State to cement their place at the top of Pool A.

 

Nduduza Lembethe managed to score inside two minutes with a field goal but then the junior national side couldn’t find a way through right up until the halftime hooter. But the floodgates opened after the changeover and a second from Lembethe, Alex Stewart, Nqobile Ntuli and Khumo extended their lead to 4-0 in the space of eight minutes. 

 

The rout was completed when Khumo Mokale scored in the 40th minute

 

There was disappointment for the Tuffy Western province women’s side as they fell to a 3-2 defeat against Spar Raiders and as a result, ended up like their male counterparts in finishing third in their pool. 

 

Raiders dominated the early exchanges and netted twice through Donna Small before Province pulled one back after being awarded a penalty stroke with Heather McEwan stepping forward and slotting one low and left to peg back the deficit.

 

 

But a well-worked short-corner extended Raiders’ lead although a brilliant bit of hockey by Province saw Candice Manuel slap in on the back post two minutes from time and although they rallied late, the Cape side were unable to draw level.

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Hosts Southern Gauteng enjoyed a stellar second day in the Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Tuesday as both their men’s and women’s teams claimed pole position in their pools after posting their second successive wins.

 

The Southern Gauteng women’s team, the defending champions, produced a top-class 7-0 demolition of Free State, Lisa-Mari Deetlefs and Bernie Coston both scoring twice, while the men emerged with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Northerns in a fractious game that ended a day that was interrupted for over an hour by a thunderstorm.

 

They had to come back from a 1-0 deficit after a short-corner goal by Matthew Guise-Brown, and Brad Venter produced an equaliser on the stroke of halftime before Southern Gauteng won a penalty stroke as Guise-Brown hacked Julian Hykes’s stick from behind in the circle, allowing Gareth Heyns to flick high into the net for an excellent winner.

 

Last year’s finalists may yet be caught at the top of their pool if their B side, Wits, can beat Northerns on Wednesday and Southern Gauteng fail to see off Eastern Province.

 

Eastern Province, who beat Northerns 4-3 on the opening day, went down 1-2 to Wits on Tuesday as Nic Gonsalves scored a brace, the first coming via a field goal in the 19th minute and the second from a brilliantly-worked short-corner option in the 22nd.

The deficit was cut by a Cody van Wyk field goal, but his Eastern Province side were unable to find a way through again.

 

Pool A in the men’s A Section is developing into an epic contest as Tuffy Western Province, the defending champions, slipped down into third place after losing to the SA U21s, while the KZN Raiders, who drew with the junior internationals on the first day, joined them at the top of the standings with a comfortable 6-1 win over Free State.

 

Free State provided some anxious times early on for the KZN Raiders, but it was only a moment of brevity as the KwaZulu-Natalians roared to victory.

Free State started strongly and so nearly claimed the first goal when Dylan Swanepoel rocketed a short-corner drag-flick off the post in the second minute. But gradually the competitiveness of the Free Staters waned and the KZN Raiders in the end put together a very good performance.

 

They opened the scoring in the eighth minute when a fine cross by Mohammed Mea was expertly met and deflected into goal by Travis Hardnick.

 

The rest of the first half went well for KZN as they added two more impressive goals. Stephen Wiggett showed the talents of an ace goal-poacher as he seemed to have so much time to rob the ball off a defender’s stick and slam it into the goal all in one stroke for the Raiders’ second goal, and Jethro Eustice, who did invaluable work in midfield, then flicked home well from a short-corner to make it 3-0 after 20 minutes.

 

Daniel Sibbald was inches away from scoring the goal of the tournament thus far when his reverse-sticks shot came off the post, the international having started the move just outside his own 25 with a superb run.

 

But the third quarter was a better one for Free State as they pulled a goal back through Darren Kamfer, before normal service was resumed in the final quarter and KZN Raiders scored three more goals.

 

Ross Hetem set up and finished the first with a fine overhead across the circle to Jarryd Jones, who cut back and then passed back to Hetem, who slotted home a good reverse-sticks finish.

 

Jones scored the last goal on the final hooter, with a slap high into the net after a short-corner, with Wiggett getting his second goal five minutes earlier with a well-struck angled shot.

The SA U21s had little respect for their heroes of yore in the Western Province side, denting their ambitions in a 3-2 victory.

Ryan Crowe handed SA U21 the lead with a field goal, before Western Province struck back thanks to an Austin Smith drag-flick from a penalty corner. 

There was a break in play as thundershowers led to a waterlogged astroturf, pushing the remainder of the day’s games back, but play eventually resumed with the sides locked at 1-1.

 

Another field goal, this time by Khumo Mokale, helped SA U21 regain the lead, before a penalty stroke in the 40th minute from Kyle Lion-Cachet sealed the victory, although Western Province managed to close the gap with four minutes to play as Smith added another from a short corner.

 

The Tuffy Western Province women’s side provided more ill news for the Cape as they drew 1-1 with Northerns Blues.

The early exchanges were dominated by Northerns as they created a number of chances and pressured the Western Province defence. Had it not been for Nicole le Fleur they may have been down a goal early on with the goalkeeper keeping out a Jacinta Jubb effort from a penalty corner in the ninth minute.

 

But Jubb managed to break the deadlock two minutes before halftime with a powerful poke from a short corner hurtling into the backboard.

 

But the lead was short-lived as Western Province struck back through Anche Nortje, and while both sides fought hard for the lead in the third and fourth quarters, the goals never came. It was made worse by the fact that both sides were left to rue a number of missed short-corner opportunities.

 

The North-West women’s team showed that they will be coming hard at Southern Gauteng when they meet on Wednesday with a comfortable 4-1 win over the SA U21s, two of their goals coming from Lori Hyde.

 

Results

Men’s A SectionKZN Raiders 6 (Travis Hardnick, Stephen Wiggett [2], Jethro Eustice, Ross Hetem, Jarryd Jones) Free State 1 (Darren Kamfer); Eastern Province 1 (Cody van Wyk) Wits 2 (Nicolas Gonsalves [2]); Tuffy Western Province 2 (Austin Smith [2]) SA U21 3 (Ryan Crowe, Khumo Mokale, Kyle Lion-Cachet); Southern Gauteng 2 (Brad Venter, Gareth Heyns) Northerns Blues 1 (Matthew Guise-Brown).

Women’s A SectionNorth-West 4 (Sulette Damons, Lori Hyde [2], Sinalo Jafta) SA U21 1 (Nomnikelo Veto); Southern Gauteng 7 (Lisa-Mari Deetlefs [2], Robyn Johnson, Bernadette Coston [2], Taryn Mallett, Lisa Hawker) Free State 0Tuffy Western Province 1 (Anche Nortje) Northerns Blues 1 (Jacinta Jubb); Spar KZN Raiders 3 (Chiree Coetzee, Sarah Bingham, Kara-Lee Stella) Wits 0.

Men’s B SectionNortherns B 2 (Michael Hesse, Michael Seal) Eastern Gauteng 2 (Grant Robins, Brandon Crockett); SA Country Districts 2 (Henry Cock, Keith Stainbank) Zimbabwe 3 (Phillip Machaya, Tendayi Maredza, Luckson Sikisa); KZN Inland 0 KZN Mynahs 5 (Dale van der Merwe [3], Richard Pentecost, Tanner Bottomley); WP Peninsula 4 (Warren McEwan [2], Luthando Jonas, Cameron Ryan) North-West 3 (Gertjie Lambrecht, Wayne Jeffery, Essex Mbekeni).

Women’s B SectionWP Peninsula 8 ( Nicole Bartsch [2], Georgia Moir, Simone Strydom, Rosanne Lombard, Georgia Grobler, Aimee Pote, Robyn Pinder) SA Country Districts 1 (Robyn Morgan); Southern Gauteng Nuggets 0 Northerns B 3 (Anneke Avent, Janie Porteous, Chanel Dippenaar); Mpumalanga 1 (Shannia-Lee Swart) Zimbabwe 4 (Michelle Williams [2], Iman Johnson, Nicola Watson); KZN Mynahs 5 (Carla van Niekerk [2], Pamela Daniel [2], Jamie Chisholm) KZN Inland 2 (Silindile Mbhele, Tiffany Jones).