The second day of the 2020 Indoor IPT being hosted in KwaZulu Natal saw the completion of the first phase of the Women’s tournament while the men’s action heated up on a humid East Coast.

Men’s Tournament – Ashton College – Ballito

Mpumalanga were the undoubted entertainers of day 2 as their two games produced an outstanding 27 goals. In the opening game of the day Southern Gauteng were made to continuously fight for their victory as Mpumalanga remarkably pegged the difference to just one goal on four separate occasions. The game saw a hat-trick for the Lions Chad Futcher, while Liam Hermanus netted four for Mpumalanga. If the Mpumalanga fans were left breathless for that game, they would have needed extra oxygen for their match up with Eastern Gauteng.

The side from the lowveld found themselves 5-1 up after just 12 minutes and looked to be coasting to a victory with Hermanus already on a brace. But Eastern Gauteng showed superb character to net four goals unanswered, Njabulo Shongwe restoring parity at 5-5. Hermanus struck another brace to re-establish a two-goal lead, but Ryan Roberts and Bradley Nunn levelled matters again. A Hermanus goal in the 37th minute eventually broke the resolve of the East Randers, and a late Connor Flowers goal added to the gloss.

There were two other classic games on the day as WP Pens won a poor tempered match against SG Wits, with the teams getting more cards than I do on Christmas day, while the KZN derby between the Robins and Mynahs was a classic that the latter edged.

Western Province continued their fine form with a big win over Easterns while Inland’s tournament is proving very quickly to be one to forget.

Women’s A Section – Danville Park Girls School – Durban North

SPAR KZN Raiders secured top spot in Pool B without ever having to get out of first gear. They were comfortable winners against both the KZN Inland and Northern Blues sides. Western Province secured top spot of Group A with two 3-2 wins on the day, first against Southerns before later against their “B” side Pens. Kayla de Waal was the star in the top of the table clash against Southerns with her brace being the decider.

Southerns ended second in Pool A after seeing off the challenge of KZN Mynahs before Mpumalanga and KZN Inland wrapped up the group stages superbly. Inland had led 2-0 with 5 minutes remaining but Mpumalanga surged back and after Trinity du Preez pulled a goal back the belief was with them. It took until the final minute but when Nicole Nel scored it gave the Lowveld Ladies a deserving point in a wonderful game of indoor hockey.

The Quarter Final line up is as follows:

Western Province vs. Northern Blues
KZN Inland vs. KZN Mynahs
Southern Gauteng vs. Mpumalanga
SPAR KZN Raiders vs. WP Peninsula

Women’s B Section – Danville Park Girls School – Durban North

North West secured top spot of Pool A after coming through tight tussles with both Eastern Gauteng and Eastern Province with defensive stability being the driving factor for the Potchefstroom based province. Witsies on the other hand top Pool B with a more flair-full attacking approach winning their two games on day two by scoring 16 goals.

The Quarter Final line up is as follows:

North West vs. Northern Blues B
KZN Robins vs. Eastern Province
Eastern Gauteng vs. Free State
SG Witsies vs. Mpumalanga B

Picture - Mpumalanga Hockey