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
North West 6-0 Mpumalanga
Southern Gauteng 2-0 KZN Raiders
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
Western Province Pens 1-2 Northern Daisies
Eastern Province 5-1 Mpumalanga
Western Province 3-1 North West
Free State 4-0 Border
Southern Gauteng 6-2 SG Witsies
Northern Blues 8-0 KZN Raiders