Striker Ignatius Malgraff was the match-winner with a superb hat-trick including one stunning solo goal in particular in the Madibaz’ upset 4-2 victory. Although this will be Mazibaz’ third final in four years, very few gave them a hope of beating the star-studded Maties line-up.
In the second semi-final, the University of Pretoria’s hugely impressive Tuks men completed as clinical a destruction you are ever likely to see in demolishing the hardworking University of Free State’s Kovsies men 8-0.
The first women’s semi-final saw defending champs Maties comfortable 3-0 victors over the spirited Puk ladies of North West University in Potchefstroom. The second semi-final featuring 2015 Varsity Cup winners University of Johannesburg and runners-up in that competition, the Kovsies ladies, went the way of the UJ ladies 2-0.
Friday’s A Section women’s final between defending champs Maties and 2015 Varsity Cup champions UJ is at 4.20pm at the festive UKZN Greenfields Turf with the men’s final between Tuks and Madibaz at 6.10pm at the same festive venue.
In the UJ/Kovsies women’s semi-final, UJ forward Lilian du Plessis broke the deadlock in the 41st minute with a penalty corner. The decisive plays came in the dying minutes when UJ cleared a Kovsies PC away from their goalline before captain Kaila Flemming fired a square pass for Du Plessis to smash into the backboard from the edge of the strike zone.
The men’s semi-final between Tuks and Kovsies saw a unique outcome where all eight goals in the 8-0 whitewash went the way of Maritzburg College Old Boys. Seven of the eight came from sizzling penalty corner drag-flicks by Tim Guise-Brown (4) and Grant Glutz (3) with Tim Halle slotting the lone field goal.
The courageous Madibaz defence was let off the hook somewhat in their semi-final against the Maties men when the Stellenbosch lads wasted a hatful of PCs - and they are unlikely to get away with that against the lethal Tuks set-piece in Friday’s final.
However, the Tuks defence will also have to be on their guard, as the Madibaz strategy of launching counter-attacks at lightning speed off turnover ball was Maties’ undoing.
A SECTION RESULTS
Men (playoffs positions 5/8) UKZN 3 Ikeys 2; UJ 3 Wits 0. (1st semi-final) Maties 2 Madibaz 4; (2nd semi-final) Tuks 8 Kovsies 0
Women (playoffs positions 5/8) Varsity College 0 Madibaz 2; (5/8) Tuks 4 Ikeys 0; (1st semi-final) Maties 3 Pukke 0; (2nd semi-final) UJ 2 Kovsies 0
FRIDAY CLASSIFICATION MATCHES
Men: (7/8) Ikeys vs Wits (AB Jackson 8.30am); (5/6) UKZN vs UJ (UKZN 9am); (3/4) Maties vs Kovsies (UKZN 12.40pm); (Final) Tuks vs Madibaz (UKZN 6.10pm)
Women: (7/8) Ikeys vs Varsity College (AB Jackson 10.20am); (5/6) Madibaz vs Tuks (UKZN 10.50am); (3/4) Pukke vs Kovsies (UKZN 2.30pm); (Final) Maties vs UJ (UKZN 4.20pm)