The 2019 senior men’s and women’s hockey IPT in Bloemfontein has reached the business end and effectively a new competition, with the knockout round starting on Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, as been the case throughout the tournament there were a couple of big upsets.
In the men’s A Section, Western Province Peninsula stunned the much more fancied Northern Blues with a 4-3 win at the University of the Free State Astros.
In other results in A Section, KwaZulu-Natal Raiders and Western Province played to a 2-2 draw, Southern Gauteng beat South Africa U21 1-0, and Eastern Province beat Southern Gauteng Witsies 3-2.
Both Northerns and South Gauteng did enjoy throughout the tournament to top their respective pools heading into the quarter-finals.
In the women’s A Section, North West, claimed the bragging right with a big upset when they shocked the hosts, Free State, with a 2-1 win.
It was the Free State’s first defeat of the tournament, however, their wins over Western Province and KZN Raiders ensured that they topped Pool B.
In the other women’s A section matches, South Gauteng beat South Africa U21 4-1, Western Province beat KwaZulu-Natal Raiders 3-2 and Northerns beat Eastern Province 4-0.
This means that Free State will face Eastern Province in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening.
In the men’s B Section, Free State, remained unbeaten in the pool stages with a 3-0 win over Southern Gauteng Nuggets. This sees them playing against Mpumalanga at St Michaels in the quarter-finals. This match is scheduled to start at 13:45.
A Section quarter-finals (men):
10:15 – Northerns vs. South Gauteng Witsies
13:45 Eastern Province vs. Western Province
15:30 KwaZulu-Natal Raiders vs. South Africa U21
19:00 South Gauteng vs. Western Province Peninsula
A Section quarter-finals (women):
8:30 South Gauteng vs. KZN Raiders
12:00 Western Province vs. South Africa U21
17:15 Free State vs. Eastern Province
17:45 Northerns vs. North West – MORGAN PIEK / OFM SPORT