SA Hockey IPT 2023 | All eyes on Durban North as Women’s Provincial teams vie for national honours.

SA Hockey IPT 2023 | All eyes on Durban North as Women’s Provincial teams vie for national honours.

21 Aug

26 Aug

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SAHockey IPT 2023 | All eyes on Durban North as Women’s Provincial teams vie for national honours.

The SouthAfrican Hockey Senior Interprovincial tournament (IPT) gets underway in Durban North on Monday. The last IPT before an Olympic Games is always a little bit extra feisty as players look to get their names on to the selectors lists and work towards potentially earning themselves a shot at qualifying for and attending the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

In the women’s tournament the defending champions the Northern Blues will once again feature the bulk of the team that were triumphant in the 2022 tournament. Edith Molikoe the 2022 Player of the Tournament, will look to lead the team to a back-to-back championship run. With the likes of Jean-Leigh du Toit, Hanrie Louw, Celia Seerane and Tegan Fourie in their numbers, coach Inky Zondi will be looking fora big tournament from the team.

Western Province were the beaten finalists in 2022 and they have a brilliant tacticianin Justin Grundlingh in charge. It’s a team that packs firepower with SouthAfrican starts Onthatile Zulu and Erin Christie playing for the Cape side for the first time. Quanita Bobbs, Tarryn Lombard, Stephanie Botha and Kayla de Waal add to the star power of a team who would love to lift a trophy that has narrowly evaded them in the past.

The SouthAfrica U21 side will also be gearing up for their foray at the FIH Junior World Cup in Santiago in Chile later this year. Cerian Fourie, Tamlyn Kock, Taheera Augousti and Ntsopa Mokoena will all look to help Lenise Marais team cause a couple of upsets and go further than their semi-final in 2022.

The hosts SPAR KZN Raiders haven’t won the tournament since 2017 and would love to make home ground advantage count. They will be able to count on recruit Kristen Paton in their quest for the title along with former tournament top goal scorer Malikah Hamza and Lilian du Plessis both able to trouble the opposition defence.

Southern Gauteng, Free State and SG Witsies make up the team who retained their A Section status in 2022, while North West replace Eastern Province who were relegated in 2022.

The B Section will see 10 teams compete for the title and a space in the A Section in 2024. In Pool A Eastern Province are joined by Eastern Gauteng and their U21 side as well as Mpumalanga and WP Peninsula.

Pool B will see Border, KZN Mynahs, KZN Robins, Northern Cape and SACD battle it out. The top two in each pool will secure a spot in the semi-finals.

SA Hockey Women’s IPT – Fixtures – 21 August 2023
A Section

Pool A – Northern Blues vs North West

Pool A – Southern Gauteng vs SPAR KZN Raiders

Pool B – Western Province vs Free State

Pool B – South Africa U21 vs SG Witsies


B Section

Pool A – Eastern Province vs Mpumalanga

Pool A – Eastern Gauteng vs WP Peninsula

Pool B – SACD vs KZN Mynahs

Pool B – Border vs NorthernCape


SAHockey Women’s IPT – Recent Winners

2017 – SPARKZN Raiders

2018 – Southern Gauteng

2019 – Northern Blues

2021 – Southern Gauteng

2022 – Northern Blues

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