The Central Gauteng A U19 Ladies have efficiently defended their Faculties Water Polo South Africa Inter-Provincial title after they edged Western Province A 12-10 within the closing in Gqeberha, Jap Cape, on Wednesday, 13 December, 2023.
The Gauteng facet, one of the profitable groups previously decade on the match, have been pressured to dig deep towards a resilient Province facet in entrance of an lively crowd on the Gray Excessive College swimming pool.
Either side have been excessive in confidence coming into the ultimate after sustaining one hundred pc data all through the pool phases and knock-out matches.
They matched up nicely, with Gauteng proving ruthless in entrance of purpose all through the week, whereas Western Province coach Nicola Barrett’s troops have been resolute in defence, regardless of conceding a number of targets within the latter phases of the knock-out matches.
Looking for to get out of the blocks rapidly, each side started the match at a excessive tempo, with Gauteng opening the scoring early within the first quarter by way of a Jenna Penney penalty.
Province hit again instantly with two targets from Morgan Christian. First, she discovered herself in house and slotted the ball within the right-hand nook earlier than some interlinking passes between her teammates created one other alternative for Christian to seize a second and put Province 2-1 forward after the primary eight minutes.
The match opened up within the second and third chukkas, and that’s when Gauteng hit the entrance.
Coach Etienne le Roux’s skilled facet was in a position to extricate itself out of stress conditions and his gamers got here to life, scoring 4 instances to take the lead from their Cape rivals. Frequent purpose scorer, Mia Loizides, was as soon as once more within the entrance line, grabbing a hattrick, whereas Kara Wicht, who had come to the fore over the earlier two days, additionally bought her identify onto the scoreboard.
Trailing by two targets getting into the ultimate quarter, Western Province appeared hurried and harassed in entrance of purpose, whereas Gauteng have been firing on all cylinders and constructing scoreboard stress.
They closed out the match with three late targets by Loizides, Wicht, and Francesca de Villiers. Attempt as they could, Province simply couldn’t reel within the Central Gauteng complete regardless of spectacular showings by Morgan Christian and Hannah Banks, who each contributed 4 targets apiece.
“We made it a bit robust within the closing. I believed that we may’ve carried out a bit higher, however on the finish of the day, a gold medal is a gold medal,” Le Roux informed SuperSport Faculties after the ultimate whistle.
Within the second quarter, Central Gauteng A seemed to be a mere shadow of the facet they have been of their semifinal conflict towards their B crew, they usually have been doing simply sufficient to remain within the contest.
Le Roux stated he didn’t have to do this a lot speaking at half-time. “I believe, to start with, we created quite a lot of probabilities, and we simply didn’t put the ball behind the web,” he stated.
Coach’s Profitable Recommendation
“We spent about three minutes at halftime respiratory, and everybody with their eyes closed, and I simply informed the gamers that they’ve bought this, they usually simply wanted to execute like they’ve carried out within the final 4 to 5 years of their careers.
“I’m simply so happy with the crew, and their efforts and the onerous work they’ve put in over the past weeks. It’s been wonderful to see them get this reward,” he concluded.
For Province, their look ahead to an IPT title continues, and it’s one other heartbreak within the closing towards the identical opponents, who additionally defeated them within the 2018 title sport.
They are going to, nonetheless, maintain their heads up excessive having proven combating spirit till the ultimate whistle.
Their goalkeeper, Naledi Kaseya, was influential in conserving her facet inside attain of Central Gauteng, pulling off a complete of eight saves within the first three chukkas of the match.
Coach Barrett had phrases of reward for her net-minder: “I believe our keeper had a hell of a sport at present, and she or he pulled out all of the stops,” Barrett stated.
She additionally admitted she didn’t assume her gamers introduced their finest to the ultimate: “I believed our vitality was actually low. I don’t assume we replicated the vitality we introduced towards KZN, and that was most likely as a result of the nerves bought to us within the second and third chukkas.
“We simply made foolish little errors, however I’m tremendous proud of the women. I believed we did nicely.”
Western Province Coach, Nicola Barrett
Earlier within the day, KwaZulu-Natal got here simply wanting claiming the bronze medal after they have been edged out 4-3 in a penalty shootout by Central Gauteng B within the third/4th play- off match.
KZN began brightly and led 5-3 at halftime, courtesy of targets by Christy Dudas, Marlise Pretorius, and a hat-trick by Taylor Cherry.
Central Gauteng’s Amy Smith led the fightback, netting twice, whereas Amy Mather struck 3 times, and Tatum Rogers and Morgan Harrison added targets to depart the competition twisted up a 7-7 after regulation time.
Nelson Mandela Bay additionally ended their marketing campaign on a excessive by claiming a 13-10 win over their provincial rivals, Buffalo Metropolis, to complete fifth at residence.
Zimbabwe picked up a 6-4 win towards Western Province B, and Jap Gauteng completed tenth after thumping the Northern Tigers 20-3.
Ultimate Standings of the Faculties Water Polo South Africa Inter-Provincial in Gqeberha, Jap Cape, on Wednesday, from 8-13 December, 2023
Central Gauteng A
Western Province A
Central Gauteng B
Nelson Mandela Bay
Western Province B
Finals Day 5 Outcomes on the Faculties Water Polo SA IPT
Central Gauteng A 12-10 Western Province A
Central Gauteng A – Jenna Penney (3), Mia Loizides (5), Kara Wicht (3), Francesca de Villiers
Western Province A – Morgan Christian (4), Hannah Banks (4), Emily van Heerden (2)
Central Gauteng B 7 (4)- KwaZulu-Natal 7 (3)
KwaZulu-Natal – Christy Dudas, Taylor Cherry (3), Marlise Pretorius, Annabelle Hardie, Caitlin McMurray
Central Gauteng B – Amy Mather (3), Tatum Rogers, Amy Smith (2), Morgan Harrison
Nelson Mandela Bay 13-10 Buffalo Metropolis
Nelson Mandela Bay – Teagan Harty (3), Amie Jenner, Matipa Karimazondo (3), Anna Pinto (4), Jamie Lacey, Olivia Connellan
Buffalo Metropolis – Chelsy Hendry (2), Jasmine Koch (2), Alex Albers (2), Tori Voke (2), Gemma Hannafay, Gabbi Whitebooi
Zimbabwe 6-4 Western Province B
Zimbabwe – Erin Bent (4), Erin van Hoof, Lauren Ashwin
Western Province B – Isabella Tooley, Amy Pettipher, Abigail Bester (2)
Jap Gauteng 20-3 Northern Tigers
Jap Gauteng – Maddison Griffin (7), Megan Keira Venter (3), Emma Nicle Spronk (2), Myra Strydom (3), Alana Vermaak, Alshe Hope de Klerk, Jessica Edkins, Akunna Chikeka
Northern Tigers – Ngandu Darina Muzungu (2), Meghan Venn
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