Torrential rain and heavy winds played havoc with the playing conditions at Hartleyvale’s stadium and B pitch in Cape Town on Wednesday, leaving the surfaces unfit for hockey, writes Jon Cook.
This resulted in the matches in the BDO Men’s Interprovincial Tournament eventually having to be moved to the University of Cape Town, this after first the Western Province Cricket Club’s and then the Central Hockey Club’s (Vygieskraal) turfs were both declared unfit for play due to the waterlogged surfaces at both of these venues.
After Wednesday’s revised start times had seen the matches eventually completed, the 100% win record Tuffy Western Province, Southern Gauteng and KZN Raiders teams went through to Friday’s semi-finals of the BDO Men’s Interprovincial Tournament with one of the five rounds in the preliminary, Pool stage, still to be played on Thursday.
The pick of Thursday’s matches could well be the battle between South Africa Umder-21 and Northern Blues, which is effectively a quarter-final, the Blues having to win as their goal difference is inferior to the SA juniors.
Then of course there is the final game of the day, the much-anticipated match-up in Pool A between log leaders Tuffy Western Province ÔÇô who are in stunning form ÔÇô and slow-burning defending champions Southern Gauteng, who have 12 players with senior national colours.
At the time of writing the times and venues for Thursday’s final round of Pool matches had still to be determined.
The semi-finals and cross-pool playoffs are on Friday with the final and the classification matches on Saturday.
Witwatersrand 3 WP Peninsula 3; Fain Eastern Province 3 North West 1; Southern Gauteng 4 KZN Inland 1; KZN Raiders 3 South Africa U21 1; Northern Blues 8 KZN Mynahs 0; Tuffy Western Province 9 Free State 0.