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Strong showing by hosts EP

Host team Eastern Province held one of the tournament favourites, Southern Gauteng, to a goalless draw on day one of the men’s interprovincial hockey tournament in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

In doing so Eastern Province will show that they won’t exactly be a punchbag making up the numbers at the tournament.

Day One featured at least two derby-type matches. Defending champions the KZN Raiders beat neighbours, KZN Inland 3-1.

And former champions Western Province took on Peninsula and left until late before a second goal from national captain Austin Smith sealed a 3-2 win in the last 10 minutes.

Western Province and Southerns meet each other in Wednesday’s match of the day.

In Tuesday’s other match Gauteng North beat A Division newcomers Amathole 7-1.