The KwaZulu-Natal men’s coastals hockey team’s desire shone through in a gutsy 2-1 win over hosts Limpopo on Day Six of the South African Country Districts tournament on Friday.
The Port Shepstone Hockey Club-laden KwaZulu-Natal side took on Limpopo A in a cross-pool play-off to determine who would be playing for fifth-sixth position on the final day and had to overcome factors such as fatigue, injury and flu.
Despite these challenges, KwaZulu-Natal played good passing hockey, getting through Limpopo’s defence on a number of occasions before converting and scoring a goal from a penalty corner by Warren van der Merwe to go up 1-0 at half-time.
The second half saw much of the same with some excellent passing between Morne Bishop, Sean O’Conner and Gareth Bishop splitting the defence.
KwaZulu-Natal scored another with a brilliant counter attack, which led to a desperate Limpopo outfit rally and score off a rebound from a penalty corner.
But it proved to be too little too late as KwaZulu-Natal held on for their fourth win of the national tournament.