It really could be any of the Mambas but its ultimately Tevin Kok that stood out that little bit more for me! The South African International Striker was immense in creating opportunities for his team mate and his work rate is second to none. With Garreth Ewing watching, Kok brought out his best.
It could have been Veto, maybe even Bianca Wood, but ultimately for me it was KP. The Rangers have been driven by the energy and guise of KP and this weekend was no difference. She is producing moments of magic that few players in South Africa are able to produce.
(M) – Ignatius Malgraff vs. Gladiators
A sensational solo goal by the all time CTM Premier Hockey League top goalscorer as he turned everyone around before firing in past Daryl Coker in unstoppable fashion.
(W) – Bianca Wood vs. Bunters
Although it was ultimately in a losing cause, Wood sensationally ripped the Bunters defense apart with a superb run that chanelled the wonder goal scored by Simone Gouws in the first year of PHL. Words cant describe these goals as well as pictures so check them out below
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What do you think about these two goals from last weekend. Amazing individual skills shown by both players and then finding the back of the net🔥 there’s fewer things that feel that good 🏑🙌🏼 @natius26 and @biancawood2 more this weekend please 🙏🏼 🏑 🔥 #CTMPHL19 #GOAL #Skills #sport #Fieldhockey #hockey
Addo Elephants 6-3 Maropeng Cavemen
The Addo Elephants may have been eliminated from the group stage for the first time ever. They did however give their fans some cheer in the Saturday fixture.
The inaugural CTM Premier Hockey League final was between the Addo Elephants and the Maropeng Cavemen and the old adversaries faced off again in the group stages. Both teams still feature their original PHL Coaches and have produced some classics along the way. Today it was the Elephants who got the last laugh as they emerged victorious in a 6-3 goal fest.
The Elephants led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter with Julian Hykes netting a brace after former Cavemen striker Cerezo Comerasamy opened the scoring with an effortless flick into the side net. Hykes two goals were typical Julian goals fired home with venom. Craig Wiid had pulled one back for the Cavemen with his third pc goal of the season, but they showed superb fight in pulling it back to 3-3. Keegan Hezlett scored a thunderbolt reverse stick straight through Martins before Courtney Halle added to his goal against the Dragons. As thoughts would have gone towards the win for Mark Sanders side, they were sucker punched by a quick double from Sinoxolo Mbekeni, who scored after superb work by Chad Futcher, and Comersamy with his second, a good touch of fortune in that one.
As the game headed towards its conclusion, Hykes popped up with his 3rd of the game, 4th of the year and 12th all time PHL goal giving former national and provincial team mate Rassie Pieterse no chance with a brilliant drive into the bottom corner.
Orange River Rafters 1-3 Namaqualand Daisies
After going into the break at 0-0 the Namaqualand Daisies were in dreamland as they took a 1-0 lead against the Rafters through an Ashleigh Thomas penalty corner.
It got even better for the Daisies when they took a 2-0 lead through Jean-Leigh du Toit with a bullet strike but the gave was given a breath of life when Charne Maddocks finished a goal mouth scramble with just 3 minutes remaining. The Rafters poured forward looking for an equaliser and pulled Cheree Greyvenstein off, but the gamble backfired as they conceded a last-minute penalty corner and Jean-Leigh du Toit made it 3-1 expertly. The Daisies had made the semi-finals and confirmed that for the first time in four seasons the Blyde River Bunters would not medal!
It could very easily have been a week where the Mambas took their foot off the pedal having already qualified for the semi-finals. Instead they showed up and secured victories against both the Gazelles and a bonus point win against the Dragons. The victory means that the Mambas had become only the second mens team in history to win all the games of the group stages.
The Madikwe Rangers came to the weekend knowing that two defeats would eliminate them from the tournament, while even winning one may not have been enough. They were inspired in the middle of the park by Kristen Paton while Nicky Veto’s double strike against the Lakers was monumental. The victory against the Wings secured second spot on the log after the team had faced early elimination. They will be a tough team to beat this weekend!
Images – Marcel Sigg