Southern Gauteng won the SA Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament for the first time since 2015, beating Western Province in a 2-1 shootout in the final at Riverside Sports Club in Durban on Wednesday.
The sides were locked at 1-1 at the half-time break, and with neither team able to break the stalemate, the result was decided in a shootout.
Southern Gauteng, coached by Proteas legend Pietie Coetzee, took the lead shortly before the end of the first quarter courtesy of a field goal by captain Robyn Johnson.
The Capetonians struck back immediately after the break, however, to level the scores at 1-1 when Tarryn Glasby landed the ball in the back of the box.
It was perhaps a fitting end to a hard-fought match, with the spoils being decided from the spot.
Both sides landed blows from their opening attempts with Kirsten Paton scoring for Southerns and Glasby succeeding for Province.
Johnson ultimately ended the deadlock as she landed the decisive blow, and Southern Gauteng keeper Marlise van Tonder stood her ground to keep Western Province out.
The bronze medal playoff saw North West beat the Northern Blues 1-0 thanks to a late goal by prolific scorer Dirkie Chamberlain seven minutes from time. Chamberlain bowed out of the tournament as the top scorer with seven goals.