PHL 2018: Cavemen Stunned as Orange River Rafters March On
The Maropeng Cavemen were stunned by the Golden Gate Gladiators, the Orange River Rafters produced a class display to dispatch the Blyde River Bunters, the Drakensberg Dragons got their first win, while the Namaqualand Daisies and Wineland Wings face early elimination in the 2018 CTM Premier Hockey League.
There were another 18 goals scored on day 3 of the CTM Premier Hockey League, with the story of the day undoubtedly coming from the 14:00 game when the experienced Maropeng Cavemen, the double defending champions tasted their first normal time defeat since PHL 2016, going down 3-1 to the Golden Gate Gladiators.
The Gladiators were without regular coach Garreth Ewing due to work commitments, so SA Under-18 coach and national selector Devon van der Merwe took charge for this game. The Gladiators were in bullish mood and the side settled into the game early. Chris Makaba danced through the defence of the Cavemen and from a tight angle converted the goal. It was a touch fortunate as the ball took a deflection past Cavemen keeper Rassie Pieterse.