More Olympic misery for SA women’s teams

2012-07-29 18:20

The South African women’s hockey team completed the misery of Team SA’s female sides at the Olympic Games in London.

First it was Banyana Banyana who lost their opening two group fixtures by heavy margins of 4-1 (to Sweden) and 3-0 (to Canada) and now the Proteas added to the pain with a 7-1 annihilation by Argentina today.

The women’s hockey team will have all to do in their second preliminary clash against New Zealand on Tuesday (11.45am SA time).

It was inevitable from the onset that the Proteas would open up early in the clash.

Goalkeeper Mariette Rix’s goal was bombarded by the Argentines for most of the opening 15 minutes.

The South Africa defence eventually succumbed to two successive penalty corners and only drew one back through Dirkie Chamberlaine’s effort to half the deficit.

South Africa had the backing of the near capacity crowd but their opponents were too tactically organised and hungrier in front of goal.

The Proteas captain, Marsha Marescia, said afterwards: “There were more positives that we took out of this game as we will go into our next match fully focused.”

She added that the goals were hard to come by as their top forward and the world’s women hockey record scorer Pietie Coetzee was shut out on the day.

“Pietie, being a well known goalscorer, was going to be marked tight in the circle. But we should come alright in our second game.”

New Zealand beat Australia 1-0 in Group F opening fixture.

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