Both SA hockey teams in finals for Junior World Cup

2012-10-18 00:00

THE South African men’s and women’s U21 hockey teams are through to the finals of the Africa Qualifier tournament for the 2013 Junior World Cup, this after their third consecutive wins at Randburg Hockey Stadium yesterday.

The SA men edged Egypt 1-0 in an absolute thriller; while the SA women were far too good for Ghana, beating them 4-0.

The SA versus Egypt men’s match lived up to its billing and what could have been 10-10 ended 1-0 to the South Africans, thanks to London 2012 Olympian Clinton Panther’s seventh-minute winner.

Panther’s one-two with Grant Glutz down the right saw the Olympian Panther finish superbly and the outcome sees SA into Saturday’s 4.30 pm final.

The SA women dominated from the first whistle in a match that failed to live up to expectations. SA captain Izelle Lategan, Demi du Toit, Tiffany Jones and Tanya Britz scored for the team.

In the men’s tournament Ghana must beat Egypt in Friday’s midday clash to keep the north Africans out of the final.

In the women’s tournament Kenya must beat Ghana in Friday’s 10 am clash to see who will face SA in Saturday’s 2 pm final, while Namibia still have a mathematical chance should the Kenyans somehow beat the Ghanaians by five clear goals.

In the Egypt/South Africa match both sides had chances aplenty, with fantastic movement carving out clear opportunities, but outstanding defensive work, great goalkeeping, and ill-fortune combined to keep the scorekeepers relatively inactive in a high-class, heart-stopping match that sets the tone for a magnificent final come 4.30 pm Saturday.

In the earlier matches the Namibia women beat Kenya 3-1 with goals from Marian Laubscher, Marcia Venter and Tegan Rix, while Pauline Naise opened the scoring for Kenya. The Ghana men’s team beat Zimbab-we 5-0 with goals from Daniel Bempah (2), Johnny Botsio (2) and Samuel Afari.

RESULTS

Men: Ghana 5 Zimbabwe 0; South Africa 1 Egypt 0.

Women: Namibia 3 Kenya 1; South Africa 4 Ghana 0.

FRIDAY FIXTURES

Men: Ghana vs Egypt (12 pm); SA vs Kenya (4 pm).

Women: Ghana vs Kenya (10 am); SA vs Zimbabwe

(2 pm).

LOGS IN BRIEF

(P: Played, GD: Goal Difference, Pts: Points)

Men: 1 SA P3, GD 18, Pts 9; 2 Egypt P3, GD 21, Pts 6; 3 Ghana P3 GD 5, Pts 6; 4 Kenya P 3, GD -1, Pts 3; 5 Zimbabwe P4, GD -34, Pts 0.

Women: 1 SA P3, GD17, Pts 9; 2 Ghana P3, GD 0, Pts 6; 3 Namibia P4, GD -4, Pts 6; 4 Kenya P3, GD 0, Pts 3; 5 Zimbabwe P3, GD -10, Pts 0.

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