Germany beat SA 5-3 in third and final Test

2014-03-10 00:00

OLYMPIC Games men’s hockey champs Germany beat South Africa 5-3 in the third and final Test at Hartley­vale in Cape Town on Saturday after leading 3-2 at half-time.

The result gives the world’s second-ranked Germans a 3-0 series win over world number 11 SA.

Eight goals, including four in the first 15 minutes, was the story — and Martin Zwicker opened the scoring in the third minute with a field goal.

SA took a 2-1 lead after penalty corners from captain Wade Paton and Andrew Cronje in the seventh and ninth minutes but Germany equalised in the 15th through Thilo Stralkowski’s field goal.

Two minutes before half-time (33rd) a Lukas Winfelder penalty corner took Germany into a 3-2 lead at the changeover before Marco Miltkau’s field goal 13 minutes into the second half (48th) gave the Germans a two-goal cushion.

SA pulled one back when Dan Sibbald netted a field goal in the 53rd minute. Trailing 4-3 with 17 minutes left, the South Africans had much to play for.

But another Winfelder penalty corner in the 57th re-established Germany’s two-goal cushion and served to make the 5-3 victory.

SA umpires Riaan Osman and Erik Etsebeth only saw fit to give two green cards (two-minute sin-bins) while for SA it was another exemplary clean sheet.

• The South Africa men’s hockey team has been named to compete in the 23rd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup international tournament at Ipoh, Perak in Malaysia, from March 13 to March 23.

South Africa play in a round-robin format against world number one Australia, world number seven Korea, world number 13 Malaysia, world number 16 Canada and world number 25 China, the tournament ending with play-offs for final classification on March 23.

SA Team: Rassie Pieterse, Jacques le Roux, Francois Pretorius, Robin Jones, Dylan Swanepoel, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Wade Paton, Clint Panther, Jonty Robinson, Tim Drummond, Taylor Dart, Owen Mvimbi, Pierre de Voux, Lungi Tsolekile, Brandon Panther, Ignatuis Malgraff, Julian Hykes.

• The SA Hockey Association has named the national teams to represent South Africa at the Indoor Hockey World Cup Africa Qualifier tournament in Windhoek, Namibia, April 9 to 13.

Men: Richard Curtis, Matt Fairweather, Jarred Jones, Geoff Abbott (all KZN Coastal); Chris McCathie, Justin Domleo, Gavin Jelley (all KZN Inland); PG Geldenhuys, Keagan Kieck, Shaun Davenhill (all Southern Gauteng); Andrew Cronje, Dale Isaac (both WP).

Women: Amy Greaves, Eloise Walters, Taryn de Winnaar, Tracy Bestall, Tracy Martens (all KZN Inland); Faye Cooper (KZN Inland B); Jessica O’Connor, Kara Stella, Kim Pretorius, Shelley Freyer (all KZN Coastal); Tsoanelo Pholo, Jeanine Granger (both Southern Gauteng).

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