Hockey: SA women fall again to Belgium

2013-01-18 00:00

A DETERMINED Belgium side came back from a goal conceded in the opening 30 seconds of the third Test against the Investec South Africa women’s hockey last night to clinch the four-Test series with a match to spare after coming away with a 2-1 victory.

Now 3-0 up in the series following 2-1 and 2-0 wins at Central Hockey Club in Vygieskraal on Monday and Wednesday, the Belgians will be eyeing a whitewash when the final Test takes place at Hartleyvale tomorrow.

For the girls in green and gold, who are missing superstars Marsha Marescia and Pietie Coetzee for this series, all is not lost and a win tomorrow will do much to boost their confidence ahead of the World League at Hartleyvale next week and then the Investec Challenge at the same venue in the first week of February.

Dirkie Chamberlain displayed neat touches in working her way out of a posse of tacklers to score the opener inside the first minute after Bernie Coston had made space to cross from the right.

Shortly before half time, Belgium hit back in this exciting match of end-to-end action when Jill Boon embellished Anouk Raes’s superb work at close quarters to slip the ball past outstanding SA ‘keeper Sanani Mangisa.

The equaliser was followed by the winner eight minutes from the end when Stephanie de Groof’s powerful flick clattered into the backboard from the Belgians’ fourth penalty corner.

Essentially, this free-flowing encounter was a match for the goalkeepers, who were in superb form. Mangisa made nine top saves in the 70 minutes, while opposite number Nadine Khouzam reeled off four super saves of her own.

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