No room for complacency for SA women

2013-06-18 00:00

THERE has been no room for complacency in the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team during the four internationals in Edinburgh, Scotland over the last week.

The world number 19 Scots, who are a much better side than their ranking suggests, upset the world number 11 South Africans 3-2 in the first international at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill Sports Facility, but the girls in green and gold recovered sufficiently to win the second and third matches, and will go into the fourth and final encounter tonight with confidence.

Epworth product Sanani Mangisa, who first learnt the sport at Kokstad Primary before winning a hockey bursary to the Pietermaritzburg school, has reportedly been outstanding in goal for SA and the number one stopper in the country has kept her team in the game when fortunes have swung Scotland’s way.

Another ’keeper, Carter High School product Phume Mbande, is fast making the understudy ’keeper position in the SA side her own and her dedication saw her come on for her second cap during the series.

But the superstar for the SA team has been legendary striker Pietie Coetzee, who at 34 is still averaging more than a goal a game in international hockey; this after retiring for five years while at the peak of her powers aged 27.

Fitter than ever before, Coetzee picked up two goals in South Africa’s 3-2 defeat by the Scots in the first international, a hat-trick in the second encounter won 4-1 by SA, and a brace in the 5-2 goal extravaganza in the third international.

The SA team are preparing in Scotland for the Investec World league semi-finals, which take place in London from Saturday until next Sunday.


First match: Scotland 3 (Ali Howie, Morag McLellan and Nikki Kidd) South Africa 2 (Pietie Coetzee 2); Second match SA 4 (Coetzee 3, Lilian du Plessis) Scotland 1 (Nicola Skrastin); Third match SA 5 (Coetzee 2, Kelly Madsen, Tarryn Bright and Lilian du Plessis) Scotland 2 (Nikki Kidd and Holly Cram).

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