SA meet Kiwis in Hockey play-off

2010-03-12 00:00

THE winners of the last two Hockey World Cups, Germany, will have the chance to make it three in a row after they qualified for the 2010 final following their 4-1 defeat of England in the semi-finals in New Delhi, India yesterday.

Yesterday’s other semi-final saw World Cup favourites Australia beat the Netherlands 2-1.

South Africa, meanwhile, will meet New Zealand in today’s playoff for ninth place. The SA match will be live on SuperSport 7 from noon. This one could go either way, and it depends on who brings there “A game” into the match.

Tomorrow’s World Cup final between Germany and Australia will be televised live on SuperSport 7 from 2.35 pm.

As reported, the semi-finals were quite inexplicably not televised and, not satisfied with SuperSport’s non-answer as to why, The Witness contacted the TV broadcaster by e-mail once again in a bid to unravel the mystery.

“We only have rights to SA matches and for us to televise the semi-final would have depended on SA qualifying for the semi-finals,” was SuperSport’s reply.

Irrespective of who qualifies for the last four of any World Cup tournament, whatever the sports code, the onus surely lies with the broadcaster to secure the rights for the semi-finals, particularly as it has secured the rights for the final!

This is made even more confusing in that the 2006 World Cup semi-finals in Germany were televised by SuperSport. And the likelihood of SA reaching the semi-finals was low, a long shot at best.

At the time of going to press, SuperSport had again not replied to The Witness’s request for a more plausible explanation.

Other result: (11/12) Canada 3 Pakistan 2.

Today: (9/10) New Zealand vs SA (SS7 from noon); (7/8) Argentina vs India; (5/6) South Korea vs Spain.

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