Hockey women face double trouble

2013-01-31 00:00

FRESH from their emphatic 4-0 win over world number six and 2012 Champions Challenge winners Australia on Tuesday, the South African women’s hockey team have another hurdle to negotiate when they take on London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallists and world number one Holland at 8 pm at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town today.

This is the second of the three unofficial Test matches SA are playing this week ahead of the prestigious Investec Challenge, which kicks off on Monday at Hartleyvale. The clash is preceded by the England/Australia match at 6 pm.

The South Africans, with forward Jade Mayne, Lisa Deetlefs and Lenise Marais — the three who stood out in a superb team effort against Australia’s Hockeyroos — played one of the best matches seen from them in the past two years . While it is expecting a lot to reel off another scintillating performance, the mark of the best teams is their ability to churn out high-quality hockey on almost every occasion.

The SA selectors have brought three players back in Celia Evans (North West), Christine Roos (Southern Gauteng) and Tanya Britz (Free State), to make the squad 21-strong for this week’s unofficial Test ties that end on Saturday when SA face England at 8 pm. They will then whittle it down to the 18 players who will play in the Investec Challenge.

Investec SA women’s team: Quanita Bobbs, Tarryn Bright, Jade Mayne, Shelley Russell (all Western Province), Dirkie Chamberlain, Phume Mbande, Nicolene Terblanche (all Northern Blues), Pietie Coetzee, Marcia Marescia (capt), Bernie Coston, Lisa Deetlefs, Lilian du Plessis, Sanani Mangisa, Christine Roos (all Southern Gauteng), Sulette Damons, Celia Evans (North West), Marcelle Keet (Amathole/Border), Izelle Lategan, Tanya Britz (Free State), Kelly Madsen, Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal Raiders).

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