Junior World Cup Hockey: strong german side the deserving winners against sa u21

2009-08-06 00:00

THE South African U21 hockey team were unable to pull off their second win in a row when they lost 4-2 to Germany on day three of the Women’s Junior World Cup in Boston, U.S. yesterday.

There were a number of controversial umpiring decisions that affected both sides, but Germany were the deserving winners.

A Pia Grambusch penalty corner opened the scoring midway through the first half, only for SA to reply from the re-start by Kerry Pearton. Germany were back in front just before half-time and lengthened their lead to 4-1 with a brace of goals in six minutes after the changeover. SA pulled one back soon after, and with 24 minutes left were still in with a chance, but Germany finished the stronger.

On Monday, coach Fabian Gregory’s SA squad beat unheralded Lithuania 3-2 after they trailed 2-1 with just seven minutes left, while Germany were too composed for Argentina, winning 2-1.

The SA team includes Sarah Harley (ex-St Anne’s), Celia Evans (ex-GHS) plus captain Loreen Irvine and Kelly Madsen (both ex-St Mary’s Kloof), while Stellenbosch’s Jade Mayne comes from a well-known Pietermaritzburg hockey family.

SA tackle Argentina in their final Pool B match today, while certain Pool B winners Germany should have little trouble in disposing of Lithuania, which means SA will finish third and advance with Germany and Argentina to the medal round.

RESULTS: Yesterday: Argentina 4 Lithuania 0; Germany 4 South Africa 2.

Tuesday: Korea 2 England 2; Chile 2 France 0; India 6 Belarus 0; Australia 2 USA 1.

Monday: Germany 2 Argentina 1; Korea 6 Chile 1; SA 3 Lithuania 2; England 5 France 0; New Zealand 3 Netherlands 1; China 3 Spain 0; India 3 Australia 2; USA 3 Belarus 1.

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