Mixed fortunes for SA hockey

2015-01-26 00:00

THE packed grandstand at Hartley­vale yesterday were treated to some thrilling hockey, but there were mixed feelings about the results, as the Investec South Africa women’s team lost 2-0 to Chile, while the SA men rallied superbly to draw 2-2 with ­Ireland.

Chile scored through Francisca ­Vidaurre via a penalty corner in the ninth minute to lead 1-0 at half-time. They added another in the 49th, after another long spell defending their goals, when a fast breakout brought a brilliant save by replacement keeper Hanli Hattingh, but lively Manuela Urroz roofed the rebound in spectacular fashion.

The revved-up Chileans have tied the series 1-1 after South Africa won the first Test 4-2 last week.

To be fair, a young, talented yet relatively untried SA side went into this match. They were minus battle-hardened soldiers in the squad — Sanani Mangisa, Anelle van Deventer, Lisa Deetlefs, Sulette Damons, Marcelle Manson, Bernie Coston and Jade Mayne — were rested.

SA certainly had passages of ­excellent play in both attack and ­defence, but it was not enough to make a difference on the day.

It sets up a fascinating third Test today at 5 pm, while the fourth and final Test is tomorrow at 6.30 pm.

The Ireland men’s short, sharp passing in confined areas led to goals from Michael Darling in the 19th ­minute and Alan Sothern in the 22nd for a 2-0 lead at half-time.

The determined South Africans, boosted by their vociferous fans, fought their way back into the game and penalty corner strikes in the 40th by Jethro Eustice and Brandon ­Panther in the 57th — three minutes from the end — sets up a thriller at Hartleyvale in tomorrow’s 7 pm ­second and final Test. At Stellenbosch University tomorrow, the Dutch and Belgian men meet at 3 pm.

There were passages of brilliant goal keeping by all four South African keepers in yesterday’s Tests — and SA men’s replacement keeper Gowan Jones proved the point that on some occasions the last line of defence does indeed play a major role in the final outcome.

The Cape Town Summer series ends on February 2 at Hart­leyvale.


Men: SA vs Ireland first Test

SA: Jacques le Roux (GK), Lance Louw, Robin Jones, Rhett Halkett (capt), Daniel Bell, Jethro Eustice, Clint Panther, Miguel da Graca, Taine Paton, Brandon Panther, Pierre de Voux. Rolling subs: Gowan Jones (GK), Gareth Heyns, Marc Fourie, Dylan Swanepoel, Natius Malgraff, Dalan Phillips, Damian Kimfley.

Women: SA vs Chile second Test

SA: Phume Mbande (GK), Demi du Toit, Erin Hunter, Nicole Walraven, Nicolene Terblanche (capt), Line Malan, Quanita Bobbs, Kaila Flemming, Lilian du Plessis, Dirkie Chamberlain, Tanya Britz. Rolling subs: Hanli Hattingh (GK), Christine Roos, Illse ­Davids, Shelley Russell, Tiffany Jones, Carmen Smith, Toni Marks.

Today — Women

SA vs Chile (5 pm); Men: SA vs Ireland (7 pm).

(At Stellenbosch University)

Men — Holland vs Belgium (3 pm)

Tomorrow — (At Hartleyvale) Women: SA vs Chile (6.30 pm)

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