SA buckle under Netherlands’ force

2009-08-12 00:00

THE medal contenders’ round at the BDO Women’s Junior World Cup hockey tournament went from bad to worse for head coach Fabian Gregory’s line-up when they were beaten 7-0 by powerhouses the Netherlands at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, late on Monday night (South African time).

Captain Loreen Irvine’s SA team were behind 2-0 at half-time after putting up stubborn early resis­tance in defence, although the Dutch had established control from the first whistle.

With number two goalkeeper Camille Jasson and former St Anne’s schoolgirl and striker Sarah Harley sitting this one out, SA went one down in the 15th minute through Elsemiek Groen’s field goal.

The Netherlands’ Kelly Jonker had a field goal disallowed in the 28th minute, but quickly got the ball back and flicked to the right of keeper Hanli Hattingh to put the Dutch 2-0 up before half-time.

After failing to convert a couple of penalty corners early in the second half, Jonker scored her second field goal in the 41st minute to increase the lead to 3-0. The Netherlands’ scoring barrage continued in the 48th off a penalty corner by Caia van Maasakker and again in the 51st minute from a Willemijn Willemse field goal.

A field goal by Emilie Mol in the 64th minute plus Jonker’s hat-trick effort a minute later buried the South Africans 7-0.

SA play New Zealand today, but whatever the result, they are consigned to the classification match for positions 11 and 12 in this 16-nation tournament on Saturday.

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