SA lose to Germany, but ensure semi spot

2012-06-07 00:00

THE world number 12 Investec South Africa women’s hockey team might have been edged 1-0 by world number three Germany, thanks to Eileen Hoffman’s 30th minute deflection goal in an action-packed Investec London Cup clash in London last night, but they have done enough to ensure a berth in Saturday’s semi-finals.

For world number four Great Britain, who were upset 3-1 by SA in an epic clash at Chiswick on Tuesday night, to reach the semis they have to beat Germany by two goals in Thursday’s final pool match. If they do that, then Germany are out.

Great Britain’s other option is to win by one goal after scoring four or more goals. A seven-goal thriller between Germany and GB is unlikely.

The SA defence were outstanding and the SA forwards were playing at pace and with determination up front and deserved at least one goal, particularly after the changeover. Especially Sulette Damons having a great second half.

Kate Woods, Dirkie Chamberlain, Marsha Marescia and Pietie Coetzee deserved more but German keeper Kristina Reynolds played a blinder. Germany also had their chances in what was a very even match.

In yesterday’s earlier match, Australia beat Ireland 4-1.

Tuesday’s opening round saw world number one Holland beat the Aussie Hockeyroos 2-1, while South Africa upset world number four Great Britain 3-1.

Thursday’s other pool fixture in this six-nation event sees Ireland face Holland at 6.30 pm (SA time).

The semi-finals are on Saturday and feature the top two teams in each pool, with the winners going through to Sunday’s final and the losers tackling each other in the bronze medal match. The teams that end third in their pool will play off for fifth and sixth places on Sunday.

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