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England won the final match of the second Cape Town Summer Series by 3-0 against South Africa. Both matches were played at the Hartleyvale stadium in Cape Town.

The halftime score was 1-0 for England. In the 10th minute Lily Owsley scored the only goal of the first 30 minutes of the match.

In the first chukka most of the playing was done by England, but the home team got back in the game in the second quarter. Once again the SA keeper Phumelela Mbande made some brilliant saves and she was well supported by captain Nicolene Terblanche and Bernadette Coston.

In the first minute of the second half England got the second goal of the match. Jo Hunter hit the back of the goal-box to give England a 2-0 lead. Besides the two chances South African had in the third quarter most of the play was made by England again. The home team almost scored when Sulette Damons had only the goalkeeper to beat, but in the final moment she badly injured her already heavily strapped upper-leg and knee.

With the start of the final chukka England got one penalty corner after another and finally Erica Sanders scored against a battered SA defence. The South Africans lacked just that finishing touch the few times they got into the goal circle.

England won the first match on Saturday 4-2.

Now that the women have played their part in the second Summer Series it is the turn of the men. The South African men’s side will play its first match on Thursday against England. The match starts at 18:00. All matches are played at Hartleyvale. Germany is the other team that will be in action during the second Summer Series.

Schedule for rest of the second Summer Series: Saturday, 4 March @ 16:00 – England v Germany; Sunday, 5 March @ 16:00 – South Africa v Germany; Monday, 6 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v England; Wednesday, 8 March @ 18:00 England v Germany; Thursday, 9 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v Germany. 

The South African women’s hockey team almost managed to beat England in the first of the two matches in the second Cape Town Summer Series.

It was a case of so close, but yet so far for South Africa loosing 2-4 to England at Hartleyvale. South Africa had control of this one, but the final chukka was 15 minutes too far for the locals.

After the first chukka the score was 0-0. England had a few chances to score near the end of the quarter, but was denied by SA goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande.

In the second quarter the South African players started to create some chances of their own. Striker Dirkie Chamberlain looked especially dangerous close to the goal-box. The crowd went crazy in the 24th minute when local Cape Town player Candice Manual hit the back of the goal-box from a well constructed penalty corner.

At the start of the third quarter England scored somewhat against the flow of play when captain Sarah Haycroft got the visiting team’s first goal of the match. South Africa struck back immediately though when Chamberlain got the ball in the goal-box once again from a penalty corner. England equalised again when Joie Leigh scored the fourth goal in a very entertaining match.

After two minutes of play in the final quarter England – who has been on the attack since the start of the chukka – got a penalty shot and it gave them the lead for the first time in the match. The final quarter belonged to England. With two minutes left England’s Grace Balsdon scored to put the game out of the reach of the home team.

Many of the England players were part of the Great Britain team that won the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games last year.

The next match in the series of two is tomorrow afternoon at 16:00. This series is another preparation opportunity for the World Cup qualifying Africa Cup of Nations tournament taking place in August as well as the Hockey World League Semi Finals taking place in July.

The SA women’s squad: Nicole la Fleur (WP), Phumelela Mbande (NG), Marelise van Tonder (NG), Kara Stella (KZN C), Jessica O’Connor (KZN C), Kirsty Adams (Boland), Erin Hunter (KZN C), Izelle Verster (NG), Illse Davids (WP), Nicolene Terblanche (NG), Stephanie Baxter (SG), Marizen Marias (SG), Tarryn Glasby (WP), Bernadette Coston (SG), Sulette Damons (NW), Kate Koenig (KZN C), Candice Manuel (WP), Toni Marks (SG), Dirkie Chamberlain (NG). 

The South African men’s side will play its first match on Thursday against England. The match starts at 18:00. All matches played at Hartleyvale.  

Schedule for rest of the second Summer Series: Saturday, 4 March @ 16:00 – England v Germany; Sunday, 5 March @ 16:00 – South Africa v Germany; Monday, 6 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v England; Wednesday, 8 March @ 18:00 England v Germany; Thursday, 9 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v Germany. 

Various changes had to be made to the South African Women’s team that will play two tests against England this Saturday and Sunday.

Both matches will be played in Cape Town at the Hartleyvale stadium and action starts at 16:00.

Coach Sheldon Rostron could not pick regular players like Quanita Bobbs, Lisa-Marie Deetlefs and Shelley Russell because of other commitments. ExperiencedDirkie Chamberlain and Erin Hunter are back in the squad along with goalkeeper Nicole la Fleur.

Various players from the England squad were part of the Great Britain team that won gold at the Rio Olympic Games last year. England has arrived in South Africa with a large training squad including 13 debutants for the country. England is currentlysecond on the world rankings and South Africa is 13th

In the recent Summer Series against Chile and China the South Africans played some really good hockey and they would like to keep the momentum going against a world-class team like England. Coach Sheldon Rostron has a unique opportunity to use this series as further preparation for the World Cup qualifying Africa Cup of Nations event taking place in August as well as the Hockey World League Semi Finals taking place in July.

The SA squad: Nicole la Fleur (WP), Phumelela Mbande (NG), Marelise van Tonder(NG), Kara Stella (KZN C), Jessica O’Connor (KZN C), Kirsty Adams (Boland), Erin Hunter (KZN C), Izelle Verster (NG), Illse Davids (WP), Nicolene Terblanche (NG), Stephanie Baxter (SG), Marizen Marias (SG), Tarryn Glasby (WP), Bernadette Coston (SG), Sulette Damons (NW), Kate Koenig (KZN C), Candice Manuel (WP), Toni Marks (SG), Dirkie Chamberlain (NG).

South African men’s coach Fabian Gregory has announced a squad of 22 players to take on Germany and England in the second Cape Town Summer Series. 

Action starts on Thursday 2 March. All matches are played at Hartleyvale Stadium in Observatory. This series follows the first Summer Series that was played earlier this year where SA took on the Netherlands and Belgium. 

Various regular players such as Tim Drummond, Taine Paton, Dylan Swanepoel and Daniel Bell is not available for this series due to club or working commitments. Alex Stewart, captain of the SA u21 team, still battling an injury will also be missing from the 22-man squad.

Ryan Crowe will be fit to play again and the series sees the return of veteran goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse. The National Selectors have seen to it again to include youngsters Dayaan Cassiem and Andrew Hobson who matriculated only last year; both players are relishing the opportunity to be tested against world-class competition. 

It will be another physical and testing series for the South Africans as they take on Germany world number 4 and England world number 7. Coach Gregory looks to using this series to prepare for the upcoming FIH Hockey World League in July as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in August with both events taking place in Johannesburg.

Fixtures: Thursday, 2 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v England; Saturday, 4 March @ 16:00 – England v Germany; Sunday, 5 March @ 16:00 – South Africa v Germany; Monday, 6 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v England; Wednesday, 8 March @ 18:00 England v Germany; Thursday, 9 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v Germany. 

Squad: GOALKEEPERS – Rassie Pieterse (SG); Gowan Jones (KZN Coastals). DEFENDERS – Robin Jones (Northerns Blues); Jethro Eustice, Mo Mea (both KZN Coastals); Tyson Dlungwana (SG); Rhett Halkett, Andrew Hobson (both WP). MIDFIELDERS – Rusten Abrahams (SG); Ryan Julius (WP); Reza Rosenberg, Clinton Panther (both SG); Jonty Robinson (KZN Coastals); Owen Mvimbi (SG). Forwards – Keenan Horne (WP); Ignatius Malgraaf (EP); Tevon Kok (Northerns Blues); Nqobile Ntuli (KZN Coastals); Ryan Crowe (SG); Damian Kimfley (EP); Richard Pautz (Northerns Blues); Dayaan Cassiem (WP). 

A thrilling match between the women hockey teams of South Africa and Belgium ended in a 3-3 draw to bring the curtain down on the Cape Town Summer Series.

It was a fiercely contested battle between two very equally match teams.

A great team goal from South Africa got the scoreboard going with Lilian du Plessis hitting the back of the goal-box.

Belgium equalised and took the lead in the second chukka.

South Africa quickly got on the attack with the start of the third chukka and Bernadette Coston got the goal that made it all square again. She scored from a penalty corner. Shortly after Tarryn Glasby gave the South Africans the lead with a great individual goal.

But Belgium had the final say when they scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-3 all. South Africa did get an opportunity to win the game with a penalty corner in the final minute, but the shot went just wide.

South Africa is 13th on the world rankings and Belgium 14th.

SA’s goalkeeper Marelise van Tonder did great work in the box and saved some sure goals.

This was the last match in the Summer Series. South Africa had mixed results with the victory over China on Sunday the highlight of the series.

The national teams from Germany and England are coming to South Africa in February so Cape Town will see some more international hockey action this summer.

Belgium won the third and final match in the Summer Series against the South African men’s hockey team.

Belgium, fourth on the world rankings, won the match 3-0. It was the first time in the series that South Africa, 15th on the rankings, could not score a goal. Belgium dominated most of the game and showed with some brilliant and consitant play why they won the silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

In the first chukka there were no goals scored, but in the first minute of the second quarter Belgium’s Matthew Cobbaert got the scoreboard ticking for the visitors. South Africa had a few chances shortly after to get the goal back, but could not convert any of the penalty corners and then Nicolas de Kerpel punished the South Africans with a field goal in the 20th minute. Belgium had a 2-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half Belgium upped the pace and standard even more. They played fast, controlled attacking hockey and gave South Africa no room when the home team was on the attack.

Belgium dominated the third chukka and it was thanks to the efforts of goalkeeper Gowan Jones that kept South Africa in the game. De Kerpel finally scored from a penalty corner after constant attacking play and pressure on the SA defence.

This was the last game for the SA men in the Cape Town Summer Series.

The Summer Series comes to an end tomorrow evening when the South African women’s team play against Belgium at 18:00. 

Belgium's men's hockey team won a thrilling match against its South African counterpart in the Cape Town Summer Series.

Belgium - Olympic silver medallist - won the battle 3-2 when Loick Luypaert scored with 30 seconds left.

The halftime score was 1-1.  Gauthier Boccard and Luypaert scored Belgium’s first two goals. Boccard scored a field goal in the 8th minute and in the 44th minute Luypaert gave the visitors the lead with a penalty stroke.

Daniel Bell equalised for South Africa in the 20th minute. And then captain Tim Drummond did the same with two minutes left.

“This was a very positive result for us. Matching up to the Rio Olympic silver medallists was a great challenge to which the boys did themselves proud. We know we are trying to be more consistent in our play for longer periods of the match and this consistency is what we are hoping to achieve in our second game against Belgium,” said captain Tim Drummond after the match.

“The more this squad plays together the better we become as a team because we understand what each other are thinking on the field. So Wednesday evening is another excellent opportunity for us to get a positive result against one of the world’s best hockey playing nations.” 

South Africa takes on Belgium again on Wednesday.

The Belgium women’s hockey team won its first match against South Africa in the Cape Town Summer Series.

Belgium’s Anne-Sophie Weyns scored the winning goal in the 54th minute.  South Africa did get opportunities to not only draw the game, but also get a win with four penalty corners in the last 3 minutes. Belgium’s goalkeeper Aisling D’Hooghe denied the home team though with great work in the goal box.

The first chukka was like a war of attrition between the two sides with all the action taking place in the midfield and the goalkeepers rarely getting something to do. Both teams stepped it up in the second chukka, but it was the visitors that took control of the game in the third and final chukkas.

In the final minutes of the last quarter South Africa through everything they had at Belgium. Especially after Weyns scored the goal, but the ball just did not hit the back of the goal box.

Belgium is 14th on the world rankings and South Africa 13th.

The next match for the SA women in the series is Friday at 18:00 against Belgium. It is also the last match in the Summer Series. 

It was a somewhat disappointed South Africa men’s hockey team that left the field after the 4-7 loss to Belgium.

It was the penultimate match for the SA men in the Cape Town Summer Series.

Jonty Robinson got the scoreboard going with a penalty in the 10th minute to put the home team in the lead.

With less than a minute left in the first chukka Belgium got the goal back when Amaury Keusters found the back of the net. The South Africans would have been disappointed with this goal, because it was so close to the end of the chukka.

A blitzkrieg of three goals in three minutes took the wind a bit out of the South African sails in the second quarter. Maxime Plennevaux, Loïck Luypaert and Alexandre de Paeuw all got their names on the scorecard. The score was 4-1 at halftime.

The third chukka belonged completely to Belgium and South Africa’s goalkeeper Gowan Jones with the help of especially Daniel Bell, Rhett Halkett and captain Tim Drummond had to defend wave after wave of Belgium attacks. Two more goals were scored. Captain Thomas Briels and Plennevaux added to the scoreline.

With the start of the last chukka the score was 6-2 for Belgium after Bili Ntuli scored SA’s second goal mere seconds before the whistle blew. In the last quarter Dimitri Cuvelier added another goal for Belgium. In the last three minutes Brandon Panther and Drummond scored for South Africa to give the crowd something to cheer about again.

Belgium has a deadly counter-attack and they play with so much control. Especially when they were on the attack. It looks like they have all the time in the world. That is in contrast with South Africa who looked rushed.

Once again the South African youngsters showed promise though. Ntuli had some brilliant moments and Ryan Julius is so quick that it sometimes looked like the Belgium players were standing still when they tried to follow him. Daniel Bell was great on the defence for the home team.

Earlier China won its match against Belgium. China’s women were 2-1 winners in a very tight match. Qianqian Boa scored the winning goal for China in the 60th minute after the scores were tide 1-1 at halftime. Bingfeng Gu scored the first goal of the match and Belgium’s Lisa Scheerlinck equalised the score in the 27th minute.

The next match in the Summer Series is on Thursday at 16:00 when the South African men will be in action for the last time in the series – the third and last match against Belgium. The series comes to an end on Friday when the SA women play against Belgium at 18:00.

The South African men’s hockey team lost the third and final test match against Holland in the Cape Town Summer Series, but the players will do themselves a favour if they rather just focus on the first 30 minutes because it was in this half that the team showed what they are capable off.

Holland won 5-1. For the first 30 minutes the South Africans did exactly what their captain Tim Drummond wanted from them though – they defended strong and was much more aggressive on the attack.

The local team’s radar was a bit off, with many shots at goal going wide. The positive aspect is that they created chances and played positive hockey. In the second half Drummond and his men mostly defended after the visitors scored with 30 seconds left before halftime.

The Dutch goals were scored by captain Bob de Voogd, Glenn Schuurman, Rik van Kan, Jip Janssen and Thierry Brinkman.

South Africa’s goal came late in the match courtesy of a penalty corner converted by Daniel Bell.

Holland is 3rd on the world rankings and South Africa 15th. It was Jonty Robinson’s 100th game for his country while youngster Siyavuya Nolutshungu made his debut for South Africa.

The next matches in the series are on Monday when both South African teams take on Belgium. The women will get the action going at 18:00 and the men will play at 20:00. The series comes to an end on Friday.