The third day of the SPAR Indoor Series at Danville Park Girls School in Durban North started with the SPAR South African ladies playing their first ever indoor hockey test match against their neighbours Botswana. The game was extremely one sided as expected but the development of Botswana thanks to the involvement in series like this will be a great boost for African Indoor hockey.
All eyes were of course on the SPAR South Africa vs. Zimbabwe test match in the evening with a packed Danville Park Girls School joined by hundreds of people watching on the Sports 24 Seven live stream. Zimbabwe were keen to give a better display for their families and friends watching from home and that determination was apparent.
They trailed to a Kara Botes penalty corner and a field goal from captain Cindy Hack before the crowd was treated to 10 of the best minutes of the series for Zimbabwe. Michelle Williams, the star of the show for Zimbabwe pulled a goal back from the penalty corner for her side and a frenetic atmosphere was then created when Roxanne viviers broke from the back before laying off the ball and receiving a fine through ball from Williams and firing home the equaliser.
With Zimbabwe having all the momentum ahead of half time, the SPAR South Africans showed their class with a goal that was a sucker punch for the Zimbabweans coming with the last play of the first half. Jess O'Connor received the ball from Botes at Penalty corner time, then fired it into the top left corner superbly.
Kara Botes, in sublime form for SPAR South Africa, re-established the two goal lead with a penalty corner before Alexi Terblanche gave the Zimbabweans hope again with a penalty corner of their own. The nerves were massive in the crowd, but Robin Johnson produced the pefect run and fade to make it 5-3 for South Africa and seal the win.
There was time for South Africa to put the nail in the coffin with crowd favourite Jamie Southgate getting a goal from a tight angle and celebrating with a Thriller dance! With that win South Africa had sealed the series