at St Anne’s Thursday evening
The SPAR SA women’s indoor hockey team attacked from the outset in the first Test of five, the right channel rewarding the girls in green and gold with a penalty corner, Kara Stella making no mistake, the ball flying into the net off the keeper Petro Stoffberg’s glove.
Now 1-0 up after two minutes, SA were switching across the back, waiting for the opening, and it paid off when Stella got another PC opportunity. On the third-re-award, this after Namibia had defended courageously, the keeper Stoffberg saved well from SA skipper Celia Evans on the slip variation.
SA were still 1-0 up into the last five minutes before half-time when Shelly Higgo got in a shot and then great combination play that included debutant Amore de Wet from the back, brought two more PCs, Stella netting the latter for 2-0 after 17 minutes.
Higgo was involved in earning another PC on the whistle but Namibia were up to the challenge, goalkeeper Stoffberg and the entire line-up showing outstanding tenacity in the face of the SA offense.
SA turned around 2-0 up and two minutes in it was Amy Greaves who rounded off a great goal (3-0). The SA combination play was starting to click big time and two more PCs followed, Namibia’s first wave Dunell van Taak did very well to block a shot.
The second of the PCs saw Higgo show top-class skills to slip the ball under her shoulder past Stoffberg for 4-0 with 13 left. Namibia had a moment of real threat in the SA defensive circle but it was not to be.
In the 29th minute new cap Steph Baxter showed why she is in the team and the PC won was capitalised on when Stella sent the yellow nut soaring into the net (5-0).
With two minutes of the first Test left it was Namibia’s Van Taak who did well to get in a shot. And it looked like she was to be rewarded seconds later with a fine effort to put the visitors on the board, but the "goal" was correctly disallowed.
SA earned PCs on the final hooter but the score remained 5-0 at the end of Test one and SA could look forward with confidence to Friday’s 10am and 7pm Tests at the same venue.
Amore de Wet, Celia Evans (capt), Stephanie Baxter (North West); Amy Greaves (KZN Inland); Hanli Hattingh, Jessica Glass, Megan Robertson, Nicole la Fleur (Western Province); Jessica O’Connor, Kara Stella, Shelly Higgo, Candice Eales (KZN Raiders); Sarah Allan (Southern Gauteng).
Team management: Lennie Botha (coach), TJ Smith (assistant coach), Taryn de Winnaar (manager), Brighty Mashaba (video analyst).
Petro Stoffberg, Dunell van Taak, Gillian Hermanus, Kaylee Schlechter, Ina Louis, Ester Beukes, Jerrica Bartlett, Magreth Mengo (capt), Phia Gerber, Marian Laubscher.
SPAR SA women vs Namibia five-Test series
1st Test: Thurs, 10 Dec (SA 5 Namibia 0)
2nd Test: Fri, 11 Dec (10am, St Anne’s)
3rd Test: Fri, 11 Dec (7pm, St Anne’s)
4th Test: Sat, 12 Dec (10am, Danville Park Girls School)
5th Test: Sat, 12 Dec (8.15pm, UKZN Westville campus)
at Randburg Astro
Day four of the Greenfields Africa Hockey Championships witnessed two outstanding efforts by less-fancied teams.
The South African women's hockey team has been named to take part in the Africa Cup for Nations tournament at Randburg Hockey Stadium from October 23 to November 1.
"The SA selection panel, comprising of convenor Mickey Gordon, Jo Morley-Jepson and myself debated long and hard about the final 18,” said national head coach Sheldon Rostron.
The South African Hockey Association have named the SA women’s squad from whom the national team will be selected for the Africa Cup for Nations tournament, which takes place from October 23 to November 1.
By Marsha Cox
In order for me to open the next door of opportunity in my life, I need to close this one as a South African Women’s Hockey player. After 14 years of great experiences, challenges and unforgettable memories I am ready for the next round of opportunities that lie ahead of me.
The South Africa women’s hockey team were outstanding in defeating Ireland 4-0 after leading 1-0 at half-time at the World League Semi-Final tournament in Valencia, Spain Sunday to finish in seventh position.
After the gut-wrenching disappointment of losing 2-0 to Great Britain in the quarter-finals of the World League Semi-Final tournament in Valencia, Spain on Thursday the South Africa women’s hockey team face another testing encounter in the weekend’s first round of playoff matches.
A brace of goals in the first quarter saw Great Britain beat the South Africa women’s hockey team 2-0 in the World League Semi-Final tournament’s quarter-final match at Campo De Hockey De Valencia in Valencia, Spain Thursday.
If ever a goalless draw could be considered an absolute thriller, it has to be world number 11 South Africa’s 0-0 stalemate with world six Germany at the Women’s World League Semi Final hockey tournament in Valencia, Spain Tuesday.
“We like to play them and the history between us makes for an interesting game.”