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The South African national women’s hockey team finished fifth at the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

South Africa beat Japan 2-1 in the fifth place play-off match played at the Wits hockey stadium in Johannesburg.

The home team ended the first chukka with a flurry of penalty corners, but could not score despite the opportunities to take the lead early on. Soon after the start of the second chukka South Africa got a penalty stroke after a Japanese player blocked the ball with her body in front of the goal-box. Lillian du Plessis converted the stroke to give SA the lead. It was Du Plessis’ second goal of the tournament.

Tarryn Glasby gave South Africa a two-goal lead in the 23rd minute after a good pass from Shelley Jones. It was Glasby’s first goal of the tournament.

Japan’s only goal of the match came after some five minutes of play in the third chukka. Yuri Nagai hit the back of the goal-box for her team.

In the last few minutes Japan played with a kicking-back for the extra attacking player. They desperately worked for that equaliser but the South African defenders gave them no space to attack.

South Africa is 13th on the world rankings and Japan 11th. By finishing in the top 6 of the tournament the SA women qualified for the 2018 FIH World Cup in London.

The African Championships is later in the year and if the SA Women win that tournament South Africa will be in the Top 10 of the world rankings. 

Johannesburg, South Africa: The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has announced that all tickets for the final matches of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals are officially sold out.

 

Set to take place on Sunday, 23 July the much-anticipated women’s and men’s final matches are a culmination of 16 days of world-class hockey. Over 2500 fans are expected at the Wits Hockey Club where all the action has been taking place since the start of the tournament.

 

“From the onset, we have always stated that we need the support of our clubs and the hockey community to make this event big, bold, packed and loud. Much to our delight, this is exactly what the fans and hockey community have delivered. Over the past 13 days, our stadium has been packed and all teams have enjoyed the support of locals,” said Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA.

 

All 132 matches from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals have been broadcast live on SuperSport, and the finals are no exception. The Women’s Final is set to take place at 15h30 on 23 July, with the Men’s Final push back at 18h00.

 

There are still tickets available for purchases online, for the semi-final and classification matches taking place on 20, 21 and 22 July, and can be purchased at: http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/

 

The top teams from Brussels, London and Johannesburg will also be aiming to qualify for two of hockey’s showcase events – the Women’s Hockey World League Final 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand and the Men’s Odisha Hockey World League Final 2017 in Bhubaneswar, India.

 

To keep up to date with all the latest news relating to the Hockey World League Semi-Finals over the coming months, visit FIH.ch and follow FIH via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Dayaan Cassiem topped off his best game for South Africa in a very short career by scoring a goal in SA’s 4-2 win over Japan in the FIH World Hockey League Semi-Finals.

With this victory the SA men’s hockey team finished 9th in the tournament.

At halftime South Africa was leading 2-1 after two penalty corner scores from Austin Smith. It brought his tally to four goals in the tournament and 56 in his career. Koji Yamasaki scored Japan’s goal at the end of the first chukka.

With 11 minutes left Japan’s Genki Mitani scored to equalise matters. Japan upped the pace big time later in the third chukka going into the final 15 minutes.

With another shot at goal a Japanese defender denied the 18-year-old Cassiem, but SA got the penalty shot for the body-block. Jonathan Robinson hit the back of the goal-box to give SA the lead (3-2) once again.

Cassiem finally got reward for a game well played when he scored SA’s fourth goal. “It was great to score. I really enjoyed playing with the team. This tournament was a great learning experience for me,” said Cassiem.

Captain Tim Drummond added: “It was a tough tournament for us and we learnt some hard lessons, but the boys showed character today. We did not reach our initial goal, but we did some reassessment and we really wanted to win.”

The SA women’s team takes the field Saturday at 13:30 to play Japan for the 5th place in the tournament. The women have qualified for the 2018 FIH World Cup in London.

The African Championships is later in the year and if the SA Women win that tournament South Africa will be in the Top 10 of the world rankings. Currently South Africa is 13th.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport.

Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

The South Africa national women’s hockey team qualified for the 2018 Hockey World Cup in London by beating Ireland in the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

South Africa won the 5th/8th play-off match by 3-0.

The victory meant that South Africa can’t finish lower than sixth in the tournament and the top 6 teams automatically qualifies for the FIH World Cup.

With the fourth penalty corner of the game Lisa-Marie Deetlefs hit the back of the goal-box to give SA the lead. With a minute left before halftime Ireland got a penalty shot, but it was missed giving SA the lead going into the change-room.

Bernadette Coston scored the second goal for South Africa after four minutes play in the last chukka. With nine minutes left Ireland took off the goalkeeper and played with a kicking-back. With no goalkeeper Lillian du Plessis added to the score-line with some five minutes left.

“It is a very special day. We had a goal and is super happy that it all worked out,” said Coston.

Captain Sulette Damons added: “It is phenomenal to win this very important match. It is awesome to know that we have qualified and achieved the goal of that. We have a target of finishing fifth though and we are still on track.”

SA is 13th on the world ranking and Ireland 15th. SA will now play against Japan for 5th place in the tournament.

The SA men’s side play tomorrow at 10:00 against Japan and must win to avoid finishing last in the tournament.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

South Africa’s national women’s hockey team lost to Germany in the quarterfinal of the FIH World Hockey League Semi-Finals.

With just more than a minute left before halftime Germany broke the deadlock when Camille Nobis scored. It was somewhat against the run of play with South Africa dominating most of the second chukka.

With two minutes left in the match Germany hit the back of the goal-box, but after a South African referral the goal was not awarded. Seconds later South Africa got another penalty corner but like the various other opportunities earlier in the final chukka the ball missed the target. Unlike the game against the USA the SA attack wasn’t as sharp and German defenders managed to keep the ball out of the goal-box.

Germany is 7th on the world rankings and SA 13th.

The first semi-final is between the USA and England and the second between Argentina and Germany.

South Africa will now play for the lower ranking positions 5-8.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

A clinical display from the Rio silver medallist dashed any hope the South African national men’s hockey team had to qualify for the quarterfinals of the FIH Hockey World League Semi-finals.

Belgium won the last group match of the tournament by beating South Africa 9-1.

Belgium started the scoreboard action after only three minutes when Alexander Hendrickx scored from a penalty corner. The second goal came from field play when Nicolas De Keppel scored.

At halftime the game already turned into a nightmare for the South Africans with five more goals scored in the second chukka. Belgium was leading by 7-0 and still 30 minutes to play. Thomas Briels (2), Sebastien Dockier, Loick Luypaert and Cedric Charlier all got on the scorecard.

Mere minutes into the third chukka Dockier scored again. With just a minute left Belgium scored again to rub the salt in the South African wounds.

Like in all previous games South Africa had some solid build-ups, but never succeeded in scoring from these phases and presses. Plays in the circle from the South African strikers were disappointing.

Matt Guise-Brown finally broke the deadlock for the home team by scoring from a penalty corner. Finally after some 35 minutes the players and supporters had something to smile about.

Belgium won silver at the Rio Olympic Games last year and is currently 5th on the world rankings. South Africa is 15th.

South Africa will now play for 9th place in the tournament.

South Africa’s women team will play against Germany in the quarterfinal on Tuesday at 18:00.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

South Africa’s national women’s hockey team qualified for the quarterfinals of the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals after a dramatic win over the USA.

Two goals from Candice Manual sealed the victory for South Africa after trailing twice in the match to win 3-2. Manual’s second goal gave SA the lead with nine minutes to go. The last few minutes the home crowd went wild to help the team keep that lead despite final attacks from America.

At halftime the score was 1-1. Melissa Gonzalez scored in the 14th minute to give the USA the lead after the first chukka. After brilliant work from Shelley Jones on the counter-attack Jade Mayne made it 1-1 in the 27th minute.

The USA took the lead again with one minute left in the third chukka when Jill Witmer hit the back of the goal-box. Candice Manuel made it all square again after some brilliant work between herself and Bernadette Coston. Less than two minutes later Manual scored again.

With their back against the wall the SA women stepped up big time in the second half. They played with intensity that lacked in previous games.

Sheldon Rostron was a very proud and emotional coach afterwards. “I am really happy. I actually have no words. My heart is pounding like crazy. The team had to dig deep for the victory. We wanted to work some shots at goals and score form it and we did that. We have learnt some lessons and I am excited with what we have achieved today.”

Goal-scorer Manual added: “It is great to score goals and win matches because we live for moments like these. When I score I am really happy and I had to show it!”

Captain Sulette Damons was also a happy camper. “We kept believing we could win even though we went behind twice. I am proud of my team.”

South Africa will play against Germany in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Tomorrow the SA men’s team is up against Belgium at 18:00. Belgium played in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The only way the team can reach the next round is by beating Belgium who is in rampant form.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL 

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

The South African men’s hockey team lost a very frustrating match against its African archenemy, Egypt 2-1.

It was a day of missed opportunities for the home team in the FIH World Hockey League Semi-Finals. South Africa had 13 shots at goal and Egypt only two.

After going scoreless for almost 28 minutes the score was 1-1 at halftime. Egypt scored first with Houssam Ghobran getting the scoreboard going. Less than 30 second later South Africa equalised with Dan Sibbald hitting the back of the goal-box after a brilliant pass from Daniel Bell. It could have been 2-1 for the home team, but Ignatius Malgraff missed a great opportunity earlier in the second chukka.

The third chukka presented South Africa with some brilliant chances to score especially the one from Julian Hykes with an open goal-box, but it was Egypt who took the lead with Ghobran second goal of the match. With 15 minutes left Egypt was leading 2-1.

It was a match in which the South Africans just did not get the basics right. The trapping skills and injections for penalty corners lacked accuracy on the day. The home team had more than enough opportunities to score field goals and from penalty corners – South Africa got eight penalty corners.

South Africa is 15th on the world rankings and Egypt 19th.

Tomorrow the SA women’s team come up against the USA at 16:00. The South Africans need to win this match if they want to stand any chance of advancing to the quarterfinals.

The SA men’s team is up against Belgium on Monday at 18:00. Belgium played in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The only way the team can reach the next round is by beating Belgium who is in rampant form.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey 

The South African national women’s hockey team suffered a devastating loss against Chile in the FIH Hockey World League.

Chile scored the only goal of the match from a great penalty corner variation. Manuela Urroz scored the goal shortly after the start of the second half.

The home team had various chances to score a few goals, but just could not get the ball in the back of the goal-box. South Africa not nearly got to the levels they needed to play at. Some of the players looked a bit flat.

The loss means that South Africans now need to beat America in the last group game if they want to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

South Africa is 13th on the world rankings and Chile 20th.

The SA women’s next game is against the USA on Sunday at 16:00. Tomorrow it is the turn of the SA national men’s team again when the locals come up against Egypt at 16:00. This is a crucial encounter between the African sides, as the looser will probably be eliminated from the tournament.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey

South Africa’s Austin Smith scored two goals to celebrate his 150th game for his country.

Despite Smith’s goals South Africa lost 3-4 against Germany in the FIH World Hockey League Semi-Finals.

The home team had a great start to the match by dominating the first chukka with various shots at goal and two penalty corners. It was pretty much the same storyline in the second chukka with South Africa getting multiple penalty corners and shots at goal, but the score-line showed 1-0 to Germany when the halftime hooter sounded. Moritz Trompertz scored with three minutes left after the visiting team did most of the defending for the first 30 minutes of the match.

It was heart breaking for the home team when the Germany’s Niklas Wellen and Matts Grambusch scored mere minutes after the start of the third chukka.

With their fifth penalty corner the South African finally got on the scoreboard in not only the match but also the tournament. Smith hit the back of the goal-box in the 37th minute to finally give the home crowd something to cheer about and celebrate his 150th game for his country.

Smith followed it up with another penalty corner goal and then six minutes later the former captain set up Jonty Ronbinson for SA’s third goal. With four minutes left the score was 3-4 after being 1-4 behind at one stage.

With the crowd already on their feet South Africa got a penalty corner with 55 seconds let, but Germany’s goalkeeper Mark Appel gave his all to save the shot from Smith. “We had a fantastic crowd and what a great honour to have played my 150th game in this environment. I am gutted and disappointed though that we could not pull it through after fighting back so well. I am grateful for the 150 times I could have played for my country. It was difficult to be down, but respect to the team to keep their heads up and keep fighting,” said Smith.

Jethro Eustice added: “It was great when the crowd got involved in the final 10 minutes. And we almost pulled a sneaky equaliser at the end. After the Ireland match we spoke about keeping up the energy despite the score-line and we managed to do that today.”

South Africa is ranked 15th on the world rankings. Germany is 3rd and also won bronze at the Rio Games last year.

Tim Drummond and his men will be in action on Saturday again this time coming up against Egypt at 16:00. The SA women’s next match is on Friday against Chile at 14:00.

All matches in the Hockey World League Semi-Final are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Twenty of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8 - 23 July.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at http://hockeyworldleague.nutickets.co.za/HWL

All matches are broadcasted live on SuperSport. Be sure to follow the teams on Twitter at @SA_Hockey_Men and @sawomenshockey