The South African women's hockey team will wonder what might have been after Saturday’s 2-3 lost in the Summer Series against China.

The Summer Series is held in Cape Town and all the matches will be played at Hartleyvale.

Although China is better off, according to the world ranking - China is eighth against South Africa's 13th place - the home team can only blame themselves for the defeat. They will wonder why they battled so much with their passing and why they gave China's dangerous striker Bingfeng Gu a gap the size of a garage door to get China's third goal.

Quanita Bobbs levelled the game with a goal just before halftime after Gu gave China the lead in the first chukka. With the start of the fourth quarter China was leading 3-1. Shelley Russell got a goal after good play from a penalty-corner. In the last five minutes, South Africa really tried to level the score.

According to Bobbs it was one of the windiest days she ever experienced on the hockey field. "It felt like you running with a parachute at your back! However, this is something we cannot control so we can’t let it affect us too much. It did make matters more difficult though. In the first quarter we allowed China to dominate play, but came back with some good play in the second."

Talking about her goal Bobbs said with a big smile: "It's been so long since I scored a goal for my country, that it felt like my first goal again! I was very surprised and happy when the ball hit the back of the goal-box. The timing of the goal was very important. It levelled the score and gave the team confidence at an important stage of the game."

Tomorrow the women teams of China and Chile will face off at 16:00, with the South African men coming up against the third best team in the world, Holland at 18:00. Dutch coach Max Caldas and his men finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games and played in the final of the previous World Cup.

There will be no games on Monday and Tuesday, but the action continues on Wednesday with a double dose of games with SA’s women against China at 18:00 and the second meeting between the men of South Africa and Holland at 20:00.

The South African Women’s hockey team started the Cape Town Summer Series at Hartleyvale with an easy 3-0 victory over Chile on Friday evening.

With four minutes left in the match local Western Province player Illse Davids scored the third and final goal of the game. The halftime score was 2-0 after goals in the last minutes of both chukkas by Marizen Marais and Candice Manuel, also from Cape Town. The crowd really enjoyed the goals from the local players. 

There is quite a gap between South Africa and Chile on the world rankings with SA in 13th place and 23rd place. But it was obvious that the South Africans barely got out of second gear in this encounter. Even though there were not goals in the third chukka it was by far the local team’s most aggressive period of play. The South Africans were desperately looking for goals in the final chukka to give some weight to their performance.

If there is one aspect of play the coach Sheldon Rostron and his players would have been disappointed with it will be the lack of more goals. While Chile barely looked like scoring during this encounter, the South Africans created many chances but did not use nearly all of them.

Against Belgium and China they will have to be sharper and deadlier on attack. But seeing that the team hasn’t played in more some six months it should take a match or two to find its rhythm.

The next game in the series is tomorrow when the SA Women will be in action again, this time they will come up against China at 16:00. The SA Men will start their series on Sunday against Netherland at 18:00. Before that match China and Chile (women) will play at 16:00.

The South African Women’s hockey team started the Cape Town Summer Series at Hartleyvale with an easy 3-0 victory over Chile on Friday evening.

With four minutes left in the match local Western Province player Illse Davids scored the third and final goal of the game. The halftime score was 2-0 after goals in the last minutes of both chukkas by Marizen Marais and Candice Manuel, also from Cape Town. The crowd really enjoyed the goals from the local players. 

There is quite a gap between South Africa and Chile on the world rankings with SA in 13th place and 23rd place. But it was obvious that the South Africans barely got out of second gear in this encounter. Even though there were not goals in the third chukka it was by far the local team’s most aggressive period of play. The South Africans were desperately looking for goals in the final chukka to give some weight to their performance.

If there is one aspect of play the coach Sheldon Rostron and his players would have been disappointed with it will be the lack of more goals. While Chile barely looked like scoring during this encounter, the South Africans created many chances but did not use nearly all of them.

Against Belgium and China they will have to be sharper and deadlier on attack. But seeing that the team hasn’t played in more some six months it should take a match or two to find its rhythm.

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The next game in the series is tomorrow when the SA Women will be in action again, this time they will come up against China at 16:00. The SA Men will start their series on Sunday against Netherland at 18:00. Before that match China and Chile (women) will play at 16:00.

The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has confirmed that the annual Cape Town Summer Series will see action packed men’s and women’s test match hockey taking place at Hartleyvale Stadium in Observatory, Cape Town from 20th January to 3rd February 2017.

The Cape Town Summer Series boasts the participation of international teams which will give our national men’s and women’s hockey teams the opportunity to cross sticks with Netherlands, Chile, Belgium and China.

Tickets to all matches will be available at the gate or at Webtickets. The gates will be open one hour prior to the matches and the cover charge fee will be R50 for adults, R20 for children (between the ages of 10 and 18) and children under-10 are free.

In addition to the event announcement, SAHA have also unveiled that Private Property will yet again be increasing its sponsorship of our national women’s hockey team for the third year running.

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA said: “Hockey season is nearly back upon us and what better way to start things off than with a Summer Series jam packed with international hockey? The Cape Town Summer Series will also provide our national teams a platform to prepare for the Hockey World League, which is set to take place from 8th to 23rd July 2017.

“Furthermore, we are most grateful to Private Property for their continued support for the SA women’s team. We are delighted that they see the potential of our women’s hockey squad and we look forward to working with them on future projects.”

Simon Bray, CEO of Private Property said: "We are privileged and proud to be extending and increasing our sponsorship of our national women’s hockey team for the third year running. We look forward to supporting this inspiring team of ladies on their path to sporting success.

“We appreciate the fact that women play a huge role in all aspects of this country and are by far our biggest audience of property shoppers. The association with young, professional women is a great fit for Private Property.”

Be sure to get down to the astro and see some of the top teams in the world take on our teams in green and gold on the following dates and times: 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Team 1

Time

Pool

Team 2

Chile

18:00

W

South Africa

Saturday, 21 January 2017

South Africa

16:00

W

China

Sunday, 22 January 2017

China

16:00

W

Chile

South Africa

18:00

M

Netherlands

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

China

18:00

W

South Africa

South Africa

20:00

M

Netherlands

Thursday, 26 January 2017

South Africa

18:00

W

Chile

Belgium

20:00

M

Netherlands

Saturday, 28 January 2017

China

16:00

W

Chile

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Belgium

14:00

W

Chile

China

16:00

W

South Africa

South Africa

18:00

M

Netherlands

Monday, 30 January 2017

South Africa

18:00

W

Belgium

Belgium

20:00

M

South Africa

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

China

18:00

W

Belgium

Belgium

20:00

M

South Africa

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Belgium

16:00

M

South Africa

Belgium

18:00

W

China

Friday, 3 February 2017

South Africa

18:00

W

Belgium

A list of the selected SA men’s and women’s squads that will be taking part in the series is as follows:

SA Women

Sanani Mangisa SG

Marelise van Tonder NG

Mmatshepo Modipane NG

Lisa Deetlefs SG

Kara Stella KZN C

Nicolene Terblanch NG

Jessica O’Connor KZN C

Kirsty Adams Boland

Nicole Walraven FS

Quanita  Bobbs WP

Celia Evans NG

Ilse Davids  WP

Shelley Russel SG

Jade Mayne WP

Marizen Marais SG

Stefanie Baxter SG

Sulette Damons NW

Candice Manual WP

Dirkie Chamberlain NG

Bernadette Coston SG

Lilian du Plessis SG

Kate Koening  KZN C

Tarryn Glasby  WP

Toni Marks SG

 

SA Men

Richard Curtis KZN C

Gowan Jones KZN C

Siya Nolutshungu  KZN C

Daniel Bell WP

Robin Jones KZN C

Gareth Heyns SG

Jethro Eustice KZN C

Andrew Hobson  WP

Mohamed Mea KZN C

Tyson Dlungwana SG

Rhett Halkett WP

Alex Stewart WP

Timothy Drummond KZN C

Ryan Julius WP

Reza Rosenberg SG

Matthew De Souza  WP

Taine Paton  KZN C

Jonty Robinson  KZN C

Owen Mvimbi SG

Keenan Horne WP

Ignatius Malgraff EP

Tevon Kok NG

Nqobile Ntuli KZN C

Brandon Panther SG

Che February WP

Dayyan Cassiem  WP

Damian Kimfley KZN C

Richard Pautz NG

 

Ross Hetem KZN C

The CEO of the South African Hockey Association (SAHA),  Marissa Langeni, has confirmed that it has elected three nominees to the positions of president, treasurer as well as an executive board member to the rules, technical and education portfolio. 

The elections took place in early November 2016 at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Langeni stated that the SAHA board positions are split into two election cycles to ensure and promote continuity between each election respectively. In addition, Langeni specified that all three positions had nominees that were uncontested

As a result, Mike du Plessis was re-elected as president; Marq Roberts was re-elected as treasurer and Feico Mulder was newly appointed into the position of rules, technical and education.

Furthermore, Langeni confirmed that the rules, technical and education portfolio has been vacant since the 2014 AGM and having a dedicated executive board member to handle this portfolio will be a huge benefit for SAHA. The portfolio encompasses all matters relating to umpires, technical officials, umpire education, technical officials education and coaching education.

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA said: “I look to the future with great excitement and I'm very confident that we can continue to grow and develop while still keeping our inspiration of the Hockey Revolution at the core of our focus.

“Together, with continued hard work and dedication from all, we can ensure that we progress as an organisation that makes a difference, by committing to grow hockey within South Africa.”

The South African Hockey Association (SAHA) has confirmed that majority of the matches that will be played at the upcoming International Hockey Federation (FIH) men’s Junior World Cup (JWC) will be broadcast live on selected SuperSport channels.

Set to take place in India from 8th to 18th December 2016, the men’s JWC, held every four years, is a spectacle of new talent. The event is the perfect platform for young players to unleash their raw skill onto the international hockey scene. With 16 teams competing for the ultimate prize the men’s JWC is always an exciting event.

Launched at the FIH Congress in 2014, the Hockey Revolution has sparked a new era in hockey worldwide.  The Hockey Revolution is a ten-year strategy for hockey and will pave the way until 2024 – the FIH Centenary.

At the outset of this strategy, five key initiatives were identified to drive the FIH towards its goals. The second initiative is to revolutionise TV production and distribute it far and wide, giving every person on the planet the chance to fall in love with sport.

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SAHA said: “This is a very exciting moment for hockey in South Africa and is a key part of the FIH’s Hockey Revolution strategy. Over the course of the men's JWC, SuperSport will be providing hockey enthusiasts with a world class TV broadcast, bringing fans much closer to all of the action.

“For the 2016 event, 40 of the men’s JWC games, including all of South Africa men’s matches, the semi-finals and the finals will be broadcast live across selected SuperSport channels. We are grateful for SuperSport’s investment and commitment to growing hockey within South Africa.”

Hockey fans across South Africa will be able to watch the following games, via various SuperSport platforms:

Date

Episode

Time

Channel

Status

Thursday, 8 December 2016

New Zealand vs Japan

8:00

SS8

Live

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Germany vs Spain

10:00

SS8

Live

Thursday, 8 December 2016

England vs South Africa

12:00

SS7 only

Live

Thursday, 8 December 2016

India vs Canada

15:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

Belgium vs Egypt

10:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

Spain vs Japan

12:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

New Zealand vs Germany

14:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 9 December 2016

Netherlands vs Pakistan

16:30

SS8

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Korea vs Austria

9:30

SS8

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

South Africa vs Canada

11:30

SS6 only

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Argentina vs Australia

13:30

SS8

Live

Saturday, 10 December 2016

India vs England

19:10

SS8

Delayed

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Germany vs Japan

9:30

SS8

Live

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Belgium vs Netherlands

11:30

SS8

Live

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Pakistan vs Egypt

13:30

SS8

Live

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Spain vs New Zealand

15:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

Korea vs Argentina

10:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

Netherlands vs Egypt

12:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

Pakistan vs Belgium

14:30

SS8

Live

Monday, 12 December 2016

South Africa vs India

16:30

SS7 only

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 1

8:45

SS7's

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 2

11:00

SS7's

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 3

13:15

SS7's

Live

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Quarter Final 4

15:30

SS7's

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 1

8:45

SS8

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 2

11:00

SS8

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 3

13:15

SS8

Live

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Playoff Match 4

15:30

SS8

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Playoff Match 5

8:45

SS8

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Playoff Match 6

11:00

SS8

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Semi Final 1

13:15

SS7's

Live

Friday, 16 December 2016

Semi Final 2

15:30

SS7's

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

15th/16 Place

8:45

SS8

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

13th/14 Place

11:00

SS8

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

11th/12th Place

13:15

SS8

Live

Saturday, 17 December 2016

9th/10th Place

19:00

SS8

Delayed

Sunday, 18 December 2016

7th/8th Place

8:45

SS7's

Live

Sunday, 18 December 2016

5th/6th Place

11:00

SS7's

Live

Sunday, 18 December 2016

3rd/4th Place

13:15

SS7's

Live

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Final

15:30

SS7's

Live

Five new Ordinary Board Members were elected to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Executive Board at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

All five candidates were elected following the election of new FIH President Dr Narinder Batra from India.

It follows member National Association’s decision to accept FIH Executive Board recommendations to change the gender structure of the Board which sees four men and four women now represented as Ordinary Board Members.

Danae Andrada from Uruguay, a Pan-American Hockey Federation Executive Board Director, President of Uruguayan Hockey Federation and Director of the Uruguayan Sports Confederation, was the first of two female positions to be elected.

Zambia’s Hazel Kennedy, was the other. The Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia; President of the Zambia Hockey Association and former Executive Board Member of the African Hockey Federation defeated outgoing Executive Board Member Sue Catton (England) in the second ballot for the remaining position.

Delegates were then asked to vote on three vacant positions for the men’s positions following the election of Dr Batra as President.

Macau’s Tayyab Ikram, a member of the International Olympic Committee Sport and Active Society Commission, CEO of the Asian Hockey Federation and Secretary General of Macau Hockey Association, was the first to be elected.

He was joined by President of the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB), Member of the FIH Risk and Compliance Committee and Board Member of Topsport Amsterdam, Erik Cornelissen of the Netherlands.

 

The third candidate to be elected was former FIH Athletes’ Committee Chair and Olympic gold medallist Michael Green from Germany. He takes over the remaining two years of Dr Batra’s term as an Ordinary Member following the latter’s election as President while all others elected will be in office for four years.

The new Board Members join the FIH President Dr Narinder Batra, CEO Kelly Fairweather, Continental Presidents Seif El Dine Ahmed (Africa); HRH Prince Abdullah Shah (Asia); Marijke Fleuren (Europe); Pam Elgar (Oceania) and Alberto Budeisky (Pan-America), Ordinary Board Members Marc Coudron (Belgium); Maureen Craig-Rousseau (Trinidad and Tobago) and Pamela Stuper (USA), as well as Joint-Chair of the FIH Athletes’ Committee Annie Panter.

India’s Dr Narinder Batra was elected as International Hockey Federation (FIH) President at the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He is the first Indian to be elected President of an Olympic Sport's international governing body. His four-year term begins immediately, replacing predecessor Leandro Negre from Spain who was last night awarded the title of President of Honour by the FIH.

As President, Batra will be tasked with leading the sport through the next phase of the FIH’s 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy. A key part of this will be the delivery of the new Event Portfolio which begins in 2019.

Batra, who was until earlier an Ordinary Member of the FIH Executive Board, received 68 votes to defeat fellow presidential candidates David Balbrinie from Ireland (29 votes) and Australia's Ken Read (13 votes). Eight National Associations abstained from voting.

Besides his work with the FIH, Batra has been at the heart of hockey development in India. He has been a highly active member of Hockey India since he took up post as Treasurer in 2009. A year later, he became Secretary General and was elected as President of the National Association in 2014.

He has also worked closely with the Indian Olympic Association and was instrumental in the Indian Olympic Association being reinstated by the International Olympic Committee in 2013-14. Batra is also Chairman of the Hockey India League, the franchised league which is now entering its fifth season and which is doing much to raise the profile of hockey in India and the wider international hockey community.

His appointment as President frees up a position on the FIH Executive Board, which will be voted on later today. Batra’s successor on the Board will take up the position for the remainder of his previous two-year term, until 2018.

The new President will work very closely with outgoing CEO Kelly Fairweather over the next few weeks before the latter’s departure in early December. He will then continue to work with interim CEO David Luckes, FIH Director of Sport, before incoming CEO Jason McCracken officially takes up his new role on 1 February 2017.

Both men’s and women’s hockey broke into new territory in Randburg in September 2016 as the inaugural Premier Hockey League began what most involved feel will be a revolution in the game in South Africa.

 The Milo Maropeng Cavemen and the Nestle Pure Life Blyde River Bunters emerged triumphant on 25th September 2016 in gripping finals as the Department of Sport and Recreation backed event came to an end. Six men’s and six women’s teams, playing as franchises that are 100% owned by the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) after a draft system, played each other once in a league stage before the top four teams progressed to the semi-finals, followed by the grand finals.

 “It was a definite success and something different for local hockey. To play with young and experienced players all in the same team and from all different provinces, was amazing. Nobody knew each other at first, but if you’re a top hockey player then you need to adapt. The same applies to having different coaches – a lot of our players had never played under coach Lindsey Wright before,” said the captain of the Nestle Pure Life Blyde River Bunters, Nicolene Terblanche, who is also the national women’s captain.

 “The PHL was a great success, just ask any of the players and they’ll tell you they wish they were doing this for the last few years. It was well-organised and thanks to SuperSport, the players had the experience of playing on TV and being able to use the video referral system. The only time we’ve had that before has been in international hockey and not a lot of players get to do that. For 16-year-olds, this incredible tournament meant they learnt a lot,” Terblanche added.

 “The first season has been really inspirational and a lot of people watched the TV coverage on SuperSport. The PHL is what hockey needs and it was exciting to see it on TV. I hope the tournament grows as it’s the foundation of our future hockey and an opportunity for the national selectors to see more players. Additionally, they got to see a lot of games at good intensity and pressure. It’s one of the best tournaments I’ve played in,” said the captain of the Milo Maropeng Cavemen, Rassie Pieterse.

 The veteran Southern Gauteng goalkeeper has played all over the world and won many tournaments, but he said the sheer elation of some of the Cavemen team when they were handed their gold medals brought home another great benefit of the PHL.

 “We had a good mix of experience and younger players that bring a lot of energy and that’s important too. For some of the guys from the smaller centres like Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Stellenbosch, Pinetown and East London, it was the first time they’ve ever won a gold medal because they play for minnows. Hopefully they can take knowledge back to their clubs because now they’ve experienced what it takes to win a tournament,” Pieterse said.

 Terblanche was a compelling leader of a very young Bunters side – with an average age of just 21 – and she was similarly inspirational off the field as she handed all the money from her three player of the match awards during the tournament to the fundraising efforts of the national U21 teams as they head off for their junior world cups in India and Chile.

 “I’ve been in their shoes before and know that every cent helps, so I decided to donate all my winnings,” Terblanche humbly said.

 With opportunities for top competition few and far between for South Africa’s leading players, Terblanche was eager for SAHA to persevere with the exciting PHL concept.

 “I really hope this happens every year now. With no major international tournaments for us in 2016, it was absolutely not a nice year for the national players, but then the PHL came along. We all looked forward to it, it was so exciting and the community really got into the swing of it as well with all the posts on Facebook and other social media.

"By putting the PHL on TV, it made sure people were talking about it, whenever I went back to the office, my colleagues would ask me about the tournament. So it’s been very positive and I know the players that didn’t play this year are very jealous to miss out,” Terblanche said.

In the end consistency triumphed over sporadic form when it came to deciding the men and women’s champions of the inaugural Premier Hockey League (PHL), with the Maropeng Cavemen and Blyde River Bunters emerging with those titles respectively last night.

Going into the final day of the tournament, the Cavemen had done well in all but the penultimate weekend of the competition, where they lost both their games. But they were still considered easily one of the teams to beat in the competition, which they proved by smothering an Addo Elephants side bristling with intent 2-0 in the final.

For their part the Bunters, who had carved a niche for themselves as a team which never knew when they were beaten, changed things up a bit on championship weekend by being a little more aggressive and less dogged in their approach, and they were rewarded with a 3-1 defeat of a game but outfought Madikwe Rangers.

Many expected the Elephants – who had literally caught alight, form-wise, in the third week of the tournament – to be a handful for the Cavemen.

But the men in neon orange struck as early as the second minute through the reliable Cameron McKay, who got on the end of a James Drummond cross to open the scoring. After that the game fell into the kind of cagey approach finals are meant to degenerate into.

Through that period the Elephants, through a venomous shot by Julian Hykes, were trying manfully but keeper Rassie Pieterse was reminding everyone about his qualities.

With the Cavemen also not resting on their laurels, it became a keeper’s kind of night with Matthew Martins also doing his bit to keep the lead slender. But as always in these things something has to give, and unfortunately it was the Elephants who did by conceding their second goal.

Ricky West, a man who’s scored a hat-trick of short corner drag flicks here, again came up with the goods with 10 minutes to go in the match.

One supposes the Elephants needed another electric performance and, after three in three days over the last week, this was one too many.

For their part, the Bunters were as clinical as they were big on desire in their performance against the Rangers. The game frequently saw them soaking up pressure from the Rangers, rabidly defend their line and punish their opponents every time they got into their territory with a goal.

And so in the end it was strikes by Mmamoagi Kungoane, Kaydee Miller and Charne Hill that took them to a 3-0 lead by the 37th minute and left them with the relatively simple job of keeping the Rangers at arm’s length to win the coveted title.

Kungoane’s goal came after a tense first quarter and was courtesy of an attempt at goal by Anel Luus, with the former turning the shot into goal when she was one-on-one with the keeper.

Breaking the deadlock suddenly opened the game into a bit of a free-for-all, with both sides dispensing with the caginess normally associated with finals.

It was during this gung-ho period that the Rangers were caught out by Miller’s goal, whose build-up lay in an Izelle Verster shot which narrowly avoided Luus but found a willing Miller at the far post.

And just as they were still reeling from being competitive in a game but trailing 2-0, the Rangers conceded a third to Hill in the 37th minute. Most frustrating for Rangers was that they’d had their chances but had failed to convert.

To be sure they were half-chances, but in finals winning teams have to make those seem fuller. There was Charne Martell’s narrow miss in the first quarter, Lisa Hawker’s shot, which was blocked on the line by the tigerish Jessica de Bruyn-Smith, and Lisa Deetlefs’ shot, which cannoned of the upright.

Indeed, even when they did score, it was through the Bunters’ Christine Roos turning Martell’s shot into her own net.

Perhaps due to the reputation they’d built of being a team which didn’t know when they were beaten, they knew how to handle a lead as opposing to chasing down.

In the bronze matches, the Garden Route Gazelles had to be content with finishing third after beating the SA Under-21 side, playing here as the Golden Gate Gladiators, 3-1.

The Wings, who have lost a staggering four shootouts in this tournament, finally got some luck in the form of a game that didn’t go into the dreaded shootout, winning their game against the St Lucia Lakers 3-2.