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Germany won the last match of the 2017 Summer Series by beating South Africa 5-2.

This was the second of two Summer Series events played by South Africa and included teams from England, Holland and Belgium as well.

The first chukka flew past with both teams playing some good hockey. Even though no goals were scored the action was entertaining. South Africa was probably the better team in this quarter keeping the Germans at bay.

The halftime score was 1-0 for the visitors after Lukas Windfeder scored with some three minutes of play left. This goal came after almost 10 minutes of constant pressure on the South African defence.

In any sports game how you start and end a period of play is crucial. South Africa did really well in the first two quarters to not conceded goals in these crucial periods of play. It is something they have been working on and it seems that progress is been made in this area of play.

The third quarter had more than enough action on both sides of the field. Germany took a 3-0 lead with goals from Jonas Gomoll and Constantin Staib. Germany’s counter-attack is deadly. The precision and speed with which they pass and go from defence to attack is something special.

The home team finally got on the scoreboard after Jonty Robinson converted a penalty stroke. South Africa got the stroke after well-worked penalty corner from which Rhett Halkett almost scored.

In the final quarter Germany got two more goals when Niklas Wellen and Nils Grunewald scored. It was the 18-year-old South African Dayaan Cassiem who had the final say of the series though when he scored the second goal of the match for his team.

Next on the calendar for both the South African teams is the FIH Hockey World League in July as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in August. Both events take place in Johannesburg. These tournaments are preceded by the IPT and PHL. 

In a match that can be best described as war of attrition between South Africa and England, the latter won 1-0.

It was the second match between these two teams in the second Summer Series held in Cape Town. All matches are played at the Hartleyvale stadium. Germany is also involved in the series.

After 30 minutes of play there was still no goal, but unlike in previous encounters during the Summer Series it was South Africa creating the chances and looking like the more dangerous team on the pitch. 

England broke the deadlock in the third quarter when Edward Horler scored. England started the second half like a team that found a next gear.

The local team created chances and looked more dangerous throughout the match and while they will be happy with the fact that they only conceded one goal in this match, the disappointment was obvious. This is a very young South African team that is showing some great promise. It was a good match on the attack and on defence.

Ryan Crowe made a welcome comeback to the team after recovering from an injury that kept him on the sideline until now. 

South Africa’s next and last game is on Thursday at 18:00. 

The rest of the series’ schedule: Wednesday, 8 March @ 18:00 England v Germany; Thursday, 9 March @ 18:00 – South Africa v Germany.  

 

Germany beat South Africa 7-2 in their first match of the second Summer Series in Cape Town. All matches in the series are played at Hartleyvale.

 

It was a tough day at the office for the South Africans who showed some great promise, but in the end Germany was just too good.

 

Germany’s Mats Grambusch scored the first goal of the match to give the visitors a 1-0 lead after the first quarter. The score-line was unchanged at halftime. The second 15 minutes of the match was a great quarter of hockey played by the home team. Chances were created and only a brilliant save from German goalkeeper Mark Appel denied South Africa and Jethro Eustice a goal.

 

Five goals were scored in the third chukka. Germany took charge in the first few minutes after the halftime break with goals from Tom Grambusch and Mats Grambusch, who got his second. Then South Africa finally got on the scoreboard with a brilliant team goal scored by Bili Ntuli. Some great work was done by various players including Tyson Dlungwana who played with more and more confidence as the game progressed. He worked hard at the back with experienced players Rhett Halkett and Eutice, who probably were SA’s best players on the field.

 

After Timur Oruz scored his team’s fourth goal local boy Daayan Cassiem showed what a deadly combination speed, skill and confidence can be. Cassiem scored a brilliant individual goal after a great tackle to get possession. He had only the goalkeeper to beat and he did it with ease.

 

In the final quarter Niklas Wellen, captain Christopher Rühr and Moritz Polk scored for Germany.

 

Two things that stood out from this match were how the local team struggled to handle the counter-attack of the Germans and how some players waited for the ball rather than be pro-active about it. 

 

South Africa’s next game is tomorrow against England. Action starts at 18:00. 

 

The rest of the series’ schedule: 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. 

 

England won the first match of the second Summer Series 5-2 against South Africa. The halftime score was 2-1 for England. All matches in the Summer Series are played at the Hartleyvale Stadium. Germany is the third team involved in the series.

Even though England did manage to score five goals – two in the last three minutes - the South African defence was pretty solid. But it was obvious that the home team lacked some firepower at the sharp end of the field. While England was dangerous every time they got close to the goal circle, South Africa did not make the same impact on a constant basis throughout the match like the visitors did.

The only real chances of scoring in the first chukka were created by England. The visitors had a penalty corner and with 20 seconds left only the goalkeeper to beat and in both cases Rassie Pieterse, keeper and captain, guarded with goal-box with great success.

No surprise then that the disappointment was immense when England scored two goals in less than a minute two minutes into the second quarter. Sam Ward, playing his in 50th game for his country, scored first and then Christopher Griffiths hit the back of the goal-box.

In the 20th minute South Africa got one goal back when Jonty Robinson scored a penalty. The penalty stroke was rewarded after a well-constructed penalty corner that had England’s defence scrabbling and forced the error.

After 40 minutes of play England scored again. This time it was Michael Hoare.

In the final chukka South Africa scored a great goal. Robinson gave a long pass from the halfway line and striker Bili Ntuli were in the perfect position to put out his stick for the deflection to hit the back of the goal-box.  Replacement goalkeeper Gowan Jones was made to work very hard in the final quarter. David Goodfield got one past him with just more than two minutes left in the match and then Liam Ansell scored the last goal.

Rusten Abrahams was the only South African to make his debut while some 10 players from England got the opportunity to play for their country for the first time. 

South Africa’s next game is against Germany on Sunday. Action starts at 16:00.

The rest of the series’ schedule: 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. 

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.