Argentina down South Africa in Opener

by | Jan 24, 2008

Henna du Buisson has the look of grim determination on the attack against tournament hosts Argentina, at the Argentina 4 Nations Cup being played in Mendoza, on Thursday. Picture: Matias Noe Correa Arce

Henna du Buisson has the look of grim determination on the attack against tournament hosts Argentina, at the Argentina 4 Nations Cup being played in Mendoza, on Thursday. Picture: Matias Noe Correa Arce

The SPAR South African hockey team has opened their Four Nations tour of Argentina with a 3-1 loss to their hosts, in their first match on Wednesday, 23 January.

The in-form Tarryn Bright scored South Africa’s sole goal in the 31st minute, to take her team into half-time at a positive 1-all, following Argentinean Agustina Garcia’s opening goal in the first minute of the encounter. 

Jennifer Wilson congratulates goal scorer, Tarryn Bright in their first game. Bright scored South Africa’s only goal in the 31st minute. Picture: Matias Noe Correa Arce

Jennifer Wilson congratulates goal scorer, Tarryn Bright in their first game. Bright scored South Africa’s only goal in the 31st minute. Picture: Matias Noe Correa Arce

But the visitors had no response to the talented home side once the game resumed, the top-ranked side consolidating their advantage with two further goals to comfortably win the match.

 
The senior national squad is in the South American country to gain match experience against three of the world’s best competitors, and the opening result speaks to the difference in quality between the two teams.

According to the International Hockey Federation, as of 18 September, 2007, Argentina is ranked second in the world behind world no. 1, the Netherlands, while South Africa is ranked twelfth.

Also in Argentina for the tournament is Germany (world no. 3) and the United States (no. 11th) for the five-day tournament, which the South African team is participating in, in order for extra preparations in advance of their intended participation in the Beijing Olympic Games.

South Africa’s next encounter is against the USA on Thursday evening, followed by their final round-robin match against Germany on Saturday, after which it will be a fine expression of home talent should they manage to book a place in Sunday’s final.


Results of the Argentina Four Nations International Women’s Hockey Tournament, in Mendoza, Argentina, on Wednesday, 23rd January, 21h30 (Argentina time)
Argentina 3 (1), SPAR South Africa 1 (1)

Goal Scorers:
Agustina Garcia (1st minute) (Arg)
Tarryn Bright (31st minute) (SA)
Alejandra Gulla (32nd minute) (Arg)
Carla Rebecchi (49th minute) (Arg)

Fixtures and Results:
Wednesday 23 January: Argentina 3 – 1 South Africa
Thursday 24th January 2008: South Africa vs. the United States of America
Saturday 26th January 2008: South Africa vs. Germany
Sunday 27th January 2008: 3rd Place Play Off
Sunday 27th January 2008: Final

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