With the prize of qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on offer, the SA women’s hockey team beat Nigeria 15-0 to take a massive goal difference lead on the tournament log, on Day Two of the Greenfields Africa Hockey Championship at the Randburg Astro on Saturday.
The team has been working hard at Randburg for the past few weeks ahead of the continent’s premier competition which started in Johannesburg on Friday, and their preparation efforts saw the host side finish Day 2 of the tournament in third place after their opening game, behind Kenya and Ghana who have secured wins in both their opening fixtures.
— Marsha Marescia Cox (@MarshaM8) October 24, 2015
Being played alongside the men’s tournament in Randburg, the women’s tournament will play in a round-robin format, and the team boasting the most points by the end of the round-robin will win the right to be the African continent’s representative at the Rio Olympics.
South Africa is expected to end the tournament with a convincing win, and played to script with a cohesive performance to win their opening encounter after leading 7-0 at half-time.
— Marcel Sigg (@MarcelSigg) October 24, 2015
Bernie Coston added another field goal for two goals in the match after opening the scoreboard assault from a field goal in the sixth minute, but it was Lilian du Plessis who was the star of the SA team on the day, sinking five in total.
Coston started her tally with a field goal and a penalty corner in the opening 10 minutes of the match, and closed the scoring with a penalty corner and a penalty shot in the final ten minutes to finish the game in style for South Africa.
Also on the score-board for the hosts were Jade Mayne (who scored a total of three field goals), Toni Marks (2), Lisa Deetlefs, Candice Manuel and Tanya Britz.
The SA team is without the services of the the ever-dependable Kelly Madsen – unavailable after incurring a knee ligament injury, and the fiery Sulette Damons, who has also suffered from an ACL ligament tear that will see the striker out of action until the New Year.”
The SA women have a rest day on Sunday before tackling Namibia at 7pm Monday, before meeting Zimbabwe at 4.45pm Tuesday.
South African Women’s Hockey Fixtures and Results at the Greenfields African Hockey Championships, to be played at the Randburg Hockey Stadium:
- Sat 24 Oct: South Africa 15-0 Nigeria
- Mon 26 Oct (7:00pm): South Africa vs Namibia
- Tue 27 Oct (4:45pm): South Africa vs Zimbabwe
- Thu Oct 29 (4:45pm): South Africa vs Kenya
- Fri 30 Oct (7:00pm): South Africa vs Tanzania
- Sun 1 Nov (11:30am): South Africa vs Ghana
South Africa Squad for the Africa Olympic Qualifier Tournament at the Randburg Hockey Stadium, from 23 October to 1 November:
- Sanani Mangisa (Southern Gauteng)
- Lisa Deetlefs (Southern Gauteng)
- Christine Roos (Southern Gauteng)
- Toni Marks (Southern Gauteng)
- Shelly Russell (Southern Gauteng)
- Bernie Coston (Southern Gauteng)
- Lilian du Plessis (Southern Gauteng)
- Anelle van Deventer (North West)
- Celia Evans (North West)
- Nicolene Terblanche (Northern Blues)
- Dirkie Chamberlain (Northern Blues)
- Candice Manuel (Western Province)
- Illse Davids (Western Province)
- Jade Mayne (Western Province)
- Tarryn Bright (Western Province)
- Tanya Britz (Free State)
- Nicole Walraven (Free State)
- Cornelle Botha (Free State)
Photo 1 caption: SA forward Candice Manuel (17) high-fives goalscorer Bernie Coston as Nigerian goalkeeper Patricia Uzubegu and defender Tulagha Ifeimi look on during the Greenfields Africa Hockey Championship match at Randburg Hockey Stadium Saturday afternoon. SA won 15-0. Photo: Marcel Sigg