Germany Beat SA in Opening Hockey Test Match in Cape Town 

The SA women’s hockey team took an early lead against Germany before the visitors responded with three goals in the first half to win the first of two tests 3-1 in Cape Town on Friday, 24 November, 2023. Photo: Screengrab of SA Women’s Hockey on Instagram

Still fresh from having qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024, South African Women’s Hockey team were back on the turf in front of a home crowd at Maties in Cape Town, in the first of two home match Test Series against Germany on Friday, 24 November 2023.

Laylaa Davids earned her first test cap for her country in what was a special day for her and her family. Experienced player Dirkie Chamberlain made a return to the national side for her 242th test match and first for the country since February 2020. 

The game could not have started better for South Africa with a brilliant play by Edith Molikoe and Quanita Bobbs, as South Africa took the lead, that would make a snooker player proud. 

The South African defence was resilient and inspired the crowd that showed up to support the home team but the Germans remained patient and confident in their attack. Nike Lorenz provided the equaliser through a penalty corner just inside the end of the first quarter. 

It was a momentary lapse in concentration from the South Africans as Germany secured their second goal courtesy of Pia Maertens and, going into half-time, Jette Fleschütz played a neat tap-in at the back of the post to give the visitors a 3-1 lead. 

The second half was a fantastic battle of resilience and determination from both teams but neither was able to score, with Germany taking a 1-0 lead in the series. 

The second and final test match takes place on Sunday at 11h00, at SACS, and will be streamed live on the SuperSport Schools app. 

SA Women’s Hockey Team vs Germany

Anelle van Deventer
Antonette Louw
Aphiwe Dimba
Bianca Wood
Cailyn den Bakker
Celia Seerane
Dirkei Chamberlain
Edith Molike
Erin Christie
Hanrie Louw
Jean-Leigh du Toit
Kirsty Adams
Laylaa Davids
Ongizwe Mali
Onthatile Zulu
Stephanie Botha
Tarryn Lombard


Photo Caption: The SA women’s hockey team took an early lead against Germany before the visitors responded with three goals in the first half to win the first of two tests 3-1 in Cape Town on Friday, 24 November, 2023. Photo: Screengrab of SA Women’s Hockey on Instagram

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