Hockey5s Set Best-Ever SA Finish at an FIH World Cup

Netherlands comfortably beat India 7-2 to win the inaugural FIH HOckey5s World Cup in Oman, on Saturday, 27 January, 2024. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

The South African Hockey5s Women knew they had already at least emulated the best-ever South African achievement at an FIH World Cup by qualifying for the top 4, but they came out determined to try and make history as they challenged the Polish for the Bronze medal at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Muscat, Oman, on Saturday, 27 January, 2024. 

It was however the Europeans who were the dominant force in the first half and they opened the score, when a momentary pause from the South African defence was capitalised on by Polish striker Amelia Katerla, who hit in an instinctive goal. 

It’s a name the South Africans would start to dread, as she doubled the score when she was afforded space and fired home again. Poland made it 3-0 before the half-time break, but the umpires correctly disallowed the goal to give the South Africans a spark of hope. 

Katerla, who had been denied on two challenges already, found her hat-trick when she finally beat Grace Cochrane at the second attempt, to stretch the lead to 3-0. 

South Africa was given a beacon of hope when Dirkie Chamberlain scored after great work from Izelle Cilliers. 

Katerla would continue her starring role after missing a good chance to score a sublime goal, and despite Toni Marks netting her 11th of the tournament, it was only a consolation goal for the Africans, who had to settle for the bittersweet taste of fourth place. 

In the final of the tournament, Netherlands secured the maiden title in a big win over India to ensure they hold all of the FIH trophies currently available in women’s hockey. 

Final Standings of the FIH Hockey5s World Cup 2024 Oman

  1. Netherland
  2. India
  3. Poland
  4. South Africa
  5. Uruguay
  6. Malaysia
  7. Ukraine
  8. New Zealand
  9. United States
  10. Namibia
  11. Australia
  12. Fiji
  13. Thailand
  14. Paraguay
  15. Zambia
  16. Oman 

Awards at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024:

Best Player – Noor de Baat (Netherlands)
Top Goal scorer – Teresa Viana (Uruguay)
Best Goalkeeper – Marta Kucharska (Poland)
Best Junior Player – Soreng Deepika (India)

South African Results at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024

24 Jan: South Africa 9-1 Zambia
24 Jan: South Africa 6-3 Australia
25 Jan: South Africa 6-2 Ukraine
26 Jan: QUARTER-FINAL: South Africa 6-4 Malaysia
26 Jan: SEMI-FINAL: India 6-3 South Africa
27 Jan: BRONZE MEDAL TIE: South Africa 2-4 Poland
27 Jan: GOLD MEDAL MATCH: The Netherlands 7-2 India

Team South Africa at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024

#1 Merlé Kock
#3 Shanna Mendonca
#6 Izelle Cilliers
#7 Shirndre-Lee Simmons
#9 Teshawn de la Rey
#11 Toni Marks
#12 Dirkie Chamberlain
#16 Reabetswe Phume
#18 Marguerite van Wyk
#23 Grace Cochrane
Manager: Tarrin Ramsen
Head Coach: Tsoanelo Pholo
Physiotherapist: Sharne Bailey

Team Poland

#4 Amelia Katerla
# 8 Julia Balcerzak
# 16 Marlena Rybacha
# 21 Marta Kucharska
# 30 Paula Slawinska
# 10 Daria Skoraszewska
# 12 Anna Gabara
# 17 Monika Polewczak
# 20 Sandra Tatarczuk
# 23 Julia Kucharska
Manager: Alicja Koperska
Coach: Norbert Nederlof
Physiotherapist: Szymon Lipowicz


Original Copy by Hockey SAwith editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: Netherlands comfortably beat India 7-2 to win the inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman, on Saturday, 27 January, 2024. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

Photo 2 Caption: Toni Marks (L) and Izelle Cilliers (R) congratulate Dirkie Chamberlain for her goal  momentarily reducing Poland’s advantage. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

Photo 3 Caption: Poland celebrate winning the inaugural FIH Hockey5s bronze medal match, beating SA 4-2 for the final medal in Oman. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

Photo 4 Caption: India applaud the crowd after winning the inaugural FIH Hockey5s silver medal, after losing 7-2 to the Netherlands in the tournament final. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

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