Investec SA Hold Hockeyroos to Thrilling Draw

In an entertaining encounter, the world’s 11th-ranked Investec South Africa women’s hockey team and world number four Australia drew 3-3 after the scores were level 1-1 at half-time in Cape Town Wednesday night in the first of three Test matches between the two sides at Hartleyvale Stadium this week.

(Scroll down to see series results and remaining fixtures, and squad selections, click here to read the tour announcement)

SA scored through Dirkie Chamberlain (2) and Pietie Coetzee while Emily Smith, Jodie Schulz and Brooke Peris got on the scoresheet for the Aussies.

After early sparring that saw entries into both strike zones, South Africa’s Shelley Russell fed Dirkie Chamberlain in the 13th minute, who finished with a precise backhand shot into the far corner for her 49th Test match goal.

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SA’s Kathleen Taylor and Georgia Nanscawen of Australia got in shots on goal before keeper Phume Mbande saved well from Ana Flanagan at the first penalty corner of the match.

Both sides were moving the ball with effect left and right as well as down the channels and in the 26th skipper Marsha Cox fired in a cross from the right that led to SA’s first PC, Taylor’s effort blocked by Hockeyroos keeper Ashlee Wells.

Five minutes before half-time Pietie Coetzee’s shot was adequately dealt with by Wells but in the 32nd minute SA failed to clear the ball out of the danger zone and Edwina Bone and Jane Claxton combined before Emily Smith equalised from close.

In the last minute of the half (34th) SA won their second PC and the upshot was a Coetzee reverse-stick effort that was cleared.

Four minutes after the changeover Coetzee unleashed a strike at goal but a neat slip pass from Flanagan to Jodie Schulz on the left from the Aussies’ second PC saw the Hockeyroos take the lead after 45 minutes.

SA equalised with their third PC six minutes later (51st) when Coetzee went low to the keeper’s right (2-2), this after striker Lilian du Plessis had done the hard work down the left to earn the set-piece opportunity. It was the world record holder’s 277th goal in her 276th Test match.

In the 58th minute the crowd came alight when Chamberlain scored her 50th goal in her 149th Test match after sterling work by the tireless Cox for SA to go 3-2 up.

SA then earned three PCs in a row which the Aussie defence kept out. The Hockeyroos worked their way out of the deep and Ashleigh Nelson hit the post before Brooke Peris made the equaliser with five minutes left (65th) for the 3-3 final score.

SA meet Australia’s Hockeyroos in the second Test at Hartleyvale on Friday (7pm) before the third international takes place and Saturday (4pm). A six-Test series starts for the South Africans against Belgium on Sunday, January 26.

This series forms part of the 11-match Hartleyvale Summer Series that also includes Belgium, and which runs until February 3. The Netherlands beat SA 2-0 in their short series that took place last Saturday and Monday.


Result of the first Investec SA vs Australia Test, on 22 February, 2014:
Investec South Africa (1) 3 (Dirkie Chamberlain 13th and 58th minutes, Pietie Coetzee 51st).
Australia (1) 3 (Emily Smith 32nd minute, Jodie Schulz 45th, Brooke Peris 65th)
Results at the 2014 Hartleyvale Summer Series:
Sat 18 Jan: SA 5-0 Netherlands
Mon 20 Jan: SA 5-1 Netherlands
Wed 22 Jan: SA 3-3 Australia
Remaining Fixtures at the 2014 Hartleyvale Summer Series*:
19h00 Fri 24 Jan: SA vs Australia
16h00 Sat 25 Jan: SA vs Australia
16h00 Sun 26 Jan: SA vs Belgium
20h00 Tue 28 Jan: SA vs Belgium
19h00 Wed 29 Jan: SA vs Belgium
19h00 Fri 31 Jan: SA vs Belgium
16h00 Sun 02 Feb: SA vs Belgium
19h00 Mon 03 Feb: SA vs Belgium
* Scroll down for venue info and ticket prices
The Investec SA Squad for the Hartleyvale Summer Series:
Marcelle  Keet
Quanita Bobbs
Kelly Madsen
Sullette Damons
Bernadette Coston
Marsha Cox
Pietie  Coetzee
Shelley Russell
Tarryn Bright
Lillian du Plessis
Kathleen Taylor
Phumelela Mbande
Hanli Hattingh
Anelle van Deventer
Illse Davids
Celia Evans
Lisa Deetlefs
Dirkie Chamberlain
Erin Hunter
Sammy Prost
Toni Marks
Kaila Flemming
Tarryn Glasby
Luche Klaasen
Nicolene Terblanche
Lenise Marais
Australian Hockeyroos:
Georgia Nanscawen
Brooke Peris
Casey Eastham (capt)
Ashlee Wells
Kirsten Johnson
Jodie Schulz
Ashleigh Nelson
Anna Flanagan
Karrie McMahon
Edwina Bone
Emily Hurtz
Jane Claxton
Jayde Taylor
Kate Jenner
Mariah Williams
Emily Smith
Rachael Lynch
Mathilda Carmichael
Michelle Joubert (South Africa)
Alecia Newman (Australia)
Ticket Prices*:
Children (4-18): R10pp
Adults: R30pp
Family (2+2): R50
Hartleyvale Season Ticket: R150pp
* Gates Open 1hr prior to matches

(With editing by gsport)

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