Captain Izelle Lategan’s South Africa U21 women’s hockey team’s exciting 6-3 win over Canada on day three of the Women’s Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany Tuesday has set the world’s 11th-ranked women’s hockey nation up against world number one and defending champions The Netherlands in the fourth quarter-final at 5 pm (SA time) Thursday.
(Scroll down to view results and fixtures, and links to Pool-stage match reports on gsport).
While there are no official U21 world rankings, the rankings at senior level are a reasonable guide to where the countries should be rated at world junior level.
The countries that outperformed expectations by reaching the top eight at the 2013 edition of the JWC are world number 10 the USA, world 11 South Africa, world 12 India and world 14 Spain.
Highly regarded world top 10-rated countries who didn’t make the JWC top eight are world number three New Zealand, world five Germany, world seven China and world number eight and twice JWC champions South Korea, who will now all be playing for positions nine to 16 along with Belgium, Canada, Ghana and Russia. World number nine Japan did not qualify at regional level for the JWC and are consequently not in Germany.
Thursday’s quarter-finals (all SA time) on the Mönchengladbach Hockey Park’s stadium pitch will see Spain versus India at 9.30 am; world number two and 2009 silver medallists Argentina up against the USA at 12.00 pm and world six Australia clashing sticks with world four England at 2.30 pm and then the South Africa/Netherlands match-up at 5 pm.
South Africa’s Nicole Walraven and Suléke Brand are tied fourth in the tournament goalscoring stakes with three strikes apiece, while an indication of the attacking hockey SA are playing is that at 12 goals in the three matches so far they are fifth out of the 16 nations in terms of total number of goals scored. A concern is that at nine goals against they have conceded the fifth-most number of goals in the competition.
Click the following link for live-streaming of the quarter-finals courtesy Splink.TV:
South Africa Pool B Fixtures, at the FIH Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup: 27 Jul: South Africa 3-3 China 28 Jul: Argentina 3-3 South Africa 30 Jul: Canada 3-6 South Africa FIH Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup Quarter-Final Fixtures, on Thursday, 1 August, 2013: 9:30am: Spain vs India 12:00pm: Argentina vs USA 2:30pm: Australia vs England 5:00pm: the Netherlands vs South Africa SA U21 Junior World Cup Team at the 2013 Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany, from 27 July to 4 August, 2013: Bronwyn Kretzmann (Western Province) Erin Hunter (Western Province) Nicole la Fleur (Western Province) Quanita Bobbs (Western Province) Sherry King (Western Province) Suléke Brand (Western Province) Taryn Mallett (Western Province) (vice-capt) Tarryn Glasby (Western Province) Izelle Lategan (Free State) (capt) Liné Malan (Free State) Tanya Britz (Free State) Nicole Walraven (Free State) Jacinta Jubb (Northern Blues) Lilian du Plessis (Northern Blues) Phume Mbande (Northern Blues) Tiffany Jones (North West) Toni Marx (Eastern Province) Nika Nel (Southern Gauteng)
(With editing by gsport)