SA 6-0 Ghana as Marescia Earns 300 Caps

by | Jan 23, 2013

Ahead of earning her 300th cap for Investec SA in their 6-0 demolition of Ghana in the team’s opening fixture of the World League Round 2 series, captain Marsha Marescia is pictured flanked by SA Hockey Association CEO Marissa Langeni and SAHA president Mike du Plessis, receiving acknowledgement of her unparalleled achievement, on the Hartleyvale Stadium pitch in Cape Town. Photo: Plate Pictures

There was little room to move for tournament outsiders Ghana on the second day of World League action at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Tuesday night and the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team came away with a 6-0 win after leading 4-0 at the break, Dirkie Chamberlain netting a hat-trick, world record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee bagging a brace including her 250th in 255 Tests, and Bernie Coston nailing the other.

The match was pre-empted by the handing over of a bouquet of flowers to SA captain Marsha Marescia, who was playing her 300th Test match.

The scoring was opened when Chamberlain founds tons of space to pick her spot past goalkeeper Grace Mensah in the fifth minute.

Coetzee edged one closer to the magical 250-mark when she slotted the first SA penalty corner two minutes later to take her tally to 249. Then a third SA goal came from their second PC shortly after – and this time it was Tarryn Bright who powered her hit from the top of the strike zone to the far post and Chamberlain deflected past the keeper (3-0).

Ghana’s Elizabeth Opoku and Monica Swell-Grant gave the SA defence an awkward moment or two during this encounter and they deserved a goal, but the girls in green and gold dominated for 90% of this clash. With seven minutes to half-time Mensah thwarted what looked to be Coetzee’s 250th with a great glove save to her right.

But another goal had to come and Coston made it 4-0 five minutes from the interval after an SA penalty corner had initially gone wrong.

Turning around 4-0 up, good SA build-up along the right in the 43rd minute led to a fizzing reverse-stick shot by Coetzee which Mensah saved, only for Chamberlain to pick up the rebound and slam into the backboard for her hat-trick (5-0).

The gutsy Ghanaians played with sheer courage and determination, Coetzee many times denied and frustrated more than once. Chamberlain enjoyed a productive game and not only in front of goal – her workrate on and off the ball was impressive.

The true test for SA, of course, will come in the form of Belgium, who beat the South Africans 4-0 in a Test series the week before, in Thursday’s 7 pm match.

World League Round 2 Match Schedule and Results at the Hartleyvale:
Mon, 21 Jan: Azerbaijan 4-0 Ghana
Mon, 21 Jan: Belgium 8-0 Austria
Tues, 22 Jan: Azerbaijan 2-1 Austria
Tues, 22 Jan: South Africa 6-0 Ghana
Thurs, 24 Jan 5 pm: Austria vs Ghana
Thurs, 24 Jan 7 pm: South Africa vs Belgium
Sat, 26 Jan 4 pm: Belgium vs Ghana
Sat, 26 Jan 6 pm: South Africa vs Azerbaijan
Sun, 27 Jan 4 pm: Belgium vs Azerbaijan
Sun, 27 Jan 6 pm: South Africa vs Austria
The Investec South Africa Women’s Hockey Squad:
Quanita Bobbs (Western Province)
Tarryn Bright (Western Province)
Jade Mayne (Western Province)
Shelley Russell (Western Province)
Dirkie Chamberlain (Northern Blues)
Phume Mbande (Northern Blues)
Nicolene Terblanche (Northern Blues)
Pietie Coetzee (Southern Gauteng)
Marcia Marescia (Captain) (Southern Gauteng)
Bernie Coston (Southern Gauteng)
Lisa Deetlefs (Southern Gauteng)
Lilian du Plessis (Southern Gauteng)
Sanani Mangisa (Southern Gauteng)
Sulette Damons (North West)
Marcelle Keet (Amathole/Border)
Izelle Lategan (Free State)
Kelly Madsen (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal Raiders)
The Preceding Investec SA v Belgium Series in Cape Town:
Jan 14: SA 1-2 Belgium
Jan 16: SA 0-2 Belgium
Jan 17: SA 1-2 Belgium
Jan 19: SA 3-2 Belgium


Unofficial Internationals:
Tues, 29 Jan 6 pm: South Africa vs Australia
Thurs, 31 Jan 6 pm: England vs Australia
Thurs, 31 Jan 8 pm: South Africa vs Holland
Saturday, 2 Feb 6 pm: Holland vs Australia
Saturday, 2 Feb 8 pm: South Africa vs England
Investec Challenge:
Mon, 4 Feb 6 pm: Holland vs Australia
Mon, 4 Feb 8 pm: South Africa vs England
Tues, 5 Feb 6 pm: Holland vs England
Tues, 5 Feb 8 pm: South Africa vs Australia
Thurs, 7 Feb 6 pm: England vs Australia
Thurs, 7 Feb 8 pm: South Africa v s Holland
Sat, 9 Feb 3 pm: Semi-Final 1
Sat, 9 Feb 5 pm: Semi-Final 2
Sun, 10 Feb 3 pm: Bronze Medal Match
Sun, 10 Feb 5 pm: Gold Medal Match


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