Jenny King’s girls demonstrated their worth on the international stage on Thursday night in Mendoza, Argentina, when they drew four-all with the United States in their second Four Nations Cup encounter.
The USA is one place above the South Africans in 11th place in the world rankings, and the South African women were able to demonstrate that the single place difference did not imply a win for the North Americans.
The SPAR South African hockey team opened their tour of Argentina with a 3-1 loss to their hosts on Wednesday, after Bright opened SA’s account with another goal to her increasing tally in the first half, to take the team into half-time level with the opposition.
King will be glad to see that Jennifer Wilson, Cindy Brown, Vida Ryan and team captain Marsha Marescia have left their signatures in the scoring column in the match against the USA, after unsatisfying results in the four-match home series against Ireland.
South Africa convincingly won the series 3-0 with a draw in the final match, but a perceived failure to leave the ball in the back of the opponent’s net weighted the Proteas’ superior performances down, with Bright the main difference in South Africa’s three wins.
In order to qualify for a finals Cup encounter against Argentina, South Africa will have to beat current world no. three Germany on Saturday, but a loss will not disappoint when the purpose for participating is more game time, in advance of the team’s intended Beijing Olympic Games participation.
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