SA Open Hockey Tri-Nations With Win

by | Jan 28, 2012

Barbara Nelen of Belgium and South Africa’s Shelley Russell fight for control during the Investec Series Women’s International Hockey match between South Africa and Belgium from Randburg Hockey Stadium on Friday, 26 January 2012, in Randburg, South Africa. Photo: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

World record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee nailed a penalty corner drag-flick past outstanding Ireland goalkeeper Emma Gray in the seventh minute for the Investec South African women’s hockey team to clinch the opening Investec Tri-Nations Series match 1-0 at Randburg Astro Saturday.

With both sides making too many unforced errors, it was not a good Test match. And while South Africa made life very hard for themselves, their eight penalty corners to two against is indicative of who was on top for most of the match. On another day Coetzee, who took her world record tally of goals to 231 in 234 Test matches, would have netted a hat-trick.

The superstar striker hit the post with her first PC drag-flick while the eighth corner saw Gray make a magnificent stick save low to her right. The half-time watering of the pitch did make life difficult for the players as areas of the surface didn’t drain efficiently, while SA also used a number of corner variations to counteract the sluggish pace of the ball.

It must be said, though, that the loss of 2011 SA Player of the Year Tarryn Bright in the sixth minute after Coetzee’s PC drag-flick deflected off the post into the centre midfielder’s face, was a big blow to the team’s fluidity.

Nicole Terblanche at right half was a constant headache for Ireland’s left-side defence and she was one of the few who can look back on this match with satisfaction. Jade Mayne and a number of others did have their moments but overall the performance was inconsistent.

SA defended well at times as Lisa Jacob and Shirley McCay and company made dangerous counter-attacks but the Irish will not look back on this match with much fondness either.

Head coach Giles Bonnet’s team meet Belgium at 2 pm Sunday and will be looking for a much slicker performance in every department.


International Test Matches:

25 January: RSA 1-2 IRL
26 January: RSA 2-1 BEL
27 January: BEL vs IRL


Investec Tri-Nations Tournament:

28 January: RSA 1-0 IRL
29 January: BEL vs RSA
30 January: BEL vs IRL
31 January: IRL vs RSA
1 February: BEL vs RSA
2 February: BEL vs IRL


Belgium/RSA Series:

4 February: BEL vs RSA

5 February: BEL vs RSA


Results in the Investec International Series- SA vs Spain:

15 January: RSA 1-1 ESP
17 January: RSA 2-3 ESP
19 January: RSA 3-1 ESP
21 January: RSA 3-0 ESP
22 January: RSA 1-1 ESP



Investec South Africa:

Mariette Rix (Western Province)
Kate Woods (Western Province)
Shelley Russell (Western Province)
Jade Mayne (Western Province)
Lauren Penny (Western Province)
Kathleen Taylor (Western Province)
Tarryn Bright (Western Province)
Marsha Marescia (capt) (Southern Gauteng)
Lisa Deetlefs (Southern Gauteng)
Bernadette Coston (Southern Gauteng)
Pietie Coetzee (Southern Gauteng)
Sanani Mangisa (Northern Blues)
Dirkie Chamberlain (Northern Blues)
(Northern Blues)Nicolene Terblanche
Kim Hubach (Northern Blues)
Lesle-Ann George (Free State)
Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Sulette Damons (North West)
Head coach: Giles Bonnet
Assistant coach: Fabian Gregory


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