A total of 27 goals in Edinburgh over the last seven days suggests that the forwards and set-piece specialists had success aplenty in the four-Test series between Scotland and the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team.
SA won the series 2-1 after Scotland had won the first Test 3-2, followed by the South Africans winning the second and third Test matches 4-1 and 5-2. Tuesday night’s final international at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill Sports Facility saw the encounter end in a 5-5 draw.
The world number-19 Scots, who were surprisingly knocked out of the World League in round two, punch considerably above their weight, and gave world number-11 South Africa a right run for their money, as the girls in green and gold made final preparations ahead of the Investec World League semi-finals tournament that begins in London on Saturday and ends the following Sunday, June 30.
In their opening match, SA meet world number four England at 8pm (SA time) Saturday. The South Africans meet world number two Argentina in a practice match at 5.30 pm (SA time) Thursday.
For striker and set-piece ace Pietie Coetzee there was much to smile about during the Scotland series; the talismanic South African netting 10 goals in the four matches.
In the feverish fourth Test, Scotland led three times in the match with SA fighting back on each occasion. After restoring parity at 3-3 in the second half thanks to a low shot from striker Dirkie Chamberlain, SA then took a 5-3 lead in the last 10 minutes through Coetzee’s hat-trick goal and a Chamberlain strike that roofed the net, but this time it was the Scots’ turn to claw back for the 5-5 final scoreline.
Scottish International Series Results: 14 June: Scotland 3-2 South Africa Goalscorers: Scotland: Ali Howie, Morag McLellan; Nikki Kidd South Africa: Pietie Coetzee (2) 15 June: Scotland 1-4 South Africa Goalscorers: Scotland: Nicola Skrastin South Africa: Pietie Coetzee (3), Lilian du Plessis 16 June: Scotland 2-5 South Africa Goalscorers: Scotland: Nikki Kidd, Holly Cram South Africa: Pietie Coetzee (2), Kelly Madsen, Tarryn Bright, Lilian du Plessis) 18 June: Scotland 5-5 South Africa Goalscorers: Scotland: Becky Merchant, Nikki Lloyd South Africa: Pietie Coetzee (3), Dirkie Chamberlain (2) Warm-Up Match in London: Thu 20 June, 5:30pm: South Africa v Argentina South Africa Pool A Fixtures for the Investec World League Semi-Finals (Second Leg) in London from 22–30 June, 2013: Sat 22 June, 8:00pm: England v South Africa Sun 23 June, 8:30pm: South Africa v Spain Tue 25 June, 6:30pm: South Africa v Australia The Investec SA Team: 1. Sanani Mangisa (Southern Gauteng) 2. Phume Mbande (Northern Blues) 3. Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal Raiders) 4. Marcelle Keet (Border) 5. Nicolene Terblanche (Northern Blues) 6. Illse Davids (Western Province) 7. Shelley Russell (Western Province) 8. Tarryn Bright (Western Province) 9. Pietie Coetzee (Southern Gauteng) 10. Quanita Bobbs (Western Province) 11. Bernie Coston (Southern Gauteng) 12. Dirkie Chamberlain (Northern Blues) 13. Jade Mayne (Western Province) 14. Tanya Britz (Free State) 15. Lilian du Plessis (Northern Blues) 16. Izelle Lategan (Free State) 17. Kelly Madsen (KZN Coastal Raiders) 18. Marsha Marescia (Southern Gauteng)