SA Tough Up for Opening Draw vs Spain

by | Jan 15, 2012

Shelly Russel from South Africa on attack against Spain in the first of the Investec International Series being played at the Randburg Hockey stadium. Marta Prat from Spain defending. The match was drawn 1-1. Photo: Reg Caldecott

A debut goal by striker Lauren Penny four minutes from the end saved the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team’s blushes as they drew the first of the five-Test Investec International Series 1-1 against Spain at Randburg Hockey Stadium Sunday.

South Africa had more than their fair share of chances but could not find the target and it appeared that Olalla Pineiro’s neat field goal after 23 minutes would be the winner. Spain, too, could have scored more than once, but they at least forced keeper Mariette Rix into making saves more often.

South Africa captain Marsha Marescia congratulates Lauren Penny on her debut goal during the 1-1 draw against Spain in the first of the five-Test Investec International Series at Randburg Hockey Stadium Sunday. Photo: Reg Caldecott World number 11 Spain started well, moving the ball fluidly, and SA captain Marsha Marescia made a number of crucial interventions in defence. In the eighth minute, Tarryn Bright freed Marescia for the first shot of the match, but Spain came closest to opening the scoring soon after.

SA central defender Kate Woods celebrated her 150th Test cap while for Penny, who has been living and playing in England, it was also a special day.

Midway, world record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee got in a strong shot and another soon after following good work by Jade Mayne, who got in a shot of her own minutes later; then Dirkie Chamberlain went just past the far post.

However, Spain scored against the run of play with a well-taken Pineiro field goal 12 minutes from the break (1-0). A great ball down the line led to the first penalty corner but Marescia cleared and not long after saved a near-certain goal on the post.

Five minutes after the changeover Mayne shot wide of the far post, a good opportunity, but a determined SA won their first and only PC with 21 minutes to go. However, Coetzee’s power shot after the corner set-up was initially bungled went wide. Marescia broke right a little later but shot wide.

Rix saved from Gloria Comerma with eight left but four minutes later the girls in gold equalised when Penny finished off at the far post after Bright had cut through decisively. Soon after, Chamberlain’s reverse-stick shot flew over the crossbar.

SA will need a much-improved effort in the second Test against the Spaniards at 7 pm at Randburg Tuesday.

In the curtain-raiser, the SA Senior Invitation team beat SA Junior Invitation 4-3. Tuesday’s curtain-raiser is at 5 pm.


Investec International Series- South Africa vs Spain Fixtures and Results:

15 January – Match 1: RSA 1-1 ESP
17 January – Match 2 / 19:00
19 January – Match 3 / 19:00
21 January – Match 4 / 14:00
22 January – Match 5 / 14:00


South Africa:

Jade Mayne (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Kelly Madsen (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Cindy Botha (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Kate Woods (WP)
Kathleen Taylor (WP)
Mariette Rix (WP)
Shelley Russell (WP)
Illse Davids (WP)
Tarryn Bright (WP)
Lesle-Ann George (Free State)
Tanya Britz (Free State)
Nicolene Terblanche (Northern Blues)
Sanani Mangisa (Northern Blues)
Kim Hubach (Northern Blues)
Dirkie Chamberlain (Northern Blues)
Marsha Marescia (capt) (Southern Gauteng)
Lisa-Marie Deetlefs (Southern Gauteng)
Bernadette Coston (Southern Gauteng)
Pietie Coetzee (Southern Gauteng)
Celia Evans (North West)
Sulette Damons (North West)
Liesel Dorothy (EP)
Lauren Penny (Slough, England)
Head coach: Giles Bonnet



Maria Lopez de Eguilaz
Julia Menendez (capt)
Rocio Ybarra
Maria Lopez
Andrea Puig
Berta Bonastre
Carlo Petchame
Marta Prat
Paul Dabanch
Barbara Malda
Raquel Huertas
Pilar Sanchez
Anabel Flores
Maria Tost
Lola Riera
Olalla Pineiro
Isabel Barguno
Xantal Gine
Beatriz Perez
Gloria Comerma
Georgina Oliva
Head coach: Salvador Indurain


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