A fired-up Investec South Africa women’s hockey team beat Spain 3-1 in the third of the five-Test Investec International Series at Randburg Astro Thursday night to level the series 1-1 with two to play. The first international was drawn 1-1 while Spain won the second 3-2.
Carlota Petchame opened the scoring but goals from Lenise Marais, Pietie Coetzee and Kim Hubach sealed South Africa’s win and set up intriguing fourth and fifth Tests, at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday at Randburg.
In the second minute Kate Woods moved the ball to Lesle-Ann George, who relayed to Shelley Russell, the superb attacking midfielder making ground before lashing a rising shot that was gloved away by goalkeeper Isabel Barguno. Spain immediately countered and Marais saved on the line before brilliant SA keeper Sanani Mangisa made a crucial save.
With the first quarter drawing to a close, Mangisa made a glove save, as did Barguno from Pietie Coetzee. At 12 to half-time Spain won a hotly-disputed PC, which SA somehow managed to scramble away but six minutes later the Spaniards’ use of the long ball evaded the defensive screen once again and Carlota Petchame smashed high into the net (1-0).
SA had a great chance two minutes from half-time when strikers Sulette Damons and Coetzee combined but it was not to be. Two minutes after the break a neat SA move earned their first PC and trapper Lenise Marais recovered quickly from the wayward injection pass to score the equaliser from the edge of the strike zone (1-1).
Three minutes later George supplied a defence-splitting pass to Coetzee whose powerful shot dribbled off the keeper’s pads over the goalline for a soft goal that nevertheless heralded her 228th in 231 Test matches (2-1). Soon after, Coetzee’s third PC brought out a stunning stick save Barguno low to her right.
Midway, Spain’s third PC was intercepted by first wave Damons and soon after Coetzee was stick-checked in the strike zone. The variation left saw Kate Woods’s power shot strike a defender in the goals with Barguno beaten and Kim Hubach slotted the penalty stroke for 3-1 in the 54th minute.
From the re-start Russell set up Chamberlain, who effort was superbly saved before Kathleen Taylor forced another top save. Spain then missed an open goal, which summed up their night.
Investec International Series- South Africa vs Spain Fixtures and Results:15 January – Match 1: RSA 1-1 ESP 17 January – Match 2: RSA 2-3 ESP 19 January – Match 3: RSA 3-1 ESP 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
Spain: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