The second Test of the three-Test series between the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team and Australia is level 0-0 at half-time at Hartleyvale Friday night.
Dirkie Chamberlain and Ilse Davids celebrated their 150th and 100th Test matches respectively when their mothers handed over bouquet s of flowers before the first whistle.
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Both sides transferred the ball with precision and invention from the outset with SA skipper Marsha Cox in scintillating form for the South Africans.
The action was end-to-end, with the Aussies also coming to the party, but there was little doubt that world number 11 South Africa were showing improved vision than in Wednesday’s 3-3 first Test draw against the world number four Australians.
But the Hockeyroos won the first penalty corner in the 10th minute after a deliberate breakdown by the South Africans in the 23m area. Jodie Schulz’s conventional hit went past the near post.
The Aussies were also full value on the breakout and in the 12th minute a 60-metre pass found Kellie White, whose shot was well saved by keeper Phume Mbande.
Lenise Marais earned SA’s first PC and Pietie Coetzee’s drag-flick was saved by keeper Rachael Lynch. The defending on both sides was solid, yet in the 28th minute Kathleen Taylor won SA’s second PC and Quanita Bobbs’s flick was glove-saved by Lynch to the keeper’s right.
Two minutes from half-time (33rd) a stunning move saw SA’s Tarryn Bright throw an accurate aerial pass to Coetzee that broke the defensive screen wide open.
The in-form Coetzee passed to the equally on-song Shelley Russell – whose shot was stopped by Lynch, but Coetzee was agonisingly unfortunate not to scramble the ball over the goalline.
The 0-0 half-time score didn’t reflect how well SA played, the ball-carriers’ close control a feature.
Result of the second Investec SA vs Australia Test, on 24 February, 2014: Investec South Africa (0) 0 Australia (0) 0 Results at the 2014 Hartleyvale Summer Series: Sat 18 Jan: SA 5-0 Netherlands Mon 20 Jan: SA 5-1 Netherlands Wed 22 Jan: SA 3-3 Australia Fri 24 Jan: SA 0-0 Australia Remaining Fixtures at the 2014 Hartleyvale Summer Series*: 16h00 Sat 25 Jan: SA vs Australia 16h00 Sun 26 Jan: SA vs Belgium 20h00 Tue 28 Jan: SA vs Belgium 19h00 Wed 29 Jan: SA vs Belgium 19h00 Fri 31 Jan: SA vs Belgium 16h00 Sun 02 Feb: SA vs Belgium 19h00 Mon 03 Feb: SA vs Belgium * Scroll down for venue info and ticket prices The Investec SA Squad for the Hartleyvale Summer Series: Marcelle Keet Quanita Bobbs Kelly Madsen Sullette Damons Bernadette Coston Marsha Cox Pietie Coetzee Shelley Russell Tarryn Bright Lillian du Plessis Kathleen Taylor Phumelela Mbande Hanli Hattingh Anelle van Deventer Illse Davids Celia Evans Lisa Deetlefs Dirkie Chamberlain Erin Hunter Sammy Prost Toni Marks Kaila Flemming Tarryn Glasby Luche Klaasen Nicolene Terblanche Lenise Marais Australian Hockeyroos: Georgia Nanscawen Brooke Peris Casey Eastham (capt) Ashlee Wells Kirsten Johnson Jodie Schulz Ashleigh Nelson Anna Flanagan Karrie McMahon Edwina Bone Emily Hurtz Jane Claxton Jayde Taylor Kate Jenner Mariah Williams Emily Smith Rachael Lynch Mathilda Carmichael Umpires: Michelle Joubert (South Africa) Alecia Newman (Australia) Ticket Prices*: Children (4-18): R10pp Adults: R30pp Family (2+2): R50 Hartleyvale Season Ticket: R150pp * Gates Open 1hr prior to matches
Photo Caption: SA captain Marsha Cox takes the ball up with Australia’s Mathilda Carmichael in close attendance during the second Test match against Australia at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Friday night. Gavin Withers (Action Pix)
(With editing by gsport)