So Close SA Held to Second Draw

by | Jan 24, 2014

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.

(Scroll down to see series results and remaining fixtures, and squad selections, click here to read the tour announcement, click here to read the first test review on gsport)

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)

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