Like all great movie trilogies, the Indoor Test Series between South Africa and Switzerland, headed into its fourth part in Cape Town. The venue in Western Cape was Sunningdale, a bigger and faster court than the teams had experienced in Durban offering a brilliant and tantalising prospect for the remaining tests.
The teams had got to know each other in Durban so instead of that awkward first date vibe where you are kind of interviewing one another, this was time for the in-depth conversation about hopes and dreams and your ten-year plan.
For SPAR South Africa they received their sternest test of the series. But just like a dux scholar, even the hardest test could not stop this juggernaut from rolling on. Although Lennie Botha will be unhappy that they conceded three goals, he will be pleased that his team was always in control.
Amy Greaves, Celia Evans and Kara Botes had given the hosts a 3-1 lead after trailing early to a Trosch goal. Stomps made it 3-2 to give the Swiss hope but then a brilliant turnover by Jamie Southgate and an unselfish cross for Cindy Hack led to the skipper netting what would ultimately be the winner.
It remarkably means that the South Africans, ranked 16th in the world, have now beaten Switzerland in seven of their nine test matches this year. Such is the domination that the hosts do not enter these competitions as underdogs, but as equals and as value for competition.
Photo 1 Caption: The South African Indoor Women’s Hockey team have dominated their test series matches against Switzerland and will play their final match on Saturday, 16 November 2019. Photo: SA Hockey
With editing by gsport