The much-anticipated Indoor Test Series South Africa and Switzerland got underway in a massive thunderstorm in Durban North. The weather didn’t put off a capacity crowd inside the Danville Park Indoor Sports Centre, filled with South Africans still high on cloud nine from the Springbok World Cup win, on Sunday, 10 November 2019.
The SPAR South African Indoor team’s record since the last African Cup has been mighty impressive winning 30 of the last 36, losing just three of the test matches in that time. With momentum building impressively the South Africans were keen to show that their series victory over Switzerland in January was not just a flash in the pan, but a show of the progress Lennie Botha’s side have made.
They were quick to show that domination against the Swiss, who themselves are building towards the EuroHockey Championship in January. After having two shots saved off the line by defenders, SPAR South Africa took the lead through captain fantastic Cindy Hack. The score would remain that way until the end of the third quarter when Kayla de Waal on her debut lit Danville up.
Evans Put the Game to Bed for the South Africans to Bag the First Win
Cindy Hack produced a wonderful up the line ball and de Waal picked it up in the D. With her back to goal and under immense pressure from Tanja Landtwing the youngest player in the South African team showed tremendous composure and finished a delightful reverse flick. The Danville crowd were massively appreciative of the goal and so was the rest of her team.
As Switzerland pushed for a way back into the game it was Celia Evans who put the game to bed for SPAR South Africa. Kayla de Waal turned provider when she crossed the ball for an onrushing Evans to slide it home. A 3-0 win to start the series exactly what the vociferous crowd had ordered.
After the game captain Cindy Hack was delighted: “I am so proud of the girls. There are some things we can still work on, but I’m very happy with the performance. The crowd was absolutely sensational, thank you for the support, we are so proud to represent South Africa.”
Photo 1 Caption: The SPAR South African Indoor ladies team beat Switzerland 3-0 in the first of their series matches in Durban on Sunday, 10 November 2019. Photo: Everlasting Clicks/SA Hockey
With editing by gsport