Swiss Punish SA Women’s Indoor in Uncanny Repeat of First Test Loss in Basel

It was much of the same for the South African Women’s Indoor Hockey team who lost their second match to Switzerland 3-1 on Wednesday 31 January, 2024. In a repeat of the first meeting (during which match this image was recorded), the visitors went down by the same scoreline as the series opening match on Tuesday. All Photos: SA Hockey on X

It was much of the same for the South African Women’s Indoor Hockey team who lost their second match to Switzerland 3-1 in a repeat of the first test, the visitors went down by the same scoreline a day before in the series opening match in Basel on Wednesday, 31 January, 2024 

In a rather uncanny set of events, it was not only the same scoreline as in the match a day before, but also almost identical scorers too. 

Like on Wednesday, it was South Africa who got on the score sheet first as Malika Hamza gave them the early lead, via a penalty corner in the fifteenth minute on Wednesday. 

It looked like the visiting side would be off to a flying start but that was not meant to be. Two goals from Switzerland’s Sofie Stomps saw her team take the lead, much like in the previous encounter. AJ Spieringshoek’s team searched for the that all important goal but it never came. 

The final opportunity fell to the Swiss and Elana Trösch made no mistake in making sure her team sealed the victory. They now take a 2-0 lead in the six-match series. 

No doubt that the South Africans will to go back to the drawing board to look at how to improve as the rest of the series awaits. They will have some time to regroup with no matches on Thursday. 

However, with the last four matches all in a tight scheduled two a day on Friday and Saturday, the visitors will be up against it to turn their fortunes around, as they look to possibly shake things up and get a series win. 

On Friday, the first match of the day between the two teams takes place at 13:15, while the second game will be played at 17:30. 

Fixtures and Results for the SA Indoor Hockey Women vs Switzerland Away Test Series

Tue 30 Jan (20:30): Switzerland 3-1 South Africa
Wed 31 Jan (21:00): Switzerland 3-1 South Africa
Fri 2 Feb (13:15): Third Test
Fri 2 Feb (17:30): Fourth Test
Sat 3 Feb (13:00): Fifth Test
Sat 3 Feb (19:00): Sixth Test

South Africa Indoor Hockey Women’s team for Switzerland Test Series

Bonolo Moabi
Cerian Fourie 
Cherry Grevenstein
Daniella de Oliveira 
Elizabeth Porter 
Jamie Southgate
Jessica Lardant 
Laiken Brisset 
Malikah Hamza
Sara Paget
Tatum Kroutz
Tegan Fourie
Manager: Robyn Morgan
Coach: AJ Spieringshoek’s

Switzerland Team:

Dorine von Overbeck
Sofie Stomps
Stephanie Weber
Sae Fontana
Sarah Zepf
Tamara Trösch
Nele Pöhler
Carina Zimmermann
Paulina Appel
Elena Trösch
Raffaela Triebold
Ursina Fazis
Manager: Constance van Asselt
Coach: Mathias Schaeben
Linda Haussener
Physiotherapist: Fien Koelmans


Main Photo caption: It was much of the same for the South African Women’s Indoor Hockey team who lost their second match to Switzerland 3-1 on Wednesday 31 January, 2024. In a repeat of the first meeting (during which match this image was recorded), the visitors went down by the same scoreline as the series opening match on Tuesday. All Photos: (c) Alfred Waelti via SA Hockey on X

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