World record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee scored a hat-trick as Investec South Africa beat Belgium 3-2 in Cape Town on Thursday night. SA are now favourites to win the tournament and qualify for the World League semi-finals in Europe in June.
Charlotte de Vos
Investec South Africa women’s hockey team assistant coach Fabian Gregory has heaped praise on Pietie Coetzee and Marsha Marescia ahead of tonight’s crunch World League encounter with Belgium at Hartleyvale Hockey stadium in Cape Town at 7pm.
SA score first but lose 3rd Investec international test against Belgium in Cape Town on Thursday, final chance for team to register a win at 3pm in Cape Town on Saturday
Coach Bonnet’s promised improved performance by the SA women’s hockey team saw the hosts dominate territory and possession against fellow London 2012 Olympians Belgium, but the European visitors emerged 2-0 victors in Cape Town on Monday evening.
Belgium has taken the lead in the four-match Test series against the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team after a 2-1 win in the opening match in Vygieskraal. The next match is on Wednesday, 16 January at 5:30pm.
Coach Bonnet promises an improvement in second test against Belgium after handling errors compromise SA women’s hockey team’s performance in their 1-2 loss in the 4-test series opener on Monday
The first step of the next four-year cycle ending at the 2016 Olympics in Rio begins for the Investec SA women’s hockey team in a four-test series against fellow London 2012 Olympians in Cape Town this evening, and coach Giles Bonnet is keen on achieving the many incremental milestones necessary to achieve the big goal by narrowing the gap between SA and hockey’s world leaders
Superb final four-nations tournament performance by the SA women’s hockey team, resplendent with a hat-trick from goal maestro Pietie Coetzee, gives the team a boost as pre-Olympic preparations come to a close.