Third Loss to Belgium Despite Opening Chamberlain Goal

by | Jan 18, 2013

SA striker Sulette Damons in control as Belgium's Stephanie de Groof comes in to challenge, during the third test between Ladies South Africa and Belgium at the Hartleyvale Hockey Complex on January 17, 2013 in Cape Town. Photo: Shaun Roy/Plate Picture

A determined Belgium came back from a goal conceded in the opening 30 seconds of the third Test against the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Thursday night to clinch the four-Test series with a match to spare after coming away with a 2-1 victory.

Now 3-0 up in the series following 2-1 and 2-0 wins at Central Hockey Club in Vygieskraal on Monday and Wednesday respectively, the Belgians will be eyeing a whitewash when the final Test takes place at 3pm at Hartleyvale on Saturday.

SA right-side forward Bernie Coston gets in a cross despite the close attentions of De Groof. Photo: Shaun Roy/Plate PictureFor the girls in green and gold, who are missing superstars Marsha Marescia and Pietie Coetzee for this series, all is not lost, and a win on Saturday will do much to boost their confidence ahead of the World League at Hartleyvale next week, and then the Investec Challenge at the same venue in the first week of February.

Dirkie Chamberlain displayed neat touches in working her way out of a posse of tacklers to score the opener inside the first minute after Bernie Coston had made space to cross from the right.

Shortly before half-time, Belgium hit back in this exciting match of end-to-end action when Jill Boon embellished Anouk Raes’s superb work at close quarters to slip the ball past outstanding SA keeper Sanani Mangisa.

The equaliser was followed by the winner eight minutes from the end when Stephanie de Groof’s powerful flick clattered into the backboard from the Belgians’ fourth penalty corner. SA won six penalty corners to Belgium’s four in this clash.

Essentially this free-flowing encounter was a match for the goalkeepers, who were in superb form. Mangisa made nine top saves in the 70 minutes while opposite number Nadine Khouzam reeled off four super saves of her own.


Investec SA v Belgium Series Fixtures and Results, in Cape Town:
Jan 14: SA 1-2 Belgium
Jan 16: SA 0-2 Belgium
Jan 17: SA 1-2 Belgium
Jan 19 at 3pm: SA v Belgium
Investec SA team for the Belgium Series:
Sanani Mangisa (Southern Gauteng)
Lisa Deetlefs (Southern Gauteng)
Lilian du Plessis (Southern Gauteng)
Bernie Coston (Southern Gauteng)
Christine Roos (Southern Gauteng)
Tanya Britz (Free State)
Hanli Hattingh (Western Province)
Shelley Russell (Western Province)
Lauren Penny (Western Province)
Jade Mayne (Western Province)
Quanita Bobbs (Western Province)
Marcelle Keet (Amathole/Border)
Dirkie Chamberlain (Northern Blues)
Nicolene Terblanche (Northern Blues)
Lenise Marais (captain) (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Kelly Madsen (KZN Coastal Raiders)
Sulette Damons (North West)
Celia Evans (North West)
The Belgium Squad:
Maureen Beernaert
Jill Boon
Erica Coppey
Aisling D’Hooghe (GK)
Lola Danhaive
Hélène Delmée
Stephanie De Groof
Charlotte De Vos (C)
Aline Fobe
Alix Gerniers
Nadine Khouzam (GK)
Pauline Leclef
Barbara Nelen
Anouk Raes
Stéphanie Rummens
Emilie Sinia
Lieselotte Van Lindt
Anne-Sophie Van Regemortel
Judith Vandermeiren
Louise Versavel


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