Unbeaten U21s to Preview Title Match

South Africa's Tiffany Jones (left) is challenged by a Kenya defender during the Under-21 Junior World Cup Africa Qualifier Tournament at Randburg Hockey Stadium Tuesday. SA won 5-1. Photo: Supplied

Victory Tuesday for the South African U21 women’s team in the Junior World Cup Africa Qualifier Tournament at Randburg Hockey Stadium has set up a tantalising encounter Wednesday afternoon, that could be a taste of what’s to come in Saturday’s title matches.

The SA women took care of a passionate Kenya 5-1 after holding a 2-0 half-time advantage, and will tackle unbeaten Ghana at 2 pm Wednesday in what looks to be a precursor to Saturday’s gold medal match, which will see the winner go through to next year’s Women’s JWC finals in Germany.

Wednesday’s other match features the Namibia against Kenya at 10 am.

The SA goals went to Tiffany Jones, from a well-worked PC, plus efforts from open play by Jacinta Jubb, captain Izelle Lategan and a brace from Tanya Britz, while Kenya’s success came via an own goal.

The score would have been more, had it not been for an inspirational display by Kenya keeper Cynthia Onyango.

In the early match, Namibia opened the scoring inside the first minute and never looked back, going into half-time with a 4-0 advantage before coming out 5-1 winners against a Zimbabwe line-up that played their hearts out in front of their band of passionate fans.

Tegan Rix’s well-taken field goal after good build-up down the right was followed by a Marcia Venter penalty stroke, Karla Husfeld’s effort from a PC, Nicola Heathcote’s FG and a second penalty stroke by Venter before Zimbabwe captain Kelly Kaulback scored at a penalty corner, much to the delight of her team’s fans.


South Africa 5-1 Kenya
Namibia 5-1 Zimbabwe
Log in Brief:
(Played, Goal Difference, Points)
1. South Africa P2, GD13, Pts 6
2. Ghana P2, GD 4, Pts 6
3. Kenya P2, GD-2, Pts 3
4. Namibia P3, GD -6, Pts 3
5. Zimbabwe P3, GD -10, Pts 0


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