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Hollywood stars as SA fall
- Updated: June 5, 2009
A goal six minutes from time on Friday saw South Africa missing out on the final of the SPAR women’s four-nations tournament in Durban and they were downed but not out.
Kate Hollywood’s strike saw the Aussies winning 1-0 and going through to meet Argentina in Saturday’s final.
This after Argentina, the world’s second best team, had thrashed India (world No 14) 7-1.
The Hockeyroos had needed just a draw to reach the final, SA had to secure the win, and the match see-sawed from goalmouth to goalmouth. The decisive goal had come from a double deflection that beat outstanding SA goalkeeper and co-captain Mariette Rix.
Consolation for the home team came from Australia’s coach Frank Murray – winner of multiple gold medals including Olympic gold – who said the match could have gone either way and he regards the home team’s level of determination a benchmark for world hockey.
In World Hockey Player of the Year Luciana Aymar, who has won the title four times, Argentina have a match-winner. Running from the midfield, Aymar will be hard for the Hockeyroos to stop.
Indeed, Murray said Argentina were capable of tearing opponents apart. “We must control the tempo and be in the final for 70 minutes,” he said. “Marine Russo is very quick and a foil to Aymar, which gives her more space. It’s the fittest Argentinean side I have ever seen.”
In Saturday’s earlier bronze-medal match the South African team tackle India.