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SA gun down Ghana

South Africa’s boys and girls are still unbeaten at the African Olympic Junior Hockey Qualifier taking place in East London.

Tuesday’s victories were poles apart though, the boys just edging Ghana 3-2 while the girls went on the rampage, hitting 10 goals past a hapless Kenyan side.

Ghana put in a gritty display and never gave up. Ghana went 1-0 up as early as the ninth minute through Johnny Botsio but

Border boy Ignatius Malgraff managed to reply almost immediately.

Just 10 minutes before halftime Ghana scored through a goalmouth melee and the locals went into the break 2-1 down.

But seven minutes after the re-start the in-form Grant Klutz scored his sixth goal of the tournament, from a penalty corner, to make it all square.

This took the sting out of the Ghana team and SA captain Sumanth Sunkari put the local side ahead for the first time, this after 48 minutes play.

Ghana threw everything at SA in an effort to rescue the game and goalkeeper Hendrik Kroukamp saved on numerous occasions.

The SA boys’ next fixture is against Egypt and this should be another close call.

There was nothing close about the girls win though as they notched a double-figure goal tally.

At halftime it was already 4-0, courtesy of a Tiffany Jones hat-trick and a goal from Jacinta Jubb.

It got worse for the Kenyans after half-time with six goals coming within at 12-minute spell. Jones netted her fourth and Stephanie Baxter added to the tally. Jubb then got her second, Quanita Bobbs got two and the final nail in the Kenyan coffin came from Baxter in the dying seconds.

Next up for the rampant SA team are Ghana on Wednesday and the girls will be hoping they don’t encounter the same opposition as our boys did on Tuesday.


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