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Plucky Proteas beaten

A determined Dutch team gained a measure of revenge for the 5-5 draw against the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team on Tuesday when they beat the girls in green and gold 5-1 in the second international in Arnhem, Holland on Wednesday.

In a fixture played in dense mist the home side led 3-0 at half-time following a hotly-disputed penalty corner and two field goals while SA were somewhat unfortunate that North West striker Sulette Damons’ shot from field play hit the post and stayed out.

An SA side that included dynamic midfielder and 2011 SA Player of the Year Tarryn Bright of Western Province, enjoyed a much better second half and in-form Western Province forward Kathleen Taylor narrowed the margin via a field goal and was unlucky with another effort but Wednesday’s Dutch squad demonstrated why their country is considered the world’s top women’s hockey nation with two more goals for the 5-1 victory.

SA and Southern Gauteng captain Marsha Marescia’s South African side next travel to Argentina early next month for two Four Nations tournaments that include hosts Las Leonas, the world’s second-ranked team, before returning to SA for a marathon 16 Tests at Randburg Hockey Stadium in Johannesburg against Spain, Ireland and Belgium, beginning on 15 January and ending on 6 February.

The SA national line-up then move to New Delhi in India for the all-important London 2012 Olympic Games Qualifier tournament against the likes of host nation India and other Olympic hopefuls, the Delhi competition taking place from 15-26 February.

Head coach Giles Bonnet’s African champions must win this tournament if they hope to book a berth in the four-yearly Olympic showpiece that will be taking place in London in July/August next year.