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The South African women’s bid to book a place at this year’s Olympics continues with a five-Test rubber against Spain, starting this weekend.

South Africa need to win their Olympic qualifying tournament in New Delhi, India in February and the five tests will form valuable preparation in this regard.

The first of five matches will be played at Randburg at 2pm on Sunday. The rubber will form the first part of an Investec International Series that will include matches against Ireland and Belgium.

Spain, a powerhouse in European hockey, will also face captain Marsha Marescia’s SA women’s hockey team at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday next week before tackling the Spaniards in the fourth and fifth Tests next Saturday and Sunday.

Immediately after that series there follows the triangular competition with the SA side up against Ireland and Belgium.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿Prior to each of the SA-Spain games the South African Junior Invitational squad, which features players who are competing for a place in South Africa’s 2012 Junior World Africa Qualifier side, will be taking on a South Africa A team, which will feature senior national squad players not taking part in the Test match.

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Match Schedule against Spain
South Africa v Spain ÔÇô┬áSunday, 15 January (2pm)
South Africa v Spain ÔÇô┬áTuesday, 17 January (7pm)
South Africa v Spain ÔÇô┬áThursday, 19 January (7pm)
South Africa v Spain ÔÇô┬áSouth Saturday, 21 January (2pm)
South Africa v Spain ÔÇô┬áSunday, 22 January (2pm)

Match Schedule for the Triangular Series.
South Africa v Ireland Wednesday, 25 January  (7pm)
South Africa v Belgium ÔÇô┬á Thursday, 26 January (7pm)
Belgium v Ireland ÔÇô┬áFriday, 27 January (7pm)
South Africa v Ireland ÔÇô┬áSaturday, 28 January (2pm)
South Africa v Belgium ÔÇô┬áSunday, 29 January (2pm) February
Belgium v Ireland ÔÇô┬áMonday, 30 January (7pm)
South Africa v Ireland ÔÇô┬áTuesday, 31 January (7pm)
South Africa v Belgium ÔÇô┬áWednesday, 1 February┬á (7pm)
Belgium v Ireland ÔÇô┬áThursday, 2 February┬á (7pm)
South Africa v Ireland ÔÇô┬áFriday, 3 February┬á (7pm)
South Africa v Belgium ÔÇô┬áSunday, 4 February┬á (2pm)
South Africa v Ireland ÔÇô┬áSunday, 5 February┬á (2pm)
South Africa v Belgium ÔÇô┬áMonday, 6 February┬á (7pm)


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