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- Updated: January 25, 2012
Fresh from their impressive 2-1 win in the Investec International Series against Spain, captain Marsha Marescia and the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team go into another marathon series of eight internationals at Randburg Astro over the next 12 days.
First up are one-off Test matches against Ireland at 7pm Wednesday and then Belgium at the same time Thursday.
The visiting teams meet in a one-off Test on Friday. ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿The teams then go into the Investec Tri-Nations Tournament from Saturday until the following Thursday, the matches at 2pm on weekends and 7pm during the week.
And once the dust has settled on the Tri-Nations, SA and Belgium will meet in a two-Test series on 4-5 February.
SA head coach Giles Bonnet designed these matches months ago as a key aspect of the team’s preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The SA squad’s moment of truth is as close as next month where they will go in search of gold at the Olympic Qualifier Tournament in New Delhi, India.
Nothing less than winning that tournament, which takes place from 15-26 February, will suffice, as the gold medallists in Delhi are granted automatic entry into London 2012.
It is the last chance that Marescia’s girls in the green and gold have of realising their Olympic dream.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿ No less than 11 Test matches will be played in total at the Randburg Astro, given that Ireland and Belgium have three matches against each other over the 12-day period.