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Bonnet wants better
- Updated: January 29, 2012
Giles Bonnet, head coach of the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team, will be expecting a much-improved performance against Belgium in the second Investec Tri-Nations Series match at Randburg Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
The Amsterdam-based Bonnet is a perfectionist and was not pleased at the manner in which SA laboured to a 1-0 win over Ireland at Randburg on Saturday.
Pietie Coetzee’s goal was one of the few highlights as passes went astray far too often and elementary mistakes forced the South Africans to work much harder than needs be had they been on song.
The injured Tarryn Bright has not recovered fully from the blow to the face that forced her off the field yesterday and her presence in the midfield will be missed. A scan though has revealed no serious damage to the 2011 SA Player of the Year.
However, it is not about one or two players but rather a collective improvement that is needed in passing, receiving, running off the ball and accuracy in front of goal.
Belgian head coach Pascal Kina was a consultant to the SA team just over a year ago before he was called up to head the Belgian coaching staff and he knows Bonnet and the SA players very well.
The Belgians are physical, aggressive competitors who won’t throw in the towel and South Africa will know they have been in the game come the final whistle.
Sofie Gierts, Stephanie de Groof and captain Charlotte de Vos are no slouches with the stick and the fiery Belgians will be hellbent on opening their Investec Tri-Nations campaign with a win.