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Hockey girls lose 5-1

Great Britain proved too good for our national women’s hockey side in London on Thursday, coming up trumps 5-1 in an unofficial Test match.

Great Britain, ranked fourth in the world ahead of the London Olympics later this year led the 12th ranked South Africans 2-0 at half-time at the unfinished Riverbank Arena in Olympic Park.

In the practice penalty shoot-out South Africa had the satisfaction of winning 4-0.

The two teams meet in another unofficial Test on Friday at Bisham Abbey (3.30pm SA time).

SA face GB at Bisham Abbey, in the second unofficial Test match, at 3.30 pm SA time Friday.
SA are still finalising their team selection for the Olympics, while Great Britan have named their team, the first country to do so.

World record goal-scorer Pietie Coetzee, Tarryn Bright, Kate Woods, Shelley Russell and Lauren Penny were those in the 20-player squad named Wednesday for the three-week UK tour who did not play. GB also rested players, including Crista Cullen.

GB scored through Kate Walsh (2), Ash Ball, Chloe Rogers and Helen Richardson, while Kathleen Taylor scored for SA.

The splendid Riverbank Arena hockey stadium, venue for the London 2012 men’s and women’s hockey competitions, was empty save for a couple of construction workers but it gave the girls in green and gold the chance to get a taste of what is to come.

SA then move to Clydesdale Hockey Club in Glasgow and a five-Test official series against world No18 Scotland. The matches are at 3.30pm (SA time) Sunday, the same time Monday; at 8.30 pm next Wednesday, the same time on the Thursday and at 3.30pm next Friday.

The girls in green and gold then return to Chiswick in London for the Investec London Cup that features world number one the Netherlands, world three Germany, GB, world seven Australia and world 14 Ireland.

SA face GB on Tuesday, June 5 at 5.30 pm (SA time); Germany at 9pm on June 6; before the semi-finals on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday’s classification matches and the gold and bronze medal matches.


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