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- Updated: June 19, 2013
A total of 27 goals in Edinburgh over the last seven days suggests that the forwards and set-piece specialists had success aplenty in the four-Test series between Scotland and the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team.
SA won the series 2-1 after Scotland had won the first Test 3-2, followed by the South Africans winning the second and third Test matches 4-1 and 5-2. Tuesday night’s final international at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill Sports Facility saw the encounter end in a 5-5 draw.
The world No19 Scots, who were surprisingly knocked out of the World League in round two, punch considerably above their weight and gave world No11’s South Africa a right run for their money as the girls in green and gold made final preparations ahead of the Investec World League semi-finals tournament that begins in London on Saturday and ends the following Sunday, June 30.
In their opening match, SA meet world number four England at 8 pm (SA time) Saturday.
For striker and set-piece ace Pietie Coetzee there was much to smile about during the Scotland series; the talismanic South African netting 10 goals in the four matches.
In the feverish fourth Test, Scotland led three times in the match with SA fighting back on each occasion.
After restoring parity at 3-3 in the second half thanks to a low shot from striker Dirkie Chamberlain, SA then took a 5-3 lead in the last 10 minutes through Coetzee’s hat-trick goal and a Chamberlain strike that roofed the net, but this time it was the Scots’ turn to claw back for the 5-5 final scoreline.
SA meet world number two Argentina in a practice match at 5.30 pm (SA time) Thursday.
First match: Scotland 3 (Ali Howie, Morag McLellan and Nikki Kidd) South Africa 2 (Pietie Coetzee 2); second match SA 4 (Coetzee 3, Lilian du Plessis) Scotland 1 (Nicola Skrastin); third match SA 5 (Coetzee 2, Kelly Madsen, Tarryn Bright and Du Plessis) Scotland 2 (Kidd and Holly Cram); fourth match: SA 5 (Coetzee 3, Dirkie Chamberlain 2) Scotland 5 (Becky Merchant, Nikki Lloyd). SA won the series 2-1.