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Namibia down SA to seal Four Nations final berth
- Updated: December 18, 2015
Underdogs Namibia booked their place in Friday’s Spar Four Nations final after an inspired 3-2 win over the Spar South Africa women’s indoor hockey team 3-2 after trailing 2-0 at half-time at UKZN Westvile on Thursday night.
It’s going to be action replay time 11.30am on Friday and if it’s anything like what the fans enjoyed in this clash, the gold medal match is set to be a classic, reports Jon Cook.
Namibia’s Dunelle van Taak scored a wonder goal with remarkable poise to win the match with 11 minutes left on the clock. Two minutes earlier, Namibia had equalised against the run of play through the alert Ina Louis to make the score 2-2.
Namibia’s outstanding Marcia Venter enjoyed the game of her life, saving her country on their goalline more than once before weaving her way down the right sideboard to win a penalty corner, which she drilled into the net for her team’s first goal. (2-1).
In the first half, SA took the lead through Jess Glass after Megan Robertson made the space, before SA captain Celia Evans fed off Amy Greaves to put the girls in green and gold 2-0 up with a classy strike in the 14th minute. It must be said though that SA, with two wins from two outings, had already booked their place in the final.
Earlier, the USA and Australia drew 3-3 and these two teams will meet again in Friday’s 9.15am bronze medal match.
The PSI Nationals U18 age-group finals for boys and girls also take place at UKZN Westville Friday.