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More goals as SA sides continue Africa Champs domination

The goals continued to flow for the South African men’s and women’s sides at the Greenfields Africa Championships in Randburg, Johannesburg on Thursday.
The South African women beat a game Kenya 12-0 after leading 7-0 at half-time in Pool A and in the late game the SA men put 11 goals past a gutsy Namibia without reply after leading 5-0 at the changeover, reports Jon Cook.
The SA men will now tackle Kenya in Saturday’s semi-final (4.30pm) with Egypt up against Ghana in the 2pm semi-final. Sunday’s final is at 4.30pm.
The SA women’s format is a round-robin event with no final, but Sunday’s match against Ghana at 11.30am will be a final in a sense as Ghana have to win to book a ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Before Sunday though, the SA women face Tanzania on Friday 7pm.
The SA women netted through penalty corner exponent Lilian du Plessis (3), another PC off the stick of Celia Evans, plus field goals from Bernie Coston (3), Dirkie Chamberlain (2) and a fine first-half hat-trick in a five-minute time-frame by Candice Manuel.
The Kenya women had to win to keep their Rio dream alive. Aided by a team that were at last willing to take the game to them, SA benefited from the lesser numbers that as a rule have been packed in SA’s attacking third during their matches.
The SA women scored a number of well-worked goals and some relatively easy conversions in what was their best performance to date.
The SA men had to work hard against rank underdogs Namibia and it was a good workout ahead of the weekend’s knockout stage.
The men scored through drag-flick kings Matt Guise-Brown (2) and Daniel Bell (PC and FG), a Rhett Halkett effort from the penalty spot and further beautifully crafted field goals by Richard Pautz (2), Julian Hykes (2), Pierre de Voux and Brandon Panther.
The stage is set for some epic weekend hockey action.

Other results – Women: Namibia 2 Zimbabwe 1. Men: Nigeria 10 Tanzania 0; Ghana 4 Zimbabwe 2.

In the picture, goalscorer Dirkie Chamberlain (No12) is embraced by SA captain Nicolene Terblanche (obscured) as Jade Mayne (27) looks. Picture: Marcel Sigg


8 Comments

  1. Sarah Wilson Bisdee

    November 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Totally agree Paul. How can they have the cheek to post this here when they are not supporting our hockey!! We must share our unhappiness!!U0001f621U0001f621U0001f621

  2. Team South Africa

    November 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Sorry guys! Mark Etheridge here! Editor of Road to Rio 2016 website and magazine… I have no jurisdiction over any SASCOC selection policies! I post as much info on our amazing athletes as possible on the site and in the mag! Don’t shoot the messenger!

  3. Paul Du Plessis

    November 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Sadly Mark, based on the current situation the SA men’s and women’s hockey side cannot be considered “Team South African” “athletes” as they have been excluded from the Team. They also don’t get to enjoy the Road to Rio 2016 either.

  4. Team South Africa

    November 1, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Understand completely but it’s NOT ME who makes the rules! I try to give 72 codes coverage as best I can seven days a week…

  5. Paul Du Plessis

    November 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I fully understand but by myself making some comments here at least the followers of this page will get an understanding of what really goes on for the not so fortunate teams. SASCOC is run by highly self serving individuals who constantly destroy many aspiring athletes for their own personal aspirations and agenda.

  6. Roxanne Gabriella Botman

    November 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I’m confused, is this not the official Facebook page for Team South Africa?

  7. Roxanne Gabriella Botman

    November 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    If it is, then who ever manages the page should in fact be messenger and communicate the concerns raised to the official organization.

  8. Paul Du Plessis

    November 4, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Our SA men’s and woman’s team have qualified for the Olympics only to be denied selection by SASCOC. Please support the movement for them to go and sign the below petition.
    Be the difference / sign and share this petition .
    https://www.change.org/p/sascoc-gideon-sam-send-the-sa-hockey-teams-to-rio-2016?recruiter=418725090&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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