Commonwealth Games

SA rue missed chances in semi

2010-10-11 16:18
Marsha Marescia (Gallo Images)
New Delhi - It was a case of so near yet so far for the brave South African women's hockey team as they went down 1-0 to New Zealand's Black Sticks in the Commonwealth Games semifinals in Delhi on Monday afternoon.

South Africa had numerous opportunities in open play and at penalty corners.

Two shots were saved on the Black Sticks' goal-line and a number flew just over the crossbar or wide of the post.

The world's seventh-ranked New Zealand scored from a scrambled penalty corner in the second half, while South African goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa was called upon to make several crucial saves.

World number 12 South Africa will reflect on a penalty corner that was not awarded by the umpires in the first half and a number of other odd decisions.

Captain Marsha Marescia's South Africans meet the world's fourth-ranked England in the bronze medal match on Wednesday.

The Blacks Sticks will meet the world number six Hockeyroos of Australia in the final.

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