Other Sport

SA coach rues missed chances

2012-05-02 18:01
Gregg Clark (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - South African men's hockey coach Gregg Clark on Wednesday said his side had plenty of chances to win but had to settle for a draw against Japan in their Olympic qualifier fixture in Kakamigahara, Japan.

"We had our opportunities and if we had been more thorough, we might have got a better result," Clark said.

South Africa drew the thrilling encounter 3-3 with Japan and both sides remain unbeaten in the qualifying tournament.

The SA men came from behind three times and had to rely on defender Justin Reid-Ross, after the final hooter had sounded, to score a penalty corner to level the match and earn a point against the hosts.

SA skipper Austin Smith was happy with the character his side had shown on Wednesday, but admitted the South African's were not at their best.

"Japan put us under a lot of pressure," Smith said.

"We didn't play as well as we can, but we showed our fighting spirit."

SA take on Austria on Friday in their last group fixture, where a draw or a win would guarantee them a place in the final on Sunday, while Japan have a tricky fixture against China.

Wednesday's hero from the Japan clash, Reid-Ross, was adamant that the South Africans would go all-out to win against the Austrians, who have the potential to cause problems for teams underestimating their skills.

"We'll be using that game as preparation for the final," Reid-Ross said.

"We won't be taking that game lightly - we haven't taken any games lightly at the tournament."

The South Africans have to win the tournament if they are to qualify for the London Olympics in July.

Read more on:    sa hockey men  |  olympics 2012  |  hockey

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.