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South Africa men’s hockey team was beaten 3-1 by Ireland in its final Pool B
match at the Champions Challenge tournament in Quilmes, Argentina on Tuesday night.
The defeat means South Africa, the most inexperienced team at the tournament and missing
nine London 2012 Olympians, finish the preliminary round at the bottom of the
log and will be taking on Pool A winners Malaysia in Thursday’s 13:30 (SA
Ireland’s goalscorers were Andrew McConnell in the first half and John
Jermyn and Conor Harte after the changeover, while SA forward Miguel da Graca’s
13th-minute strike ensured the half-time score was 1-1.
SA started the tournament with a 4-4 draw against Japan after leading 4-1 with
a quarter of the match to go, and then went down 2-1 to Argentina.
Ireland will play Poland in the quarter-finals, while the two other
quarter-finalists to meet South Korea and Canada were to be determined after
Tuesday night’s late game between Argentina and Japan.
Poland caused a major upset in beating tournament favourites South Korea 5-4
and Malaysia kept their 100% win record intact with a 4-2 win over Canada.
head coach, Paul Revington, was the coach of the SA team at Athens 2004 that
included current SA coach Gregg Clark.