Other Sport

SA women take series lead

2012-05-28 18:21
Marsha Marescia (Photo: Donald Macleod)

Johannesburg - The South Africa women's hockey team broke a five-match drought against Scotland to win the second Test 2-1 in Glasgow on Monday after leading 1-0 at half-time.

With the victory, the South Africans took a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series after the first match was drawn 2-2 on Sunday.

The second Test was a much more convincing performance, as SA captain Marsha Marescia had predicted before the match.

South Africa went into the break 1-0 up after striker Sulette Damons buried a penalty corner rebound off in-form goalkeeper Amy Gibson's pads in the 23rd minute.

This after Shelley Russell had initially opened up some space for Damons to win the team’s sixth penalty corner.

Scotland's best chance to score was on the counter-attack, and three minutes after half-time they equalised through Sam Judge with their first shot of the match.

The winner came from Jen Wilson in the 55th minute when a Damons pass gave the South African forward the time and space to pick her spot.

South Africa were all over the Scots in the first half and earned six penalty corners to none as well as a series of goalscoring opportunities from field play as they peppered the opposition goalmouth with numerous attacks.

The hosts defended with determination, though, and Gibson pulled off a number of great saves.

The second half saw Scotland get a bit more of the ball, but the determined tourists played through the fatigue in tough conditions to end a string of two defeats and three draws against the Scots in their previous five meetings.

South Africa were missing world record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee and fellow Olympian Kate Woods, who were scheduled to join the team later in the week, as well as striker Lauren Penny (shoulder injury).

Read more on:    sa hockey women  |  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

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


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.