South Africa

SA hockey teams maintain 100% record

2015-10-29 20:44
Dirkie Chamberlain (Photo: Marcel Sigg)

Randburg - South Africa beat a game Kenya 12-0 (half-time 7-0) on Thursday in women's Pool A action at the Greenfields Africa Hockey Championships.

In the late game, the SA men put 11 goals past a gutsy Namibia without reply after leading 5-0 at the changeover.

The SA men will tackle Kenya in Saturday’s (16:30) semi-final with Egypt up against Ghana in the 14:00 semi-final. Sunday’s final is scheduled for 16:30.

The SA women’s format is a round-robin event with no final, but Sunday's match against Ghana (11:30) will be a final in a sense as Ghana will have to win to book a ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympics. SA need a draw at minimum, given that their goal difference is considerably better.

Before Sunday, the SA women face Tanzania on Friday (19:00).

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 minutes by Candice Manuel. 

The SA 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 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 stage is set for some epic weekend hockey action.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  hockey

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
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

How excited are you about the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio?

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.