There was a comprehensive 6-0 victory for
the South African women’s hockey team in the third Test against Chile at
Hartleyvale on Monday, but in the late evening game the SA men came out on the
wrong side of a nine-goal spectacular.
Ireland’s last-gasp 5-4 win leaves them 1-0
winners in a champagne two-Test series against the men in green and gold, this
after Sunday’s opener ended 3-3.
The SA ladies are now 2-1 up in the
four-Test series with the final Test at 18:30 on Tuesday. SA won the first Test
4-2 and Chile won the second Test 2-0.
Just 16 seconds into the first minute,
striker Taine Paton made ground into the strike zone before cracking the ball
past goalkeeper Ireland David Fitzgerald for SA to take a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes into the second chukka - the
18th minute of the match - Ireland drew level with a spectacular deflection
goal by Stephen Dowds (1-1).
In the 27th minute, Ireland went
2-1 up via Shane O’Donoghue’s low PC drag-flick for the half-time score.
Ireland put heavy pressure on the SA
defence in the third chukka and were unfortunate not to score, but the men in
green and gold must be commended, too, for some gutsy defensive work.
That SA grit was exemplified in the 42nd
minute when Shannon Boucher carried the ball with intent into the strike zone
before slipping it past Fitzgerald (2-2).
Three minutes into the final chukka (48th
minute of the match) Eugene Magee scored from close to put Ireland 3-2 ahead.
In the 54th Ireland’s Michael Darling made space before smashing his shot into
the backboard (4-2). But this SA side never threw in the towel and four minutes
from the end (56th minute) Jethro Eustice’s pass was converted by Natius
Paton won a PC with just over a minute left
(59th) and three shots at goal somehow didn’t go in, but a penalty stroke was
the outcome and SA captain Rhett Halkett sent his flick rocketing high into the
And with just 14 seconds left (60th minute),
Kyle Good hit the winner for the Irish to come out 5-4 victors of a truly
Three goals inside six minutes in the
second chukka and three goals inside six minutes in the third chukka earned the
SA women their 6-0 win over Chile in the early match.
SA brought back the considerable experience
of ‘keeper Sanani Mangisa, defenders Lisa Deetlefs and Marcelle Manson, and
strikers Jade Mayne plus captain for the day, Sulette Damons.
One minute into the second chukka (16th
minute of the match) the crowd came alight when midfielder Illse Davids went
unchallenged into the strike zone and picked her spot with a crisp strike, the
Chileans backing away, not for the first time in the series (1-0).
Hardly two minutes later (18th) neat SA
play led to a Dirkie Chamberlain goal (2-0) and Chile would have been dead and
buried 60-odd seconds later had captain Camila Caram not miraculously pulled Shelley
Russell’s attempt off the line.
Two SA penalty corners came and went before
Candice Manuel finished accurately in the 21st minute (3-0).
Five minutes after half-time (35th of the
match), Lilian du Plessis got on the scoresheet with a well-timed PC
drag-flick. A Damons effort was cleared off the goalline before Davids fed
fellow Capetonian Manuel for 5-0 in the 38th minute. In the 41st minute,
penalty corner injector Erin Hunter followed up Du Plessis’ disguised PC
shot/pass to tip the ball home and SA were 6-0 up.
There was lots of goalmouth action in the
final chukka, the Chileans playing much better, but there was no further
addition to the score.
The mammoth Cape Town Summer series ends on
February 2 at Hartleyvale.
Women - Starting: Sanani Mangisa (GK),
Marcelle Manson, Lisa Deetlefs, Erin Hunter, Nicolene Terblanche, Illse Davids,
Shelley Russell, Jade Mayne, Lilian du Plessis, Dirkie Chamberlain, Sulette
Damons (capt). Rolling subs: Phume Mbande (GK), Nicole Walraven, Christine Roos,
Line Malan, Candice Manuel, Tiffany Jones, Quanita Bobbs
Men - Starting: Gowan Jones (GK), Gareth
Heyns, Dylan Swanepoel, Lance Louw, Rhett Halkett (capt), Jethro Eustice, Clint
Panther, Dan Sibbald, Taine Paton, Shannon Boucher, Keenan Horne. Rolling subs:
Jacques le Roux (GK), Daniel Bell, Natius Malgraff, Miguel da Graca, Ross
Hetem, Pierre de Voux, Damian Kimfley