SA men book Olympics spot

2012-05-06 10:08

Johannesburg - South Africa will be represented in the men's and women's hockey tournaments at the London Olympic Games after the men's team defeated hosts Japan 2-1 in the final of the last qualifying tournament in Kakamigahara on Sunday.

The SA men went unbeaten in their six matches and held off a fighting Japanese outfit to book their ticket to London.

The women's side had won an earlier qualifying tournament in Delhi, India, in February.

After going into half-time locked at 0-0 against Japan, the SA men came out firing after the break, soaking up the pressure in a thrilling second period.

The South Africans opened the scoring through a moment of individual brilliance from Thornton McDade 11 minutes into the second stanza.

McDade dribbled through the Japanese defence before rounding the goalkeeper and tapping home into an empty goal to give his side the lead.

Lloyd Norris-Jones stretched the gap with 16 minutes left to play through a counter attack after Japan failed to convert a penalty corner. Norris-Jones fired his back-handed shot at the Japanese 'keeper who deflected the ball before it went in.

Japan hit back and scored through Kenji Kitazato and piled the pressure on SA, who had struggled defensively throughout the tournament.

Goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse made several crucial saves to keep South Africa in the lead, thwarting the Japanese attack as he helped his side secure the last available place for the London Games in July.


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  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-06 10:23

    great achievement.......Congrats,

  • Willie - 2012-05-06 10:23

    Congratulations, to be unbeaten in six matches is indeed a super performance! You make us proud and we wish you and our ladies hockey team a successful and enjoyable Olympics

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-06 10:25

    Great !! Well done, SA is proud of you !!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-05-06 10:33

    Well done lads and ladies!!!!

  • Jacques - 2012-05-06 10:35

    Fantastic! Good to see both our men's and ladies' sides representing us in London! We're 100 percent behind you, guys! Go kick some ass!

  • RoadTo - 2012-05-06 10:43

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  • stuart.rawlins - 2012-05-06 10:50

    Now they just need a sponsor!!!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-06 13:03

      Afri-Forum can stop the case regarding Name changes and give that cash to these Athletes, This is a much better cause,,

      Tommy - 2012-05-11 11:18

      The Government can stop re-naming places and use that money (10 x more than Afri-forum court money) and sponsor our brilliant mens hockey team.

  • Kevin - 2012-05-06 10:50

    Well done, gentlemen!

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  • Rashaad - 2012-05-06 11:52

    Well done to the SA Mens's Hockey Team, and all of the best for the Olympics in London later this year!!

  • Rashaad - 2012-05-06 11:54

    Well done to the SA Men and Women Hockey teams!! All of the best for the Olympics in London later this year. You have made SA proud.

  • Leonard - 2012-05-06 12:02

    Lets hope SASCOC don't try to "coc" it up for the guys. Congrats!

  • nkululeko.j.duma - 2012-05-06 16:00

    well done boys

  • Charmaine - 2012-05-07 09:56

    well done to the team! special well done to Thornton - old KES boy:-)

  • Phil - 2012-05-07 11:55

    Fantastic effort !!!! Congratulations. I think that more Media exposure would be in order for both the Men's and Women's teams. That could also garner more financial support for these two great teams.

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