Homepage >
News
FIH
Results Archive
Events & Results
Calendar
Olympic Anniversary
Photo Gallery
Player Profiles
Rules
Event Management
Athletes
Development
Coaching
Umpires
Publications
Pitches & Equipment
Medical
Anti-Doping
Directory
Contact Us
Intranet
Zambia Project
 
South Africa back to the drawing board
07 Feb 2009 20:29
 

The German women’s team clinched the SPAR Challenge Hockey Series courtesy of a convincing 5-0 win over South Africa in the final here on Saturday. This was the visitor’s third straight victory over the Proteas; they wrapped up the series 3-0 following 4-1 and 3-0 victories in the opening two tests.

By all rights the Europeans should have wilted in the heat measured at 38, 5 degrees Celsius but it was the visitors that turned up the heat on the hosts. Leading 1-0 at half-time through a magical goal set-up by multi-skilled and multi-capped Natascha Keller for Lydia Haase to open the scoring, the visitors never let up to score a further four.

The Germans showed why they are ranked third in the world through far superior skill and tactical nous compared to the local girls. Their counter attacks masterminded by the astute Keller were swift and performed with precision. Their first two goals after the break via penalty corners were a lesson in such and put South Africa out of the game in the 46th minute.

As the score line suggests the hosts came nowhere to scoring save a handful of penalty corners that came to naught. South Africa sorely needs a playmaker in the mould of Keller who can dictate midfield play and set up attacking ploys.

The Germans put the lid on the victory with further goals from open play via the sticks of Haase, for her second, and Lisa Hahn.

Head coach of the SPAR Proteas, Jenny King was far from satisfied with her team's performance. "I'm very disappointed. Individually we were poor. We couldn't put two passes together. It's not what you expect from international players."

King could not even blame the incessant heat. "I suppose we can blame it on fatigue. But the heat was the same for both sides. We even had the comfort of ice vests and Germany didn't.

"But I must give credit to Germany. They saw our weaknesses and exposed them to the fullest."

German coach Michi Behrmann was delighted with his charges performance. "I'm very proud of my players. They showed a lot of mental strength especially in this heat."

And Behrmann had only praise for his star player, Keller. "She is 32 or 33 now and she took a three month break before coming out here and she is really on fire. She is like a child, she loves to play.”

Source: BLD / South African Hockey Association


World News
New Zealand ready for test series against India
USA and Chile advance to the semi-finals
Netherlands win Punjab Gold Cup
Second wins for Argentina and USA at Pan American Cup
Abbott hat-trick hand Australia series victory
Strong start for favorites at Pan American Cup
South Africa back to the drawing board
Australia make amends and demolish Belgium
Germany secures win in South African test series
Janneke Schopman new captain of Dutch team
Germany wins first test in South Africa
Belgium forces draw with Australia
South Africa-Germany test called off
Women’s Pan Am Cup – Can the USA dethrone Argentina?
South Africa set for German Test Series
 

 YouTube Clip
Events 2009
| Full Calendar
| Appointments 2009
| Qualified Teams 2009 Events
Virtual Olympic Congress

 
© 2009 International Hockey Federation. All Rights Reserved. powered by sportcentric