The Private Property SA ladies are currently in Ismailia in Egypt taking on the African Cup of Nations. The tournament is a pivotal one for our ladies in terms of ranking points, but also in developing towards the FIH Hockey World Cup in 2018 after qualifying for the tournament.
So let’s kick start with the hockey itself. The ladies welcomed Dirkie Chamberlain back into the squad after a lengthy injury absence and her presence was felt in the opening game with a brace against Kenya. Tarryn Glasby and a brace from Candice Manuel completed a routine 5-0 win.
The second match of the tournament saw our ladies take on Nigeria and it was a game for Sulette Damons to remember. A hat-trick in her 184th test match will be one to remember. Our other goal scorers on the day were Dirkie Chamberlain and Celia Evans to secure another 5-0 win.
There was some sad news however as World League hero Candice Manuel broke her thumb and was withdrawn from the remainder of the tournament. A replacement has not been called up, so the ladies will have to do without the diminutive striker for the remainder of the tournament.
Congratulations are also in order as Kristen Paton, who played at last year’s Junior Hockey World Cup, earned her first cap along with Sylvia van Jaarsveldt, one of the standout performers at last year’s PHL. We also want to congratulate Candice Manuel on playing her 50th game for South Africa and Quanita Bobbs on reaching the magic milestone of 100.
Our ladies are next in action tomorrow when they take on the hosts Egypt tomorrow where a win will secure a spot in the final! Check in tomorrow as we catch up on the Men’s journey so far!