SA Womens Hockey Summer Series

Outstanding SA goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa makes yet another save during the first half of the fifth Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Sunday. SA won 1-0 to lead the series 2-1. Photo ACTION PIX

Outstanding SA goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa makes yet another save during the first half of the fifth Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Sunday. SA won 1-0 to lead the series 2-1. Photo ACTION PIX

The Investec South African Hockey Women recently completed the Summer Series with two series of high quality hockey. They faced off with Belgium in a four game series against and Chile in a six game series. With Pietie Coetzee now retired and Marsha Cox unavailable for the series, the SA ladies were able to select a few new caps for the festival of hockey in Cape Town, but also selected a largely experienced squad with the likes of Shelley Russell, Marcelle Manson and Sulette Damons all in the squad. Here is a review of the series, with a large thank you to Jon Cook for the details to fill in the blanks!

Investec South Africa vs. Belgium

The Investec South Africa side started off with a cracking match against Belgium. Belgium led early through a flawless penalty corner execution by De Groof. Both defenses did an outstanding job to repel the opposition and Sanani Mangisa was fantastic in denying Belgium a second. After more good defense by skipper Lisa Deetlifs, Marcelle Manson, Nicole Walveren and Nicolene Terblanche, lethal striker Lilian du Plessis popped up to finish a brilliant run by Sulette Damons. Despite having the momentum, SA were unable to score a winner and, in truth, were thankful to a wonderful triple save by Anelle van Deventer to deny Belgium the win. 1-1 the final score.

SA's Shelley Russell scythes through during the second Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale Saturday. The match ended 3-3. Photo credit MAX BOSANQUET

SA’s Shelley Russell scythes through during the second Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale Saturday. The match ended 3-3. Photo credit MAX BOSANQUET

In the second test against Belgium, South Africa had to fight back from an early 2-0 deficit, both goals through De Groof. The South Africans fought back when Damons and Russell combined well to set up Dirkie Chamberlain, who finished with style. But the 2 goal lead was restored by Belgium through De Groof’s hat-trick strike. South Africa refused to taste defeat and in a spirit of determination fought back through Nicolene Terblanche and a stunning backhand strike from Lilian du Plessis pulled it square. Final score 3-3.

The third test will be remember fondly by Sanani Mangisa who collected her 100th cap for South Africa. Sanani is a great servant of SA Hockey and we salute her from All Things Jabu. Belgium finally had a different goal scorer when Manon Simons finished a penalty corner variation to give the Europeans the lead. The fighting spirit already demonstrated by the South Africans in the first two tests was imminent again as Dirkie Chamberlain scored twice to give SA a half-time lead. On the stroke of the end of the third chukka, Candice Manuel got a well deserved goal after great work from today’s skipper Jade Mayne. Belgium pulled a controversial goal back through Boon, but SA would hold on for a series lead. Final Score 3-2 to South Africa.

For the first time in the series, South Africa scored first and seemed to be galloping away with the match after Dirkie Chamberlain finished off Lisa Deetlefs penalty corner and captain for the day Sullette Damons finishing coolly. SA maintained this lead to half-time and looked certain to take an unassailable lead in the six match series. Weyns pulled one back in a second half that was completely dominated by the Belgians before De Groof scored her fifth of the series to level the series. With just three minutes left, Damons effected a great block from the PC, but De Groof slapped home the rebound to win the game for the Europeans and level the series. Final Score 3-2 to Belgium.

SA captain and striker Sulette Damons in full flight during the fourth Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Thursday. Belgium won 3-2 to tie the series 1-1. Photo credit ACTION PIX

SA captain and striker Sulette Damons in full flight during the fourth Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Thursday. Belgium won 3-2 to tie the series 1-1. Photo credit ACTION PIX

Lilian du Plessis was the match winner of the fifth test scoring the only goal of the match and it came as early as the 10th minute. In a series that had delivered 18 goals in the previous 4 matches, it was a battle of attrition rather than attack in this test. Mangisa, in the first half, and Hattingh in the second half, produced some high quality saves to keep a clean sheet, while in attack SA were unable to finish some great opportunities, but managed to win the game and steal a 2-1 lead in the series. Final Score 1-0 to South Africa

The final test in an incredibly tight series would produce another great spectacle for the spoiled Hartleyvale fans. This time it was through the inspired goalkeeping of Megane Simmons of Belgium as she produced a masterclass in last line defense. After the first chukka of 15 minutes saw Belgium repel numerous South African attacks, Belgium had a new found spirit in the second chukka and took the lead through van den Borre. SA fought back with massive pressure that would eventually pay off with a Penalty Stroke, expertly converted by Dirkie Chamberlain. But just two minutes later De Groof would score from a penalty corner to re-establish the lead. And as SA surged to try and steal a result, Belgium won another penalty corner and series top scorer De Groof fired home her 8th in the series to confirm the win and share the series. Final Score 3-1 to Belgium

Investec South Africa vs. Chile

South Africa played 20th ranked Chile in the first test and found themselves trailing (a far too constant trend) in the 3rd minute through a Penalty Corner converted by Caram. SA would create a host of chances through Damons, Coston, Bobbs and Britz, but would only level in the 24th minute through Russell cleaning up the scraps at a Penalty Corner. Two minutes into the third stanza Damons set the game alight with a stunning reverse-stick strike that put SA 2-1 up. Chile came back two minutes later to draw level through Urroz following a PC. But with 7 minutes left the high pace paid dividend for South Africa who finished chances through Chamberlain and Terblanche. Final Score 4-2 to South Africa

SA forward Bernie Coston on attack against Belgium during the first Test at Hartlevale in Cape Town Friday.

SA forward Bernie Coston on attack against Belgium during the first Test at Hartlevale in Cape Town Friday.

Unfortunately I only know the result of the second test and that South Africa fielded their most inexperienced and young line up of the summer, but that is where it ends unfortunately. Imagine it how you will with Chile winning. Final Score 2-0 to Chile

South Africa arguably produced their best display of hockey of the Summer with an annihilation of their South American opponents. Ilse Davids scored the first goal of the match through a field goal, which was quickly followed by Chamerlain scoring a field goal of her own. Caram made a wonder clearance from Russell, but the pain would not stop for Chile as Candice Manuel, Lillian du Plessis and Manuel again moved South Africa into top gear and into a 5-0 lead. Erin Hunter capped off the performance with a rare goal of her own. Final Score 6-0 to South Africa

 Big ask for SA indoor hockey teams Published on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:03 | Print | Email | Hits: 76 JONATHAN COOK SA Women's Indoor Team mascot. Photo: South African Women's Indoor Hockey Team Facebook page THE fourth Indoor Hockey World Cup begins Wednesday and takes place through to Sunday in what is sure be a packed Arena Leipzig in Germany. Read more... Inspired goalkeeper denies SA a series win Published on Monday, 02 February 2015 19:25 | Print | Email | Hits: 324 JONATHAN COOK at Hartleyvale An inspired goalkeeping display by Megane Simons was the key factor in Belgium’s series-levelling 3-1 win over the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team in Cape Town Monday night. Read more... Win gives SA hockey women the edge Published on Sunday, 01 February 2015 14:09 | Print | Email | Hits: 209 JONATHAN COOK at Hartleyvale Outstanding SA goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa makes yet another save during the first half of the fifth Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Sunday. SA won 1-0 to lead the series 2-1. Photo ACTION PIX A wonderful goal by Lilian du Plessis in the 10th minute gave the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team a 1-0 win over Belgium in the fifth Test match at Hartleyvale in Cape own Sunday. Read more... Belgium come back to tie the series Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 19:33 | Print | Email | Hits: 193 JONATHAN COOK at Hartleyvale SA captain and striker Sulette Damons in full flight during the fourth Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Thursday. Belgium won 3-2 to tie the series 1-1. Photo credit ACTION PIX It was the strangest of Test matches, the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team looking like champions in the opening 20 minutes to lead 2-0 before Belgium came back to dominate the rest of this fourth encounter of the six-match series at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Thursday night. Read more... On song SA win third Test against Belgium Published on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 19:24 | Print | Email | Hits: 342 JONATHAN COOK at Hartleyvale SA goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa, in her 100th Test match, palms away a Begium penalty corner during the third Test at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Wednesday. SA won 3-2 to lead the six-Test series 1-0, The first two Tests were drawn 1-1 and 2-2. Photo: MATT WITHERS

SA goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa, in her 100th Test match, palms away a Begium penalty corner during the third Test at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Wednesday. SA won 3-2 to lead the six-Test series 1-0, The first two Tests were drawn 1-1 and 2-2. Photo: MATT WITHERS

The final test of the series will arguably then be the one that disappointed the South Africans the most. After a fine 6-0 victory you would have expected them to march home and seal the series. The SA team started like a house on fire Tuesday, moving the ball beautifully around the park and threatened to overwhelm Chile the same way they did just 20-odd hours before, but there was one glaring problem – umpteen attacks broke down inside the attacking 23-metre area as well in the strike zone. And as Bafana Bafana know so well, if you dont take your chances, they bite you in the ass. Urroz slotted home a tap-in in the 52nd minute to surprise and silence the crowd. Final Score 1-0 to Chile

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