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SA sides both go down to Belgium in Summer Series

The national men’s and women’s hockey sides went down to Belgium, 1-0 and 3-2 respectively, in the Cape Town Summer Series on Monday.

The women’s match was up first and Belgium’s Anne-Sophie Weyns scored the winning goal in the 54th minute. South Africa certainly had chances to not only draw the game, but even get the win, with four penalty corners in the last three minutes.

But Belgium’s goalkeeper Aisling D’Hooghe was in fine form, denying the home team with great work in the goal box.

The first chukka was a war of attrition between the two sides with the bulk of the action taking place in midfield and the goalkeepers rarely having anything to do. Both teams stepped it up in the second chukka, but it was the visitors who took control of the game in the third and final chukkas.

In the final minutes of the last quarter South Africa three everything at Belgium, especially after Weyns scored the goal, but they just couldn’t get the ball across the goalline.

Belgium are 14th on the world rankings and South Africa 13th. Next up for the SA women are Belgium again, the last game of the series (6pm on Friday).

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The men’s match between 2016 Olympic silver medallists Belgium and South Africa was a thriller. Belgium won the battle 3-2 as Loick Luypaert scored with 30 seconds left. The halftime score was 1-1.

Gauthier Boccard and Luypaert had scored Belgium’s first two goals, the former with a field goal in the eighth minute and the latter in the 44th minute with a penalty stroke.

Daniel Bell equalised for South Africa in the 20th minute and captain Tim Drummond did the same with two minutes left.

‘This was a very positive result for us,’ said Drummond. ‘Matching up to the Rio Olympic silver medallists was a great challenge to which the boys did themselves proud.

‘We know we are trying to be more consistent in our play for longer periods of the match and this consistency is what we are hoping to achieve in our second game against Belgium.’

‘The more this squad plays together the better we become as a team as we understand what each other is thinking on the field. So Wednesday evening is another excellent opportunity for us to get a positive result against one of the world’s best hockey playing nations.’

Pictures of SA’s Shelley Russell and Tim Drummond courtesy of Action Pix – Event Photography


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