It’s a busy day for all, including South Africa, at the women’s World Cup hockey tournament in Rosario, Argentina on Friday.
Torrential rain saw the astroturf being flooded and Friday will now see six matches being played, among them South Africa’s clash against the world’s third ranked team, China.
Twelfth ranked South Africa were meant to play at 9.30pm SA time on Thursday night but then delayed, weather permitting. As the evening wore on though it became clear that there was no hope of the pitch being suitable for play and no matches were played.
The second and third matches in Thursday’s Pool B schedule were also later both postponed to Friday– England v South Korea and Spain v Argentina.
South Africa’s match will now be the first of Friday’s matches and Marsha Marescia’s team will be hoping to build on the euphoria of their 2-1 win over Spain earlier in the week, their first World Cup win in eight years. The Chinese will at least be a threat that they have encountered before, having spent a month in China earlier this year where they played the host nation many a time.
China are going to be a fired up side after having being beaten┬á 2-1 by world No11 South Korea and then going down a second time, on this occasion (1-0) to world number six, England.
Other matches scheduled for Friday are India v Germany, Australia v Netherlands and Japan v New Zealand, all these in Pool B.